Car Seat Nonsense

October 16, 2014

I’ve had this post in the hopper for a few months and then a debate on a friend’s Facebook wall led me back here to dust this off and hit publish. In a nutshell, there was significant commenting about how one person is a certified safety expert or something and they have “scientific proof” that […]

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The Bad Word

October 02, 2014

It was only a matter of time. I went to pick up the Little Pirate from daycare today and her teacher said, “Can I talk to you?” She pulled me aside and said that the Pirate got in trouble today for saying a bad word. My brain reeled. All I could think was, “Fuck! The […]

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Hardcore and Softcore Parenting

September 25, 2014

Perhaps because I’m a child of the 70’s, I think even though my parents were crazy, the way we were raised was best. Parents today seem generally too permissive. I don’t know a lot about it yet, but with the “Everyone’s a Winner” thing, kids are learning you can get what you want by phoning […]

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Monkey Shirt

September 24, 2014

There is suddenly a two year old in the house with wardrobe opinions. Strong, maniacal, meltdown-inducing wardrobe opinions. They’re not so much opinions as terrorist demands coupled with no respect for how the institution of “laundry” works. Listen up Little Pirate, you cannot, I repeat, you cannot eat a chocolate fudgesicle, let it melt down […]

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Life in Reverse

August 26, 2014

Whoa. Over 2 months since the last post. It’s been busy over here in the Wood Paneled Station Wagon. Much to the Little Pirate’s dismay, the First Mate arrived on July 8. We made it to the hospital with just minutes to spare, the First Mate almost making her appearance in an ambulance on the […]

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The Daycare Update

June 20, 2014

I’m going to be a massive failure at PTA meetings. At least I know this in advance so I can set my expectations low. The Pirate’s Daycare had a meeting – mostly to update the parents on construction on their main location which will bring the kids back together under one roof as they are […]

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Summer! We’re So Glad You’re Here!

June 17, 2014

Also published on the Huffington Post Did anyone hear that thud? It was the real estate market, coming to a screeching halt. Sigh. A few weeks ago something changed. I knew it was coming several months ago because all the signs were there. Spring never really sprung as far as real estate goes. The pace […]

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The Daycare Conundrum

May 01, 2014

When we were little, most moms stayed home with their kids. If kids went anywhere during the days it was to a relative’s house. I’m not sure I knew of anyone who went to daycare, though I didn’t have a cell phone at 2 years old to text my friends and ask them. It was, […]

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Mommy Used to Work For Nine West…It’s In My Blood

April 02, 2014

It always starts out with a Little Pirate Disappearing Act. On bad days it results in a butcher knife in her little fist as she runs out of the kitchen, where she sprung it free from the dishwasher. On better days it usually results in something like this: Someone got into Mom’s closet again. Ready […]

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Investors and the DC Real Estate Market

March 14, 2014

Also published on the Huffington Post “I wanted to find an investment property that I could fix up and rent out. Can you help me with that?” There it is — my least favorite call. Everyone and their mother are chasing investment properties in D.C. because they finally got the memo from 2010 that D.C. […]

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