Archive for December 2011

Anthem of a Middle Aged Mom

I had some time alone yesterday, which for a mom is a precious commodity.  It was unplanned, this time alone, and most of it was spent in the car and scouring a variety of Targets (city and suburban, yo) for half price Reese Peanut Butter Trees.  Mary Tyler Dad’s winter coat had been left at... Read more »

Sr. Iphielya: Oy Vey, Christmas Can Be Difficult

Hello, there.  I’m just getting the hang of this email and, oh my, there is a lot to learn.  So many buttons! Well, it seems there are more than a few of you out there that could stand a little more empathy and understanding in your lives.  Sr. Iphielya is here and in the motherhouse,... Read more »


I had the most interesting of conversations today and needed to share.  And I want you to weigh in, too.  For those in the know, the cool kid way to refer to a stay at home mom is to call her a SAHM (sounds like SAM).  I was a SAHM for four years, and not... Read more »

Sr. Iphielya: Patron Saint of Empathy

I love nuns.  Some of my best friends are nuns.  Well, okay, not really, but two of my aunts are nuns.  One of them is pictured here.  She lives at the “motherhouse” now, and as a mommy blogger, the idea of a motherhouse is something I can relate to. I think a lot about nuns, about... Read more »

Finding My Inner Tween

This time of year, lots of folks start listening to Christmas music.  Personally, I can’t really embrace that stuff until approximately December 16 (superfluous Modern Family reference just because).  Then I’m all in.  But this year I had a realization.  December is when my radio dial floats towards tween stations.  For those of you in Chicago, Imma talking about... Read more »

In My Heart, I am a Muppet

Mary Tyler Son saw his first movie today and it was The Muppets.  It was wonderful.  Like really wonderful.  So wonderful that both Mary Tyler Dad and I wept.  Well, I wept, and he welled, but there were tears for both of us. You know when you want something to be great and wonderful and... Read more »