Tag Archives: before children

How to Explain Your Life to an Outsider

Did you know I had more sanity when I was a working mom? My house wasn’t as clean (and as you know, it’s no prize right now, anyway), I felt as if I would break at any point. There was … Continue reading

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Tales of a Completely Ordinary Mother

I’m going to make some changes around here presently, and in thinking about how to go about it, I had a conversation with a friend about how I am not an unlikely mother at all. What false branding. Sure, the … Continue reading

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What Do You Even Do All Day?

This isn’t your typical post about stay at home moms and how hard they work. I won’t be going on about how we’re teachers, janitors, nurses, etc. Though that’s all very true, this post is about my surprise about how … Continue reading

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Purses – Then and Now

Remember your old handbags? Remember the days when clutches were an option? The days when you had the leisure time to match a purse to an outfit? Designs and fabrics and strap length to be determined at your whim?   … Continue reading

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Permissive Parents: Beat your Brats

Okay, so maybe LZ Granderson said “Curb your Brats” in the title, but if you read even a bit of his obviously enhanced-for-web-traffic piece, you’ll see that I’m not so far off. Granderson says he has an issue with parents … Continue reading

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Accidental Segregation

Southwest Airlines is doing it right. I don’t even know if they know that they are. I certainly didn’t. I was annoyed at the “pick your own seats.” I was even more irritated when they let people who had A … Continue reading

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How to be the Sexiest Piece of Ass at your Local Tot Gym

Monika Whitney, over at Aias.ca, was a lot like me as a single person…only with more grace and style, trust me. She agreed to teach me how to be the hottest mom at the Tot Gym and maybe even be … Continue reading

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The Burden of Existence

My husband wrote this observation in 1997, more than ten years before we had the babies. It provides a thoughtful perspective and broader implications to my daily seemingly-miniscule struggles with them, a main point of contention being that I cannot … Continue reading

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The Beach – Then and Now

Let’s go back to a simpler time. A time of sleep and of going out. A time of waking up when I damn well pleased and drinking still-warm coffee. A time of popping into coffee shops and bookstores on a … Continue reading

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Fork in the Road

I wistfully look at the life of single and childless people all of the time, as you well know by now. The grass, as they say, is always greener.  It’s not just on television, through commercials like the one I … Continue reading

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