I Didn’t Mean to Buy a Fixer-Upper

I said it again a few days ago, as my husband and I began the process of preparing for our latest renovation project. “You know, I really didn’t think we were buying a fixer-upper when we decided on this house.” He looked at me incredulously, as if I were either joking or completely insane. But I […]

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Life with a Rising Food Network Star

We’re going to have a meal-time quiz. Please have a look at these statements. “The sear on this meat is great and I’m impressed that the inside is also so tender.” “Your cake is moist and flavorful, but I think you could’ve done more with the presentation.” “How long did you let this marinade for?” […]

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The Last Third Birthday

Here I am, back in Sapville, celebrating another one of my kids’ birthdays, wondering how it got here so quickly and feeling my usual punched-in-the-gut sensation over the passage of time. I don’t have a two year-old anymore. Ohmygod, I shouldn’t blog after a glass of wine. OK, two glasses. As my son’s third birthday […]

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The Road to Perfection Fell Off My Map

Failed perfectionists, unite! I have your summer beach reading right here! Oh, wait. Unless your kids are coming to the beach with you. Because then you’ll be too busy chasing them down to slather on sunscreen, fielding their snack requests, and hauling 68.8492 metric tons of provisions with you for a wholly enjoyable seaside afternoon […]

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Glutenus Minimus

We recently got back from Disney World, and you’ll be happy to hear that I will spare you from a  recap of my Neurosis Level 10 Planning Spectacular (which was, I have to say, my best WDW performance yet). I thought of everything and packed accordingly. Oh, wait – with one caveat: I did not plan for […]

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Nine

Nine seems impossible. It was nine years ago when I dragged my nine-days-overdue and extremely pregnant body to the Labor & Delivery floor to be induced with my first child. He needed to be prodded along, to be told that the time was now, much like he is today. He does things in his own time and […]

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The Hunger Games, Toddler Edition

Political freedom. Religious persecution. — Probably not the reasons why my son is on a hunger strike.   Protesting the Paw Patrol plot line. Hates all food. Control. — Could be the reasons.     Determining my breaking point. Testing boundaries. Being two. — Most likely the reasons.   Kids are picky, I get it. […]

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The Stranger

In the spirit of not being misleading, let me first tell you that the title of today’s post does not, unfortunately, refer to the very fine 1977 Billy Joel album of the same name. Nor is it a recap of the Camus novel that tortured so many of us in high school English class as we […]

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I’m 82 in Ski Years

Skiing is one of those sports that seems like a great idea as a family pursuit in the long run, but requires a good amount of gear, expense, organization and whining management skills upfront. This past weekend, we packed up the kids, 5.6 million metric tons of stuff, and off we went. We had originally planned […]

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To Leap or Not to Leap?

Today is Leap Day and so it’s fitting that I tell you about the events of the last five days. Do you do well with making important decisions? I mean really big ones — beyond how many times to nuke that cup of coffee before giving up and realizing it’s a symbol for how your […]

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