Going the long way, sort of

Until about six weeks ago, we had planned on hopping in the car tonight to begin an epic family trek up the coast. We need to be in Lake Tahoe by Sunday at 2:00 PM because we are attending our first family camp with Pact. More about that later. The idea was to meander up …

Kiss me I’m irish

I’m half Irish,maybe. I align myself with being from Ireland even though I don’t know how many generations my family goes back. I do know my dad’s family is Murphy. His dad was 100% Irish and he had the liver to prove it. I understand having the last name of Murphy in Ireland is like …

LOOKING IN THE MIRROR

Today I was in a meeting when I got the text from David. Were not going jack is an ahole i don’t know what the hell is wrong with him. My stomach clutched. Poor Jack. Last night Jack had insisted on taking a shower, unheard of for my six-year-old boy. When he got out of …

What? Me? Competitive?

A couple of years ago, my brother asked David and me to join his co-ed indoor soccer team. I knew he was really asking David, but I was part of the co-ed package. “Yes,” I said without thinking. Growing up in Spain, this was David’s sport of choice and he played in a men’s league. …

We’re getting dangerously close..

“I got asked to the prom,” Kelly said. “Oh, that’s fantastic,” I said, not really meaning it. Let me explain. I am excited Kelly has a date to her senior with a really nice guy who I’m sure she’s going to have a blast with. But… Time is moving too fast. You see that, right? …

Ambush Interview: Going off to college

You’ve heard my feelings, my whining, my lamenting about Molly, my oldest, going off to college three years ago. So wrecked was I about her growing up and out of the house that I wrote a memoir about it. Molly’s leaving fanned my abandonement issues. Okay, fanned in an understatement. It was a roaring fire. …

SEEING THINGS TO THE END

I have another project. It’s creative.  It involves beads and it’s yet another “thing” to fill the minutes I don’t have.  Another project I may not finish. I chalk this up to my attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition I’ve never been diagnosed with but it doesn’t take a genius to take one look at …

TOP NINE LESSONS I LEARNED AT BLOGHER

If you’re surrounded by 3000 smart opinionated women, and in this case women who write, you’re bound to learn all sorts of things. The BlogHer conference was no exception. Here are the top ten lessons I learned at BlogHer. You’re not alone. Women use blogs to escape.  In these tough economic times, people are looking to forget …

OH! THE PLACES I’VE BEEN!

Yesterday I picked raspberries and popped them in my mouth, the sweet exploding on my tongue.   Bellevue was so green it hurt my eyes and filled my heart.  I was a kid from the arid desert of Southern California where the only green is the watered lawns and palm trees.  I rode a horse and …