View from the Empty Nest: Wrong Number

Remember land lines? When the phone on your kitchen wall would ring, and you would answer it and talk to somebody? And that was it? You couldn’t see people’s lunch photos on it, or get a text message? Life was so much simpler then. Now, we feel compelled to stay in touch with everybody all the time. I think that the population of the world really needs to see the latest pictures of my … [Read more...]

Observation of the Day

Age 40 means chin hair. As if the wrinkles and muffin top weren't bad enough. … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: Sorry I’m Not Sorry My Kid Didn’t Get Her Homework Done

Dear Third Grade Classroom Teacher: Sorry I'm not sorry Curlytop didn't get her homework packet done. I know your weekly schedule is probably very busy, and finding time to make sure my daughter is completing her assigned work is probably pretty stressful. To add to your chaos level, you happen have the distinct misfortune of having me as one of your classroom parents. Not that I'm a total … [Read more...]

10 Last Minute DIY Adult Halloween Costume Ideas

This article is brought to you courtesy of Gnarly Head Wines. For more Halloween Fun, be sure to download the Gnarly Booth App and try a glass of their limited-release Authentic Black. Christmas Tree Wear a green top, green shorts or skirt and brown tights or leggings. Wrap yourself in battery-operated Christ lights and safety pin Christmas ornaments all over you. Where a Santa hat, angel, or … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: What We All Wish We Could Ask That Doctor at the Cocktail Party

1.) I have been having these pains behind my right eye when I watch more than three hours of HGTV  at one sitting. Could this be a tumor? Would eye drops help? 2.) Do you watch Grey’s Anatomy? Don’t you just love it? 3.) Whenever I blow my nose, my ears itch. Is this serious? And can people drown using Neti Pots? 4.) How do you know if you have hemorrhoids? 5.) I get backaches … [Read more...]

10 Fun and Easy DIY Halloween Kids Costume Ideas

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This article is brought to you courtesy of Gnarly Head Wines. For more Halloween Fun, be sure to download the Gnarly Booth App and try a glass of their limited-release Authentic Black. 1.) "Carl" from the movie UP -wear a gray cardigan, bowtie, black-framed glasses -use a cane or walker -carry (or attach) a bunch of colorful balloons 2.) Clark Kent / Superman -Wear a pinstripe (or … [Read more...]

Review: Finca Nueva Rioja 2007 Reserva

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  Whining Down: Is Your Life a Good Read? I was speaking with a mom friend about swimming as a form of exercise. Even after I mentioned the amazing non-impact and resistance benefits, she had her mind made up. “I just don’t feel like dealing with getting wet and gross and getting in and out of a pool. I’d rather just put on my shoes and run.” While I understood her … [Read more...]

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Ah, Fall. The hot summer days have passed and there is a chill air. OK, in some parts more than a chill—there was ice on my windshield this morning. *sigh* That means my favorite crisp summer Whites are being tucked into hibernation. I will miss you, you citrus-y glasses of deliciousness that kept me company out on the deck while the kids ran around like complete maniacs on a popsicle high … [Read more...]

Review: Hardy’s Stamp of Australia Shiraz

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Who: Hardy’s Stamp of Australia What: Shiraz (13.5%) Where: South Eastern Australia When: 2012 Why: Because it’s September and I am STILL vacuuming up pine needles from LAST year’s Christmas tree. How: Admittedly, I will never win the medal for “Best House Cleaner”. And I am okay with that. I can think of so many other things I’d rather do than dust, vacuum, clean … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: The Status Quo

I read an article on the Huffington Post, I think, about being a grandparent. The woman who wrote it said that she has no real desire to be one. I guess she thought that this was very controversial and would cause all kinds of furious comments, thus making her viral and famous. Of course, I may just be a bit contentious myself today. Because here is the thing: of course you don’t … [Read more...]