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Waking the Beast

Waking the Beast

Morning. It’s still dark outside. I walk in right on time. Well, maybe a minute early. So that I have time to watch her sleep. She looks just like the toddler she used to be. Except now her bed is bigger and so is she.
How to Gain 5 Pounds in 6 Days (Las Vegas)

How to Gain 5 Pounds in 6 Days (Las Vegas)

Today is the day after I returned home from my trip to Las Vegas. It was one of the best Las Vegas trips I've ever been on. The weather was gorgeous. Warm during the day. Cool at night. My husband and I were alone except for the one evening we got...
Missing My Kid On His Birthday

Missing My Kid On His Birthday

Today is my son’s birthday. His 17th one. And for the first time ever, I’m not with him. I can't hug him more than he wants me to. I can't tell him, again, the story of his birth. And I can't bake him a birthday cake from scratch. (Oh, right, I wouldn't...
My Clothes Are Not As Tight (Fitness Update)

My Clothes Are Not As Tight (Fitness Update)

Yesterday morning, I ran 2.5 miles. Then, in the afternoon, I went to Pilates. This morning, I woke up and went to a kick-ass spin class. After class, as I was getting in the shower, I couldn’t help but think, “Who the f@$k am I?” I’ve had that thought a lot in...
After the Race (In Memory)

After the Race (In Memory)

So I ran that race this morning. That 5K I’ve been yapping about for the last couple of weeks. My first one ever. And even though I didn’t meet my goal of a sub 10 minute mile, it turned out better than I had hoped for.
Odds to End the Week (Valentine's Day edition)

Odds to End the Week (Valentine’s Day edition)

I am without my valentine on this February 14th. He’s off skiing in Colorado with a buddy. And having the time of his life. I get to spend the evening with my teen daughter and her BFF, making brownies, eating takeout and watching a marathon of romantic comedies. And there’s no place...
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A Year Later (Thinking of Martha)

A Year Later (Thinking of Martha)

Martha was killed almost a year ago. Struck by a car as she was leaving a shop in her Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. And her death still doesn’t make any sense to me. I don’t think it ever will.
Odds To End The Week

Odds To End The Week

The best sambal chicken ever. If my husband would make this for me every night, I would be the happiest woman ever. And he knows more happiness = more sex.
Letting Go of a Fear of Failure

Letting Go of a Fear of Failure

I am not one to use affirmations. In times of sadness or confusion, I have not been helped by “Tomorrow is another day.” No “Let go, let God.” Or “I am worthy of love.” The only phrase that ever comes in to my head when I am upset about something is “This too shall pass”...
Odds To End The Week

Odds To End The Week

Did you know that you could lift weights with your vagina? Maybe I can get toned by Valentine's Day.
Gradually Growing Up

Gradually Growing Up

It’s gradual. First, they start going down to the playground at the end of the street. By themselves. And walking the mile home from school. Alone.
Facing My Fears (A Writing Workshop in Key West)

Facing My Fears (A Writing Workshop in Key West)

I’ve been to Key West many times. But I’ve never participated in a writing workshop. So I didn’t know what to expect when I spent five days there this past week participating in a workshop titled "Personal Narrative in an Impersonal World". (Also known as the memoir.)