Review: Warre’s Otima 10-year Tawny Port

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Whining Down: Audible Ready It was a Monday morning. My family and I had just returned from a three week visit in Maryland, and I was exhausted. My husband, God love him, had single-handedly moved our things out of our former home while I was away with the kids.  I sat at my computer, surrounded by cardboard, trying to come up with a plan to start getting our new house unboxed. I knew I had a … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine & Theirs: Caution, Slippery When Wet

In my professional role as a sexual health educator, I'm perhaps most notoriously known for being a lubricant Nazi. I've been known to take women from protests of, "Girl, I don't need lube! I'm telling you, a river runs through it, if you know what I'm saying," to paranoid exclamations of, "My God... Everything I thought I knew has been a lie!" It's true. Every woman between the ages of 18 and … [Read more...]

Review: 3 Spells Red Blend, Tess Red and White Blend

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Wine:   3 Spells Red Blend – 2011; Tess Red and White Blend Vintage:  3 Spells- 2011; Tess Red and White Blend – Non Vintage Alcohol percentage:  3 Spells – 14.2%; Tess Red and White Blend – 13.9% Found at: The California Wine Club  The BACK TO SCHOOL emails started filling my inbox back in July.  Last week I saw Halloween candy in the grocery store.  It seems like the … [Read more...]

Review: Presswork Shiraz

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Who: Presswork What: Shiraz (13.8%) When: 2011 Where: Barossa Valley, Australia Why: Nice wine, great price. Let me start out by saying that I am a total stalker in the wine department. I just wander the aisles and gaze at bottle after bottle after bottle. Typically I wind up in the tasting area, where hopefully there is a very helpful wine guru who will taste right along with me. … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Paris Awaits

People who have the courage to just stop what they are doing and start all over are heroic, in my opinion. Reinventing oneself is unbelievably courageous. Once most of us are on a path, living in a place, doing a job, and making a living, that is it—whether we are happy or not. So it was with great admiration that I watched the latest episode of House Hunters International. Wow. I had to … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: Pimp My Mom Ride

Dear Pimp My Mom Ride: You may have seen me driving around town. That 20-year-old SUV with “WASH ME” etched into the quarter-inch of dirt and caked mud (thanks, kids)? Yeah, that was me. Should any of my friends contact you to say my vehicle needs an overhaul (it does!), I’d appreciate it if you don’t let them know we’ve been in touch. I know loved ones always have suggestions as to … [Read more...]

Three in the Bed: Or, make that Four in the Bed.

I have often dedicated blog space to my immense fear of scorpions. If you aren't in the southwest you may find my concern odd—much the same way I don't understand your worry of driving through a snowstorm or fear that the winter season is now October through April. For those of us living sans-snow, our trade-off appears to be a willingness to live with a vile little creature with a horrible … [Read more...]

Review: Berberana Brut Cava

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Whining Down: F the System It’s summer time in the US, and if I actually get a second to sit back and unwine, I’d have accomplished a lot. Although summer songs promote this idea of ‘getting friendly holding hands’ and ‘recalling walks along the beaches’, I’m not sure moms are REALLY spending the summer ‘kicking back with summer breezes; making us feel fine’. As I write this … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: Facebook 101

Social media is an essential part of today’s “always in touch with everybody all the time” lifestyle! Who knows when you might want to take a picture of your lunch? And what would you do with it if it weren’t for Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter? I mean, the people in Australia may have never seen a tuna sandwich on rye. So since some of you may not know how to use social media … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: Excess Baggage

As most of you know, I lost half my body weight between Dec. 2012 and Sept. 2013.  That left me with a lot of excess skin and two very very sad boobs.  Because of all the exercise I did, underneath that skin I was pretty fit, so my joke was I had the body of an extremely fit 80-year-old woman.  Joking aside, that extra skin really impacted my view of myself. In clothes, I looked amazing.  … [Read more...]