Upon Seeing an Amish Horse and Buggy Rolling Down the Highway

We were driving from DC to central Ohio to visit some childhood friends when we saw an Amish gentleman driving his horse and cart down highway 30. “Hey guys, look! It is an Amish guy.” I said. “Why doesn’t he just buy a car?” one of them asked. “Well, the Amish don’t drive cars or […]

The Halloween Debacle – Part 2

To get the whole story you have to first read “The Halloween Debacle – Part 1.” * * * When I left the parade I was really hoping that Claudia would find her costume on the school bus on the ride home, but when she came off of the bus empty handed I knew we […]

The Halloween Costume Debacle – Part 1

I am not a terribly prepared or organized human being, but I know from experience that if you wait until mid-October to buy children’s Halloween costumes they will be picked over and you will never get what you want. Halloween is the one holiday I have down, when school starts in September we order our […]

I Am Your Mother. I Have Proof.

For Mother’s Day my son made me card. It included this lovely acrostic which implies that I am a keeper. This card also came with what I would call a coupon, but my son insists is a credit card, that gets me “one free set the table’. Sweet, right? When dinner time rolled around I […]

The Lies Parents Tell

Growing up I rarely lied to my parents. Sure, every once in a while I would say I was going to the movies and instead I would be drinking beer at a bonfire on The Causeway and sometimes I skipped class and failed to mention it, but I usually just told them things they didn’t […]

How I Failed at Parenting Today

A few months ago the Gawker servers were hacked and user logins and passwords were posted on a website somewhere. Mine was one of them and it led to me being locked out of all my cox e-mail accounts. It was a pain, but not really a big deal since I use my g-mail account […]

A Whole Different Animal

While discussing my trip to Pittsburgh for The Winter Classic with my six year old daughter she asked if someday I would take her to see the Capitals play. Would I? The only things that would make me happier would be taking her to a Bucs game, a WNBA game or if she picked out […]

The Gift I Do Not Intend to Outgrow

Did I tell you guys that I got tickets to the Winter Classic? Well I did*, and I am extremely excited about it. The thing is, since I am going all the way to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to sit outside on January 1st and root for the Capitals I clearly needed a jersey. Aside: Am I […]

The Unbearable Heaviness of Claudia’s Backpack

This morning as I was sending the children off to school I noticed that Claudia’s backpack was unzipped and also looking particularly puffy. “What is in your backpack?” I said as I swept in quickly so that she couldn’t stop me. I pulled out a coat, then a hoodie, then a sweater, then a sweatshirt, […]

It Always Comes Back to Butts

The children and I were in the car yesterday and the conversation naturally ended up on the subject of gender reassignment and sex realignment surgery. I don’t know how I get into these discussions with my kids but I always do. Anyway, we were talking about how you could get a penis put on (and […]

Unlike Mr. George, I Think Tracey Would Notice

“What are you doing Mom?” “I’m just trying to think of something to write about for my MamaPop post today.” He thought about it for a while. “Why don’t you just type random letters?” “Just like 10th grade geography papers?” “What?” “Nothing.” *

The Class of 2022 (BlogHer Hangover Part 2)

There are actually two kinds of BlogHer hangovers. The kind of hangover I wrote about two weeks ago and the kind where you run out of words. Usually when I come home from BlogHer I find that I have mysteriously run out of things to say. It is as if I have told most of […]