How Come I'm the Only One Who Kept My Maiden Name?

My name is Christie O’Brien Tate. It's the name I’ve had all my life.  It will always be my name, even though I'm married with two children, and I'm the only one in my household with the last name Tate.  For as long as I can remember, I planned to keep my maiden name.  Long before I read the work of Betty Friedan or Catharine MacKinnon, I knew I wanted my name to stay with me. Sometimes when people ask me why I kept my maiden name, I joke that I'm horrible with paperwork, so there's no way I was going to schlep down to the DMV to update my driver’s license. ...more
@GailGreig My kids have different last names than me, and two have one name and two have ... more

Standing Up For Chick-fil-A

The ruckus over Chick-fil-A raises the question: Who's behaving like the hater here?...more
 @Erin Kotecki Vest well said!!! more

Standing Up For Chick-fil-A

The ruckus over Chick-fil-A raises the question: Who's behaving like the hater here?...more
 @kellymrivard Even though I disagree with your point of view, I agree with Kelly that you have ... more

Standing Up For Chick-fil-A

The ruckus over Chick-fil-A raises the question: Who's behaving like the hater here?...more
 @AprilMichaelClement They support 'some' families. Families like theirs.  more

BlogHer '12 Ticket Swap

Do you have a BlogHer '12 ticket that you can't use? Find someone to buy it from you here. Or if you need a ticket, say so - maybe someone can sell you one!Once you have finalized the selling and buying process please have the seller contact us with the buyer's name and email address and we'll help facilitate the registration changes.

Meal (and Holiday Baking) Plan Monday December 12

Our meal plan is very sketchy this week because we're going to be gone for part of it. (Which is also why I'm posting this Sunday night - I might forget in the morning!) We didn't do poorly last week but yet again we failed to roast the chicken. It's becoming a routine around here - put roast chicken on the menu and then do not make it. Monday: Dinner out with the fake husband's coworkers in Toronto. Tuesday: Hopefully dinner with friends in Toronto. Must confirm! Wednesday: Dinner on the road back from Toronto. Probably fast food.

Outsmart Corporations...With a Sharpie

Have you ever wondered why the measurement cups for laundry detergent are so impossible to read?Consider that the outside of your box, carton, or bottle is stamped in bright colors in a giant font. Yet the cup they send you to measure out the high performance serum (or powder) is barely legible.  This is not an accident. ...more
Good tip! Also they usually recommend much more soap than what you really need to get your ... more

Scary bill. Scary, scary bill. Need wine. And sugar. And wine.

Scary bill. Scary, scary bill. Need wine. And sugar. And wine. ...more
You must be talking about hydro. Ours has gone from bad to worse, despite best efforts. Awful. more

Meal Plan Monday October 24

There haven't been meal plans the last couple of weeks because I haven't really been home long enough to plan to cook. We've been doing lots of freezer raids and running to the grocery story to buy some meat to throw on the grill. But we're home this week. Home, home, home. I am very happy to be home. I like travelling but goodness, I am tired. I am also happy to eat a few good home-cooked meals. I had fun creating this week's meal plan. Though I just took another look at this plan and a look at the fridge and realize I need to buy more carrots.

Meal Plan Monday October 24

There haven't been meal plans the last couple of weeks because I haven't really been home long enough to plan to cook. We've been doing lots of freezer raids and running to the grocery story to buy some meat to throw on the grill. But we're home this week. Home, home, home. I am very happy to be home. I like travelling but goodness, I am tired. I am also happy to eat a few good home-cooked meals. I had fun creating this week's meal plan. Though I just took another look at this plan and a look at the fridge and realize I need to buy more carrots.