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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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Inside the mind of a homeschool mom

Inside the mind of a homeschool mom

Homeschooling is hard.  I’ll just say that right up front.  And it’s not hard for the reasons you would think — like never having time for yourself or figuring out how to teach your kids about fractions.  Those things are actually easier than you think.  Like for example, I just avoid fractions altogether.  Problem solved. The real hard part about homeschooling is all the doubt and second-guessing that comes with it.  You’re going against the grain and anytime you do…

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I’ve prepared my children for the 1800s

I’ve prepared my children for the 1800s

“You can’t see the forest for the trees” completely sums up parenting for me.  You read books, you obsess over balanced meals and proper bedtimes, you try and watch your (fucking) language, and yet, somehow you miss gigantic weird things you’re doing. I realized one gigantic weird thing I’ve been doing when I took Emerson and August to Los Angeles with me.  (Buck wanted to stay in school.  Seriously, what’s up with that?) I realized my children don’t know how…

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Oh yeah, I almost died at 7-11

Oh yeah, I almost died at 7-11

Wow, I’m going to die holding a bag of powdered donuts and a vitamin water.… This is what I thought last week as I was taking a road trip to Los Angeles.  It was about one o’clock in the morning.  I had been driving for hours and I was so tired I could barely see.  I was listening to a book on tape — All Creatures Great and Small — which didn’t help at all because the soothing voice of…

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