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What happens when mom goes to work…

What happens when mom goes to work…

For the first 12 years of our children’s lives, I was the stay-at-home parent.  I took care of every little possible detail from school lunches, to homework, to doctor’s appointments, to playdates.  Bill had nothing to do with the planning and execution of any of it and I had nothing to do with his work life.  It was kind of like “Mad Men” but with mutual respect and very little alcoholism. Since June we have those reversed roles.  I am now…

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My new water bottle

My new water bottle

I’ve been doing this thing called “saving money”.  Have you ever tried it?  It’s not very much fun.  In fact, it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.  Possibly harder than childbirth.  But the cool thing about saving money is that the more you do it, the better you get at it.  Not spending money becomes a habit.  It’s true.  You should try it.  You even get a fun nickname —  a miser. Since I’ve started working again, I’ve…

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Hello… from the actual other side….

Hello… from the actual other side….

I’m big on birthdays.  I just love them.  And not just those of my kids where hundreds of dollars evaporate from my wallet even before I enter Party City.  I also love my birthday where I turn my family into my own personal slaves forced to do my bidding for the day.  I’m big on birthdays of famous people (Jane Goodall, April 3rd) (and a Happy birthday to Bernie Sanders on September 8th) and I’m big on birthdays of people…

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From Amish to A-list

From Amish to A-list

Look, I know that we’re not A-listers and you know that we’re not A-listers, but my kids have no idea that we’ve haven’t suddenly just become the wealthiest, most pampered family in America.  And I have to say, it’s all thanks to me and the hubby.  Did we do anything really great as parents?  No, not at all.  But by living the simple life (i.e. poor) in an 850 square foot house with no heat and a barely functioning toilet…

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My path from farm to Hollywood

My path from farm to Hollywood

This post is not a metaphor.  I will not be discussing how a seemingly hapless forty-something stay-at-home mom got a job writing for TV.  (I’ll save that for another post or my tell-all book.) This post is about how I get from our farm in Northern California to Hollywood.  Literally.  The distance between our farm gate and the studio lot is 406 miles.  On Sunday night, after I put the kids to bed, I set my alarm for 1:00 a.m….

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Where have I been?  Well, I’ll tell you!

Where have I been? Well, I’ll tell you!

I go through a lot of emotions about blogging.  Here are just some of them — — creepy that I’m over-sharing — futile… Why am I doing this?  Does anyone really care? — stressed.  It’s like having homework all the time. — happy.  Yes, overall, happy.  I like it.  I like connecting with people.  I like it when someone says I’ve made them laugh.  I like it when I meet someone over the internet that I never ever would have…

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Here’s another great You Tube workout…

Here’s another great You Tube workout…

After I posted about my new boring mantra of “I make exercise a priority in my daily life”, I got a suggestion for a You Tube workout that I’ve never heard of… and I tried it and… Well, I can barely walk.  My legs are so sore that squatting is out of the question and my arms hurt when I try to pick up a Q-tip. So of course, I’m suggesting it for you!  It’s from Jessica Smith TV.  She…

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My favorite You Tube exercise videos…

My favorite You Tube exercise videos…

Let it be known that I have been exercising.  For real.  Consistently.  There is no health reason for this.  I won’t pretend to admit that I’m exercising for a healthy heart or to live to see my great grandchildren graduate from college.  I’m exercising out of fear of summer coming and either being in public in a bathing suit or just simply shorts.  Ever since having kids, I’ve never exercised consistently.  It was just too damn hard to get to…

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I apologize to the kid at Chuck E. Cheese’s

I apologize to the kid at Chuck E. Cheese’s

Much like the dentist or the DMV, I try to avoid going to Chuck E. Cheese’s as much as possible, but it just so happened I found myself there the other day.  I gave my kids about four hundred dollars worth of tokens and then began to guard our booth and wait for our freshly defrosted pizza to arrive.  I sat there for a few minutes alone slurping my root beer and laughing to myself thinking, Well, I guess this is…

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Remembering Prince…

Remembering Prince…

I promise this won’t be a soppy tribute to Prince.  I won’t tell you where I was the first time I heard “Purple Rain” or that I used to dress like Sheila E. in high school. (I’m not admitting anything.)  Sure, I loved Prince’s music, but I loved Prince’s weirdness even more.  Anyone who remains true to themselves is my hero and man, that was Prince.  Let’s take the fact that he was from Minnesota — this tiny little guy…

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