Smell: Week 2, Day 3

My kid's got a nose on her.I don't mean a glaring, unfortunate feature. I mean, she has a sensitive olefactory device. She has been known to tell her daddy that he smells like "beard." (Translation: something involving hops). Or to tell her brother, "Baby brother, you smell like waffles!" No man or child in her life will ever be able to sneak a cigarette, that's for sure. She will never be able to walk by a bakery un-tempted. She will never be able to live in a place that has a damp carpet s … [Read more...]

Between Here and There

I'm not crazy, as it turns out. Well, i might be...but i was not crazy to take a 3-year-old on a 3-day road trip adventure by myself. She was so good. Unbelievably good. Practically shining her halo the whole dang time.Until the last hour and a half or so. Then it was meltdown city. And i was driving in the desert, in the dark, and couldn't do much about it.There might be something spiritual and beautiful about driving in the desert at night, but try telling that to a small child who is … [Read more...]

It’s All in There: Unmasking for Halloween

Some thoughts on finding/creating the perfect Halloween costume:First of all, nix that idea of "perfect." Add to my growing list of What's Wrong With America that notion of the perfectly executed holiday. I mean, i love to flip through Southern Living, Sunset, or the Pottery Barn catalogue as much as the next girl. But let's remember they share IDEAS. By no means does your yard/house/menu/attire/person need to reflect the meticulously coordinated life on the page. Do NOT let yourself get … [Read more...]

A Moving Violation

An organized household, office, car, and bank account seem unattainable for people like me. People who not only have children and a full-time job, but also find right-brained, type-A sorts of tasks tantamount to learning Chinese...meaning, it could be done, but life is too short.However, I have learned time and again that being unorganized has its price. Much as I hate chores, errands, paper work and basically being a grown-up, letting these things go will ultimately amount to even MORE ad … [Read more...]

Girls Run the World

"Rocking it at work. Kicking "being-a-mom's" ass."Reagan--Cristina Applegate's character on "Up All Night"-- is quickly becoming my new favorite TV heroine. Struggling to balance career and family, she is never a victim of work, or of motherhood. You never see her sacrifice one at the painful expense of the other. She has healthy boundaries, leaving work to make her kid's play date, but also empowering her husband Chris (Will Arnett) to be a full-time dad while she works. She doesn't micr … [Read more...]

Empty

Miserable 24-hour stomach flu shared at our house this week. Thanks kids. You are adorable, and the joy of our lives, but you are also grubby, germy petri dishes of bacteria. And it does not help that one of you is a compulsive thumb sucker. Most days i try not to think about all the nasty things they touch and ingest and/or carry into the house. But then some days, all that filth becomes the center of the universe.  It helps, i suppose, that we took turns. Harper first, then me, then the ba … [Read more...]

Tell Me Why…

"My tummy hurts." "Show me where. Point." "Right here!" "That's not your tummy, it's your chest." "Why?""Look how pretty the sky is! The sun's going down." "Why?"  "So it can be dark out for bedtime." "Why?""Can i have a juicebox?"  "No, you already had one."  "Why????""Um...why did you already have one? Or why can't you have another one?"*&$^#@&*#!!!! I always thought people were joking about the "why's," but we've got 'em at our house, BIG time. And i don't think an … [Read more...]

Curiosity Killed the Monkey (or not…)

"George was a monkey. He lived in Africa. He was a good little monkey, but he had one fault. He was too curious."This is the opening scene of the original "Curious George" book, circa 1941. Here is how the more recent George stories begin: "George was a good little monkey, and always very curious."Whoa. See what just happened there? Big difference. Still a curious monkey, but it's a long way from but to and... BUT he was curious indicates that curiosity is a regrettable quality to be … [Read more...]

For Such a Time as This

I was sitting on the floor of my crummy first-year-of-being-a-grownup apartment, doing grad school homework that i should have done the night before, and getting ready to go to class. Which means I probably shouldn't have been watching tv, but was. When the plane hit the first tower, i went and woke up my roommate, who was still sleeping. "What? That's crazy!" she said. I ran quickly back to the tv to find out what a breathless world was waiting to find out--what sort of mechanical error, … [Read more...]