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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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The (New) Feeling of Helping Others

The (New) Feeling of Helping Others

I am not a very charitable person. Yes, I donate money every year to various organizations. I take clothes and household items to Goodwill. And I give my kids canned foods to take to school. But really that’s it.
On Turning 48 (Just One Step Closer to 50)

On Turning 48 (Just One Step Closer to 50)

Today is my birthday. Yep, I'm 48 years old. F@*k. That’s old. But as my daughter told me today, “You don’t look 48. And you definitely don’t act 48.” Thanks kid. I should have spent an extra couple of bucks on your Hanukkah present.
Post-Thanksgiving Adventures: Motion Sickness

Post-Thanksgiving Adventures: Motion Sickness

Every other year around this time, which would be the years that I don’t have my children with me for Thanksgiving, I go on a cruise. At first, these cruises were just me and my husband getting away for a quick jaunt over to the Bahamas. Over the past couple of years, the holiday cruise...
Thankful (A Few Random Things)

Thankful (A Few Random Things)

Thanksgiving is only two days away. This year is my "other" year. As in I'm divorced and my kids are with their dad this year. And sure, I'll miss them on Thursday. I'll even miss them Friday through Monday. But that's okay.
7th Wedding Anniversary (A Night at the Brazilian Court Hotel)

7th Wedding Anniversary (A Night at the Brazilian Court Hotel)

Today is my seventh wedding anniversary. Of my second marriage. Which is also my last marriage. So this past Saturday, my husband and I drove 30 minutes south to the island of Palm Beach to mark the occasion by spending a night at the beautiful Brazilian Court Hotel. We had been to the Brazilian Court before, spending a night...
Always Writing (In My Head)

Always Writing (In My Head)

I'm always writing something in my head. Composing a blog post. Or planning the next chapter in my yet to be started memoir. Or even a virtual to-do list. Whether I'm waiting in line to pick up a kid. Trying to fall back asleep in the middle of the night. Folding my tenth load of laundry for the weekend. ...