Relationships, Weekends, and My Blended Family

Weekends are a bittersweet time for me.  On one hand they are a welcome respite to the weekday schedule.  I can tackle larger projects around the home, catch up on reading, and take time to assess scheduling and family management strategies that are in place during the week.  On the other hand, because we are a two household family and my daughters go to their dads on the weekends, I feel an underlying sadness due to missing my girls....more

Marriage Contracts: Should We Should Have Marital Term Limits?

Last year marked my ten-year wedding anniversary. I love the legal protections of marriage -- no one argues that my husband can't visit me in the hospital or shouldn't be able to pick something up for me or inherit my money. I love the psychological aspect of marriage, too -- but it's the LEGAL aspect of marriage that ups the ante societally from living together. The legal aspect is also the part that I think we should change: We should have marital term limits. ...more
I honestly think that is something that could be dealt with in a pre-nuptial agreement. Having ...more

leave me where I am, I am only sleeping

“Hey where did my boys go?” I called out. “We are up here,” Marc answered.  “Alex and I are going to rest a little.”...more

Cheese and Shrimp Soufflé Recipe for Two

Any occasion to cook is an opportunity to create something new, something wild and wonderful; to fashion a meal such as one you’ve never done before; to sample a delicacy of the likes you’ve never tasted. And that is what building a dish like this one offers—tastes and textures—flavors that tease your taste-buds and happily dance on your palette like a five-string orchestra....more
And I wish you, too, a super great weekend, Alexandra! @ropcornmore

11 Fun Love & Sex Stocking Stuffers

Oh, come on! Why do you look so serious? Gift giving should be fun! Run through this list with me and get back in the mood. Remember, 'tis the season! ...more
I love these, I need to find some of these and buy them, especially the "Make a Decision" ones.more

What Are Your Secrets (to a Happy Relationship)?

You know, I'm not the only one with opinions around here.My readers are smart, savvy, funny, and wise. I can tell from the comments they post and the e-mails they send me.So, for a change of pace, I thought that today it might be fun to let them do some of the work. And by them, I mean you. If you're reading this on BlogHer, you're invited to chime in, too!What are your secrets to a happy relationship?...more

The Scent of His Grey Flannel Cologne Is Intoxicating

Scents are memory enhancers, good or bad, they recall the moment of introduction, be it someone, place or thing. And the scent of his cologne, my man’s scent of many years—“Grey Flannel” by Geoffrey Beene—is buried deep into my subconscious. It is wildly intoxicating; it brings old euphoria to my restless spirit, and then it calms me anew. One longing embrace from him and his scent clings to me like honey. His scent—peppery-spicy and woodsy-clean—clears my stormy mind, and suddenly the world stops spinning, and I can focus—I can breathe again....more
I agree, because I hear of so many women that are no longer in-love with their mate of so many ...more

The Grocery List. Why Sending My Husband to the Store is a Wasted Experience.

Last week, at three in the morning naturally, the battery in our fire alarm decided to alert us that it was dying.  It wasn’t just the occasional beep that you that you could ignore and fix in the morning, it was a constant unnerving, high pitched shrill that finally ceased once it was beaten to death with a shoe....more


LOVE SCENE INVESTIGATION“When we walked into a big gala fundraiser party at Chelsea Piers wearing matching tuxedos, he said, ‘Just remember – we’re not here as a couple.’”-Todd H....more

When Couples Retire Is “Inseparable” a Happy Thought?

What happens to couples when they finally retire and being “together” twenty-four-seven becomes a reality? Though plans were dreamed and schemed with excitement all those many years ago, suddenly they find that their once-gaiety of looking forward to their happy future in retirement is shattered and gone! It is therefore even more surprising to find that couples, though they’ve been “happily” married 20, 30, 40 years and more, no longer want to spend all those days and hours in each other’s company. What happened?...more
I love that you are not watching the game "in protest." How funny! That is exactly what I would ...more