Professional Aunts? Another Club I Can't Belong To

 A married friend of mine sent me an about a new marketing demographic called PANKs - Professional Aunts, No Kids.  PANKs are single women without kids who spend lots of time with and money on (more importantly) other people's kids.  They shower love, attention, and gifts on the kids of their family and friends…and then send them home.  The send-them-home part is mine.  I added that because I'm not sure I entirely get it, so I'm trying to make it more palatable. ...more

2012 New Year Resolutions

Boy oh boy, did we celebrate the New Year...You know, Bugi and I are very diligent and responsible people - when we are told to celebrate something, we celebrate! But to tell you the story of 31 December and 1 January I need pictures and pictures take time to upload and I simply have no energy yet to complete such a task. Yes, New Year drained us completely and we are still recovering....more

Will There Be Childfree Regret When Parents Are Gone?

A city-data forum recently had a thread started by a person who had suddenly lost both of her parents. She ponders regret for not having children in a way had not thought of before, and the 11 pages of comments are worth the read....more

Move over Baby On Board! IF signs for every occasion

Prompted by you commenters pointing out the annoying "Baby On Board" signs (most frequently endured apparently by international bloggers), Will and I decided to create a line of "On Board" signs for the infertile driver....more

What the Childfree and Single-Child Parents Share

A mother of an only child recently wrote me about the top five "bingos" she has received as a "Done at One," or DAO.  They are more related to what's behind a lot of bingos the childfree get than you might think. Here they are:Top 5 Bingos to the DAO1. You only had ONE child? Why didn't you want more?...more
Love this article.  I have an Only.  This article and the comments have enlightened me and ...more

Lament of the end-stage infertile

Lament of the end-stage infertile...more

The Truth

Leah had just finished watching the Super Bowl and decided it was time to get ready for bed. She walked up the stairs to the second story of the house she was sharing with two of her guy friends, Nick and Wes. She knew she needed to get to bed soon because she had class at 8am and that time would come all too soon. She wasn't much of a morning person. Really, she wished her classes were a little later but that wasn't the case with the degree path she had chosen. Oh well, she thought. I can get some sleep tomorrow after work. ...more

When Your Friend Has a Baby

 At the beginning, I think they used to feel sorry for me all-single-and-alone in my apartment, so they had me over on a regular basis for food and drink.  I took complete advantage of this.And several nights a week, we would unwind from a rough day at work over a glass of wine.  This is a picture I took of the inside of their refrigerator.  Tells you what their priorities are/were, right?    ...more

I am, most definitely, mad.

Today was the first day back at work after a wonderful Thanksgiving break. And I opened my inbox - which I had not checked even one time over break because I refused to get sucked into work on my time off - to five different emails asking me to do five different, time-sensitive things. And this was on top of the five different time consuming things I had been asked to do before break....more

Giving Thanks for the Childfree Life

There is a lot of talk about the challenges of being childfree, but at this time of year, let's talk about what is great about having chosen not to have children--if you have made this choice, what is on your list to be thankful for? I'll start....more
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!more