July 28, 2015What's Cooking?
Over-mothering is a common occurrence with many (not all) women.There's also under-mothering but that's a whole other column. Love has a way of making us want to hold on and nurture our babies. Many of our fears and applications come from the way we were parented. I've noticed a happening with my teens when it comes to meal time. They are more apt to eat if I literally cook something, place it in front of them and say eat. Otherwise they opt for the standard kid fare; Mac and cheese, ramen and pizza rolls. It blew my mind the other night, it was 10 pm and my daughters boyfriend who was visiting from out of town tells me he hadn't eaten since breakfast. But that it was ok because they had a big breakfast. They also had a full day of sightseeing. I couldn't believe this, first I took it personally because a guest in my house went so long without food. I'm Italian, if we aren't feeding something or someone every couple of hours withdrawal happens. So off I go, whipping up a quick batch of French toast and bacon and every living being in my house comes to eat. There's plenty in the refrigerator to heat up, there is peanut butter and jelly, sandwich fixings and leftover pasta from the night before, but what was wanted was something home cooked by me. On one hand I feel pressure from this, I mean they are old enough to fend for themselves and I've supplied all the necessary ingredients, on the other hand it's my motherly pleasure. My third hand is waiting for my teens to feed themselves and me, I'll even do the dishes.
July 21, 2015Road Trip
My sister, her husband and their 12 year old son are taking a road trip this summer traveling from Minnesota to see my brother in California. Three people in one car is not so bad; they have an enormous SUV with every bell and whistle possible giving their son plenty ...
July 14, 2015Green
Some she's have a true gift for gardening— do you have a green thumb? I'm the only one in my family that doesn't have a green thumb; I sport something more like a French manicure. No matter what I do, I can't grow anything. My grandfather was a master planter and ...
July 7, 2015Start
By now, the kids are on summer break. Many new summer schedules includes dropping kids off at some kind of summer camp before heading to work, cleaning the pool, and lathering on sunscreen. Winter weight gain can be countered by the new, fresh alternatives at the local ...
June 16, 2015Skin
My daughter's friend, Adam, gets a different tattoo or piercing pretty much every couple of weeks. They are well thought out and meaningful to him. But honestly, all jokes aside, he's running out of room for a new spot to decorate, and I'm wondering what happens next. He ...
June 2, 2015Gizmos
I practiced great self control inside a Bed Bath & Beyond this past weekend. Maybe you read my tweet: "Bed, Bath & Beyond, more like the evil place with everything I didn't know I need." You walk in and instantly feel like you need to buy..well, everything. Stuff like: ...
May 26, 2015The Lesson In Hair
My daughter is getting her hair cut and I'm waiting for her. Kesha is pumping through the speakers, and I'm surrounded by cases filled with make-up, lotions and hair products. Refreshments are available, including coffee, water, wine and soda along with a small ...
May 19, 2015Text
You learn a lot about women by text-snooping. Check out this text between myself and my friend Suzy, a married full-time working mother of three. Suzy: Morning! Just reviewing my week, and I have us tentatively on for tomorrow at 10:30. Was that going to work for you? ...
May 12, 2015Poodle
Some families are celebrating or preparing for graduation and the end of another school year. Meanwhile my 'pregnant with their first baby' neighbors are taking a Babymoon in Italy. It's funny how my cat loving daughter is caring for their toy poodle; Lucy. Let me ...
April 21, 2015Spring Clean
Gardeners and landscapers are ready for their busy season. Hopefully, if she needs yard work done, she's already called and made an appointment for a spring clean up. The same strategy is required for carpet cleaning, as well. Otherwise, she might have to wait, ...