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I’m Losing My Marbles: An Essay on Great Parenting

I will be the first person to tell you that I have screwed the pooch at parenting a time or two.

Nothing Earth-shatteringly profound is coming to mind at the moment, but I know there are some doozies out there that I’m currently blocking out of my memory.

The reason I’m bringing this up? Because of what happened on Monday.

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Sometimes you just gotta


That’s right. I’m a firm believer that every once in a while, you deserve to spoil yourself.

Dealing with traffic? That’s nasty.

Cleaning up after the kids? The worst.

Rough day at the office? Pop that wine top girlfriend.

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Don’t Worry

As someone who frequently suffers from anxiety, the fact that I titled this week’s blog post the way I did is a bit funny.

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Adventures in Car Ownership, Part Four

When faced with the choice between a Chrysler Sebring and a Plymouth Breeze, I did what anyone would do – I purchased the car that was still being made. And regretted the decision ever since.

Hi, my name is Money Pit - just throw your wallet in here and I'll take care of the rest
Hi, my name is Money Pit – just throw your wallet in here and I’ll take care of the rest

From the moment I bought it, to the day I paid it off, my Sebring was nothing but a problem child that I just kept throwing money at. You name it, I ended up replacing it: tires, radiator, dashboard electrical, brakes, battery, tire rods, and the list goes on and on.

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Adventures in Car Ownership, Part Three

In case you’ve missed it, it might make sense for you to start at Part One, then continue to Part Two before reading this.

Picking up where we left off with the Lumina, since I was going back to school at the time, I needed a new car. Enter: The Dodge Stratus.

I’m your Venus, I’m your Fire…

Yes – I was that person. And man, I loved that car. However, Minneapolis was rough on her.

My Stratus had a multitude of issues: overheating, stalling, she got broken into and had her stereo stolen. She got beat up, scratched, side-swiped and kept on coming. I thought Stratus and I were gonna be in it for the long haul.

Until Thanksgiving of 2006. Continue reading “Adventures in Car Ownership, Part Three”

Adventures in Car Ownership, Part Two

Last week I left you with the story of my poor Pontiac Grand AM.

Continuing with my car saga, when my grandmother passed away, I inherited herĀ Chevy Lumina.

I hope you got a big trunk, cause I’m gonna put my bike in it

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Adventures in Car Ownership, Part 1

I haven’t had the best luck lately with vehicle ownership. In fact, last week I said goodbye to my beloved Forester for the last time.

As I was thinking back on it, I realized that I’ve had interesting stories with each of my modes of transportation, so please allow me to paint you a picture of what it’s like to be a car in my care.

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Dwain the tub, I’m dwowning

Seraphina is screaming like a banshee again. Sadly, this isn’t a new thing.

Bedtime at our house is a battle of wills (and patience) with our 2 year old, and there are so many nights I just want to throw my hands in the air and be like

but that would get us nowhere. Some nights are easier than others, but in the end it comes down to who is more stubborn. Continue reading “Dwain the tub, I’m dwowning”

Lindsay vs. The Squirrels

I’ve discovered that I’m turning into my grandfather.

See, my late grandfather, Arved “The Chief” Stangl, was famous for one thing in our family: his hatred of squirrels.

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