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I was standing outside of school waiting to pick up Kay the other day, when I ran into a mom I hadn't seen in a while and actually didn't know very well. She asked me about my Thanksgiving plans and I told her my girls were going to be with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Opening the Pickle Jar
So I've been doing the Bikram yoga thing off and on for 10 years now. (I love how I'm saying that so casually; I walked out of the studio the other day and encountered a guy on the street who made the mistake of asking me about it. I went... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Opening the Pickle Jar
I, like everyone else, have been contemplating the passing of Robin Williams. I am especially struck by the juxtaposition of comedy and art to the darkness of depression and life-ending desperation. It is amazing to watch people fight so hard for their lives and to stay afloat, that their coping... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Opening the Pickle Jar
I have spent much of the past two years trying to become a whole person and to make my way out of the small but remarkably secure box in which I'd awakened one day and found myself. I remember my constant fear that I was never, ever going to be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Opening the Pickle Jar
I started writing this blog because despite being completely freaked out about being alone and a single mother, I knew that to everyone else I looked like I had it relatively together. People would comment constantly on how incredibly well I was doing and how great I looked and that... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Opening the Pickle Jar
When I filed for divorce, I remember being on my knees, talking to my Heavenly Father in bewilderment, wondering how I was going to survive this. This situation, this life, with two small babies and a heartful of fear. I was almost instantaneously reassured that I would be sent someone... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Opening the Pickle Jar
It's an insanely bizarre week for me. Been praying a lot. Reading my scriptures. Relying on my Heavenly Father. And listening to Florence + the Machine: Live at Royal Albert Hall. It's amazing how well these elements work together. Also, if you need a good way to help your young... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Opening the Pickle Jar
Fifi ran to me this morning with a picture she had just finished coloring to put on the wall. "Isn't my picture amazing!!! And just a little bit of scribble scrabble. Right, Mom?" She said. "Yeah but don't worry- you have the rest of your life to color inside the... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at Opening the Pickle Jar
I went outside to the shared washer and dryer in my apartment building to get my clothes and found all of them painstakingly folded in my basket, with the single dress hung over the side so it wouldn't wrinkle. It's not the first time my wonderful neighbor upstairs has done... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Opening the Pickle Jar
I've been running the bridges on Key Biscayne with the girls lately. I initially thought they would just sit in the stroller and be miserable the whole time, but they actually love it. Fifi spends the whole time waving and yelling at people as we go by, and Charlotte eats... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
So there is a new man in our life. His name is Flair. He accompanies Kay to school, and eats dinner with us, and has become an all-around regular fixture. He also prefers to use a Barbie toothbrush. At first I thought that Flair was going to be making a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
When our custody agreement went into full effect and I had to spend significant time away from my girls, the impact on the three of us was swift and severe. While I know how important it is for them to be with their dad, Kay and Fifi and I were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
So birthdays are normally a yucky day for me. I feel blah and panicky and sad all at once. I look at my life and take an inventory, and inevitably dislike what I see. BUT NOT THIS YEAR! This year it was amazing and full of joy and peace. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
There is too much. So much so that run-on sentences have become too short. And so now, There is poetry. Fragments. Words. A futile attempt to take pain and make it beautiful, Hopeful, meaningful. Anything but what it is. With the hope that incomplete phrases, And thoughts, Might make my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
I just recently got back to Miami from being with family these past 6+ weeks, and it has been quite an adjustment for me. We woke up to rain today so the girls and I declared it a pajama day where we cleaned (I cleaned, they played and watched cartoons)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
The girls and I were able to go to Disney for four days this past month, and I cannot even begin to explain how important and profound this trip ended up being for me as a single mom. We were given the opportunity to go pretty short notice (I was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
I've been thinking a lot lately about those "choose your own adventure" books that I read as a kid. I loved them. LOVED them. There was so much power in picking which page you were going to turn to, unless of course the book abruptly ended (which happened often) and... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
The past couple of weeks I have had several acquaintances become friends, and also made many new friends as well. And I am reminded again and again how important it is to exercise my mad oversharing skills. Just last night, I went to dinner with a couple whom I've never... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
The girls are back home after spending almost a week with their dad and his family. As I fed, cuddled, and put them in time out approximately 300 times so far today, I've decided that sharing custody with my ex is a lot like having some sort of split personality... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
Okay. So. I don't even know how to begin this. I'm just going to lay it all out there and pray it helps other parents avoid the nightmare I went through. Two weeks ago on Friday afternoon, Fifi was exhausted and cranky, so I laid down with her to cuddle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
I have not really had an opinion on the Steubenville verdict and people’s reactions to it until this morning. I was washing my face in the sink and had a flashback to my junior year at Stanford. I was at a fraternity party and wandered upstairs looking for the girlfriend... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
So I went to Kay's school's PTA fundraiser with a good friend of mine. And it was fabulous. Except for the part where now all of the teachers there think I used to be a stripper. I was dancing with some little kids there. You know, doing the sprinkler and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
So the holidays happened, and they were both wonderful and bizarre. The girls and I spent Christmas eve and Christmas day with my ex-in-laws since their cousins were going to be there as well. It was nice having all the kids together and the awkwardness was minimal- I think everyone... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
I was talking to a friend of mine the other day about funny things girls do when they're PMSing and cranky and just trying to survive the next week without jumping off a cliff or being committed (or both.) me: Oh yeah- I totally pulled over my minivan the other... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar
I have a very dear friend named Anne who has gone through some major life stuff in the last several months. She now lives on her own in Los Angeles as a blogger and stylist and all-around badass (we established last week that her style icon is Clair Huxtable from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at Opening the Pickle Jar