Author Archives: Mermaid

Car Hop Mom-ent

Those of you that know me, know that I was an A&W car hop for 13 years of my life. Yes, I did hang trays with frosty, ice cold mugs of root beer on car windows. No, I did not wear roller skates–I was born during a more litigious era. Today I experienced a moment […]

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All The World’s A Stage: Middle School Production of a Rocking, Rolling King Lear

John came home from middle school play try outs and didn’t say much. I didn’t want to press the issue, in case he didn’t get the part he wanted. It wasn’t until hours later, when we were driving in the car (a lot happens when we are driving in the car) that he let it […]

Barbie Dream House with a Front Porch

My friend was talking yesterday about her Barbie Dream House. She lives in it right now. I do not live in my Barbie Dream House. I don’t think I ever will. For one, it really is not that important to me. For two, I am happy to have a roofed area to call my own. […]

Scary Funny Things Kid’s Say: A 7 Year Old’s View of Abortion

My first grader, Birk, was in her booster. I was driving the good old mini van and we were heading home from school . “Mommy, do you know about abortions?” Whoosh, almost hit a tree. I had to focus my eyes back on my little baby cupcake and try to figure out where all of […]

Didn’t Your Mamma Teach You Any Manners?

Birk drew this picture on the airplane during a 70 minute ground delay. She patiently sat with her mommy and daddy, while the man in front of us was the perfect example of bad manners.   He complained endlessly, even when the flight attendants and the captain explained that we were grounded due to bad […]

Babysitting, Date Night and the Art of Romance

I eagerly anticipated my son’s 12th birthday. Of course, I was sad to see my little boy grow up, but I was excited that he could become our resident babysitter. John is very responsible and trustworthy, and almost never locks his sisters in the bathroom. You see, we had paid for 12 years of babysitting. […]

Life’s A Beach, And Then Your Fridge Dies

We returned home late Friday night from a glorious family vacation in Mexico. The trek home was not without it’s minor irritations and it was oh so good to be home sleeping in my own comfy bed. Sunday morning I awoke rested, glad that we had the foresight to factor in an extra recovery day […]

Auto Parent

A post written last summer while the older 2 kids were away at camp: Day four of sleep away camp.  K3 and I have been bonding over our divergent interests:  she, the dvd player; me the computer.  Hours go by where she plays quietly in her room.  Hours go by that she is using both […]

Margarita Friday?

It’s Friday, and I’ve got green tea. Hoping for a cocktail later!

Travel Compatibility

The first holiday debate ended amicably years ago. We chose a civilized approach to the holidays and trade off celebrating with each side of the family each year. It is very predictable and works very well for all concerned. The other classic debate we have is over travel: do you fly the red eye or […]