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The Secret Life of a Clock Radio

The Secret Life of a Clock Radio

Back in January, my blog friend Luanne posted about her “Magical Music Box”. At the end, she asked if anyone else wanted to post about the secret life of an object. I filed it away as a fun topic for another day. That day is today. We grew up lower-middle-class in an upper-middle-class world. Although … Continue reading

15 Minutes

15 Minutes

I don’t recall if I ever revealed that “Salem” – the fictitious name I chose to keep where we lived anonymous – is really Santa Rosa. So, guess what? We used to live in Santa Rosa. In October, wild fires burned about 20% of the housing in Santa Rosa, CA.  Until July 2016, we lived … Continue reading


“… friendships that stood the test of time were not those built on ‘shared demographics’ alone. Although we may find ourselves in causal friendships with women who are similar to us – in age, motherhood status, career choice, etc. – the relationships that will deepen and grow are built on much more personal and meaningful factors. … Continue reading


To make a long story short, Cassie found the notebook that I used to keep random notes in 2005. It includes lists of boys and girls names that I liked. I thought I’d share them here because it amuses me to do so. Crossed out names are names that Max vetoed. Names in parentheses were … Continue reading

Zenni Optical Rocks!

We interrupt this quiet, but usually family and adoption centered blog for a word from me about a company that made me happy. (I did not/am not receiving any money for this post.) The back story: Although we had eye insurance this spring, no one within 25 miles of our house actually took said insurance. … Continue reading

If I Had $590.5 Million

I don’t play the lottery, Powerball or otherwise. I think I’ve bought two lottery tickets in my entire life. And yet, like the blonde in that joke, I still dream of winning the lottery. I mean, who doesn’t. The winning numbers last weekend were 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 with Powerball number 11. I would not … Continue reading

I Want What My Cousins Had

Last night, I was in the shower thinking about a location for our family Christmas picture. I then remembered that I need to get a red velvet dress to match Cassie’s. From there, I thought about how much I love to have family photos in which we match, because my parents never did those. My … Continue reading

Worst. Ending. Ever.

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers for both The Hunger Games trilogy and the Twilight saga.  For many reasons, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and read The Hunger Games trilogy. I finished The Hunger Games on the plane home from Nashville. I really enjoyed it. The ending was, well, sad, but I thought … Continue reading

On Crying

Many people on the Inter-tubes have been remembering where they were on September 11, 2001. Max and I had just moved into our first new house, in New Hampshire. I was on my way to work, listening to the news on the radio when the second plane hit. I got to work, checked my mail, … Continue reading