What I’m Thankful For: My Washer/Dryer

They’re not swanky, but I love them Not everyone in my apartment complex has a washer/dryer in their own unit. The grand trifecta of amenities is central AC/hardwood/washer-dryer. When given the choice of a unit with hardwood floors but no washer/dryer, or wall-to-wall carpet (which I loathe) with a washer/dryer, I chose the latter ....more

Is It Me, Or Is It Irritating In Here?

Me, on a good day It first dawned on me that I might be suffering from perimenopausal insanity the day I tried to zoom to the front of the carpool lane, almost taking a few orange cones with me. I was two Priuses behind an SUV that had been parked for a full five minutes while its driver, a pony-tailed mother of young children, stood outside the door, futzing with a car seat, seemingly oblivious to the caravan of cars behind her. And where was her child, this apple who didn’t fall far from its tree? ...more

What I’m Thankful For: The Occasions When I Don’t Have To Clean Up Cat Shit

When will they invent a cat that doesn’t crap? I have been cleaning up poop for over sixteen years. First my son’s, then my daughter’s, and now the cats ....more

Personal Essays, and Hitting Your Prime in Middle Age

I am back home, having just unpacked the...more

What I’m Thankful For: A Small Red Suitcase

Last night I sat on my bed mid Breaking Bad marathon, a small red suitcase lying nearby. I packed the red suitcase in peace, uninterrupted by children. Packed for a road trip This was the first Friday since my divorce that Prince has taken both kids ....more

What I’m Thankful For: My Younger Man

I have a new paramour. He is a complete romantic departure for me: younger (by eight years), blue-collar, and unfettered by children. We have absolutely nothing in common except for smouldering chemistry and a genuine fondness for each other ....more

Mental Health Days and a Single Mother’s Little Helper

I took a mental health day yesterday and stayed home from work. A week-and-a-half-ago, after I blogged about all the good nights’ sleep I’d been getting, I found myself awake at 4:00 a.m. for ten days straight. It was that middle-of-the-night, eyes-wide-open brand of ...more

What I’m Thankful For: The Night My Daughter Surprised Me With Dinner

“Mom, how much longer till you get home?”...more

What I’m Thankful For: A Good Night’s Sleep

More often than not, I get a good night’s sleep. This is remarkable considering my middle-aged lady hormonal weirdness, the mishigas in my life, and my history of secondary insomnia. My sleep has been so luxuriously dreamy and reliable enough that I have not refilled my prescription to Klonopin, the Mother’s Little Helper that got me through a custody battle, demise of my second marriage, and yet another move ....more

What Diana Nyad Taught Me About Surviving a Nightmare Divorce

“You don’t like it. It’s not doing well. Find a way.” – Diana Nyad Although she doesn’t have children, Diana Nyad organizes an annual beach party for her friends who do ....more