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Donna
Southern California
50-something Southern California native who used to be interesting.
Interests: Travel, television, film, pop culture, politics, parenting, teens, diet, fitness, cooking, food, wine
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From the outside, the new Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid looks exactly the same as the rest of the Fusion family -- until you notice its charger port, which lights up to indicate that the battery is fully juiced. On... Continue reading
Oh, Carmen. Guilt is a useless emotion. You are a superwoman in my book.
The new site is coming along well. I have been putting in new plug-ins and adding new features and disconnecting things that I used for years here at Typepad but do not serve me well any longer. One of those... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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The LA Auto Show is BIG. Each year, it fills nearly all 720,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Los Angeles Convention Center with flashy concept cars, shiny luxury vehicles, SUVs, convertibles, compacts and vans. There is literally something... Continue reading
Thank you, old friend. (Not that you're "old." Just that I've known you almost since the beginning of this blog.
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The design of this blog has changed. The photos are no longer appearing. And there have been no new posts for a while. That's because I've finally done something I've threatened to do for a very long time: Move my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
I took the Obama-Biden magnet off my car on Wednesday morning. The election was over, I was happy, and there was no need to show my support via vehicle advertising any longer. Besides, there are a lot of Republicans in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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Thanks to record gasoline prices in Southern California this fall, a lot of people I know are giving hybrids a serious look. And why not? There are now close to 50 hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles available in the... Continue reading
Donna is now following Laurie White
Nov 2, 2012
By this time next week, I'll either be exulting -- or depressed. Either way, the election will be over. Every Wednesday, I get to talk politics with some of my favorite people, and we record the conversations for posterity. Today,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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Have you noticed how many clocks and devices with clocks you've got in your house? Just in my kitchen there are digital clocks on the oven, microwave, coffeemaker... and an analog wall clock way up high above my sink. And... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
Yeah. Too bad it's turning out to be such a nailbiter.
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I really do try to keep my political rants here at a minimum (that's what the MOMocrats Facebook page is for). But it's been hard to do, especially now when the polls show a race that's a virtual tie. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
A couple of weeks ago, I took possession of a single serve coffeemaker. It is not 6:00 AM yet, and I've already had my first cup of coffee (espresso, actually). My kid's lunch has been made and I have time... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
They don't allow you to take photos inside the DMV, so I have no illustration for this post. That's not a big deal, as everyone already knows what this place is about. A few years ago, I laughed at Kevin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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When my sister visited last weekend, I told her I would be returning to the set of The Talk. I told her how much I thought the show had improved since its debut three years ago. My sister gave me... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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The new television season has been starting in dribs and drabs. I've been enjoying returning favorites like The Good Wife, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, and Modern Family. And as a former NBC employee, I'm getting a wicked kick out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
My sister and her family were here on another whirlwind weekend visit. The occasion was to take high school senior Maddy on a tour of the Claremont Colleges. And while they were here, my brother-in-law visited his mom, my older... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
Donna added a favorite at This Full House
Oct 15, 2012
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Anyone who tries to park outside an elementary school these days will notice that the most popular vehicle for women with children is not the minivan, but a crossover or SUV. Today's sports utility vehicles are safer and more fuel... Continue reading
Remember how I started 2012 by breaking my thumb? And began the summer with a broken big toe on my driving foot? Last night, as I fumbled around in the dark, I stumbled right into the hallway pet gate we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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What do rising stars Kat Graham (Vampire Diaries), Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages) and Joe Jonas have in common? They were among the young celebrities helping Ford demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving at the recent Variety Power of Youth... Continue reading
I think of you every time I attend one of these Disney blogging events - that was so much fun ! I can't believe you haven't been back! (But you DO fly all over the country now, so you must be heading back this way some time, right)? When you do, we must try it again!
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Saturday was an event I look forward to all year: Media Family Day at Disneyland -- which, for the last few years (at least) is also Gay Day at Disneyland. I'm not sure exactly why that tickles me so much:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills
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Yesterday was the first meeting of a marketing workshop I signed up for, in hope of learning how to better sell myself and my services. The workshop is here in the Valley, but I left early to fulfill another AskPatty... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at Socal Mom by Donna Schwartz Mills