Ahhh Retirement

Something wonderful has happened. My stepfather (Doc) has retired (mostly). Why is this wonderful, you might ask? Yesterday a storage shed was delivered to me in 3 separate boxes, weighing a few hundred pounds each. Today Doc and I will spend the day turning the boxes into this

Triple Layer Sandwich: A Generational Tale

When my kids were tiniest I was an honorary member of the Sandwich Generation. My Mother and I shared caretaking responsibilities for my Grandmother. With a toddler in my hand and a baby on my hip, I was up all night. It wasn’t the kids keeping me up. I am proud of my husband for teaching both to sleep through the night with such efficacy. Oh, make no mistake, it was the sexiest thing that man could’ve done. Sadly, it did nothing to quash the tide of phone calls that …

Colorado Ski Vacation: Where I Finally Ski

As the antibiotics kick in and Alexander’s fever subsides we start having a little fun. The kids disappear into the snow and build forts. We caution them to stick together, but there is no lecture about the homeless guy on Ventura or the speed of cars. Instead we worry about boots falling off or spats between children. The kids go to daycare ski school for a few hours and Robert and I take a few runs together. It’s fun, but it’s pretty tame and I’m needing just a little more. …

Vacation Recap: The Family that Skis Together…

This time of year the first bit of small talk is, how was your vacation? My answer will sound a lot like the relationship status of a Facebook addict. It’s complicated. Skiing is amazing. Skiing for me is a lot like running, there’s fear and failure, bumps, falls and endorphines. Skiing is healing, unfortunately this isn’t the first death to be healed with a day of moguls. Let me give you a day by day recap of the trip.

It’s Good to be the X-Mas Jew

If you’re a Jew you intrinsically know the import of the Shabbat Goy. The Shabbat Goy buys your dog for a dollar and a handshake so that it can continue living in your home and eating traif. The Shabbat Goy, for another dollar, will buy all your Chametz before Pesach and sell it back to you at the end for the same dollar. The Shabbat Goy is an integral part of every Shul, and spoken about with a grin in every Jewish home. We are people of the book, and …