Let the Holidays Begin! Sigh.

Over the course of this past weekend, I had to yell at not one but two of my neighbors – both grown men – for causing me undue stress and anxiety. There they were, with the Thanksgiving dinner a not-so-distant-memory, wrapping lights around anything not moving in front of their houses. There were wreaths andRead more…

I’m a Woman, Not a Girl

I’ve been a Bonnie Raitt fan since her breakthrough album, Nick of Time, was released in 1989. Back then – in the last days before I got married – I liked her bouncy music, rough voice and catchy lyrics. Later, my then-husband and I saw her in concert and I think we went again toRead more…

Young Amy: A Cautionary Tale

Over the course of the, like, bazillion hours my college girlfriends and I sat around talking during a girls’ weekend earlier this month, the topic of how much you should let your children know about your past antics came up. One of the girls said that she had an acquaintance who’s like an expert inRead more…

Traditions: Old and New

I was agitated earlier this week when I got a text from my ex-husband announcing it was his year to spend Thanksgiving with our four children. I had already committed to hosting the holiday at my house for my side of the family and was looking forward to the planning and execution of the dinnerRead more…

The Thrill of Victory

Although I’ve confessed to you all that I am a hopeless procrastinator and not-doer of things, I did experience a triumph in organization and planning yesterday that was really too good not to share. To begin with, while wearing pants with zippers and activating my new ATM card have not exactly been priorities lately, comingRead more…

The Gos and Me

My neighbor Susan came over the other day and handed me this: And I was like, “That’s weird, cuz I already have this”: “I had to,” Susan told me, explaining she saw it while shopping at Francesca’s. “I knew you’d love it.” And she’s right, of course, I do. That book cracked me up whenRead more…