The Hideous Age of 9

In the upcoming week my husband is off work. We have been enjoying long weekends and short work weeks so far as he clocks in the hours of unpaid furloughs. But next week marks our one true week of "vacation." More like stay-cation. We don't plan on going too far. This year we need to…

Cruising the 313

In my loop of things to do today, I passed though three communities all very close to one another: Royal Oak, Ferndale and the Eastbound 8 mile strip of businesses that form the hub for residential streets that lay beyond. Royal Oak is a good place to see and be seen, this is no secret.…

Michigan Summer

We are here, smack dab in the middle of summer. But the weather is trying to convince us it that it hasn't left the ground! Another cloudy, humid day that beckons us to cozy up rather than get outside. But still, we are marked by summer's progress by the passing of berry season, beginning of…

Forgiveness

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our lives that while we are living through events, we remain so emotionally attached to them it's hard to see from a clear perspective. In my life, since childhood, I have lived through events that were difficult, painful; maybe even traumatic, and at a very young age I…

What do YOU wonder?..

Today, I decided to champion the spirit of "connecting" thoughts. I want to know what kinds of oddball things people are pondering. For instance, my friend at Nonidiaries wonders why some of her students are wearing more articles on their head than she is on her body! And my daughter wants to know why people…

Hookin’ Up

In recently talking to my good friend over at Nonidiaries about some of the consequences of Facebook, a really funny thing came to my head. Facebooking is a lot like sleeping around: once you "friend" someone, you are thereafter linked to everyone else they have friended. Yikes! Just when you think that old college hook-up…

Backin’ Down

The art of debate in conversation can be tricky. Knowing when to walk into the fire and when to walk away is like a finely honed skill. One inch too far to the left or right can get you into hot water either way. If someone challenges you to an arguement, is walking away just…

Sometimes I wonder…

If all the extra crap working mothers (who choose to work) buy will really matter down the road when the kids are grown and they are 60? Will they remember the Coach purse? The fancy minivan? The pedis and manis? Toys kids don't need and clothes they out grow? I give up a lot of…

Just Once

Just once I wish that when I get my mail from the mailbox, there could be an invitation to something that is just in the spirit of friendship, rather than 3 thank-you's for the obligatory gifts given at parties we have been invited to. Does it really take a graduation or a birthday as a…

A Girl Called Mom

Yesterday, I took my three kids over to one of my BFF's house to babysit her three kids. This was interesting. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, considering my own kids put me over the edge most days. But I accepted the challenge figuring it would get us out of their routine plus help…