The Eleventh Commandment: Thou Shalt Have Health Insurance

Growing up, the first commandment in my family was “thou shalt have health insurance.” This sacred precept was invoked whenever I became itchy at a job or felt the urge to strike out on my own. “Consider what would happen if, God forbid, you got into an accident,” my parents would say. “We would have to sell the house.”...more

Welcome to Toddler Land

Welcome to “Toddler Land”, where chaos and people 3 feet and under rule. Allow me to give you a tour. Over here we have “Temper Tantrum City”. Here you can see the showdowns between toddlers and their parents, which are always held in public....more

A Duchess, a Princess, and a Queen

This isn’t a story about royalty, or a fairytale.  It is a story about friendship, the boundaries of friendship, and conflict resolution.  I promise it has a happy ending....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's HoodBirth by Paperwork...more

Tomatoes are more complicated than they look

I think that the slower pace of countryside life must be addling my brain. Either that, or most people who live in the countryside are total mentalists. Take yesterday for example. I paid a visit to the shop in my neighbouring village to buy these: ...more

I Otta (Not) Be in Pictures

I needed a photo of myself yesterday for some work I’m doing, something to go along with my bio. Just one of those head & shoulders shots....more

I've learnt a new word and it is 'scooting'

Crikey, I am doing a lot of catch-up this week. After having a day off to visit my gorgeous new nephew on Monday, I have spent the rest week trying to get back on top of things. That's what having a job does to you. You can't just go taking time off willy nilly. Anyway, so that's what my week has been about. And if that wasn't enough, Naughty George decided to embark upon a campaign of continual low-level naughtiness. Take this morning for instance. ...more

Mall Madness

Mall Madness I was so angry, absolutely livid, with myself.  I went to the mall to buy some new shoes.  As I’m walking through the mall, I allowed myself to get pulled in by a slick-talking, kiosk salesman and he sold me $300 worth of “magical” anti-aging face products.  All I wanted to do was go to the mal­­­l and buy a new pair of shoes.  Is that so wrong? On my walk to the shoe store, this dude sucked me in....more

My Brain Won't Do What I Tell It To

My job requires occasional confrontations. Not the pleasant kind that leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy, but the kind that makes you want to close yourself into a quiet room and scream into a pillow. I've done a lot to try and curb the "Insta-Rage" that comes along with dealing with rude, sullen, hateful people. My latest idea....meditation....more

Another Slave is Born

Did you know there are over 5 billion cell phone users in the United States?  Neither did I.  I can remember the days when we didn’t have cell phones.  No texting.  No internet at our fingertips.  Hell, no internet.  Communicating was a little slower, and it was more difficult to find your husband in the mall, but we survived....ContinueLanita Moss A Mother's HoodBirth by Paperwork...more

In which i don't know his life

Sometimes, especially in the middle of an inane conversation, I wonder what the hell I was thinking when I had kids.  Did I wake up one day and think, “Hey, Kevin and I are having way too much fun with all this time and disposable income, so perhaps we should throw a wrench in the works?”  Or was it all those cute nieces and nephews I had who appeared so adorable and small and cuddly and certainly didn’t have an “I’m incredibly work-intensive” sign on their bodies.    Who knows....more