Don’t Cook in Your Bikini – a letter to my sons

Today, I was working on my cookbook. It’s a book I’ve been working on for my sons for the past 10 years. First, handwritten, and then entered into the computer and now organized and digitized, it’s almost finished. I’ve got a few more recipes to add, and a few pictures to throw into place, but…

One holiday at a time, please

It’s Halloween night; so naturally, I find I’m a little sick of Christmas commercials. Not even lying. This weekend, in the midst of a marathon horror movie session, I got just a bit tired of watching Best Buy’s Christmas commercials. Apparently, nothing says Christmas like going into debt to buy another meaningless gadget. Unless it’s…

How are we supposed to take Curvy Barbie?

This weekend, I watched a story on the new Barbies. Apparently, you can now get Barbie in sizes other than “bone thin and completely unrealistic.” According to Mattel, Barbie will now come in four different sizes, seven different skin colors, 20+ different eye and hair colors and, presumably, an inordinately large number of coordinating outfits and…

If you say you’re going to do something, do it

If it’s true that “what you do on the first of the year is what you’re going to do for the rest of the year,” I think I may be in trouble. So far today, January 1, I’ve managed to clean, nap, cook and walk into another room four times, forgetting what I was there…

A mother’s curse

When I was 12 years old, my mother cursed me. And I don’t mean she yelled profanities at me, I mean, she put a curse on me through my future progeny. I remember the day clearly. I was home watching ZOOM! in the living room. Remember ZOOM on PBS? It was an after-school show where…

Why the Easter Bunny still visits our house

Even though my sons are 16 and 15, the Easter bunny still visits my house. Granted, the baskets aren’t as elaborate as they once were, but they are still full of chocolate bunnies, jellybeans and the occasional Peep. This year, there was none of the plastic grass that clings to every living thing in the house, and…

White Girl Chic… at 40+

The other day my son told me I looked like a “white girl.” I’m sure he meant that as a compliment. There I was in my oversized sweatshirt, leggings and Uggs, and my son was stunned. “Yeah, you look really fresh,” he said. “You look like a white girl.” The thing is, this is not…

23 things only a child of the 70s will know

I was talking to a friend the other day when we got into a discussion of Star Wars. All he knew was the remake. For him, Greedo shot first and Han was just defending himself. WRONG!!!! The conversation reminded me that cultural differences can span just a few years. The first time I realized this was…

8 life hacks every teen MUST know

Everyone knows that there are secret life hacks that can make their lives easier. As parents, we know all the little tips and tricks learned over years of housework. There are just some things that make life all the much more livable. But, spend few minutes living with any teen and you’ll realize, if it…

Tasting memories

Since Friday, I’ve been thinking about the premiere of Downton Abbey. As Masterpiece Theater classic television goes, it is the best of high period drama. It is also one of my guilty indulgences. When I watch it, I sometimes think of what it would be like to be Elizabeth McGovern’s character and live out my days…

Eight ways you know the holiday honeymoon is over

I’m pretty sure I am all Christmas’d out. Seriously. As I sit here on my couch on a rainy 60 degree Sunday, some of my friends are celebrating their fourth and fifth family holiday today. Heck, some of them have had more than eight holiday celebrations in the course of the last month. Don’t get…

I’m ready for Christmas

It’s been a rough week. My hip hurts. And even though the doctors say it’s arthritis, I’m way too young to hear that come out of any professional’s mouth. One of my cats died Sunday morning. But he was 417 years old, so it was time. My house is not the kind of clean I…