On Tuesday, the first really chilly day, I put a pair of nice, new gloves on Sam’s hands.* I bent down to look Sam in the eyes, so he would know I was serious. “Sam,” I said, “Do not lose these gloves.” He looked sweetly back into my Stern Mom Face™ and said,…
Eye on the prize
I’ve been following the Harvard admissions lawsuit like 👀 . The Times articles on the subject (there are several) gives great insights into why Harvard accepts the people they do, besides academic achievement. It’s beautifully voyeuristic for the rest of us plebes who had to settle for Tier 2 universities. It’s also a world I…
Seltzers I’ve known and loved
I drink a lot — and I mean a lot — of seltzer. I’m not the only one. All of my mom friends slam seltzer big time. In an e-mail with a group of friends about a weekend group getaway we’re taking, I (somewhat) jokingly asked if 13 cases of seltzer would be enough for…
On being tired ALL the time
When I was young and heard news reports of elderly people dying because of the heat in the summer, I would think, “How in the world does THAT happen?” Now I know.
Summer Camp Madnessss
We’re in the thick of summer camp season at the moment.
I realized I’m pretty much constantly “on edge” around my kids every single time we’re in public together without Nat.
Snacks on snacks on snacks on snacks
How did this automatic dishing out of small food stuffs become such a huge part of parenting?
Are moms really superheroes? Or nah?
Sam and I were driving in the car today when I asked him what kind of superhero power he would love the most. “I think I’d want to fly,” he said. He then asked what mine would be. Without hesitation, I said: “I want to simply think of the food items we need and have…
I will do anything for my kids … except chaperone
Meatloaf once sang “I will do anything for love, but I won’t do that.” For me, “that” in regards to my children, means, “go on a field trip as a chaperone.” Since he could talk, Sam has been after me about being a chaperone on a field trip. Tomorrow, he has a field trip where…
When did straws become the enemy?
When did straws become so bad? I was just living my life, working, raising my family, paying $20 to have someone walk my dog around the block, forgetting to write thank you notes, and then I hear on the radio New York City is proposing a ban on plastic straws. (WNYC is really going to…
What if I don’t sign my kids up for sports?
When I sign my kids up for a sport, it is going to be a sport I like to watch (which is no sports)
Stealth baby showering and the will of women
Nat and I threw a baby shower today for our friend Jessie and her husband Marco. (Apparently, as this is their third, it should be known as a “baby sprinkle.” I did not know this was a real term? How am I even a real woman?) Baby showers (sprinkles?) aren’t really my thing, but…