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Love is all you need.

posted Tuesday February 14th, 2012

The other day I kissed Sophie and said, “I love you.” She kissed me back. Right on the lips, the type of kiss I’m normally opposed to unless it’s from someone to whom I’m married. “I love you, too, Mommy,” she said, and hugged me hard. She leaned back and looked at me, like she was trying […]


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Don’t Stop Believing

posted Friday December 23rd, 2011

I’m dashing off to Target this morning. Last minute Santa shopping. And the fourth night of Hanukkah. Being a non-observant Jew married to a fallen Catholic is exhausting. And expensive. That’s not to say we’re ignoring the real reason for the season — we’ve had great times with family and friends and it’s not even […]


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Sophie’s Letter to Santa (Final Draft, Dictated)

posted Monday December 12th, 2011

Dear Santa, I love you. You’re the best Santa Claus I ever had. I love Christmas. I want paintbrushes and baby stuff, too. We are watching Elf right now and I saw you on Elf. But you are fake on Elf. What’s your favorite color and what’s all the reindeers’ names and I love you […]


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All the Trimmings

posted Thursday December 8th, 2011

We have a new babysitter starting tonight, and she’s Jewish. Not Jewish like me, but Jewish like I suspect she actually goes to synagogue. So I’m feeling a little self conscious about the giant Christmas tree in our living room. In our nearly 14 years of marriage, Ray and I have often had trees, but […]


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A Very Gaga Thanksgiving

posted Thursday December 1st, 2011

I cracked up when I saw the press release for “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving” — which I didn’t catch on TV over the holiday weekend, mainly because we were busy being entertained by our own GAGA, my mother. (Plus, I can’t tell you the name of a Lady Gaga song.) This drawing of her grandchildren — […]


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Festive with a Vengeance

posted Monday November 7th, 2011

Ray took me to lunch last week. “Here’s the thing,” he said, by way of apologizing for getting snippy with me the day before. “It’s just that when you are rushing around doing all that holiday stuff, you look so miserable.” My jaw dropped, then my lips pursed. “I’M FESTIVE!” I announced, shocked that anyone […]


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The (Costume) Road Less Traveled.

posted Monday October 31st, 2011

Turns out, it was the year of the unrecognized costume. Ray got home late tonight. “Hey, get your fox costume on!” I said. I was already in my Felicity Fox get-up. “Oh, I thought I’d wear the Spiderman costume from last year,” Ray said. “The Fantastic Mr. Fox shirt is in the laundry.” “No unitard!” […]


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Mr. and Mrs. Fox Wish You a Fantastic Halloween

posted Monday October 31st, 2011

I never dress up at Halloween. Never. I think the last time I dressed up for Halloween I was in the fourth grade. But this year I couldn’t resist — I got the idea to be Felicity Fox from Fantastic Mr. Fox a couple months ago, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. […]


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The Mother of All Holidays Is Over. Phew.

posted Tuesday May 10th, 2011

The overwhelming sense of relief I feel when Mother’s Day ends is matched only by the relief I experience  on October 28, the day after my birthday. I know this is messed up. Don’t get me wrong — it was a terrific Mother’s Day. The best ever. Really. The first words I heard were from […]


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Stick a Fork in Easter

posted Monday April 25th, 2011

It was a Big Weekend. The cousins were here, visiting from Denver. Aside from the fact that I spent a little too much time studying my (adorable) almost four year old nephew and comparing his cognitive abilities to Sophie’s, it was a truly lovely time — beautiful weather, grand company, and my baked French toast turned […]


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