20 Days Unemployed

Greetings from Day 20 of my unemployment! I am here to report to those of you still working that aside from the paycheck and insurance benefits, having a job gives one a sense of purpose each day. Being employed generally keeps one showering regularly and a reason to get out of bed in the morningRead more…

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Mrs. X

When I was in the end stages of my divorce a few years ago and struggling with whether I should reclaim my maiden name, my college roommate advised against it. “What are your kids’ friends going to call you?” she asked, and went on to explain how her high school boyfriend’s mom was always Mrs.Read more…

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That Time My Tooth Fell Out

I tend to have recurring dreams, with many of the same themes cycling through my brain, night after night. There’s the one where I’m packing a suitcase or boarding an airplane. I always seem to be taking off and never landing. There’s another one where I’m driving to a city — along loopy highways — orRead more…

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525,600 Something

If I were the mathematical sort, I would try to calculate just how many hours there were between fall and spring semesters at the university that my two oldest children attend. But as I have a hard enough time counting how many times I’ve squatted on a ball or lifted a weight over my headRead more…

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I Survived Black Friday and Teen Angst, All in One Night

I wrote this essay two years ago after being coerced by my then 14-year-old daughter into a midnight Black Friday run to Target. I was not happy. The good news is now she has friends who can drive her to wherever she feels compelled to go post-Turkey and I can remain at home on myRead more…

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Young Amy: A Cautionary Tale

Over the course of the, like, bazillion hours my college girlfriends and I sat around talking during a girls’ weekend earlier this month, the topic of how much you should let your children know about your past antics came up. One of the girls said that she had an acquaintance who’s like an expert inRead more…

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Care Package Goodies: Easy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

On the occasion of my son’s birthday this weekend, I put together my first care packages of the school year. I’m generally terrible at this type of thoughtfulness but figured I’d also send something to his sister since I was already going to the post office with one box. It is also good luck thatRead more…

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