Flashback Friday: Acting!

Tonight is the opening night of this season’s Expressing Motherhood, a stage show featuring people reading or performing their original work centered on the theme of motherhood. I’m 4th in a lineup of 12. I’m “performing” a piece I wrote that I think is pretty funny.

It’s the first time I’ve been on stage since the fall of 1994, when I was Annelle in a production of “Steel Magnolias” at the University of New Haven.

Then I moved to Los Angeles and basically never acted again. But! I got headshots. I thought you might enjoy my “Law & Order Deputy District Attorney” look.

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So, in case you ever wondered what I have read over the last year or so (because I know you wonder even though you never ask) you should know that I am starting to keep track. I even made a page for it here on this site. Look! Up there! Next to “about me,” just click on “Books I Have Read.”

Whatever, I know it’s not super important information for anyone, even me, but it is fun to keep track. Also sometimes I write reviews and I will be linking them in that list, for people who are looking for something to read.


Songs That Stab Me in the Heart: “This Misery” by Wild Colonials

I don’t know what happened. I was washing dishes and the boys were making slime and I had hit “shuffle” on the iPod and suddenly it was 1998.

Watched your sad blue eyes light up
It’s Friday night, get all dolled up
And tonight
Maybe you’ll meet your man

Feel the pain so warm and tender
Even now I can still remember you

Incidentally, this album by Wild Colonials, an incredible group of artists, contains only good songs. Those were, and I suppose still are, quite rare. I suggest you check it out.

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Eat ’N’ Play Placemat Makes Mealtime Fun

aka How To Get Your Kids To Sit Still Without Yelling at Them Constantly

Restaurants are right on the money when they give a kid a placemat with puzzles and games on it. Here are my kids eating food when they have something to do at the table:






Here’s what they do when there is nothing to keep their focus on the table:





Needless to say, my kids are fidgety at mealtimes. Kyle rocks on his chair. Brady takes a bite and runs away to do something else.

They both LOVE activity placemats at restaurants. Why not have those at home? Kyle loves to solve word search puzzles. Brady likes to color, and he’s catching on to puzzles too.

This is a great way to keep them in their seats to eat a meal in a reasonable amount of time! It really helps when you’re in a hurry, like in the morning before school.

Here’s where I confess that the photo of Brady in the sombrero didn’t happy at a mealtime, exactly, but he did wear this getup during dinner. I just used this post as an excuse to share the image, because come on. That’s hilarious.

Click here to download and print out the placemat for your own mealtime fun!

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