Great Girlfriend Material

I have been dating Mr. Right for over six months now, giving me the distinct impression that I'm great girlfriend material. After all, he wouldn't still be spending money and using up his vacation time at work to come visit me every 6 weeks if it weren't for the following:...more

Top 3 List

Just before Christmas, I went out for drinks with a friend from high school. We got to talking about relationships (both past and present) and the idea of men and women being "just friends" when suddenly he mentioned something about a Top 3 List.I stopped him in mid-sentence and asked him to explain. He looked at me as though I were crazy. Apparently, many guys (and some women) have a Top 3 List of the best lovers they've had in their lifetime....more


I'm not single anymore

Next weekend, my son and I will head to Minnesota to celebrate Christmas (a little early) with my parents, my sister, her husband and their two boys. It's going to be great, even though we're only going to be there for the weekend.The one thing I'm nervous about and anxiously awaiting, is the fact that Mr. Right will be there too. He's going to pick us up from the airport and then spend the entire weekend (assuming everything goes OK) with my family and I....more

Pearl Necklace

A good friend pointed out to me that I can not possibly consummate a 15-year relationship in the same house that I once lived in with my ex-husband. You see, when my ex left me, he also left me the house. It's a condo really, and even though I hate it and want to leave so very badly, I'm pretty much stuck here. Yes, he's very generous in that he's helping with the mortgage but the point is, I'm still here and that's when sex and dating start to make me feel slightly uncomfortable. ...more

Friendship Sex

I never intended to ruin our friendship. In fact, if anything, I thought consummating our fifteen year relationship would strengthen our bond, deepen our connection. We've been friends for nearly two decades now, through my marriage and after my divorce and the guys who supposedly helped me get back into the dating scene. What a joke! The only thing they helped me discover is why it is so difficult - and depressing - to be dating as a single mom. ...more

If you cross the line and it doesn't work out, can you ever go back to the way it was?  To ...more

2010 Chevy Equinox

The 2010 Chevy Equinox has been awesome to drive. It was dropped off at my place in San Diego around noon on Monday. I grabbed the keys, signed the Loan Agreement and it was mine. I headed out that afternoon, driving through traffic in Riverside, past the lights of Vegas and finally stopped long enough to close my eyes for a few hours in Cedar City, UT. ...more

Ready to Roll

I'm getting ready to roll now that the 2010 Chevy Equinox is parked outside my door! I'm packing it up and heading out on the road this afternoon so check back often and of course on our Twitter feeds to learn more about our travel adventures as we leave SoCal and head to the Windy City!! Follow us on Twitter: @hip_m0m @sugarjones ...more

Thelma & Louise

Our Chevy vehicle will be delivered next Monday. They promised me it would be dropped off to me between 11 am - 1 pm. I hope it's not like when the Cable Guy promises to be there within a certain time frame. They're notoriously late and even though I'm driving on my own, I do like to have a schedule to follow. ...more


The craziest thing about my upcoming roadtrip to Chicago is that it was someone else's idea. I don't want to take complete credit for this ...more

Ten Things to do in Chicago

Even though I'm heading to Chicago without my child in a few weeks, I'm looking forward to the day when he is old enough to handle all-day trips to museums and explore the many sites that the Windy City has to offer. For those of you who are bringing kids to BlogHer, or who plan on taking them to Chicago someday, here's a list of just some of the things that you will want to make time for: ...more

Hey Denise, 

Since we all have our own definition of family-friendly (which is not ...more