Things I wonder: has reality tv ALWAYS been this god-awful? Or has my taste evolved*? * Evolution is relative, coming from someone who makes a sport out of watching and judging selected Housewives, as well as all Southern Charm and VPR bravolebrities and 90 Day Fiance... But either they've all unequivocally tanked in, er, "quality" or my standards have somehow been raised. … [Read more...] about unfiltered thoughts: reality tv in 2020 edition
Recently, as in last fall, I logged in to my son's health care portal because my pediatrician wasn't getting any records from a specialist. To say it's my son's health portal is silly, because he's six. So I have to log in as me, and then navigate to him, as he is a child record attached to the electronic me. Anyway, when I logged in, I got presented by the generic profile page, with a gray silhouette placeholder avatar, my sex, my date of birth, and my age. 43. Mathematically, that's … [Read more...] about fully middle aged
Weird thing about living in PHX is that it remains so hot here well after summer that my brain gets real confused. I keep finding myself thinking things like "I'll do that after Labor Day." Like: I'll start cleaning out the garage after Labor Day. Or I'll start working on working on my yard again after Labor Day. Or I'll look into a fall trip with the kids after Labor Day. Or I'll start planning my son's September birthday after Labor Day. Obviously, dear reader, you know it's well after … [Read more...] about Autumn is…when, again?
I have just learned that Stanley Kubrick was a photojournalist before he was a filmmaker and oh, who gives a flying fudge. Just. look. at. this. … [Read more...] about monkey of the day: roller-skating chimp edition
I have a habit that I've only just discovered. Okay, I know you're confused by that but what I'm saying is that I only just realized that I have been doing something for YEARS that I had no idea I did. I looked in my jewelry box this morning to put on my earrings and, as I scanned through my options, realized that most pairs have a very specific memory associated with them. That's because I apparently have a habit of getting most of my earrings during trips. This isn't a conscious thing that … [Read more...] about souvenirs
Now that it's summer, meaning the kids are done with school this year, that brings a whole new level of schlepping kids here and there for the next couple of months. Day camp on weekdays, swimming on weeknights, and soccer one weekend morning, repeat. What that means for me, in addition to making my brain melt in terms of logistics, is that I have a bunch of trapped free time. I remember a book I read a few years ago - ETA okay, fine, I googled it and this is it - that talked about how little … [Read more...] about Trapped free time
I went to a friend's house for dinner tonight, and one woman was explaining why she decided to reconnect the cord and sign back up for cable (namely because it was a bundled deal that would make internet + cable TV cheaper than internet + streaming services). A man then went on to explain he would refuse to ever do that because of a long-standing beef against the cable company, in which he was slapped with an $800 debt that belonged not to him, but to a different man with the same name in the … [Read more...] about did I meet a murderer?
A few days ago, I told my child's teacher after I completely spaced the parent-teacher conference we had scheduled, "I used to have my shit together, and then I became a parent. But I guess 6 years in to this parenting run, I suppose I can no longer claim my new normal is temporary." She didn't know me in my pre-parenting days, when I really was on time to things, and even occasionally organized. A time when I could string thoughts coherently, er, string coherent thoughts togetherly. While I … [Read more...] about Balancing my current work with my future work goals
Well hello there, old friend. It's been awhile, hasn't it? Rather than bore you with all the nitty-gritty of what has (and has not) transpired over the past 2 years, let me just summarize with: I've been dealing with stuff. And things. Losses, deaths, work, parenting, beaches, music, and whatnot. There, you're all caught up. Don't you feel better? I know I do! I won't get all gross on you and go into my goal for this particular year or talk about how life is so much better now that … [Read more...] about reset
"Mommy, did you have a bad dream?" I don't really know how to answer since she's only 4, and my crying woke her up. To her, a bad dream is the only explanation. So I tell her yes, and it's just a dream and to go back to sleep. What's funny, like funny in the odd sense and not the ha-ha sense, is that in a way, she's exactly right. I am struggling with my dreams. As in how to make them happen. I always struggle at New Years. For some reason I find myself standing at the starting line for each … [Read more...] about A Bad Dream