Jenny Meade

I'm a working mother, a working wife, and a working housekeeper. Some things I do better than others. I have two little boys I call Chaos and Mayhem, and a giant, very neurotic poodle. I have a minivan full of soccer balls and empty Starbucks cups.

Maybe I should have listened to Tina Fey. *

Ho-hey, hi there. Not much to see here, sorry. I just keep swimming, swimming, swimming, like a little blue Dori fish, flapping my little fins trying to keep going. It's been an extended winter, and its APRIL, people, and they are still threatening that snow may fall here on the plain. This is not amusing anymore.  ...more

Finnegan Begins Again.

I have a thing for 80's romantic comedies - all of the fun banter, less sex and nudity - much more innocent than today. (Not that I'm a prude, but COME ON, Hollywood, tell a story without using sex as a crutch, maybe, huh?) Finnegan Begin Again is one I recall fondly, but admittedly it is the rhyming title for which it is memorable ....more

Friday Wine Goodness: Shaun of the Dead.

So, we have the flu at my house. Type B, the strain most of the midwest is seeing, different from Type A which is occuring mostly on the coasts, according to our pediatrician. My husband took off Tuesday and Wednesday and I put in for a substitute teacher for Thursday and Friday. Ah, co-parenting at its finest. I'm pretty lucky on that front, I know.  ...more

Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch, who watches over you?

So yeah, here we are. I know I know, it took me long enough, but in the end I just didn't want that last post to be the end of the line here, so I paid up and for the time being, will continue to post, however sporadically it comes to mind.  ...more

Here if you need me.

I've got a whole slew of half-written posts started in the Notes app on my iPhone. Sometimes its a song title or lyric, sometimes a phrase, sometimes a whole paragraph. I think of things I want to say and pound it out in Notes, and once it has left my brain it leaves completely, closing the door tightly and leaving the key under the mat. By the time I look again, usually to start another thought- it has become irrelevant, ...more

Friday Wine Goodness: Start your ovens!

After a break last year when we visited family in Alabama for Thanksgiving and I didn't have to show up with anything but a bottle of wine, it is my turn to cook the turkey again. I was totally going to do The Pioneer Woman's brined turkey recipe again this year, which is fantastic and worth the work ....more

Waiting for Godot.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I can't wait for November 7th to come and go so we can get on with our lives. Four years ago I was really into the election process, I was so ready to be finished with the policies surrounding the Village Idiot that was Bush, the next four years were so full of promise and I was flush with the excitement of change. ...more

Waiting for Godot.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I can't wait for November 7th to come and go so we can get on with our lives. Four years ago I was really into the election process, I was so ready to be finished with the policies surrounding the Village Idiot that was Bush, the next four years were so full of promise and I was flush with the excitement of change. ...more

The difference a year makes.

Its September again - school has begun, the heat is backing off, the mulberry tree behind our house is shitting yellow leaves all over the deck instead of mulberries - these are all the regular signs of fall. The normal signs of Deja Vu are here, with some slight variations ....more

Ermahgerd, I haz a 12 year old.

First, I will have several pictures of my laundry room in a few days, now that the tile is laid and grouted and curing. I have only hurt myself once, I stabbed myself in the hand with the utility knife trying to shave off some tile to make it fit (it's vinyl tile, fyi, but looks real.) My nurse neighbor friend recommended that I just superglue it together since it was gaping but not bleeding, so didn't really need any ...more