Date Archives September 2013

What new parents and single parents have in common (or) I was crazy but it wasn’t my fault

New parents get an average of 5.1 hours per sleep the first year, losing about the equivalent of  44 days of sleep. According to some very half-assed Internet research I just did, the average adult sleeps the equivalent of 121.6 days (meaning 24-hour periods) per year. So new parents get about 77.6 day-units of sleep. Interesting. I’ve averaged about 5 hours of sleep a night for the first three years of single parenthood. Between work, trying to get work, kids who got up too early, boyfriends who stayed up too… Read More

My insurance company called my son fat

I can’t stand hearing people discuss healthcare reform in a theoretical way. I don’t think you can truly make a case one way or the other unless you have some skin in the game. If you have health insurance through your employer, it’s like you’re living in your parents’ basement — you might know something is going on and you might have some thoughts on it, but you’re insulated from feeling the full impact of the dangerous and expensive mindfuckery involved in getting your own health insurance. And now some… Read More

Me, Full-Length: A remedial shopper gets a makeover (part one)

Confession time. Lean in real close, would you? I lack the shopping gene. I never know what’s in style or what’s on sale or where to buy anything. I walk through stores with the same wide-eyed wonder that a third grader might have on a field trip to the Museum of Natural History. “Wow … so this is where it all comes from …” So sure, it’s fair to say that I’m not the most fashion-forward person. Most of my clothing purchases during the past three years have been of… Read More

A Gentile does Rosh Hashanah

    I’m bogarting Rosh Hashanah this year. OK, maybe I’m not stealing the entire holiday … but I’m hacking a little piece off just for myself. Yesterday I saw my Jewish friends wishing each other a Happy New Year on Facebook. They wrote about eating honey and wishing for a sweet new year. And I was all … “This is an excuse to eat honey? Make some room, Jews! I’m all over your holiday!” Happy New Year to me! The fact is, I could use a new start. If life… Read More