BOTOX, Boob Jobs and Bullsh!#… Oh My!

She peers into a hand held mirror to freshen up her pale peach lipstick. She squints her eyes and suddenly a frown appears where a smile had been just seconds before. “I need an eye lift… and while he’s at it, maybe I should get my boobs done again, I hate them.” This girl, my…

The Swearing Mom on Podcast Stockton

I was honored to be interviewed on Podcast Stockton. My friends, Matt Beckwith and Greg Bahr are both involved with this Podcast which features Matt as the interviewer and Susan Spraecher as his co-host. They feature Stocktonians with interesting stories and careers and even though I am no longer living in Stockton, I will always…

Muffuletta My Way

One of the perks of living in the greater Los Angeles area is that we are a destination… Well, we’re near the destinations, anyway. Recently I was graced with the presence of a childhood friend, Michelle and her son Ryan. They were on their way to Carlsbad where they were going to wrap up their…

Tomato Corn Pie and a Bohemian Affair

These “pop up” house concerts are very popular right now. Maybe they’ve always been? I seem to be seeing quite a few these days. We were invited to one in Venice this weekend and it was lovely. It was a smallish house that was unassuming from the front but was an absolute burst of color,…

If at first you don’t succeed… Get off your fat @$$.

When I moved to Southern California I lost nearly 60 pounds. Let that sink in… 60. That’s more than my five year old weighs… and I lost it. I was heavy. I am perfectly aware of the right way to lose weight. I did it the right way. Somehow, somewhere along the line, I lost…

A Villain, a Mom and Two Little Boys

It’s a Friday night like any other. The Rockstar was gigging on the east coast and my sons and I were just coming in from baseball practice. As we walk in the side door, Lucius pushes past me as I juggle the various items that I’m toting home at the end of the week, he…

Prince and My Brother

“Dearly beloved We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life Electric word life It means forever and that’s a mighty long time But I’m here to tell you There’s something else The after world A world of never ending happiness You can always see the sun, day or night…”  -Prince 1958-2016…

The Rockstar

You’ve seen me use the pet name “The Rockstar” when talking about my husband. It’s funny to me, because at home he’s just Mike or daddy. But for those of you who don’t know, he’s the keyboard player for Smash Mouth and has been for about 20 years. He’s got a solo project that he’s…

My Beef With Meat Labeling

It’s hard to decipher the grocery code these days. “Lactose Free, Gluten Free, Organic, Free Range, Cage Free, All Natural, Fat Free, Hormone Free… The list goes on and on. Buzz words for days! You can rest assured that whatever becomes the hip new food trend will be coming soon to a label near you….

Spillage

I’ve been sick this week. I don’t have the flu or strep throat. It’s not the plague or The Black Death… I’ve had a cold. A low grade fever, the beginnings of an ear infection and a relentlessly hacking cough. You know, the kind that makes your head pound? A cough that hits so hard…

Dear Family, I will miss you this Christmas…

I have never been away from home for Christmas. I know, for many, that is more comon than not. I have always listened to the words “I’ll be home for Christmas, you can plan on me…” And felt sorrow for those who cannot be with their loved ones. Service men and women and people who…

I was raised half religious

My grandmothers were extremely influential in my life. If you follow my blog, you have heard me speak of both a multitude of times. They were also, both devoutly religious. My parents weren’t, though. In fact, I have never attended a church service with either of them. My grandma paid for me to attend a…