Published by admin on 26 Nov 2015


This year, so far, has been incredibly difficult, but we’re all still here. And I am more than thankful, I’m thankoverful.

Seth and I have been through a lot.  Despite each of our best efforts to say the worst things and scream the worser things and whisper the worstest things, we still love each other. (A friend of mine who is pregnant with her second baby, who will be 20 months younger than her first when he’s born, asked me and another friend who also has two children 18 months apart and is divorced, what advice we had. I said, start couples therapy now.  Our divorced friend said, YES. Do it now.)

My boys amaze me every day. They are growing up so beautifully together and are just so fun to parent. (Obviously, some things are not fun, but trying to convince Moses my ears are deaf to whining is at least amusing to me. “I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you. Could you repeat that without whining? Nope, still not hearing you….”)  Seth pulled out some toys from the garage that were their older brother and sister’s and when I came home from work tonight, Moses was playing with the AT-AT and said, “Mommy, I’m sorry Daddy didn’t get you any presents.” I said, “He gets me very nice presents all of the time.”  Moses, “Like flowers?”  Me, “No….” Moses, “We’re going to get you flowers.”

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.



Published by admin on 23 Nov 2015

Vapid Consumerism

I did a month of no shopping at Target a while back, maybe August? Or September? I just checked my blog archives and since I haven’t written anything since July it was one of those months. I think August. I also didn’t buy anything on Amazon. It was kind of an intense month for me. It did my check book good and I also think it opened my eyes to how much I use a “quick trip to Target” to buy things I don’t need to fill some sort of hole that I could fill with much better pursuits. Like – even giving $150 to a random stranger would be better spent than some of the shit I’ve purchased at Target.

The other day I was walking into Ralph’s to pick up milk (good God we go through a lot of milk) and a man with really beautiful light brown eyes asked if I could spare any change. I do my best when the person isn’t clearly insane or aggressive to look them in the eyes when I say I can’t, or not today, and I did that and he said, “thank you anyway.” I bought milk and some bagels and got $5 cash back and handed it to him on the way out. I heard him say to his wife/partner/friend as she walked into the store, “Cigarettes.” And there are people that would be pissed, someone just gave you five whole dollars, and you’re going to buy cigarettes? And whatever, he might have purchased any number of things that I don’t think he “should have.” but I gave that money to him. He gets to decide what he wants to do with it now. I hope those cigarettes tasted like a little bit of comfort on a cold night.

This is a weird post. I don’t know what’s going on, but I felt like writing about Etsy stores and then all this random stuff about Target and $5 to strangers spilled out and now it feels weird to link to vapid consumer goods, but hey, here we all are.

I have two stores that I really like that I wanted to tell you about.

First – Uncommon and Nice. If you have a book lover on your list that you are kind of stumped on what to buy them, because now they read everything on their kindle, I’d go here. This guy makes phone chargers out of books.  I have the Pride and Prejudice one. It works great, looks amazing and I just love it.

Second – If you are looking for personalized Christmas stockings, LittleWhiteBoutique is so great. I got myself a stocking from her last year and I adore it. She’s in Latvia of all places, but if you order before November 24th, you’ll get your stocking before Christmas without having to pay for expedited shipping.

I love Etsy in theory, but find it can be very overwhelming when you’re just looking for say, a pretty necklace or a pair of earrings.  Hit me up with your favorite stores in the comments if you feel like sharing in some vapid consumerism.

(Not sponsored, just dig the stores. Also, thanks for bearing with me while I get used to blogging again, I’m clearly a little rusty.)


Published by admin on 22 Nov 2015

Playing catch up

I have what amounts to my dream job right now. It fills the sweet spot of fantastic content, funny and nice and talented co-workers, airs on a network that people have heard of and pays well.  There are down sides, but they are what they are.

The boys are growing and changing so quickly. I’ll watch a video from a few months ago and I want to just push the babies down and tell them to stop going so quickly. I told Moses tonight that he’s growing up to fast and I started to whimper (and fake cry) and he said, “Don’t cry, mommy! It’s ok.” And then I almost started to real cry.

We’ve been having a pretty great time at home these days and the weekends fly by. I still have a few moments a day where I’m like, “Where is the nanny to take the children back to their wing?” but Moses is super fun right now and Manny is just the funniest. He is so in love with Moses and they are becoming the best of friends.  My little bitter heart can’t take it.

Seth’s daughter’s wedding was a few weeks ago and we hosted his son, daughter in law and grandson for a few days and it was so fun to see the boys with their nephew (4 months younger than Manny). Manny saw a picture of Moses when he was about L’s age and said L’s name over and over. I guess there’s a family resemblance.  Or, like most babies, hair color equals same person.

While the family was staying with us, we moved Moses’ bed into our room and one night I was watching my episode with headphones while Moses snuggled in bed with me and he gave me notes that I swear to god if you put them in a document with the network notes no one would know the difference.

“Ooo! Cars! What was that?”

“Is that a real swan? Does it talk?”


“Where’d the other cat go? Did it run away? Maybe it jumped out the window. That would be bad.”

You’re probably laughing, thinking, no network exec would give notes like that. Well, you would be wrong.

So. November. Almost over.

Published by admin on 28 Jul 2015

Manny and Moses update

Manny walks now.  I’ll hear little padding down the hall and expect to look up and see Moses and I get startled by little Manno standing there smiling and “hiiiii!” – ing.  This morning he woke up and kept saying “bobble” over and over.  I made him a bottle and tried to feed it to him but he took it gently out of my hands and drank it all by himself.

When Moses asks to play hide and seek (which he is truly terrible at) Manny will cover his eyes and start counting “Un, oo, ee,” it’s so damn cute.

Moses says things like, “I don’t like that idea,” when I tell him it’s bath, pjs, story and bed.  He bargains and says, “How ’bout I watcha movie?” When I say, “No,” he responds, “I think I’m gonna watch a movie.” He is such a little stinker.

It’s hard to remember sometimes that it really is going by fast when you’re up all night with a sick baby or a nervous toddler, but it is, it’s going by really really fast.

Published by admin on 13 Jul 2015

Manny’s words






A ball


uh oh


thank you (tin to)

(you’ll notice there is no mama on this list. sob.) 

Published by admin on 13 Jul 2015

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Fresh baby!


It's not pinteresty and he refused to eat it, but he's 2, my sweet boy is 2!


Published by admin on 03 Jun 2015

Own a little piece of land

Growing up we did a lot of road trips.  Arizona to North Dakota.  Arizona to Minnesota.  Arizona to Colorado.  Arizona to New Mexico with a van full of teenagers going to a Key Club convention (NERD ALERT).  One time my sister’s friend Cassie came with us and as we crossed the border into New Mexico, she said, “New Mexico, the laaaaand of enchantment!” Which is, of course, New Mexico’s slogan.  And that is how her dad would say it when they crossed into New Mexico. And every time after that trip that we crossed the border into New Mexico it’s how we would say it.  And we crossed the border into New Mexico a lot.

So, fast forward to now, some *cough*20*cough* years later, and we’ve got dreams of buying a little piece of land in New Mexico where we can go and spend a few months getting over how hard it is to live in Los Angeles and drive a truck around and let the kids dig holes and chase lizards and generally be kids in a place where you don’t have to worry they’re going to be mowed down by a speeding car.  And I’ve started looking at this site called and there are some cheap ass pieces of property in New Mexico.  Probably because some of them have no water, no electricity and no road, but there are some that have all of those things and some nice trees and views of pretty mountains and for only like $188 a month you too can own your dream in the laaaaaand of enchantment.

So, I’ve been budgeting like crazy and pinning tiny houses to my pinterest “house inspiration” board and there’s still no way we can own a little piece of land yet.  But I’ve heard if you write it down (which I’ve done literally everywhere – my 5 year goal list, my magic index cards, and my budget “wants” list) it will come true.  Because, apparently, The Secret is real.

So, there it is.  I want a little piece of land.

Any of you guys make something like this happen?  A little cottage in the woods?  A cabin by a lake? A condo near the slopes?  Do you love it? Is it a burden? I worry I’ll never get enough use out of it to make it worth it, but then again, how will I know unless I ask people?

Published by admin on 28 May 2015

I’ve created a monster

I can’t remember if I’ve written in depth about the sleep issues we’ve had with Moses since Manny came on the scene, but there were issues.  A lot of them. Moses was having trouble falling asleep, he was waking up between 2-5 times a night crying, he was spending the early morning hours in our bed with Seth while I slept in the spare bed with Manny and it was just awful.

A few weeks ago we bought him a new nightlight – this one from Cloud B.  And we cut his naps at school down to an hour. That solved the not going to sleep until 11pm issue, but the night waking and early morning co-sleeping were still issues and we were just at our wit’s end.  We couldn’t just let him cry because that would wake Manny up and we couldn’t co-sleep because two adults and one leggy toddler in a queen bed is not comfy and so finally after seeing how much he loved winning his potty training bribes, I decided to try it with sleep.  At worst, he wouldn’t sleep through the night and he wouldn’t get a car.  At best, he would sleep through the night and get a $1 prize every morning.

The first night he woke up only once crying and then had a melt down in the morning when I told him he couldn’t have a car because he didn’t make it through.  I gently told him that he could try again tomorrow.  And he sweetly said, “Right, we’ll just try again!” And that next night he did it.  And he got a car.  And the night after and the night after that. And there’s only been 1 night in the last two weeks where he didn’t make it through.

Anyway, this morning Moses stumbled out of his room at 7am and said, “Mommy, I need to tell you something!” and I said, “What, tell me!” And he said, “I slept through the whole night and didn’t cry! Can I have a car?” And I of course I said yes.  Basically, I’m buying sleep for $1 a day.

It’s been a miracle.  And um, now I don’t know what to do.  We will eventually be drowning in hot wheels if I have to keep this up and I don’t want to go back to where we were, but how many cars can one toddler own?

Published by admin on 27 May 2015

Tidying, presented by Pixar

This Marie Kondo book has been getting a lot of traction in my twitter and Facebook feed lately.  And I guess I should have realized that it would involve some woo-woo Disney shit because the title is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Right there in the title – MAGIC.  It’s like I’m new here.

I screen grabbed some of her most absurd quotes and posted them on twitter, and then as I was tweeting with people and reading the book simultaneously, I started to slowly, ever so slowly, be charmed by this wackadoo.  She’s very much like a character in a Pixar/Disney production.  It’s interesting.

The gist of the book (I’ll save you the $11) is that you should take stock of every single thing in your home (by category) hold each item and decide whether it brings you joy.  If it doesn’t, it’s out.

But then she gets into some weird stuff about letting your socks relax and talking to your purses… and well, just read this.

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Guest Bedding: this is where I was like, OK, lady, CALM DOWN. I’m keeping my spare sheets and you can’t stop me.
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It was about here that I started thinking she has a severe mental illness. Then a friend mentioned that the Shinto belief system has something about treating inanimate objects with respect and then it all started coming together. I had never heard this about “charms.”
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But she lost me again with storing your wet dishes outside. Have you been to LA? Everything is covered in a fine layer of silt from our wonderful air.
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But then I read this story and yeah, she got me back.
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She texted her old phone! And then it died! I’m not made of stone, people.

Anyway, next time you come over, be prepared to hear me thanking my plates and rugs for being good citizens of my home.

Published by admin on 28 Apr 2015

Sunday is your favorite day!

On the way to preschool today, Moses wanted to talk about dinosaurs.  “Let’s talk about dinosaurs.” I asked him what his favorite dinosaur was, “Wednesday!” We laughed. Then we talked about our favorite days of the week, his is Friday. He said daddy’s is Tuesday.  And Manny’s is Wednesday.  And I said I like Friday, too.  He told me I did not like Friday.  So I asked him what my favorite day of the week was.  “Sunday!” I said, “Sunday fun day!” and he said, “No, just Sunday.”  Alrighty, then! This Sunday we went the O.C. to see Seth’s daughter and while there we went to Balboa Fun Zone.  You take this janky ass barge thing across the water to a peninsula that has two carnival rides.  Moses thought we were basically at Disneyland. 2.75 years old is easy to please.

It was definitely a Sunday Fun Day.  Don’t tell Moses I said that. 


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