The House You Helped Remodel Part 5: Kitchen & Family Room [PICS]

April 8, 2017
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Hello friends! I finally cleaned the new kitchen long enough to actually take pictures of it. Quickly, before someone comes along flinging peanut butter, let’s talk about it! This is our third house to completely rehab so you’d think I’d have it down by now. Nope. I waded into new waters this time with marble […]


The rise of everyday resistance

February 22, 2017
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In the rhetoric and imaginations of the the right, those protesting the new administration are “radicals”. Trash can arsonists. Spray paint thugs. Ugly, mannish women and their criminal counterparts who are all insane with rage. Add the implied “scary brown people and ‘others’” to that list of false critique and the right’s got itself a villain. […]


The house you helped remodel Part 4: Master Bath [PICS]

November 12, 2016
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  Hello! I have many thoughts today, but none about bathroom remodeling. However, the end of a long, exhausting, emotionally draining election coincided with a similar-feeling bathroom remodel. So it’s done and I have pictures! May as well see them. You may recall we are on our third top-to-bottom remodel house. Yes, we live through our […]


Would you treat a dog better than my sick baby? My late-term abortion

October 20, 2016
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This really isn’t the way I thought I’d tell this story. In the three years since it happened, my family hasn’t heard it. I didn’t plan on the internet hearing it at all, but here we are. I think it’s time. The part you do know, if you’ve known me at all, is that we […]


Reasons to vote Hillary that have nothing to do with You Know Who

October 11, 2016
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Let’s take a moment to go high. You don’t win an election by simply not being the other candidate, right John Kerry? I was so sure of his win when I campaigned for him in Wisconsin that I figured they could throw an empty chair up there and Dubya would be packing his bags.   […]


Have the guts to quit (I didn’t)

September 23, 2016

“Get a cleaning lady.” My last client was a banana blonde Miss Cleo, psychically peering into my internal struggle, of which I had mentioned nothing. I laughed. “How did you know my house was a wreck?” “You’re a mom and you work. That’s been my life for 19 years. I only had one baby, but I […]


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The house you helped remodel: Part 3 [PICS!]

June 12, 2016
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Friends, we’re a year in. It was just a wee over 12 months ago that we bought this Clampet mansion – marred with blue carpet and linoleum as it was – and started transforming it into our wonder palace. Note: hopefully you still consider it a “wonder palace” when you learn our two-year-old has gleefully potty […]


Sorry about that whole “Gender Reveal Party” trend, I guess

May 15, 2016

I read an article about the relationship between the “gender reveal” pregnancy party and the current transgender bathroom panic. I feel the very bizarre need to get this off my chest because that whole thing may have been my fault. In my defense, I just like cake. Hear me out. I have at the very annoying […]


My nanny left my kids in a hot car – why I didn’t press charges

February 13, 2016
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I never hear from my nanny during the day. On the first day of a new extracurricular class, she might text a pic of the kids in their leotards, or call if one of the kids is truly sick, but we don’t really chat during business hours. So I knew something was up when she […]


I realized how hard staying home is when I went back to work

October 3, 2015

I was reluctant to go back to work after being home for eight years. I was scared to leave my comfy four walls and afraid the world out there had changed too much in the years I had been home. The last time I punched a time clock, My Space was the rage there was […]


The best songs for returning to the work force

September 25, 2015
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After eight years at home (wiping crumbs, dodging haterz) I randomly got a job at a bank. I know. Wasn’t I doing gemology courses and planning to return to work in 2017 as the World Finest Jewelry Whatever? Wasn’t I going to open my own blingy shop and flounce into the glittery sunset? Life is […]


The house you helped remodel Part 2: The truth about my Mexican tiled stairs [PICS]

September 18, 2015
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Today! I have been waiting for TODAY for like, well a few weeks, but it seemed like a really long time. The grand event is my wooden banister arriving. Maybe you wait for births and for the magical first day of school when you get to ditch your kid for 8 hours, but I wait […]


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