The Case for Running Backwards

There was a lady in our old neighborhood who used to walk up and down the sidewalks backwards.  Sometimes she carried what appeared to be two gallon jugs of drinking water, one in each hand.  She was very thin, made all her own clothes, and had a very complex relationship with her health.  She was extremely concerned about air quality, for example, and yet was married to a man who smoked so much that not only his teeth but both of his hands were yellow from nicotine.  I hated seeing her, not because she was so odd, but because I recognized her as a fellow neurotic. ...more

My Blog Has Gone International

I started my personal blog in January and joined Blogher a week and a half ago.  All that time and effort has finally paid off.  Thanks to one Canadian reader, I can now say my personal blog is international.  (Sarcasm aside, I am really excited about it.)...more

I'll have to check out statcounter.  I didn't really do any research, just set up the ...more

10 things We Wish Someone Had Told Us When We Started Graduate School

There are those lessons you learn from facing the fire and walking through it. Those things that you read and know will change the way you think about your life. This list is definitely an outpouring of the former, whether it will serve as the latter for you remains to be seen. So What Did We Wish Someone Had Told Us When We Started Graduate School?*This is partly the advice we would give ourselves if we could go back to day one, an encouragement to those of us still engaged in doctoral and masters coursework, theses, and dissertations, and a chance to express the best of what we know to those thinking about embarking on a PhD or MA program....more
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Sick Kids and Sucky Language

 It's been hard for me to get back to writing because for the past three weeks, I've been dealing with one sick kid after another; and I have four you know! Between Nia and Nadia, I've been keeping our neighborhood pharmacy busy of late. They're actually calling me on a daily basis and asking if I need something....more

My New Underwear

I have been in need of some new underwear since I had my third baby.  I don't buy pregnancy underwear, so the elastic gets pretty stretched out and has been sliding down lately, which is driving me crazy.  ...more

Top 10 Things I Have Learned From My Children

I have learned so many valuable things from my children. It would be impossible to share all of the things I have learned in my motherhood journey, so I will limit myself. ...more

"Got Milf? - A Mommalogue" by Sarah Maizes

"Got Milf?"  You should!  This is a link to the video of my performance of my "Mommalogue" (I made up that proud of it), which I performed for "Expressing Motherhood" here in LA last month.Send this video to your girlfriends, sisters, aunts (yes...maybe even your own mother) and let them know it's time for Milf's EVERYWHERE to stand up and be counted!, there is no inappropriate material contained on the video - but the language is a little "sassy")....more

10 things women do when their man is traveling

 Let's just get right to it, shall we?...more

Crunches on the Couch

As I was lying on the sofa reading the latest (fabulous Charleston) edition of Southern Living I was struck by the fact that other than reading, I was doing nothing. Not a single thing. I was not reading while cleaning the kitchen or reading while watching the kiddos or reading while waiting on laundry I was simply, reading. So, I figured I needed this lull in life needed bumping up and, well, "exercise!" came to mind....more


Big news here at the Groenevelts! I can button my pants! And I don’t mean with a hair rubber band looped through the button and it’s hole. I mean the proper way, as a button and a hole should. The way Levi and Jordache and God intended. I’m just bursting and I wanted to announce my big news to the Internet, because I know so many of you were wondering. In fact I just stuck my head out the door and yelled I CAN FIT INTO MY PANTS AGAIN! So all the non-Internet people (whoever those sickos are) will be up to speed on the progress of my fat ass....more