30 Days of Thanks – Day 9 – Long Sleeve Pants

It’s tough being a mom.  Oh, you already knew that?  I did too, but I wish I had known it before I had kids.  I might have stuck with goldfish. When I have doubts about whether I’ve done right by my girls, raised them to be the kind of people I had hoped they would…

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30 Days of Thanks – Day 8 – The Super Starbucks Lady

I may have mentioned a passing fondness for Starbucks.  Once or twice. When we came back to Seattle after our Alaska cruise last summer, we took our “every time we’re in Seattle, we must….” visit to Pike Place Market, which includes a trip to the very first ever Starbucks store.  The Mecca. We built up…

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30 Days of Thanks – Day 7 – Medical Insurance

I have raised delusional children.  Alright, let’s not call them delusional.  Let’s go with stubborn. I’m allergic to cats.  Granuaile is allergic to cats.  Brighid is allergic to cats. Welcome to the family, Brighid’s new pet: Okay, maybe it’s me that’s delusional, but does that look like a cat to you?  Yeah, me too. So,…

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30 Days of Thanks – Day 5, Rutgers University

After years of taking college classes here and there while I focused on other things, like being a mom and a sarcastic pain in the arse.  I ended up with a bazillion credits, which when combined meant I’d need two more years of school before I could get a degree.  So much for the philosophy…

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30 Days of Thanks, Day 4 – Fuzzy, Warm Sweaters

We’re getting a Nor’easter this week.  I hate Nor’easters more than I hate any other type of weather boogey man.  I don’t mind wind – I own a small arsenal of hairspray.  I don’t mind rain – umbrellas seem to multiply in my closet, and I always have a ton of them.  But when you…

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Mother Knows Best – 30 Days of Thanks, Day 3

When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it is a mere formality.  It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no.  You’re going to get it anyway. – Erma Bombeck Today, my husband posted a picture of me on Facebook that I hate.  It was taken last Christmas, up 40 pounds…

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Day 2 – 30 Days of Thanks – A Little Dog’ll Do Ya!

I had decided we were not pet people.  Jim and I had the most amazing dog ever when we first got married, and she passed away peacefully when she was nine.  Then we hit a rough patch.  I made it my mission to only find pets that would destroy my house, terrorize my children, and…

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