Pass Me a Tissue Please, Part II

October 18, 2013

Back to the family vacations. There wasn’t a Stuckeys where we didn’t eat Pecan Log Rolls, and there probably wasn’t a stretch of highway where we didn’t pull over so I could puke. This was pretty much how it went. They would drive, I would puke. Once when we were home in Connecticut, getting ready […]

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The Pirate Does NYC

October 17, 2013

We took the Little Pirate to NYC for the weekend. It was a mix of unexpected snobbery with sides of nastiness and a few scraps of genuinely good behavior. I almost don’t know what to think anymore of the place I’ve considered “home” for my entire life. The bouts of nastiness from complete strangers hit […]

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Pass Me a Tissue, Please

October 12, 2013

Watching the Pirate puke all over Cool Dad the other day really brought back some memories of my own childhood. There was nothing like growing up in the 70’s. I am the youngest of my parent’s three children and the only girl. Having older brothers meant I endured excessive amounts of torture. They would deny […]

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Ridiculous Extremes of the D.C. Real Estate Market

October 09, 2013

Also published on the Huffington Post ~~~~~ The D.C. real estate market continues to move along at a very swift pace. Our market is nothing if not efficient and we consistently prove here that there is no such thing as “bad” real estate — only bad prices. But I’m finding there’s a caveat to that […]

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Little Pirate Lessons

This morning I woke up and I feel like I suddenly have a new kid. She knows all these things and I have no idea how this happened. Sort of reminds me of when I was training the dogs, I’d say “sit” 10,000 times and they would look at me and tilt their head. Then […]

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Parental Law Breaker

October 03, 2013

We went to the doctor today. It was the Little Pirate’s 15 month checkup. In addition to learning that my 5’5 body has somehow birthed a giant whose height is off the chart at a whopping 33.5 inches, we also got the car seat talk…which I tuned out. If people weren’t so distracted in their […]

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Building a House 102: The Nitty Gritty

October 01, 2013

Also published on the Huffington Post Welcome back to my Land Development Training. I’m gleefully happy to report that the land agent from last week who changed the property details based on my questions has also dropped the price on those lots by 33 percent. Now, if you were the seller of that property and […]

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Neighborhood Shenanigans

World, take note. Kids don’t play outside anymore. I know, right? This was news to me as well. I grew up on a cul-de-sac in leafy suburban Connecticut, and we all played on the cul-de-sac. We called it “the circle.” The circle was the site of a lot of games – real and made up. […]

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You Have to Idiot Proof Before You Baby Proof

September 27, 2013

My life pretty much ended when the Pharmacies started putting those ridiculous Fort Knox inspired lids on prescription bottles. Just because some stupid baby somewhere tried to commit an early suicide, the rest of us have to suffer. I have always hated baby-proofed houses because that means they’re also pretty much adult-proofed as well.  I […]

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Jump in Every Puddle

September 26, 2013

The Little Pirate and I went for a walk this afternoon with one of the two best little corgi’s we know. Instead of putting the Pirate in her stroller, I decided to let her walk. She’s doing quite well, and it helps get some of her energy out so she doesn’t start slaughtering her toys. […]

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