See You Later!

Over this past summer, I developed a loyal following for my weekly blog post. Folks logged-in by the tens to read about my misadventures and anxieties. But, as you may have noticed, my posts have been absent these past few weeks. And a couple of days ago, my most adoring fan (yes, it was my…

Let It Go

My kids are obsessed with all-things Frozen. They spend hours in their version of Arendelle—building castles, flying helicopters (obviously they take some creative license from the original plot line), and creating magical worlds. Kristoff likes to kick back with a beer (actually a vintage Barbie-sized Coke bottle, but kids know what they see; and in…

Brave Hearts

On a whim, after seeing a Facebook friend post a video of her son’s swimming success, I signed my daughter up for lessons. And if you know me, doing anything “on a whim” is completely out of character—I’m more of an “obsess, plan, obsess some more, regret making plans, and obsess again” kind of person….

Love in the Time of Covid

I am a product of the 90’s—I cared for a Tamagotchi, spent hours searching for the hidden images in my Magic Eyes, rocked out to Paula Abdul on my Discman, and most especially, emulated my role model, Barbie. When I grew up and became, well, anything really, because the possibilities were endless—doctor, teacher, rock star—I…

How Can I Ever Repay You?

We’ve all been there. Mindlessly scrolling social media feed, laughing at the latest political meme posted by the left-wing liberal zealot from high school, tracking the likes and hahas from our latest self-deprecating post (and wondering why that one person clicked the hug icon… maybe they think I’m pathetic, instead of hilariously irreverent, like I…

Are We There Yet?

I took a break last week from my incessant doomscrooling and constant obsessing about the upcoming school year, for a family vacation. A week away would surely be the ticket to recenter, refocus, and find my chill again…right? Since Tahiti was out for this year, given the COVID-related travel restrictions (well that, and our bank…

Gone Fishin’

Well, I didn’t really go fishing. But there was a lake. And it probably had fish in it. I took the week to relax with my family (in between obsessing about what to pack, trying desperately to keep two kids occupied on a road trip, and slathering on enough sunscreen to protect us from burning…

According to Barbie, I Might be a Bad Mom

The other day, I was in the kitchen cleaning up after lunch while my kids played Barbies in the other room. As I crunched across the crumb-covered floor, loading the dishwasher and putting away the peanut butter jar, their dolls were preparing for an adventure. I smiled listening to the elaborate story-line playing out, having…

Thirty-Something Shades of Grey

It finally happened. The unthinkable, impossible, yet ultimately inevitable came sneaking in like a parasite. Even though I always knew it was a possibility, it still came as a shock. I’d hear girlfriends lament about it happening to them. “Not going to be me,” I’d smugly think as I put on my most empathetic face….

Cats, COVID, and Cake

As if 2020 wasn’t bad enough, somehow last weekend I found myself riddled with guilt, wearing a cat mask, and meowing along to Happy Birthday. Truthfully, none of those things are completely out of the ordinary for me (#MomLife). But #PandemicParenting has forced all of us to make difficult choices about our family’s health and…