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...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: My Summer F*&# It List

School is ready to release for the summer, and Pinterest tells me all the good mothers of the world are looking forward to accomplishing five hundred things on their “Summer Bucket Lists” while enrolling their precious progeny in day camps, sports clinics, adventure learning sessions, and spending invaluable “quality downtime” as a family. Um… yeah. That’s not exactly my plan for the … [Read more...]

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Wine:  Castoro Cellars Reserve Viognier 2012; Castoro Cellars Reserve East meets West (Syrah) 2012 Vintage: Viognier 2012; East meets West 2012 Alcohol percentage: Viognier – 13.5%; East meets West – 14.5% Found at: The California Wine Club www.cawineclub.com It’s been a late spring in my neck of the woods.  We kept our woodstove stoked until mid-April, and typically my husband … [Read more...]

Mommy in the Raw: Coping with the End of the School Year

I look ridiculous. I thought I had it all together, having taken the time this weekend to dye my grays, polish my toes and rid myself of unwanted hair.  (Note: there’s still a crapload of unwanted hair.  I took the maximum effect with minimum effort approach.  Like all sane working moms.  No, seriously.  Shut it, with your stories of waxing and threading and multiple attempts at laser … [Read more...]

Review: Starborough Sauvignon Blanc

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Who: Starborough What: Sauvignon Blanc, 12.5% When: 2012 Where: Marlborough, New Zealand Why: Because May is for Moms! So, it’s May. Notice I did not say “spring” because where I hail from, just because the calendar says “May” doesn’t mean “spring”. There have been times when I have actually cursed snow flurries on Mother’s Day. But even with the nutsy weather, May … [Read more...]

Review: Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon

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Who: Excelsior What: Cabernet Sauvignon (14.5%) Where: South Africa When: 2011 Why: Because there’s a horsey on the label. So, here in the good old U.S. of A, there is one certain sports weekend dubbed “the greatest two minutes in sports.” (And no, it is NOT the two minutes when the Cleveland Indians are playing baseball well. There, I’ve put it out on the table.) Nope, … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: “Hip” Replacement

My husband and I are in the golden years. What is the definition of that term, you ask? Well, it is the time of life when there is no longer “the office,” children are grown and gone, there is Ben Gay in the medicine cabinet, and some of us like to get home before dark. But wait. Just because we are getting older does not mean that we aren’t cool. There is such a thing as an old hipster. … [Read more...]

Silicon Mom: That’s What Little Boys Are Made Of

Caveman is five.  FIVE—as in one hand.  His room already carries the distinct odor of boy. Parents of boys, or teachers, or coaches, or humans who have ever been near boys know what I mean.  It’s a kind of musty, stinky smell that just, well, is the smell of boy.  I knew it would come one day, but I thought there would be two digits in his age.  Unfortunately, I was wrong. Recently, … [Read more...]

Review: Chateau De Segries Tavel Rose

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To Janna of May 6, 2004: I know you are still pregnant, but let me start by saying, “Happy 1st Mother’s Day!” What a crazy adventure you’re about to have…buckle the freak up. Here are a few things I thought I should let you know. Let me start with anatomy. I REALLY think you should take as many opportunities as possible to appreciate your boobs. They are never gonna look this good … [Read more...]

Review: Avelina Lucca and Pinot Grigio

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Wine:  Avelina Lucca Santa Barbara County, Avelina Pinot Grigio Santa Barbara County Vintage: Lucca - 2011; Pinot Grigio - 2012 Alcohol percentage: Lucca – 13.9%;  Pinot Grigio – 13.5% Found at: The California Wine Club   I have thought a lot about it.  I think I would trade my left arm to be a stay at home mom. Before you get all offended, let me say this:  I … [Read more...]