Everything is Different, Mom.

For 14 years I have longed for this day. I have dreamed of it. I have planned for it. I have tried to make it come faster to no avail. I've wished. I've hoped. I've been anxious, excited, ecstatic, and full of anticipation. And alas, today...today...today is it! We are taking down that horrible wallpaper.…

When Your Kid Has a Car Accident…

Time stopped. I saw the phone ringing. I knew where he was heading. And I knew without hearing a word what had happened. My son had gotten in an accident. Call it a mother's intuition, but I didn't have to hear a word to know that something was wrong. As I heard the details, everything…

The Day I Had a Root Canal

I know root canals are no walk in the park for anyone. But for me, having a root canal was like a walk through hell itself. That is, until I discovered a little dental secret. I went in for my root canal one Friday morning. I had prepared myself physically and mentally for this. I was…

If You Look Backwards Too Long, You’ll Wreck

It's the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. While I love celebrating, I have never understood the fascination with new year's resolutions and the "new year, new you" movement. I mean a fresh start is great, but the world doesn't magically change between 11:59 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. on December…

The Men of Christmas Shopping

From the onset of the holiday shopping season through about Dec 23rd, this is the role of the guys pulled away from their tvs, recliners and snacks and drug to the mall. They become the guards of the bags. The keepers of the purses. The placeholders in lines from store to store. And then it gets worse.

Is It Time Yet?

This may be the most popular question parents will hear over the next few weeks. Yes new parents, trust me. If your kid can so much as form four words, these are the words they will be uttering repeatedly. Is it time to open presents? Is it time for Santa? Is it time to go?…

TP Talk Take 2

As you all know, toilet paper replenishment is near and dear to my heart. During this holiday season, I would like to thank all those who are spreading love and cheer by changing toilet paper rolls across our great nation. Your sacrifice is recognized and appreciated. Alas, our work is not done. There are those…