I’m lying on my back looking up at the fluorescent lights and the acoustic tile ceiling at the gym (seriously, do they purposely make the lighting that bad so you look horrible and keep returning in the vain hope that one day you’ll catch sight of your reflection and appear normal?) when it hits me. … Continue reading How Did I Get Here?
One of the biggest decisions you'll make as a woman, if you want kids, is when exactly you ought to reproduce. Straight outta college? After a career is established? In our community, I am on the younger side for having a 16 -year-old, so obviously I fall on the younger. I had my first at … Continue reading Reasons I’m Glad I Had My Kids Young
The Absolutely Definitive Answer to How Many Children You Should Have Have you been wondering how many kids you should have? Have you read article after article telling you you're selfish if you have one, you're crazy if you have more than two? Have you been spotting endless Dear Abbys and Dear Prudences asking HOW … Continue reading The Absolutely Definitive Answer to How Many Children You Should Have
I forgot about this, but last Christmas, Cadillac got a strange voicemail from a restricted number. Was it a singing Christmas-gram? Was it meant for a kid? (Soooo scary if so). Who knows? Anyway. Now you can experience my little nightmare, too.
I'm a writer, with naturally introverted tendencies. Sure, I can call out my extrovert once in a while when I'm speaking in public (which I actually enjoy!) or whatnot. But generally, I fritz out when there's too much activity. Right now, my kids are at three different schools, and just driving and doing the basics … Continue reading Introvert Parent, Extrovert Kid
This is an essay I wrote a few years ago. My then-editor and I had talked about finding it a home someplace, so she asked me to pull it from my blog, but nothing came of it. I saw it in my "unpublished" folder and decided to re-publish it today. --- My husband cannot cry. … Continue reading An Introduction to Grief
Dear Ally, a Story My daughter is a fairly prolific writer for an 8 year old. Here's the first chapter of a book she wrote last fall, called Dear Ally. ( Ally is supposed to be read as "allie.") It's about a girl named Emily who moves to Arizona and writes to her friend from … Continue reading Dear Ally, a Story. Chapter 1
For my birthday, he promised to take me out. I said I would like a romantic dinner, and he said he knew of a place someone had talked about. But first, he had a surprise for me in the afternoon. “You’ll love it,” he said, and we drove up to Seattle. I wondered where he was taking me. The Space Needle? We’d only walked around the outside. We could be going anywhere. There were so many places we hadn’t been.
2014: In which Margaret Dilloway is Rebuilt. Better, Stronger, Faster If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll notice I’ve had a rather unfortunate spate of having to go see doctors lately. Well, hopefully it will all be fortunate in the end; in the meantime, it’s just visit after visit with new visits added (dog spraining … Continue reading 2014: In Which Margaret Dilloway is Rebuilt. Better, Stronger, Faster.
I have always known That at last I would Take this road, but yesterday I did not know that it would be today. Narihira, 9th century I wrote, “Mom’s 29th birthday” on the calendar for today, but some ungrateful kid crossed it out and put, “40th.” Et tu, brute? I think the youngest did it … Continue reading 10 Things to Know by Age 40