A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Mon, 12/03/12 – 12:49 | Comments Off

It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
Monday, 12 Mar, 2012 – 12:49 | Comments Off
A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important

It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

Even mommies can screw up too
Thursday, 8 Mar, 2012 – 11:44 | Comments Off
Even mommies can screw up too

It would have been an “oh sh**” moment, except I was surrounded by Big Guy’s basketball team, and I’m careful to restrain myself in such situations.
“Where was Big Guy?” his coach asked shortly after we …

Dear Sports Parents – about those cupcakes
Wednesday, 7 Mar, 2012 – 9:10 | 5 Comments
Dear Sports Parents – about those cupcakes

Dear Sports Parents,
The end-of-the-season cupcake cake was beautiful, and it looked delicious. I’m sure 90 percent of the team appreciated your efforts to make the last game special.
We are the 10 percent.
The one player who …

Hitting the road – together
Monday, 5 Mar, 2012 – 12:10 | One Comment
Hitting the road – together

I’m a mom, so I have strange dreams.
No, I’m not talking about the one shortly after I returned to work following the Boots maternity leave, when every night for a week  brake failure sent my …

Egg-free pumpkin scones
Saturday, 3 Mar, 2012 – 8:08 | Comments Off
Egg-free pumpkin scones

For some crazy reason – probably our “Cinnamon Roll Friday” tradition – the guys have decided that they’re entitled to a fresh-from-the-oven breakfast every morning of late. For some reason that’s even crazier, I’ve gone …

Going phishing – with a twist
Friday, 2 Mar, 2012 – 11:16 | Comments Off
Going phishing – with a twist

I run Norton’s regularly, I don’t click on strange links, and I’m the first to Google suspicious emails and post what I discover on Facebook in hopes it will help someone else.
Yet, despite all that,  …

A SWAT for getting all a-Twitter about nothing
Thursday, 1 Mar, 2012 – 17:13 | Comments Off
A SWAT for getting all a-Twitter about nothing

I know the folks who are all verklempt because NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski was tweeting Monday night while the Daytona 500 was red-flagged.
There the same ones who were wringing their hands once upon a time …

Wow. He’s getting good. When did that happen?
Thursday, 1 Mar, 2012 – 14:25 | Comments Off
Wow. He’s getting good. When did that happen?

I knew Big Guy had to be getting better because his belt kept changing colors but I’ll be honest: I hadn’t really noticed.
Despite sitting through almost three  years of the guys’ karate lessons, I still  …

A Type A pain in the neck
Friday, 24 Feb, 2012 – 11:35 | One Comment
A Type A pain in the neck

He’s a list-maker who’s used to same slip of steno pad for months to keep on track.
He’s a planner whose Valentines were ready Feb. 8.
He’s an organizer who gets that if you put away your …

When Accelerated Reader slams on the brakes
Friday, 10 Feb, 2012 – 11:36 | 2 Comments
When Accelerated Reader slams on the brakes

It’s a good thing Accelerated Reader wasn’t around when I was in third grade. I doubt there would have been AR tests for the Perry Mason novels I loved.
For unindoctrinated uninitiated, Accelerated Reader bills itself …

I absolutely do not want you to practice karate
Thursday, 9 Feb, 2012 – 10:52 | One Comment
I absolutely do not want you to practice karate

In the almost three years since the guys started karate,  the pattern’s persisted.
Blow off practice then get upset when you don’t earn a stripe. Practice your little butt off for the next week or so …

A fatwa on little food
Tuesday, 7 Feb, 2012 – 12:00 | Comments Off
A fatwa on little food

They’re bad for the environment – all those bits of plastic and foil have to go somewhere. They’re bad for the pocketbook – calculate the cost per ounce for a box of bags and compare …

How I accidentally got off the sauce
Monday, 6 Feb, 2012 – 14:07 | Comments Off
How I accidentally got off the sauce

It seems that the easiest way to quit something cold turkey is to not know you’re doing it. Of course, that’s also the hardest way, since it’s usually impossible to stop without realizing it.
I managed …

All the world’s a history book
Thursday, 26 Jan, 2012 – 13:00 | Comments Off
All the world’s a history book

Maybe we’re weird, but I swear this kind of stuff happens here all the time. We’ll be out enjoying the day or running errands, something will catch one of the guys’ attention and before I …

Women are failing! Aw, geez, here we go again
Wednesday, 25 Jan, 2012 – 12:54 | Comments Off
Women are failing! Aw, geez, here we go again

I suppose there’s something to be said for the provocative headline, even if it’s inaccurate, if it gets your attention.
A recent headline from a random publicist trying to get a byline on my site certainly …

Being a pint-sized super star is not always super
Tuesday, 24 Jan, 2012 – 13:39 | Comments Off
Being a pint-sized super star is not always super

He looked like Michael Jordan’s mini-me – or Kobe Bryant’s, depending on your generation – but with a shade more hair. Possibly with a shade more precociousness, too, since Jordan did, after all, get cut …

Blog on the edge of oblivion
Monday, 23 Jan, 2012 – 10:58 | 2 Comments

There was a time when I wrote two, sometimes three times a day every day of the week. A time when life seemed a little muddled once in a while but mostly clear.
That time is …

My life in a lunch sack
Thursday, 15 Sep, 2011 – 11:42 | Comments Off
My life in a lunch sack

Big Guy brought the project home from school Monday. It started with a typed note attached to a brown bag – bring three things to school that represent something important in your life. You’ll talk …

Dear Guys: I am not in charge of cleats
Wednesday, 14 Sep, 2011 – 12:45 | Comments Off
Dear Guys: I am not in charge of cleats

It was bad enough that it happened once. By the time of the second incident in less than 24 hours, my head was ready to explode.
One day last week, my phone rang about 20 minutes …

Bored with school at age 6
Monday, 12 Sep, 2011 – 12:29 | 2 Comments
Bored with school at age 6

Boots’ school operates on a color system – kids start the day at green and either move up to yellow, orange and then red or down to blue, purple and gray.
The problems with that are …

The boy and the butterflies
Thursday, 8 Sep, 2011 – 13:12 | Comments Off
The boy and the butterflies

Boots  loves critters – anything with fur, feathers and fins. He’s always loved winged creatures the best, so I suppose it was inevitable that once the infomercials hit we would be buying a butterfly kit …

A man and a grocery list
Wednesday, 7 Sep, 2011 – 12:16 | Comments Off
A man and a grocery list

Disclaimer: There are many men who flat know their shiitake when it comes to the ways of the super market. They understand that when you need balsamic none of the other vinegars in the cabinet …

The cup
Tuesday, 6 Sep, 2011 – 11:38 | Comments Off
The cup

Due to a dog who eats everything and kids who leave drinkware scattered through out the neighborhood, I dragged my collection of stadium cups out of the cabinet yesterday. Accumulated over decades, the stack had …

Baseball brainwashing complete
Monday, 15 Aug, 2011 – 10:59 | Comments Off
Baseball brainwashing complete

It took a while longer to get to the little one.
By the time Big Guy was 4, I knew he was destined to be a baseball fan. That was the summer when he opted to …

Spiraling (out of control) math
Friday, 12 Aug, 2011 – 11:41 | Comments Off
Spiraling (out of control) math

Last year, it brought  “mean, range and mode” to second grade. Later we saw estimations that caused many a kid to howl “why can’t I just solve the problem?” instead of rounding addends  to get …

I need a new phone. Or do I?
Thursday, 11 Aug, 2011 – 12:07 | Comments Off
I need a new phone. Or do I?

Twenty-nine months after it came into my life, the relationship is ending.
I’d hoped to eek another few months out of it my 2009 Blackberry, even though I’ve been eligible for an upgrade since the …

Back to the bus stop
Wednesday, 10 Aug, 2011 – 11:45 | Comments Off
Back to the bus stop

Even though this year’s bus stop is a much longer hike for Big Guy than last year’s “roll out the back door” location, my plan had been to let him walk the third of a …

Are we there yet? No, we’re recalculating
Tuesday, 9 Aug, 2011 – 11:27 | Comments Off
Are we there yet? No, we’re recalculating

I’m probably the last geek on Earth to own a GPS device, which is funny because the technology was invented with people like me in mind.
The guys don’t say, “Are we there yet?” They ask, …