Henri is back from the dead. I didn't believe it at first. Surely, I was being catfished. But after an extensive Google search, it was clear. Henri wasn't in the grave; he was in Bogota, Colombia.
It started with a simple Facebook message to one of our old roommates. He wished her a belated happy new year. She responded with elation and ...Read more
In less than an hour, I will be at the dentist. It will be the first time I have seen a dentist in three years. I know, gross.
It's not entirely my fault. The lapse in frequent visits began when I got pregnant with my daughter. It used to be common knowledge that you are not supposed to go to the dentist while incubating infants-to-be. The ...Read more
On Friday, a bunch of bearded white men in top hats and an overgrown squirrel sentenced me to six more weeks of winter. Personally, I think this winter has gone on long enough already. I'm ready for a change of scenery and temperature, and frankly, I'm ready to replace the marmot who has an affinity for seeing its shadow with a marsupial. Let'...Read more
Sometimes I think we live in the most insane country in the world. But when I read about the Nutella riots in France, I felt as if we're just the right amount of (hazel)nuts.
According to many sources, full-on hair-pulling, fist-pumping, leg-tripping, nose-bleeding riots broke out in supermarkets around the country after Intermarche offered a...Read more
Yesterday I found out that my website, the place from which I operate my business of coaching writers and offering classes, was taken down. Apparently, it had been attacked by malware. To access my site again, it will take a few hundred dollars, and then I will have to completely rebuild the whole webpage from scratch. This utterly frustrating, ...Read more
Date nights are rare in my world -- so rare that they have become a tad mythological. Sure, people claim there are unicorns walking through the woods having tea parties with Bigfoot. But have you ever seen it happen in person? That's how I feel about dinner and a movie.
A few friends of mine fill their Facebook news feeds with fancy dinners ...Read more
My 2-year-old daughter's New Year's resolution is, apparently, giving up pants.
That's not to say she has given up pants for skirts. She is not acquiescing to the patriarchy, nor has she developed some sort of weird skin rash that prefers skirts to the feeling of pants against her shins. There has been no toddler-sized religious reckoning or ...Read more
We knew that Pig was dying for about three months before we made that hard choice to put him down. Our 18-pound rabbit had been the most excellent pet and was loved dearly by his human younger siblings. Because Pig's tumor was visible, it was easy to talk to the kids about the cancer and prepare them for his death. Our eldest knew it was ...Read more
One of the hardest things about the holidays is that while we are connecting with the loved ones whom we typically don't get to see very often, we are totally not connecting with the ones we see every day. When your days are filled with visiting distant relatives (was that my first cousin twice removed or my great-niece?) and distant friends (...Read more
An inordinate amount of time was spent deciding on my shoes. It was cold outside, so boots were a must, but which ones? There were the expensive boots that I had purchased in a flash sale for approximately 3,000 percent off. They were sophisticated and hip -- everything I needed to embellish my outfit -- but they were also high-heeled. Or I ...Read more
One of my favorite lines in the film "Love Actually" comes when Emma Thompson's character's children return from school and tell her the roles they were given in the school play. Her daughter proudly announces that she was awarded the role of first lobster, to which Emma Thompson's character replies, "There was more than one lobster present at...Read more
My life has forever changed. And now, so will yours.
Breyers had the genius notion to allow mere mortals like us to eat heaping spoonfuls of just the most delicious part of our favorite celebratory dessert, in its new flavor called "ice cream cake."
No more needing to sharpen your garden clippers or rev up the electric saw to cut through the...Read more
I did not shop on Thanksgiving. I did not shop on Black Friday. In fact, I've taken all of November off. And I'm thinking of making December a shopping-free month, too. When it comes to gift giving, I've become a regular Ebenezer Scrooge.
Despite my love of literary antiheroes, I diverge from my Dickensian soul mate when it comes to children. ...Read more