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Oct 15, 2014

Two Funny Mothas

I think I've officially "made it," you guys. I'm being interviewed about how funny and interesting and pretty I am.

Okay, maybe just the first one. Maybe not even that.

Do you know Stacey from One Funny Motha? Of course you do. Well, I know her personally. We met, as so many cosmopolitan women do, in the dining car of a train, where we shared laughs over plastic cups of wine. I compared her to Carrie Heffernan from King of Queens. I meant it as very high praise, and she was quite gracious about it.

It wasn't a chance meeting; we "knew" each other via the internet, and we were both travelling to Blog U in Maryland. I hopped on the Amtrak in Boston (seven hours, people), and she joined up in New York. We discovered in real time on Facebook that we were on the same train, and made a wine date.

There is not much room for a wine date on an Amtrak dining car, FYI. Particularly when all the seats are taken, so you're forced to hug the wall, and chat over a recycling bin. I'm lucky I get to sail two days a year, so I'm pretty awesome at standing up on a moving vehicle.

Well, apparently the length of time it takes to chug a Solo cup of Pinot Grigio wasn't enough Jenn for her, so she's back for more. Click over to One Funny Motha to learn all about what makes me tick (hint: it's mostly Pinot Grigio).

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Oct 10, 2014

To the Cub Scout at My Door

I was caught off guard when you arrived at my door today. We weren’t expecting company, and we certainly weren’t expecting a pint-sized Cub Scout peddling snacks. But there you were.

You asked me if I’d like to buy some popcorn “to support scouting,” and I found myself at a loss for words (a rare occurrence). I looked at your hopeful little face, and your mom’s, and then mumbled, “Oh… No. No thank you.” You were both very gracious about being turned down.

I wish I could have explained to you why I didn’t want to buy any. It wasn’t about you. And it wasn’t about the popcorn.


Oct 6, 2014

Is It OK to Interrupt Mom's Shower? A Primer for Children

Have you missed me? I'm sorry I haven't been writing much lately, but I've been really busy with my best friend's wedding, Halloween, and fostering two cats in addition to my two cats and frog.

Yeah. Lots of stuff. But the wedding is over now, and the cats will be moving back home this weekend, so I'm ready to start entertaining you again. Let's start with something short and sweet on NickMom that I wrote in the shower while my kid was banging on the door to tell me something super important about Legos or whatever:


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Sep 25, 2014

Would You Like a Side of Hate With That Sandwich?

I am pissed. Wait, I take it back. I'm furious. Today, a hate group came to my community, and what's worse, nobody cares.

Westborough, Massachusetts is my favorite town. I used to live there. I hope to live there again one day. It's the kind of town where strangers passing you on the street will stop to say "Good morning," but it's not so small that they don't have room for a Target, three grocery stores, and more Italian restaurants than you can shake a stick at.

The schools are rated a nine out of ten on Greatschools.org. They teach Mandarin Chinese in the high school, and they're hoping to offer it in middle school soon. Westborough is an awesome town... Whose town council apparently didn't get the memo two years ago that Chick Fil A is a hate group.

Sep 15, 2014

Three Short Stories About Portable Chargers (and a GIVEAWAY so you can have one, too!)


So you have a home charger for all your devices. And a car charger for your phone. And you think that's enough.

IT'S NOT.

Here's a story: When I went to Blog U this past June, I bought a portable charger to bring with me. I wasn't sure how much access I'd have to outlets during the day, and I knew I'd be using my phone a lot. I did end up using the charger, and loaning it to others.

Okay, that was a boring story; sorry. Here's another: A couple of weeks after Blog U, I woke up one morning to discover that the power was out. Not only that, but it had apparently gone out a long time ago, and my phone was almost dead. So was my husband's. So how was I to call National Grid and find out what the problem was? Aha! I had that portable charger in my purse. Zap, I charged my phone, and my husband's. Problem solved. I even got to mess around on Facebook while I waited for the power to come back on.

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