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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Old School (Or That Time I Drank Jungle Juice)

I drank something called jungle juice this weekend and as I lifted the Solo cup brimming with the icy yellow liquid to my mouth, I realized that I needed to retract a statement I made recently – that you couldn’t go home again – because dudes, sometimes it’s like you never left. Let me explain.Read more…

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Parenting 101: The Good, the Bad and the Yucky

As a blogger, I try to balance sharing my life’s story with protecting the innocent. Well, usually it’s the not-so-innocent who are howling about what I write here and looking for protection. I want to be honest, to write about the yuckier side of life here, but I also don’t want those I love toRead more…

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winter is coming (and it’s only memorial day)

I was lying on a bed in a hotel room in the-middle-of-nowhere Virginia last week, waiting for my daughter to finish her final exam for the semester, when I posted the following on my Facebook wall: “Winter is coming.” And I know that Memorial Day is here, and maybe I’ve been watching way too muchRead more…

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mommy math

I have a confession to make: although I purport to be this harried mother-of-four – making a sandwich with one hand while blogging with the other — the truth is that over the last nine months two of those kiddos have been far away at school. The brother and sister are back-to-back grade-wise so heRead more…

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