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Cleaning House

I’m cleaning house. Literally. Yesterday was my longtime cleaning lady’s last day. A few people think I’m crazy for letting her go. She didn’t charge too much, only came every other week and kept me from having to clean the toilets. (You don’t want to know about my husband’s digestive system.) And there are a...

Mutual Weirdness = Love

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” Quote from Unknown Author read at my second wedding by my Budget Notary. Today is my three year wedding...

Klatsch Hund No More

My name is Dewlaps and I am a recovering online tabloid gossip addict. It’s been over two months since I last looked at my three tabloid gossip web sites. (Note that I am still using the possessive “my”.) The three sites I used to look at every day. Multiple times a day. To make sure...

Sibling Rivalry

I read the obituaries almost every day. I’ve written about this before. And about how I marvel at the people who have accomplished so much in their lifetimes. Not just raising a family and being successful, but overcoming obstacles, being philanthropic and making the world a better place. Some days, I can barely make my...

A Close Shave

My 9 ½ year-old daughter shaved her legs the other day, for the first time. Actually, we did it together, sitting on the edge of my bathtub. She had first asked me if she could shave her legs a few months ago. We’ve talked about it off and on since then and I was trying...

It Must Be The Jewelry Store Ads

When I got married the first time, I wanted a nice-sized, traditional engagement ring. I picked it out myself. My husband-to-be paid for it. It was over 1.5 carats, a diamond solitaire with matching baguettes on either side. I loved it. I paired it with the plain gold wedding band that my grandmother got married...