Missoni Accomplished: Target bullseye! Zigzags bagged!

I am a gifted shopper. This dubious ability is the direct result of a childhood then work life spent at Nordstrom.  Once I had first son Sweetie Boy, the math favored staying home with him, and thus my shopping habits shifted from Nordstrom-Nordstrom-Nordstrom to Target-Sometimes Nordstrom-But Mostly Target…the Nordstrom of big box stores. My love [...]

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Sir Wax-a-Lot! Uncensored and Unwaxed

I waxed on and on about wax in my July Loud and About column in Scene Magazine by the Bellevue Reporter.  Surprisingly a few bits didn’t make it past the editors. This shocked me because I read this original version aloud to a group of kids to measure the shock value and the only feedback I got [...]

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The Worst Mother in the World on the John Curley Show KIRO 97.3FM

Does being a mom suck? John Curley interviews The Worst Mother in the World.

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Dear Oprah, Happy Mother’s Day! Love, Us

This morning I woke up to the familiar and sometimes terrifying sound of sticky little feet running towards my bedroom. My seven year old daughter, Sistafoo, couldn’t wait to get started on the annual Mother’s Day ritual being played out across the USA.  Moms everywhere are trapped in their beds waiting for adorable variations of [...]

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Safety Mom

As the mom whose kid spent all night in the E.R. trying to dislodge the wad of meat blocking his esophagus I understand it may be overly ballsy to give safety advice, but I just can’t help it tonight.  A few gentle reminders for parents of small children; 1) Feel free to teach, remind and [...]

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Tiger Mother; Not A Pu**y

From now on, I refuse to take a mommy timeout when I feel like threatening to burn all of my children’s toys or find myself in an irrational rage over a half-assed homework effort or an incomplete household chore.  Instead I will chalk it up to my new Chinese parenting skills. In Battle Hymn of [...]

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On my OWN

I love traveling by myself.  But I get the impression that I am supposed to at least pretend that leaving my family for more than three hours at a time is so gut-wrenchingly painful that I nearly cry myself to sleep in the quiet darkness of a luxury hotel room, cosseted by freshly pressed sheets [...]

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“Are You Together?”

The thing about Trader Joe’s is that it is not a quick shop kind of place.  Experiencing the “thrill of discovery” requires some extra browsing time.   Which is why, it is not unusual that on a recent Sunday afternoon I stood mesmerized by a wall of crackers and other carbs at a local Trader Joe’s.  [...]

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I’m Awesome! I Quit!

Judging by the number of Facebook friends who have already shared it, this recent New York Times article called Frazzled Moms Push Back Against Volunteering struck a major mommy nerve.  I can empathize with feelings of volunteer burnout, but continued martyrdom accompanied by you’re-lucky-to-have-me passive aggressive drama isn’t going to solve anyone’s life/work imbalance.  And hiding behind a hissy-fit fueled [...]

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What-Not-To-Gift 2010

Sure Holiday Gift Guides and Hot Toy Lists are fun to read, but The Worst Mother in the World is here to save you from predatory toy marketing.  There is some disturbing stuff out there and it is going to take teamwork and solidarity and for some, blood pacts between friends to ensure that every [...]

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