Review: Donna Anita Arneis 2013

Whining Down: Is my Beaver Busy or Productive? Over the past 2 months, when someone has asked me the standard: “How are you?”, my answer is either “Good, but tired!” or “Good…just really busy.” I hate that….or as we try to say in my house, “I have strong feelings about that.” Not only is it passively provoking a follow-up discussion as to why I’m so tired and busy (which … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Food Fatigue

I fully understand teamwork. Division of labor makes all kinds of sense. But somewhere along the line, the division of labor over here has become depressing. At least to me. Of course, I am sure that my husband must get tired of mowing the lawn. But he only has to do it in the summer, and only once in awhile. And being outside, strolling behind the mower and stopping to talk with the neighbors … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: What Autism Looks Like… Really

I read through the test results, which may as well have been written in Japanese, for all I got out of the therapy-speak and scoring, but there... under "Conclusion"... there was what I've known, all along. My daughter, Curlytop, is one of many, many people in the world who reside within the Autism Spectrum. God, I was so relieved to finally have an accurate diagnosis! I was so ready to fax … [Read more...]

Review: Yalumba Y Series Cabernet Sauvignon

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Who: Yalumba What: The Y Series, Cabernet Sauvignon (14.2%) When: 2013 Where: Australia Why: Great wine, great price! Do you keep a wine journal? I do, for a number of reasons. First off, if you review wines, you need to keep track of them somewhere. You want to think it won’t happen, but they do tend to run together in your mind after a while. Secondly, it’s kind of fun to look … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: I Need Therapy for My Therapy

You’ll rarely hear me complain about being a special needs mom, but I’m beginning to think I need therapy to help me cope with our therapy schedule. Currently, we are doing four sessions of speech therapy for Curlytop and Snugglebug each week, one to three occupational therapy sessions for Curlytop, one to two behavioral therapy sessions, and we’re looking at adding some more supportive … [Read more...]

Review: The White Ribbon

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Who: The White Ribbon What: Semillon (11%) When: 2013 Where: Australia’s Hunter Valley Why: Because wine elevates leftovers. It’s been a little over four months since The Winey Household has become a Winey Empty Nest, and I’d like to report that I am doing quite well. (I’d report on the Winey Husband too, but it seems that no one cares how he is adjusting to the Empty Nest … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: Motherhood Ruined my Jams

My new car has satellite radio, y’all. This is a new, exciting, grown-up thing for me. Initially, I was in love with the idea of “all 80s, all the time,” just one click away from “badass hits of the 90s,” but reviving the music of my youth isn’t the walk down memory lane I’d hoped for. How the hell did this filth become the anthems of my youth?! Looking back on my fave songs … [Read more...]

Riebeek Cellars Pinotage Rosé

Who: Riebeek Cellars What: Cape Rosé, 13% ABV, 100% Pinotage Rosé When: 2013 Where: South Africa Why: Because grown up children still get sick. This really happened. There we all were, enjoying our Christmas holidays together as a family. The Winey Daughter was in from college. The Winey Son was in from his military training. The Winey Hubby and I had a full house again. And … [Read more...]

Review: Chalkboard Moscato

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Whining Down: Love The CAD you Had You liked “MWNW” for a reason, and whatever that reason is….I’m sure it sounds something like, “you won’t believe the crazy ass day(CAD) I had”. Crazy is crazy, period. But crazy also has many levels: like Lady Gaga. I have CADS pretty much every day. How can I not? My middle daughter is mad crazy about roller skating, She wants to roller … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Just Your Average Joe

I read an article recently that made a lot of sense, and it also caused great relief. The gist of the article was that our common perception of what is “average” has been vastly inflated by the media. The result is that most of us think what is “normal” is actually far above it. Let me cite an example: Granite countertops. Whenever I watch HGTV, all the young couples looking for their … [Read more...]