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Amanda P. Westmont
Vancouver, WA
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Things are always slow at work this time of year and I’ve been treating the frequent and lengthy breaks as my extended maternity leave. I used to freak out about the money part too much to enjoy the time off,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Mandajuice
Compared to the last time I did this, I now have patience for years and can sit and happily hold Miss Ever for hours while she sleeps. But that also means I’m on my second season of Love Island, which... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Mandajuice
Genoa had a rough weekend of not sleeping well. We have no idea why, poor thing. This was the week I had planned to transition the big kids into getting up for school on their own. With Ever staying up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2020 at Mandajuice
I’ve been feeling super guilty about not writing anymore. My big kids had their early childhoods furiously documented on my blog, and poor Ever has only had a few updates on Facebook (which I might repost here just so they’re... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at Mandajuice
I would be remiss if I didn’t pop in here for an update at the end of the most monumental decade of my life. It’s hard to believe that ten years ago I had a 3 year old and a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2019 at Mandajuice
I want to preface this post by saying that 2017 was easily the best year of my life. I promise I’m almost done with my annual questionnaire and will post it asap, but I couldn’t resist the urge to write... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Mandajuice
I used to dread Saturdays. It was the end of my work week and I always felt physically and mentally exhausted in a very specific way, a way I think most people associate with wanting to get the fuck out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Mandajuice
1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? This one’s gonna be a doozy: 1. First time I felt ready for a dog since Harry died. 2. First time I actually felt myself fall out of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at Mandajuice
I think it's no surprise that I haven't written because I haven't been doing well since the election. I didn't particularly enjoy waking up to the news that 50% of the country hates me and everything I stand for. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Mandajuice
Lest you go thinking I'm some kind of saint, let me assure you that I'm not always able to extend grace like that. It was easy in this case because it triggered a strong feeling of injustice that I knew... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Mandajuice
I finally talked to the adjuster today and learned the other driver's insurance had lapsed a few months ago. I'm a little beside myself. I have uninsured motorists, so even my deductible is covered, but I would be lying if... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Mandajuice
Before going to bed last night, I made sure to go out and start up my old Mercedes. I haven't driven miss Lola in over three months, but she thudded right back to life like only a diesel can (deafeningly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Mandajuice
Well, it's a good thing I bought gap insurance for my loan because my car was totaled tonight. The kids and I were on our way home from the movies and I stopped at a stop sign about a mile... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2016 at Mandajuice
The strangest thing seems to be happening this year - I feel like I'm finally getting my shit together. For the first time in my adult life I seem to be able to keep my house together and the bills... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Mandajuice
I think I might have fired a client today and it really irked me and this is as good a place as any to talk it out with myself. This is a customer I've been waxing for over three years.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Mandajuice
Today I didn't have any clients until 2:30 and even then, only enough to keep me at work until 4:00. Normally an abrupt slow-down like this would worry me, but after five years I know it's just the ebb to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Mandajuice
Today is Genoa's tenth birthday and I was totally okay with that until I sat down to write this post and then immediately burst into tears. Finding that picture didn't help, obviously. That adorable baby is TEN. I had a... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Mandajuice
For the first time in almost six years, I'm officially living alone again; just me, my two kids and our tiny dog in this giant house. I re-signed the lease in my own name - JUST ME - a few... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at Mandajuice
Every year on my birthday, I've been taking a picture of my clean, naked face so I can document what my own natural aging process looks like. I started at 30, so now I've got a decade worth of me... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Mandajuice
About a month ago, I sent a message to a cute bald guy on OK Cupid because I really liked his writing. He responded very sweetly that he liked mine, too, because he was a blog reader. It was hands-down... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Mandajuice
1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before? Attended a sibling's wedding! My brother had a beautiful 3-day Indian wedding. I got to wear a Sari. I also got to see David Sedaris and Patton Oswalt... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Mandajuice
I decided to take off the first week of the year, so I found us this amazing house on AirBnB and it’s right on the beach, literally IN the sand, less than 50 yards from the waves. I love the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at Mandajuice
Patrick and I are in the midst of a major paradigm shift in our relationship - we are still very much in love and still very much plan to stay partners, we're just going to do it from separate hobbit... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Mandajuice
[I took this post down after Patrick complained. I'm republishing it for continuity and because I have no intention of protecting abusive men ever again.] In two and a half years, Patrick and I have been in maybe six fights.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Mandajuice
I'm in the middle of writing a pretty serious post regarding happiness and body weight. A post I hope will help more people than it will pain me to write. But my family is being cyber-harassed. AGAIN. I have no... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2015 at Mandajuice