Archive for April, 2010

Things I Have Learned From My Neighbors

Even though I’m well into my fourth decade, I’m still getting used to having neighbors.  You see, I grew up out in the sticks, far from our closest neighbors, with so few people around that the seven or so children who lived in our environs got picked up for school in a “short bus.”   (There’s […]

Spin Cycle: Role Models circa 1970

Let’s spin the dial! I was an unabashed TV junkie when I was growing up in the 1970s and having two working parents meant that my sister and I could gorge ourselves on “vintage” television for hours after school and then do it again with new programs for an hour or two after dinner.  And […]

Disneyland Done Right

Last Tuesday, my husband and I pulled a fast one on our 7 year old.  As we were walking out the door to go to school, I said (as prearranged with my husband) to our son, “Hey, instead of going to school today, why don’t we go to Disneyland?” It should be noted that at […]

These Days, The Postman Always Brings Bad News

As Holly Hunter said in Broadcast News, “I have passed some line, someplace,”* where the whole friggin’ UNIVERSE has figured out that I am a) getting old, b) getting fat and c) getting absolutely f-ing obsessed with the way I look.  Witness, the mail yesterday: Exhibit A: Helpful mailer addressed to me, by name, from […]

If Casey Stengel Were Alive Today, He’d Be Spinning in His Grave

I don’t even know who Casey Stengel is but, in honor of The Spin Cycle over at Sprite’s Keeper, I’m using it! The Spin Cycle this week is all about quotes which completely captivated me because, well…  you know when you’ve been married for awhile and you can raise an eyebrow from across the room […]

How Old Is Too Old to Rock a Music Festival?

Two years ago, my husband and I went to Coachella with two other couples.   I was, wait, let’s see … carry the two, add the thing and … I was 44. One of the couples is sort of, umm … well, they like to do everything in sort of a uber-VIP fashion so they […]