I'm a full-on walking cliche of a mid-life crisis. Shouldn't come as any surprise. Mid-40s: check! Low thyroid / depleted / exhausted: check! Relentless parenting of small children: check! Stuck in my career with no upward path: check! But just the normalcy of the mid-life-edness of it all has hit me like a flaming garbage truck. I can't seem to get up from the wreckage. It feels like every time I try, I just fall over again, stunned by some other completely obvious detail I … [Read more...] about Full-on mid-life GenX crisis
I try not to ascribe things to my kids - like what I think they'll be when they grow up. But of course all parents have thoughts. My 7 yo is doing a lot of that lately with logos, and it makes me wonder if they're going to be some kind of graphic designer or artist. Why is the LEGO logo not made of lego bricks? Why is the Dunkin Donuts logo a coffee....when they make donuts? I mean it's "donuts" right there in the name, not coffee. Why do Microsoft & Google logos use similar colors … [Read more...] about A 7 Year Old’s Take on Logos
My kids' school district has released its plans for fall. Or as I like to call it AUGUST. Swear to Christ, why schools start first Monday in August here is beyond me. And the COVID-19 school year plans are unfolding similarly to most school districts. There's a full-day, in-person option. This is a necessity, given many parents' need for schools to be physically open so they can go to work. There's a fully online version, which will be horrible, but hopefully not as awful a shit show as … [Read more...] about Left behind online
Though the pandemic parenting has been very, very, ultra, super hard....my kids have been coping like absolute gold-medal champions. Not sure if it's their ages (8, 6); their demeanor (go with the flow); and/or their lack of life experience thus far (so they're not knowing what they're missing out on?). But, all good things usually come to an end. I've been watching my kids come increasingly undone. And it's heartbreaking. Of course, they have been confused on what's happening, in … [Read more...] about Helpless, hopeless?
One strange but true coping strategy I have for getting through this goddamned pandemic is to pretend I'm 15 years old again. I know that sounds strange. But hear me out. When I was 15, I was having a very tough summer. I was lonely. I didn't have many friends, having changed schools and lost my BFF in a friend breakup. I couldn't get a job yet, other than babysitting, and I lived in the sleepy burbs, so no way to get away from my parents like maybe a city kid. I didn't know how … [Read more...] about Like Being 15 again