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...]

Les Vins de Jean-Claude Debaume Pouilly-Fuisse White Burgundy

Whining Down: The Sweet Spot I’m not high maintenance…not even close. I only buy clothes when I am sent a marketing bag stating, “Stuff and Save”; I get my toes painted hobbitually (a term used when unkempt feet start to resemble those of a hobbit); and my facial hair is addressed around the time my kids point out the one, random long chin hair that grows abnormally after several weeks … [Read more...]

View from the Empty Nest: A Cautionary Tale

I have a problem. Well, I suppose I have many problems, but the one I am going to discuss here comes from my need to have as many pets as I possibly can. I think I am the victim of the times. Remember when every family had A car? And A bathroom? And, if they were lucky, A television? And A pet? This all changed somewhere in the mega decade of the seventies, when apparently all Americans got … [Read more...]

Three in the Bed: How to Turn Brown Green

----------------------------------------------- Today's post is sponsored by Trinity Oaks. In 2008, Trinchero Family Estates partnered with the non-profit group Trees For The Future and made a commitment to plant one tree for every bottle of Trinity Oaks wine sold.  Since then, we have planted over 10,000,000 trees together helping to change lives around the world.  Our commitment to the … [Read more...]

Review: Giesen Sauvignon Blanc

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Who: Giesen What: Sauvignon Blanc 12.5% When: 2013 Where: New Zealand Why: I have a college senior, a high school senior, and a huge attitude going on around here. How: It is March of both my children’s senior years. And to say that the dreaded specter of the disease known as “senioritis” has made an appearance is putting it mildly. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking to … [Read more...]

Yours, Mine and Theirs: I’m Ready… Or Not!

I had the good fortune to see my 39th birthday last month. Yep. This year will be the last time I’ll be able to say, with a smile and straight face, “I’m only 39!” Am I ready to turn 40? Not really. I don’t feel 40. Except my feet. My feet feel every single day of 60. They’ve logged a lot of miles, hops and bounces -- walking down to the old swimming hole every day of every summer … [Read more...]

Review: Vinum Cellars Pinot Noir and Zinfandel

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Wine:  Vinum Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir; Vinum Cellars 2012 Zinfandel Vintage: Pinot Noir – 2012; Zinfandel - 2012 Alcohol percentage: Pinot Noir -13.5%; Zinfandel – 13.5% Found at: The California Wine Club Goodbye March, I was not a fan!  I started the month with emergency eye surgery and ended the month with the flu, and there was not much good in between!  The eye surgery was to … [Read more...]

Mommy in the Raw: Tipping Point

You know when you reach your tipping point and you say to yourself (and anyone who’ll listen) that if anything else gets thrown onto your spinning plates you’ll have to be institutionalized and then lo and behold a lot of crapola suddenly gets thrown onto one of the plates and though you’re shocked that you haven’t had a nervous breakdown, you feel guilty about it because if you did have a … [Read more...]