Mo-om They Gave Me Amazing Gifts and We Gave them Food Poisoning

With a birthday in early November Jane starts getting excited about her birthday just before Halloween. She’s a happy child, perhaps the happiest I know and she’s always been convinced that Halloween was a party thrown by the world for her pleasure. She starts smiling around October 25th and doesn’t really stop ever. She just smiles a lot more around this time of year. The birthday party this year was supposed to be a quick weekend trip to Palm Springs with three friends. Last year I took Jane and the …

Full Birthday Mode

I’m cleaning (so dumb to clean for teenagers) and baking a cake. You see Jane and I were looking at Facebook together and saw that Ross Sveback had made a beautiful candy corn cake and Jane asked me to make it for her and then proceeded to dance around the house declaring that she has the best birthday ever and it’s at the perfect time of year and she loves her life. It would have been bad timing for me to say no. I’d planned to make the cake this …

Teaching Jane the Value of a Dollar (or 75)

Jane is invited to a birthday party at Sephora. Well, we think she’s invited, I don’t have the evite, but the host child assures her I need to RSVP. The girls will be getting makeovers and whatnot. It’s a very nice but fairly typical birthday party so I was going to buy my fairly typical birthday gift which puts us close to $40 with card and gift wrap. Since I’m off to Chicago tomorrow morning I need to buy the gift today and Jane has instructed me to purchase about …

I Did Secret Shopping Today

It’s my mom’s birthday today and there was a blogger event that involved shopping. The folks hosting asked us to bring a non blogging friend and I asked my mom to join me. She said, “I hate shopping and I hate that mall.” “Perfect,” I replied, “I’ll pick you up at 9.45. They’re serving booze, it won’t suck.” The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Brunch and mimosas did the trick. Mom and I showed up for a lovely brunch and then we were sent around the Grove to …

Ladders, Work, Birthdays and Tanzanian Guests

I hardly had a chance to blog last week, I hardly had a moment to brush my teeth. I don’t have a lifestyle where I do a whole lot of hurrying around, this is part by design and part ineptitude. I am not the sort of woman who enjoys juggling too many things. Case in point, Jane’s birthday. I had a 10am meeting in a part of town where there is horrendous traffic. When you live outside of Los Angeles you can’t comprehend what we mean by horrendous. It can …