My #mombrag

I’ll admit it. One of the reasons I started this blog was to limit myself from over-posting about Posey on Facebook– and my mothering in general– because I was scared of the humblebrag. I’ve done it. You’ve done it.

And now, Meryl’s gone and done it.

Read my latest for the Huffington Post here!

What’s your #mombrag of the day?

Oscar-Worthy Cats


Uggie may be the breakout star of The Artist, but some of us are just good ole fashioned cat people. If you lie awake at night wondering aren’t there any cat movie stars I can tip my chapeau to this Oscar season?  The answer is yes, there are!

1. Orangey

This talented tabby made his debut as the title role in the 1951 film Rhubarb, but Orangey is is most famous for playing Audrey Hepburn’s cat– Cat–  in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. What’s that? Did he win any awards, you ask? Yes! He’s the only cat to ever win two Patsy Awards, which were the old-timey Oscars for animal actors, making him the Tom Hanks of tomcats.

2. Ted Nude-Gent

Ted’s portrayal of Mr. Bigglesworth in Austin Powers earned this hairless Sphynx the second-most coveted title after People’s Sexiest Man Alive: Cats Magazine named him Cat of the Year in 1999. If only Ryan Gosling had whiskers– maybe he’d have a shot.

3. Bailey & Misha

The Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of cat actors, these two Himalayans shared the part of Mr. Jinx in Meet the Parents opposite DE NIRO.  Misha performed his own toilet-flushing stunts.

4. Syn

Syn cuts his chops in 1963‘s The Incredible Journey, but it was his ballsy portrayal of “Darn Cat” in That Darn Cat that led The New York Times to declare this Seal Point Siamese the Clark Gable* of felines. (*That  equates to George Clooney in 2012’s celebrity market)

Happy Thawsgiving!

After two failed IVF treatments, our doctor told us there was nothing else he could do for us. It was probably best that we take our files and go– find another practice, another doctor, another hope to hold on to.

There was just one last bit of business to take care of before we parted ways. Six months prior, Beef and I banked two leftover embryos in the freezer, and I hate wasting leftovers.

On February 22nd, 2011, we showed up at the clinic unsure if our two little buggers had even survived the thaw. Not only did they– but one was already dividing, multiplying, growing…We could even see in the grainy microscope picture that it had busted out of its shell.

99% sure she's the one on the right

The procedure was the worst of all three I’d endured. I literally saw stars from the pain. But I got through it, ate my animal crackers afterwards, and went home to rest. Two weeks later, we found out we were pregnant.

My baby is the strongest person I’ve ever met. I don’t know anyone else who was cryogenically frozen for six months, defrosted, shot out of a cannon, born almost six weeks early… and so unphased by any of it.

I guess maybe she wanted us as much as we wanted her.

Happy Thawsgiving.

Baggies ‘n Wipes

There are two things I love more than anything else in the world: Baggies. and. Wipes.

I love bagging things in baggies. I love wiping things with wipes. And when I put wipes IN a baggy, my noggin explodes with joy, which I then clean up with wipes and contain brain leftovers in baggies. I have yet to ever wipe a baggy, but I need something to look forward to.


  • Stretch too-tight shoes
  • Keep Twizzlers from getting stale
  • Squeeze dough out of snipped corner into boiling water to make spaetzel
  • Pack diapers for a day at Grandma and Grandpa’s


1. Up & Up Disinfecting Wipes

Why would anyone want their stuff to be infected?







2. Neutrogena Makeup Remover

Because actually washing your face at night is too much to ask. This is an upgrade from the Stridex Sandpaper Circles of yesteryear, BUT once I was an extra in a movie during the summer, and the PA handed out chilled wipes soaked in Stridex. It was heaven.



3. Kirkland Baby Wipes

I liked the Target baby wipes, but I love these ones from Costco. I think the biggest draw for me is that there are 900 of them.


3 Shows to DVR for Middle of the Night Feedings

1. Boy Meets World

In case you forget what you’re supposed to teach your child about the world, let Mr. Feeny be your guide.


2. The Nanny

She may not have birthed those Sheffield children herself, but watching Nanny Fine in action is just about the equivalent of taking a 12 week parenting class.


3. 8 Simple Rules

The late years. When David Spade and James Garner took over.

Here is a video tribute to the show that someone made. Set to Tina Turner music.