Alena Chandler

I am a single mom of two glorious kids, Sophia and Holden, I spend my day working, parenting and trying to remember to write at my little corner of the internet called Simply Complicated Life.

 

 

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child (But What if The Kids Are Jerks?)

Deep dark parenting confession: I don't like other people's children. Now now, let's not be hasty. There are plenty of great kids out there. I love some of my friends' kids almost as much as I love my own, and I've met a handful or three at the grocery store that seemed like pretty alright cats I could tolerate at a barbeque for like, a whole half an hour. Deep dark parenting confession: I don't like parenting other people's children. ...more
I agree 100000%.  It's one of the most annoying things about the pool/park/beach...whatever. The ...more

'Mad Men' Returns For Season Six: Wait, Was That It?

Well all the buildup for the season premiere of last night's Mad Men left me wondering...is this it? Two hours, and we're left knowing nothing more than what we knew when we left them at the end of Season Five. I don't know when I will ever get used to how underwhelming the Mad Men premieres are. The juicy stuff always comes mid-season. After six seasons, this shouldn't be a surprise to me, but Madison Avenue is almost exactly how it was when we left it months ago....more
@Jane Collins I agree, I think this will be the season that Don's empire falls around him and he ...more

Why I Let My 14-Year-Old Move Out

My 14-year-old daughter, DQ, is moving out. It’s weird; I never thought I’d type these words before she turned 18. But here I am, standing by as she packs up her bags and prepares to leave the nest. My nest. The one I have padded with protection and comfort since the day she was born, through a messy divorce, during financially tight times, and in her tumultuous teen years. She is flying the coop with my assistance when I drive her a full three hours away to live with her father. And this might just be the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. ...more
I was DQ at 14.  Only I didn't make the choice to go live with my Dad for the same reasons.  I ...more

Should Republicans Support the #Occupy Movement?

Occupy Wall Street protesters are heading uptown to pay a visit to some of the wealthiest families in New York (not to mention the United States) while Eric Cantor (R) calls the protesters a growing mob. Karen from Pondering Penguin thinks the GOP should support the Occupy movement - do you agree with her? ...more
@GaelMc I know him personally, and he is a source of a lot of my information on what is really ...more

Do Soap Operas Go to Heaven?

Yes friends, it's true.  ABC has closed the book on not one, but TWO of their longest running Soaps: All My Children and One Life to Live.   The prognosis isn't good guys, the shows have about 10 and 7 months respectively.   ...more

Oh All My Children. What will ABC really do with out the iconic tv show?! I can't be the only ...more

Ten Reasons Why I (Still) Love Glee

The honeymoon is over. Gone are the days of toe deep story lines and nonsensical Madonna tributes. Things have gotten heavy on Glee this season, and it's easy to see why some people are jumping ship. But, I'm going to give you 10 Gleektastic reasons I'm sticking it out for the long haul. ...more

GLEE makes my heart smile too! I cry probably too much for a normal adult to cry on a Tuesday ...more

This is What Postpartum Depression Feels Like

So I didn’t send it. That’s a mistake. Friends let me tell you, the moment you have the instant reaction to reach out? DO IT. Trust me. She probably could have talked me through it and it not spiraled the rest of my night. But I kept it to myself, and much like PPD did a year ago, it ate at me. Slowly. In every word said, every action of my child. It’s unnerving. ...more

Thank you!!

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BlogHer '11 Twitter Roll Call!

Hello Ladies (and the occasional Gentleman)!I'm making a big old list of people on Twitter that will be attending BlogHer this summer in San Diego!Want to be listed? Reply with your Twitter handle!You can find the ever expanding list here. (link corrected!!)Thanks! And see you there! (And if you want to check me out on Twitter, I'm @jennamariebee!)...more

Hola! You already know I'll be there (and sorta breaking out into a cold sweat of nerves ...more

This is What Postpartum Depression Feels Like

So I didn’t send it. That’s a mistake. Friends let me tell you, the moment you have the instant reaction to reach out? DO IT. Trust me. She probably could have talked me through it and it not spiraled the rest of my night. But I kept it to myself, and much like PPD did a year ago, it ate at me. Slowly. In every word said, every action of my child. It’s unnerving. ...more

It may be for different reasons. But it's just a real for both of us!!

I hope you are ...more

This is What Postpartum Depression Feels Like

So I didn’t send it. That’s a mistake. Friends let me tell you, the moment you have the instant reaction to reach out? DO IT. Trust me. She probably could have talked me through it and it not spiraled the rest of my night. But I kept it to myself, and much like PPD did a year ago, it ate at me. Slowly. In every word said, every action of my child. It’s unnerving. ...more

Thank you Kimberly!

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