Horror movie quandries

I’ve never really understood a few things about horror movies. Really. I mean, why is it that there is always a stupid girl who tries to run away and then falls? Obviously, it’s because they’re wearing heels while running, but who goes into the woods wearing high-heeled shoes? Not a smart girl. We don’t go…

Working on myself

Every year starts out the same. I get this burr in my bonnet to be better or learn something or find some new thing to master. One year, it was brewing beer. Of course, once I had done it and realized I wasn’t going to be immediately able to play with ingredients like I do…

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…

Car repair for girls

There’s nothing more frustrating than being a girl and trying to fix your car. This past month, my 2007 Jeep Commander had a bumper that needed to be fixed… and by fixed I mean, reattached to the rest of the car with anything that does not resemble Duct Tape. In complete girl logic, I just assumed…

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…

Veggie Time

I’m sorry, I have to say it. I really dislike some vegetarians. I don’t dislike the fact that they are vegetarians – heck, I think everyone has the right to decide what they want to eat. And honestly, if someone would rather eat spinach, cannellini beans and quinoa instead of bacon double cheeseburger, that’s none…

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…

All I want for Christmas is a horror movie death

Every year my sons and dear husband ask me what I want for Christmas. And every year, my answer is the same in my best June Cleaver voice… “Oh, honey, you don’t have to get me anything. I already have everything I want. I have you all.” Of course, in reality, we all know that…

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…

Back to drool shopping

It occurs to me that high school is the denouement of back-to-school shopping. Or maybe it is the eye of the storm between kindergarten and college. It’s hard to tell. Mostly, because it’s so boring. This year, back-to-school shopping for my high school students has been less than fun. When my boys and I went…

Cooking discovery nights

We’ve reached the moment during the week that I hate the most. It’s the cooking discovery moment. It happens every week, so I should be better prepared for it… maybe even plan for it or something, but I never do and I just assume that each one will be the last one and we won’t…