Monthly Archives: November 2011

My Guilty Pleasure – at 25% Off

Today, I indulged myself in my guiltiest of pleasures.  I planned for days to enjoy my hours of pure, unfettered enjoyment, with no fear of being caught, no laws being broken, my health intact – and, if I was very lucky, not too much money being lost. Today I went shopping.   I know, you’re…

I Read, Therefore I Am – Chapter 2

I confess, I haven’t been very enthused about the books I’ve read recently.  It’s been pretty disappointing for me, as I always like to have a book in progress.  There were a few books that I was especially excited about this fall, and a few just didn’t work for me. First up was “The Night…

12 Great Things About Being an Empty Nester

Eventually, all parents become empty nesters, whether it’s when the kids leave for college, work, marriage, or other pursuits. Suddenly, your home is no longer the place where your children live. Though it takes some adjusting, patience and creativity, being an empty-nester can be an exciting and rejuvenating time in a person’s life. 1. Your…

How Did We Ever Get Through College? A Boomer’s Lament

Last night, I was talking with my daughter Katie, a senior in college.  We were chatting about the tv shows she’d been watching – and she mentioned the fact that she didn’t have a DVR. WELL!  Can you imagine?  No DVR in college?  It got me thinking about all the things I didn’t have back…

Landing the Helicopter and Loving my Son

He’s had an easy life, but his life hasn’t been easy. Do I contradict myself?  Not really.  While we gave him every bit of support, love, and encouragement two parents could give, our son has had challenges in his 19 years that, for better or worse, complicated things.  They may be no more or less…

Invasion of the Bodysnatchers – Perimenopause

Ah, the joys of getting older.  You know what I mean – the droopy eyelids, the dry skin, the more frequent visits to the hair colorist…and to the bathroom.  And that’s just the beginning.  There are some pluses to aging, but they certainly aren’t related to our bodies. Of all the things I find bothersome, the…

The 21st Century Obituary on Facebook

  Yesterday I learned that a friend had died when I clicked on his Facebook page.  It had been a while since I’d checked in on this particular friend – and it was shocking, to say the least, to see the notice of his death dated September 19, at the top of the page.  I…

Kim and Kris – Who Kares?

SERIOUSLY? The Kardashians are clever folks indeed.  They have turned the skill of doing absolutely nothing productive into a multi-million dollar empire, and have captured the attention of millions of viewers each week who watch them do…I don’t know what.  I am proud to say that I have never watched an episode of the Kardashian’s…