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Naomi Odes Aytur
Los Angeles, CA
I am a new mother trying to find my way...
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Five years ago, when I worked for Babble Media, I wrote a blog post about my experience on 9/11. Putting something so personal out there on a public site was difficult, but, it was my story and I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at I am still awake.
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Death. Again. One would think I was getting used to it. 2010, 2012, and now... Except, this time it’s my Dad. My Dad. For the past 6 days my sister, mom and I have been in marathon vigil mode, much... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at I am still awake.
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Last night, the eve of the 23rd of August, is a night where three years ago, I suffered the loss of having only one child. Now that I've had some time to reflect, I can validate that I was completely... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at I am still awake.
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Ducks. In a row. Sort of. I'm not sure what finally got me to log in and start a post. It may have been the constant comments left by my good friends "Cheap viagra" and "Semenex." Cough, cough. It's dusty... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at I am still awake.
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Mo Cat, who left us too soon. Oh, hai. What say you? It's January 15th? Last year is so two weeks ago, right? Everyone else has shed their 2012 skins and already broken their resolutions. This is how I've been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2013 at I am still awake.
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I was never particularly good at science. My one recurring nightmare is that classic: “Today's the day I take the college exam for the class I didn't even know I was taking!” It's always a science class. Always. It might... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2012 at I am still awake.
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Today was one of those days where I felt that all was possible. I don't usually like to pat myself on the back. In fact, I usually find ways to unpat myself when others compliment me but that's a sob... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2012 at I am still awake.
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My sister and I playing my Uncle's banjos at the Shiva. At this moment, Hurricane Sandy is pummeling the East Coast. I can't stand watching the bad news pour in on my Facebook feed anymore. So I'm back here for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at I am still awake.
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Uncle G, about 3 weeks ago with his friends Neckmore (left) and Squasho I remember when both my babies were born how miraculous it was that their bodies instinctively knew what to do. They knew how find their food source,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at I am still awake.
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Do Italian words taste better when you have to eat them? I hope so. Reggio Emilia Parmesano. Montessori Carbonara. After all my love and awe and praise of the Reggio Emilia Philosophy, I've come to the conclusion that it's not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at I am still awake.
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We made it back to L.A. via circuitous routing thanks to wacky Mid-Western weather: Burlington ---O'hare-Los Angeles turned into Burlington-Grand Rapids Michigan- O'Hare- San Diego -rental car-2.5 hour drive. So after our 3 am arrival and our 6:40am 36" and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at I am still awake.
Here, by the lake, when we see the neighbors as we drive by, everyone says hello to everyone else, no matter if we know them or not. If we do know them, it's not uncommon to stop and chat on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at I am still awake.
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A Northerly wind came in today. With it flew my sister and her family as they drove "down south" (to the Hamptons) after a glorious 2 week stay. TSA also took flight with the wind, to Los Angeles for 3... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at I am still awake.
I had planned on writing a post tonight regardless. I have a list of about 10 that I've been meaning to get out there, but summer, with it's visitors and distractions has made procrastination easy. Then something happened tonight that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at I am still awake.
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What would you do if you found out you had only three months to live? This cliché of a question became a reality for my uncle a few days ago when he was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer. My uncle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at I am still awake.
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During the last heat wave, I was in nearby Milton, Vermont. We go to the Hannaford's once or twice a week. It's the closest supermarket to our house, but it's still 25 minutes away. On this particular toasty day, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2012 at I am still awake.
The insomnia has been a raging force of late. It's unexpected, considering my children practically sleep through the night at this point.* It has also presented itself in rather annoying ways. Often, I can fall asleep pretty easily but then... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at I am still awake.
TONIGHT! Me: Showered both kids. Found clean pajamas in the dryer/laundry basket Changed both kids into pajamas and 1 overnight diaper for Fuzz Filled their water bottles Toothpasted 1 brush and brushed another set of teeth Made sure Shnook went... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2012 at I am still awake.
Here's how we kept our cool in 90+ heat today: Sat in the darkest room in the house, eating cold cucumber slices sprinkled with sea salt and read Owl Moon and A Snowy Day. via iamstillawake.typepad.com Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 13, 2012 at I am still awake.
Here's how we kept our cool in 90+ heat today: Sat in the darkest room in the house, eating cold cucumber slices sprinkled with sea salt and read Owl Moon and A Snowy Day. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2012 at I am still awake.
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To me, our little Vermont cottage is paradise. Every day I look around and my senses are engaged with the orange sunsets reflected on the tallest greenest trees, the sounds of a lake lapping, gravel crunching under my feet, birds... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2012 at I am still awake.
I noticed after reading Time Magazine a few too many times, they have this little formulaic thing they do with a cover story. In a center 2-page spread they'll have all sorts of side-bar graphics with statistics and little known... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at I am still awake.
I think I should change my blog's name to A Wagon Full Of Ass. Either that, or The Lone Vagina. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2012 at I am still awake.
Today will be my last post on the Toddler Times blog. It's not that I don't like doing it, but Shnook is almost 4 and although Fuzz is a bonafide toddler, I have to confess, I'm kind of tired of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at I am still awake.
In the past month (give or take), we've had a lot of milestones as parents, or I have, at least. 1. I weaned Fuzz. 2. I took my first trip away from my kids. Ever. 3. TSA and I got... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2012 at I am still awake.