Accidents will happen…

…especially on rainy roads in normally dry Southern California. Sometimes they involve a lot of cars. If you’re truly unfortunate, one of those cars is yours. Guess who was truly unfortunate on Monday afternoon? My family spent the President’s Day weekend at my mother-in-law’s, and started the drive home after lunch on Monday. The weather was iffy, so we wanted to allow extra time for traffic tie-ups. Even so, we weren’t doing too badly time-wise […]

Feels like home – for a while, maybe longer

Feels like home – for a while, maybe longer

I think I may have mentioned a few times that we moved to a new place at the beginning of November. We’re mostly unpacked now, so I have some time to catch my breath and think about what we’ve done. We only moved across town, but it feels like a very different place. For three years, we lived in an apartment complex that was literally built around the train station. Each building had 18 to […]

But sometimes I play one in real life

But sometimes I play one in real life

This weekend, I had another of those special opportunities to break the fourth wall and meet some of those folks I’ve gotten to know via blogging Live and In Person. The Los Angeles Moms Blog, where I’ve been a contributor for several months now, had its official launch party, and an excellent time was had by all! This collaborative is actually my first experience with a “moms group” of any kind, after over 24 years […]

On Sunday some rested, and some wondered why…

On Sunday some rested, and some wondered why…

This road-trip-inspired post, which is partly a meditation on religious instruction, was originally published in a somewhat different form on the Los Angeles Moms Blog. I don’t have an official “Hump Day Hmm” going up for this week, so I thought this post could fill in for that. Bright and early on a Saturday morning in mid-June, the day after the school year ended, the five of us climbed into Mom-in-law’s SUV and headed off […]

From ‘riting to reality, part two

When I first started blogging, I really didn’t have much of a grasp of its social aspects, but as I started to make my way around to other blogs – and to be found by them as well – I discovered how much I liked that part of it. People whose blogs I commented on regularly, and those who often left comments for me, started to feel like friends – and if I happened to […]

1984 – There and back again: A Hump Day Hmm

1984 – There and back again: A Hump Day Hmm

Julie recently reflected on some ways in which the climate of the USA today isn’t all that different from the way it was 24 years ago, and ended by posing some related questions for this week’s Hump Day Hmm: For those of you who don’t recall (or weren’t born yet) in 1984 Democrats Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro challenged Republican incumbents President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush. It was unprecedented: a ticket with […]

Road Trip Diary, days 8-10: Grand Canyon, Route 66, and home again

Road Trip Diary, days 8-10: Grand Canyon, Route 66, and home again

This is the last of four posts recounting the story of our 2008 family vacation – the others are here, here, and here. Day 8: Williams, Arizona and the Grand Canyon The kids and I were going to be seeing the Grand Canyon for the very first time, and Tall Paul had arranged for us to go there via the Grand Canyon Railway. It’s not the fastest way there, since it takes 2.25 hours to […]

Road Trip Diary, days 6 & 7: On the road again…

Road Trip Diary, days 6 & 7: On the road again…

Day 6: Yellowstone to Provo, Utah After leaving my contacts out for a full day, my left eye looked and felt much better, and I decided that I’d go ahead and wear my glasses again for the coming day on the road. We got an early breakfast, loaded up the car, and headed out. Our first stop came pretty early – the general store at Grant Village, still inside the park. The Boy had bought […]

Road Trip Diary, days 3-5: In and around Yellowstone

Road Trip Diary, days 3-5: In and around Yellowstone

Day 3 – Logan, Utah to Yellowstone National Park Our drive on Monday continued up US 89 from Logan, and most of it was designated as “scenic route” on our AAA map. They weren’t lying. The road wound through the mountains, past lakes, and in and out of tiny towns (population 600), and there were times when it seemed like each view was prettier than the last. The road took us through a corner of […]

Road Trip Diary, days 1 & 2: Heading for Yellowstone

Road Trip Diary, days 1 & 2: Heading for Yellowstone

Parts of this post were previously published here. This is the first of four posts recounting our 2008 vacation – the others are here, here, and here. Day 1: leaving home, bound for Cedar City, Utah We actually got on the road when we planned to, so we seemed to be off to an auspicious start. The short-term goal was Vegas by lunchtime. We made the typical LA-to-Vegas pause in Barstow for a rest stop […]

Postcard from the road – greetings from Logan, Utah!

I’m working on a vacation diary to share here – with pictures – later on, but just thought I’d check in with a few snippets from our first couple of days on the road. Day 1: leaving home, bound for Cedar City, Utah The short-term goal for the first day of travel was Vegas by lunchtime. Vegas in the early afternoon on Saturday isn’t all bright lights and glitz – it’s more like just plain […]

Blog Prom 2008: The Wallflower’s Tale

Yikes. Prom. I can’t believe I agreed to go again…and if anyone other than Sunshine were throwing this party, I’m pretty sure I’d have skipped it. As it is, I’m attending as Designated Wallflower, which means I’ll probably be watching the cool kids have fun. Some things never change… Here’s what Sunshine has planned for this week-long(!) extravaganza: Monday April 28 – Let’s talk about our Prom theme songs. Tuesday April 29 – embarrassing Prom […]

Home alone

The week after Easter is spring break around here, and I’m spending it on my own. Back during the first week of the school year, my stepdaughter Tall Girl brought home information about a trip to New York City that her drama teacher was organizing over spring break. The group would spend four days in the city, sightseeing, shopping, and seeing two Broadway shows, Wicked (which she’s seen once already, but in Los Angeles) and […]

Split personality: I’m a Mac AND I’m a PC

Like me, my son’s girlfriend recently became a MacBook owner. One day not long ago, she had this up as her status message in Google Chat*: I miss my macbook track pad when I’m at work :-(. I hear ya, girl. Sort of. I’m still not exactly crazy about the trackpad, but I’ve been getting used to it, since it seems to defeat the purpose of a “laptop” computer to hook a mouse up to […]

My dream guy

One of the questions in the “musical meme” I posted recently, in which the answers were provided by the songs that cane up randomly on my iPod, was “What do you like in a guy?” I’ve known exactly how to answer that question ever since I read Christopher Moore’s summary description of his protagonist, Tucker Case, in Island of the Sequined Love Nun: “a geek in a cool guy’s body.” Mind you, that was not […]