Raising Geeks

geek

Growing up, I wanted to have two kids. A boy named Josh and a girl named Mercedes. Josh would naturally be the big man on campus, and when I say that, imagine me saying it the way your grandmother says it when she asks you about school. "How's school, Josh? I assume you're the big man on campus like your father?" Josh's father in this scenario being Dr. Peter Venkman or Jonathon Brandis. Mercedes would be a popular genius/cheerleader. She'd be involved in dance and gymnastics and all … [Read More...]

The Muse Project

Lucille Ball

When you are plus size and have self esteem issues, it's not uncommon to hate January 1st. Once I eventually got past the dread of imminent resolution failure and looming hyper-inadequacy, I tabled New Years as nothing more than the passing of a calendar year. No more resolutions. No more … [Read More...]

A Day In A Marriage

Andy and I forgot our wedding anniversary. Then we suddenly remembered the night before, except we both incorrectly assumed it was our 10 year anniversary, which left us both scrambling. Fuck, what is the traditional gift for 10 years? Wikipedia says tin. Can it be Target Gift Cards and … [Read More...]

Earrings for Gigi?

Gigi Piercing

First of all, four year olds aren't in charge of making life decisions. Logically, I know this to be true. I'm the parent. No means no. Because I said so. I walked up hill both ways in the snow to do whatever asinine thing you are trying to weasel out of to play XBox. I'll give you something to … [Read More...]

Outfit of the Day: Winter Coat

Winter Coat

For a few winter seasons, I've been loving the long winter coat from afar. It looked so pretty, but so did my grandmother when she wore it. So, I put it in the pile of trends that would never come to be for me; harem pants, peplum tops, gladiator sandals... But you know what? After 30 years in … [Read More...]

House Rule: In These Bodies We Dance

At Dawn We Dance

How do I teach my daughter to love her body? Good question, I don't know. It's actually terrifying. I have no experience liking my body before age 29. I failed in elementary school. I bombed in high school. College was a blurry mess. I can't sit here and pretend to have any idea how to make sure … [Read More...]

Geeks & Sex Toys

Yo Amazon, I'm really happy for you, Imma let you finish, but Andy Gibbons already makes the best drone deliveries of all time. Sometimes when you are married to a geek, the most brilliantly hysterical things happen. Like robotic vibrator airdrops. Welcome to my everyday life. Click here to see … [Read More...]

Cheers, Betty.

Christmas tree 2013

Having a live tree has been a live, in-home therapy session for my closeted holiday OCD. We had such a magical day planned to go pick out the perfect tree. We'd hop in the car and sing Christmas carols the whole way. We'd walk together down the rows and rows of trees, homemade hot chocolate and … [Read More...]

Catching Fire… The Movie

HungerGames Bracelet

A week ago, my girls and I had a fun night out of Chinese food and the latest Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire. If you read my book review, you might remember Catching Fire was my least favorite of the Hunger Games Trilogy. The "New Moon" of Hunger Games, if you will, aka, suckville. I had very … [Read More...]

The Running Tally of Happiness & Fulfillment

Trio Color

1. I'm thankful for the boxes of Ritz crackers dipped in chocolate. 2. I'm thankful that my kids don't like Minecraft, because I have no fucking idea what's going on when we play it and it gives me nightmares. 3. I'm thankful Andy is willing to live with a writer, and never questions when he finds … [Read More...]

Women Who Made The World Happier… And Me Verklempt

Ladies Home Journal Inside

Ladies Home Journal just shared their list of 16 women who made the world happier this year. Scout Leader Connie Bell, Therapy Dog trainer Marcie Beedy, Spanx Founder Sara Blakely, Female Bodybuilder Ernestine Shepherd, Opera Singer Camille Zamora, Shoes That Fit Founder Jill Calhoun, Model … [Read More...]