Why I’ll never call it your dead name

We were sitting at hibachi last week, a late celebration of Zoe's birthday, and when the server asked her her name (for the obligatory and annual corny song by the staff ), she visibly bristled. We should have known this would happen as this birthday year, dinner included her good (hmmm....) friend (you know, friend...), … Continue reading Why I’ll never call it your dead name

525,600 minutes

Zoe told me that she loved me today. Via text. Unsolicited. Where she actually had to think about it and use her thumbs and had a chance to backspace rather than pushing send. Not the usual drive by at bedtime that we half-heartily exchange 'Goodnight, love you, see you in the morning,' while barely hugging. … Continue reading 525,600 minutes

A Graduation Story

Life with teens: A lovely day turned into a lovely dinner OH KABOOM WE'RE HAVING AN ARGUMENT *$!@*@&$(%. What the what? Thursday: Twas the night before graduation and all through the house, every creature's disgruntled, my kid is a louse. The cap and the gown hung in the shower with care, in hopes a diploma … Continue reading A Graduation Story

2020, Month 43

I saw a meme last week that this year it seemed like we (America) got caught building on an Indian burial land. Uh, well, yeah...that does seem to make things clearer. I feel like our life-landlord is looking to our renewal contract, has better tenants in mind and is, therefore, making our lives as hellish … Continue reading 2020, Month 43

Just the one, then?

We've mostly successfully rounded the corner on another Mother's Day. It's an odd holiday for anyone in a 'mixed' family - where a biological mother exists as well as a stepmother. Or maybe it's just more odd here with our dynamics of having the kids full-time-all-the-time, making me much more mom-ish, maybe, than an every-other-weekend … Continue reading Just the one, then?

Rogue Five: A McGillicutty Story

We were holed up in a hotel in Raleigh, Rich and I, feeling slightly rebellious for not only leaving our home/street/town...but the entire state of Virginia. It felt like a bit like a breach of secrecy pulling into North Carolina...What's it like here? How are the people here? Will we be welcome? Sent back to … Continue reading Rogue Five: A McGillicutty Story

Wake me up, when Apriltember ends.

I’m not sure if we’re cracking or not. Things seem to still be going well, yet there are times I wonder how not interacting with 'the others' is affecting us. Should I be concerned that I basically spend the days intercepting hilarious jokes that zing thru my head? Should I be concerned that most times, … Continue reading Wake me up, when Apriltember ends.

It’s fine. I’ll be fine.

Excerpt #237 from Life as a Stepmom (or second wife?). Do you ever jaunt through life thinking everybody probably looks at you with total wonder and awe...only to be brought back with a slap upon hearing that one (or two) of those everybody’s is taking shots at you? Yes? Okay, then you have a good … Continue reading It’s fine. I’ll be fine.