Chips ‘n Dip

We were invited to an annual Hanukkah party and attended last evening. Last year my daughter was so excited about getting chocolate coins at this event, she put them in her shoe either to hide or protect them and they melted. As we were all saying our good-byes I hear a screeching, “M-o-o-o-m-m-m-y” and she pulled a chocolate-covered foot from her Croc. The hostess was very kind and I was very embarassed. The food became an issue again last night. The lovely hostess put out vegetables & hummus dip, pepperoni & gouda cheese, crackers, then chips and dip in a…

Eddie

Today is Eddie’s birthday. He would be 56. He died of AIDS 17 years ago. My son was named after his Uncle Eddie, his godfather. He was so smart, and funny, and handsome, and thought-provoking. Tall, broad and hot. If he walked past you on the street, you would take a second look. Sagittarians are the best. He was clean of drugs when he got the diagnosis, working as a counselor. His brother, his best friend, was already dead. Sometimes life seems just incredibly unfair and sad. I hope one day we will all laugh, one day when we can…

Young Black Man

Yesterday at Verizon I was waited on by a young black man wearing dreads. He was really polite and nice to me. We laughed together about the hideous noise my phone was making. Certainly not the tough guy image the media portrays of young black men. It occurred to me that one day he was a little boy who was loved and adored by his mommy, just like the 4-year old who sat on my lap Friday afternoon, a beautiful boy who played and giggled. I bet they even looked a little bit alike. It made me look at Mr.…

Taking a Break

I’m taking a break from blogging. Who knew blog stats could become so freaking addictive? I’ve started writing, posting and then deleting. I was supposed to be writing about my life but instead I sit at the computer and have no life! I can barely get up from my desk to leave the house. I’ve stopped watching television at night with my husband, and I barely go to bed. It’s ridiculous. Part of the problem may be that I’m not sleeping, staying on the computer until 3, 4, 5 a.m. And then I catch myself writing an entry about Jennifer…

Mea Culpa

If I ever adopted a kid like my new fun friend A. did, her first words, perhaps with a beautiful French or Spanish accent, would more than likely be “FUCK” and/or “MOTHERFUCKER!” Then I might teach her a few words about American food, like “Twizzlers” and maybe “Diet Coke.” I would rarely make her go to bed and I would let her run naked whenever she desired. If she wanted to go outside without a coat in the winter I would be fine with that. Sometimes I suck at being a mom. I mean I REALLY SUCK. I believe God…

Best way to unlock iphone 11

It’s really irritating when you realize that your iPhone 11 is locked on a particular network. When you travel to another country, your phone becomes useless – you cannot use a foreign SIM card. If your iPhone 11 is locked on a network and you want to switch to another provider, you’re in luck. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to unlock your iPhone 11 with free unlock codes. In this article, we will review and explain websites that offer different free unlock codes for iPhone 11. Read more and find out how to use four iPhone 11 sites…

Stuff I Never Learned . .

Girls are supposed to learn certain stuff from their mothers. However, my mother had no girlfriends, really, and she didn’t do a lot of typical girl stuff. She was pretty controlling and demanding, sort of what you normally expect from the stereotypical American father. There are a lot of blank spaces in my training manual. Once, she did tell me that if she died I would have to do her make-up before the funeral, that no one else would know how she liked it. I was about nine at the time. I sometimes watched the paint sessions, while she sat…

Changes . . .

I stopped writing for a while, as I felt I was being too negative, focusing too much on the past. I’ve made some big changes in my life and I feel so much better. Honest to God, no one needs a therapist as much as they really need a great hairdresser. I stopped wearing sweatshirts and found some clothes I like. I had to, it was really hot this summer. I took my daughter out of school and began to homeschool. I’m excited to be around people who are interesting and unique. I don’t need to agree with someone if…

My Weight

In 1979 I flunked a class entitled “Personal Health & Weight Control,” my sophomore year at the University of Oregon, and instead jumped out of a plane and got an A in Skydiving. Did I lose any weight from skydiving? No. Was it a fun experience? No. It was horrific. But so was the fat class. How do the two relate? Even at 19 the skykdiving instructor could read me well enough to say, “Please be honest about your weight because it really matters when choosing a parachute.” I probably weighed about 167 at the time, something that made me…

Haiti & Twinkies

I know a woman adopting a third child, a boy from Haiti.  I am fascinated by this jump from a cliff and a little jealous.  I am in awe at the Olympian-like willingness to accept the necessary pain and take home the gold.  I am not an Olympian.  I’m the guy who gets in a car when the marathon begins and then waits in a bush near the finish line. It’s the fact that he’s a third child that brings up issues for me.  Why did I stop at two? I wish I was the kind of person who would go for…