You’ll never make me like the gym
Fri, 15/01/10 – 12:55 | Comments Off
You’ll never make me like the gym

I’ve buckled on Bakugan, putting on a happy face while playing a game that has zip appeal to me.
I’ve caved on MarioKart, embarrassing myself by crashing into enough virtual walls to consistently finish 12th. It’s …

A SWAT for making school budget cuts a race issue
Thu, 14/01/10 – 22:44 | Comments Off
A SWAT for making school budget cuts a race issue

I don’t know Paul Gibson from Adam. I have no idea if he’s white, black, green or purple. I don’t know if he’s liberal or conservative.
But I do know that if his take on a …

Chia Cam: Day 4
Thu, 14/01/10 – 14:07 | Comments Off
Chia Cam: Day 4

Uh-oh! Company’s come, and someone isn’t not happy that my Chia Herb Garden – also bought on a clearance sale, because I’m too cheap to pay full price – has joined Garfield and Scooby.
“No FAIR!” …

We need a little birthday … right this very minute
Thu, 14/01/10 – 13:26 | One Comment
We need a little birthday … right this very minute

With apologies to everyone born at the start of the year – sorry, Mom! – January has to be the most boring month.
The days are short and often dreary, even when you live in the …

Chia Cam: Day 3
Wed, 13/01/10 – 13:52 | Comments Off
Chia Cam: Day 3

Panic sets in when we lift the bread-bag bonnets and see how many seeds have accumulated in the drip tray.
“Did you goof this up, Mom?” Big Guy asks.
“The TV says you’re s’posed to paste it. …

Boots struggles with missing Dad
Wed, 13/01/10 – 12:32 | 2 Comments
Boots struggles with missing Dad

Boots bounced down the stairs, climbed on the bar stool and was waiting at the counter for breakfast before I’d even turned on the kitchen light this morning.
“Mommy, I can’t wait to go to school …

Wal-Mart’s on the cutting edge of cutting costs
Tue, 12/01/10 – 21:37 | 2 Comments
Wal-Mart’s on the cutting edge of cutting costs

It’s early yet, but give Wal-Mart credit for the public relations coup of the year so far.
Last week, the retailer began charging 15 cents for regular bags and 50 cents for oversized ones in three …

Chia Cam: Day 2
Tue, 12/01/10 – 14:48 | Comments Off
Chia Cam: Day 2

For some reason, they look like little old ladies queued up in the hair salon waiting for their turn under the dryer. Except the little old ladies usually don’t have Sara Lee written across their …

A wee sacrifice to get them away from the Wii
Tue, 12/01/10 – 13:52 | Comments Off
A wee sacrifice to get them away from the Wii

My butt hurts when I sit, but my thighs scream when I get up. I nearly crashed into a tree limb – several, actually – and went to a meeting last night with a hideous …

Good luck to New York in its assault on salt
Mon, 11/01/10 – 21:38 | Comments Off
Good luck to New York in its assault on salt

From the state that led the battle against transfat comes the latest assault on manufacturer-induced nutrition nightmares: New York City wants companies to cut down on the amount of sodium in food.
Good luck on that …

Chia Cam: Day 1
Mon, 11/01/10 – 14:40 | Comments Off
Chia Cam: Day 1

Because it’s actually a novelty where we live to watch grass grow. And because I found a good price at a clearance sale after Christmas. And because Boots loves to walk around chanting, “Ch-ch-Chia. Ch-ch-ch-Chia …

Liar, liar, pants on fire – again
Mon, 11/01/10 – 12:22 | Comments Off
Liar, liar, pants on fire – again

“Mommy! Superman’s face is all black. What did he do to it?” Big Guy demanded indignantly, thrusting the toy under my nose.
Sure enough, there now was a chunk of dark plastic where a face and …

Baby you can drive my car – and text and talk and surf, all at once
Sun, 10/01/10 – 22:02 | Comments Off
Baby you can drive my car – and text and talk and surf, all at once

I love technology. I really do.
I even love technology in cars. It came in handy back in September, when I frantically searched on my Blackberry for an open tire store after Dad had already driven …

Egg-free pumpkin pie
Sat, 9/01/10 – 9:21 | Comments Off

Usually I don’t bother messing with a good thing, and Rosemarie Emro’s pumpkin pie recipe in her most-excellent “Bakin’ Without Eggs” is perfect as far as I’m concerned. Don’t make the version with extra brown …

Don’t take anything more from kids who have given up plenty
Fri, 8/01/10 – 19:28 | One Comment
Don’t take anything more from kids who have given up plenty

I’m not one to whine about budget cuts – I understand the economic realities in the country at the moment, and I realize everyone is feeling some pain.
I’m also not surprised that Army posts are …

The clown shoes that run around the world
Fri, 8/01/10 – 13:14 | Comments Off
The clown shoes that run around the world

Do  you believe in luck, a niece asked over the holidays.
Yes and no, I thought.
I firmly abide by the old baseball superstition about not talking about a no-hitter while it’s in progress. And I believe …

Deployment and disasters, domestic and otherwise
Thu, 7/01/10 – 12:44 | Comments Off
Deployment and disasters, domestic and otherwise

There are days, and then there are days when your husband deploys, the kitchen floods and the refrigerator dies – all before daylight.
There are days when your 4-year-old wails in the corner like a caged …

Note to the Class of 2011: Be careful what you put on your shirts
Tue, 5/01/10 – 22:51 | Comments Off
Note to the Class of 2011: Be careful what you put on your shirts

Note to school officials in Dearborn, Mich: Teens do stupid things. Incredibly stupid things that at times demonstrate a stunning lack of awareness of history.
And something that happened in 2001 is indeed history to today’s …

Thank you, Junie B. Jones, for making reading fun again
Tue, 5/01/10 – 12:05 | Comments Off
Thank you, Junie B. Jones, for making reading fun again

Big Guy had big news just before the holidays. He’d been promoted to the hot-pink dots under the school library color-coded system for deciphering reading levels, meaning he now was allowed to check out “chapter …

It turns out that TV isn’t the wonder drug
Mon, 4/01/10 – 22:06 | 2 Comments
It turns out that TV isn’t the wonder drug

The warnings have been around for years, but they were easily ignored because they were couched in terms of “we think” and “possibly.”
Children might take longer to learn to talk if they spend a lot …

A SWAT for making readers think about going mobile
Fri, 1/01/10 – 14:45 | Comments Off
A SWAT for making readers think about going mobile

I’m not exactly a road warrior. If I were, my Blackberry home screen already would be filled with apps that keep me informed on the fly.
So it was a pleasant surprise this morning to click …

More time for tiggity-boo in 2010
Thu, 31/12/09 – 14:42 | Comments Off
More time for tiggity-boo in 2010

I’m not a New Year’s Resolution-type person, though heaven knows there are plenty I could make this year.
Shed those extra pounds added due to recent weeks of baking cookies and making fudge – which Boots …

The creature comforts in being a creature of habit
Wed, 30/12/09 – 14:00 | 2 Comments
The creature comforts in being a creature of habit

It had the potential to get testy this morning at Starbuck’s, when Reading Man came in with his four books and commandeered the corner table.
Avon Lady, who usually holds court from that corner, did a …

How to survive the holidays without killing your kids
Tue, 29/12/09 – 17:24 | 3 Comments
How to survive the holidays without killing your kids

Mommy, can I have water with ice?
Mommy, he won’t let me watch “Wubbzy.”
Mommy, he went “nah nah” at me and stuck out his tongue.
Mommy, can I have candy?
I hate the word “workflow,” largely because the …

Egg-free sour cream coffee cake
Sun, 27/12/09 – 12:08 | Comments Off
Egg-free sour cream coffee cake

Sour cream is a magic potion when it comes to egg-free baking. It has the fat needed to replace part of the missing egg, plus the “sour” part seems to help leavening as well.
That’s why …

A SWAT to Verizon for trying to squeeze people who want to leave
Fri, 25/12/09 – 18:00 | Comments Off
A SWAT to Verizon for trying to squeeze people who want to leave

Pity the poor ginormous telecom that’s forced to scrape for every nickel and dime it can find in order to stay afloat. Eventually, those costs have to be passed along to the consumer, you know.
I’m …

Please Santa, can we skip the Moon Sand?
Thu, 24/12/09 – 9:40 | One Comment
Please Santa, can we skip the Moon Sand?

Warning to anyone who bought the guys Moon Sand for Christmas: Take it back. Take it back right now and no one will get hurt.
Admittedly, I have no actual experience with Moon Sand, but I …

To protect and serve and get you to put down the controller
Wed, 23/12/09 – 20:09 | Comments Off
To protect and serve and get you to put down the controller

Angela Mejia had had it.
Her 14-year-old son had been camped at his PlayStation for hours. When the dulcet tones of “Grand Theft Auto” – that a junior high kid was playing that game to begin …