Embrace it or get rid of it

July 15, 2009

We successfully arrived in our new neighborhood.  It looks like a toy bomb went off in here, but otherwise we are having a really good time so far. Until I have time to write a longer post, here’s the short version: lots of neighborhood kids, family visits, firefly catching, running around in bare feet, splashing […]

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This is one big country

June 28, 2009

I was thinking this today as we continued to drive across it. After manic packing all last week, the moving truck came on Friday.  It was a long day for us, especially for my husband, who packed absolutely non-stop the whole time the movers were moving. We had gone to bed the night before, exhausted, […]

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OK, now *that’s* disgusting

June 23, 2009

Short post here, but I just had to take a minute in the midst of packing hell to share this. There is a new tenant in our building, and she seems to be, uh, a troubled sort. Late at night, she brings home drunken men, and there have been a number of scenes in the […]

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The long goodbye

June 19, 2009

We are living in a pure chaos of stacked boxes, errands, goodbyes to friends … it’s frantic.  It’s happy, sad, heart-wrenching, exhausting.  I’ve been trying really hard to face the goodbyes head-on, and in the process, I realize what a rich life we’ve had here in Southern California for 12 years.   Though this is […]

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Barrettes for a previously bald chick

June 9, 2009

I got some barrettes! This is a very big deal for me because at this time last year, I was bald. I remember the first time after cancer treatment that I felt the wind in my (very) short hair.  What luxury!  It was a luscious feeling after months of being bald. Soon after that, I […]

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Movie review: Up

June 7, 2009

If you want the short review: yes, go see it.  It’s not the best Pixar movie, but it’s well-worth the price of admission.  There are very poignant moments, imaginative moments, funny moments.  It’s entertaining and offers some good things to discuss with the kids after the movie is over. Here’s the longer review: We went […]

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Straight talk, after Prop 8 was upheld by California high court

May 27, 2009

If one or both of my daughters are gay, then you can be darn tootin’ sure that if I have anything to say about it, they will be able to marry whosoever they damn well want to. And, I’ll add that if one or both of my daughters marries a member of the same gender […]

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The bizarro world of buying & selling on Craigslist

May 26, 2009

My husband and I decided to take our girls to Disneyland before we move to Philadelphia.  In spite of the economy, we decided to go ahead and splurge.  None of the amusement parks near Philadelphia is like Disneyland, and we have no idea when we’ll get to Florida, though we would love to get there […]

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OK, so I’m sitting here

May 18, 2009

For the second time in my life as a mom, my little girls have asked for me to let them put themselves to sleep like big girls. So I read to them, got out of bed, turned off the light, turned on some lullabies, kissed them, told them I love them, tucked them in and […]

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See you on the flip side

May 11, 2009

We are moving across the country at the end of June. When we were 30, my husband and I came out to California for an adventure. After 12 years, we’re heading back to Philly. We’re packing up the apartment we’ve lived in those 12 years, and then we’ll drive two cars and two cute twins […]

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