Fifteen

In two and a half short weeks my daughter will turn 15. Fifteen. That sounds like a solidly established teenager, doesn’t it?  And she is. This makes me the mother of a solidly established teenager, and also means that I was 15 a very long time ago. Many things have changed in the intervening years. […]

Every Other Weekend

We are now close to 4 years into this “every other weekend” situation. And while parts of it have become exponentially better (I no longer wonder what to do with myself on long kidless days), there is a very real impact of only having access to my children for half of their “free” days. There […]

Reasons my Teenager is Screaming

Raising a teenager is fun. Mostly. They are becoming more independent, have lots of smart and funny things to say, sleep a ridiculous amount. But then there are the moments where something clicks inside the teenaged mind, based on some event in the environment (usually something the mother did), and then there is a short […]

14 (Sigh)

My girl turned 14 today. I may be having a tiny bit of trouble getting my head around that. When she turned 10, I wrote this. When she turned 12, I wrote this. And now for 14, I am just speechless. I can only say: She’s awesome. She’s keeps turning more awesome. She’s a lot […]

Has Anyone Seen My Crystal Ball?

I had an job interview last Friday (yay!) About 95% of it went great – exactly the kind of conversation that rises above the rigid Question and Answer format that makes me cringe as I pretend to have fascinating things to say about “a time when I faced a challenge and overcame it.”  I mean, […]

I Need A Boyfriend

No.  No I really don’t. And no, I’m not going to start dating. Possibly ever. I am really very firmly in the “…like a fish needs a bicycle” mindset at the moment.  And probably for all foreseeable moments. Boys, I love ya, but you just aren’t worth the effort at this moment.  I am SO […]

The Mice Are Away – And the Cat Is Tired of Playing

Remember that saying – When the cat’s away, the mice will play?  But what does the cat do when the mice leave?? My kids are away this week.  They went to their grandparents’ house last Sunday and I am enthusiastically reclaiming them in two more days. Seven days.  That’s the longest I have ever been […]