Writing Our Own Obituaries

This morning I went hiking with another blogger and we both lamented the amount of time blogging takes from life. I have no great need to write. I could walk away from writing at any time, or so I tell myself. She has a need to connect and to create. I have a need for solitude, blogging is good for solitude. I want to be with my friends and my family. I don’t necessarily want new friends, I’m cautious that way. Then this morning Drew shared this link with me. …

My Dad is A Totally Better Shopper Than Your Dad

In addition to teaching us kids how to chart stocks (with a piece of paper, The LA Times and a pencil) and how to compute compound interest my father has taught his kids how to shop. There’s no room for schlock. You buy one nice thing at a time (unless you have cash for two) and you keep it. Interestingly my pre-blogging career was in the couture resale business. Thanks Dad. The other day the kids and I were coming back from school and there was a Zappos box at …

What things do you know you can count on your family for?

This is such a funny question. I’m a mom blogger. What DON’T I get from my family? Our parents babysit the kids. I have to say that Grandparents make the most amazing babysitters. When I call my mom and ask her if she can pick the kids up after school (or camp) for me, she typically says, “I have an appointment, but I’ll change it. I’ve been hoping you would call.” Yes, really. I have babysitters that I could charge for the honor of taking care of my kids. I …

A Family Tradition Of Returning Money

Some people will tell you that Mitzvot are good deeds. They are wrong. Mitzvot are commandments, they are not optional and they do not make you good. A Mitzvah is a commandment, not a bonus point. No one cares how you feel when you do your Mitzvah, they only care that it is done. This is good for me. This Sunday I took my son to Val Surf to get some colored Zinc, while we were there I got my daughter a pair of absolutely adorable flip flops with socks …

Overheard at Chanukkah Last Night

DAD: So Morgan is telling me you write stuff I’m not supposed to read. ME: No, you can totally read it, it’s just heavy on the V word DAD: Huh? ME: Vagina…