To Drive or to Teach Responsibility: A Quandary

When my oldest was 15 (before she could drive) she had a bit of an issue. You see, it was the week of basketball tryouts, every day from 3:30-5:30. However, the Tuesday of basketball tryouts was Election Day. The kids were off from schools because many schools in our little burg are used as polling places.  I work in town, the husband works in DC.  Yes, that's right, somehow the kids are supposed to find a way to school at 3:30 in the afternoon, despite many of them coming from two-income households....more
Dumbass News AMEN!! I worked at the casino about 10 miles from home prior to this job here in my ...more

Do as I say, not as I do...

I find myself saying that to my kids a lot. We all do. My mom even said it to me about a hundred years ago when I was a teenager.  Only back then, she was talking about smoking cigarettes. "Don't smoke" she'd tell me, as she puffed away. And I never did. But these days, what I'm talking about isn't smoking or drinking, it's about meeting people online. ...more
A Sassy Redhead I'd pay to see that, just to see the look on her face. Priceless.more

Interviewing Mike Rowe to Learn His Stripper Name and Other Dirty Secrets

I was lucky enough to meet Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs and the mikeroweWORKS Foundation on Sunday, April 27 at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC. Image via Teri Biebel ...more

The Epic Battle: Mother Nature vs. My Bowels

I'm not gonna lie to you. This weather is effecting my bowels. Now before you go running for the little X up there in the right corner, I promise I'm not going to get all graphic and actually DESCRIBE what's going on with my bowels. But I am going to say this: since the beginning of this awful 'Polar Vortex' crap, my crap isn't what it used to be.Case in point: I'm a regular girl, very regular. Like, 'every single morning at 8:30' regular.  Even on the weekends, when I sleep a little later, I'm still fairly regular. Here's how my schedule works:...more
Not at all, Caroline! I'm glad you were entertaining while dumping! :)more

Looks Like Those Whacky Duggars May Be At It Again!

It appears that the Duggar family is not opposed to the idea of adoption. Because, apparently, they don't have nearly enough children. I just read this article on which states that old Jim Bob and Michelle, who currently have 19 little Duggars running around the house, aren't opposed to adoption. And yes, it does NOT say "We're adopting!" I'm sure that nugget of info will be saved for the premier of the next season of 153 Kids and Counting next year....more

Parents, this is all your fault

Yes, that's what the principal of a middle school in Ipswich, Massachusetts is calling it. Parents who don't provide enough support at home for their children, this is the reason he's canceling Honors Night for the Middle School....more

Fake Girl Scout Cookie order??

I just finished reading this article on Huffington Post and I'm absolutely outraged! Incredulous! And a bunch of other words to describe being completely pissed off and shocked....more

Life In The Fast Lane

I find myself overwhelmed by everything that's going on in my own life, the life of my husband and the lives of my kids. I'm sure I'm not alone. I'm thinking that, at some point, the world HAS to slow down, doesn't it? I mean, seriously. STOP!! Where's the damn 'pause' button?? 15 is in honors classes in high school, on the basketball team, in the marching band (marching in the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in DC in April), in the symphonic band which (which is the WV Honor Band this year), performing a gig in town tomorrow night after performing in the jazz festival tomorrow afternoon....more
@The Mom of the Year I wish it slowed down. I guess I'll sleep when I'm dead. :)more

Following the band, suffering the mom-guilt....

The last weekend in August 2012 was a whirlwind. I had tickets to see Duran Duran at the new Ovation Hall at Revel, Atlantic City's newest place to go to lose your shirt. We found out while we were eating dinner that the show was not going to happen because Nick Rhodes, the keyboard player, was hospitalized for exhaustion. Pardon my snark here for just a second, but really? Exhaustion? The man stands behind a Macbook and presses keys. If they told me he was hospitalized for carpal tunnel, or a hangnail, or hell, even arthritis, I'd totally get it. But exhaustion?...more

Could Your Family Live Without Cable? Mine Is About To Find Out.

"Have you lost your mind? Get rid of cable? Did you fall and hit your head? But how could we watch Big Time Rush?? What's going to happen to Good Luck Charlie? Oh dear God no! We're begging you, mom, PLEASE don't get rid of cable!"Image courtesy of Shutterstock...more
Another brilliant way to bring family together.   I try shutting off the idiot box during ...more