February 17, 2011 at 8:18 am | Posted in Misc. | 3 Comments
Tags: , , , , , ,

The King of All Wild Things has suddenly become quite the parrot. I say “cute,” he says “cuuute.” A car honks, he says “bop bop.” The Other Sister says “cheese,” he says “cheesch.” Mike takes the Son of God’s name in vain, he says “Geesch!”


And even though our brains say not to react when a small child uses inappropriate language or else he’ll continue saying it to get a rise out of everyone, our mouths said, “No, Max! Don’t say that!” And thus my almost-two-year-old discovered the power of the word “Geesch.” Great.

But we didn’t hear tiny blasphemous utterances after that one instance, so we thought we were in the clear. So one evening Max and I made our weekly excursion to shop the rhymes-with-spit out of the best grocery store ever. And there we were in the family planning aisle when an older gentleman slowly pushed his cart past us and said hello to Max. Nothing out of the ordinary. I realize how obnoxious this sounds, but my little man truly is pretty darn and people constantly stop to chat with him. It takes us forever to go anywhere in public. Hoodles, the man said hello to Max. And Max looked him in the eye and yelled “Geesch!”

I did my best to keep a straight face and said, “OK, Max, we’ll go get you some cheese.”


I Called April the P-Word

November 4, 2010 at 11:33 am | Posted in Around Boston | 5 Comments
Tags: , , ,

Earlier this week I called April the “p-word.” She was confused, aghast, and denied it wholeheartedly, but I can’t help it: I think she’s rather “practical.”  Since we couldn’t come to an agreement, we’ve decided to turn to you, our dear reader(s).  We implore you to intervene and decide whether April is practical.  You’re the judge and jury, and we promise to respect your verdict.  Mostly.

Please examine the evidence:


This wasn't April's path to the altar...

Due to finances, April and her hubs had an intimate wedding on the beach with her sister officiating.

Practical: April didn’t overspend or celebrate beyond her means; although many couples incur large amounts of debt to put on a fabulous party, April had a small ceremony to mark the occasion.

Impractical: April missed the chance to celebrate with all her family and friends, and therefore missed out on the opportunity to receive super awesome gifts and money.

Grocery Adventures

April clips and uses coupons each week and makes a detailed grocery list.

Practical: She’s a money-saving machine in order to help bolster her family finances.

Impractical: April refers to this behavior as “cheap” and insists it isn’t “practical.”

Frivolous Purchases

Paris Hilton has nothing on April's shopping sprees...

Like most women, April claims that she “frequently purchases unnecessary things, and buys them on impulse even when she has a specific, detailed list.”

Impractical: April submitted the following examples to support the claim that she is impractical…

  • Glittery skull window clings for Halloween ($2)
  • Pumpkin Spice-flavored milk ($1.50)
  • And the last time she went to Kohl’s for slippers and a bathrobe, she also purchased socks, a book, shirt, hat and mittens for her son, and baking sheets.  She intended to spend $30 and ended up spending $90.

Practical: April didn’t go out and buy a new Gucci handbag, Prada shoes and a Burberry scarf.  Girl went to Kohl’s and “splurged” (if you can call it that) on practical items she and her family need anyway… and she still spent less than $100.

Moving to NY

As you may recall, April up and ditched me last spring to return to her “home state” and reclaim her NY-residency.

Impractical: April moved to another state with no job or even job prospects lined up when she was three months pregnant with her second child.

Practical: Although she may not have had a job, her husband did; the move brought them much closer to their families; and the cost of living in NY is much less than in MA.

New Business Venture

April recently started a new business venture.

Impractical: Starting a new business venture when you’re seven months pregnant isn’t a “practical” decision.

Practical: The business is being a Mary Kay consultant, which means April has little overhead, no big risk and an established program to follow with no time-sensitive deadlines.  It’s not like, at seven months pregnant, this white gal of Italian and German descent with no formal business or culinary training opened an Ethiopian restaurant in the heart of Chinatown!

And now we turn to you, dear reader(s)… would you refer to April as “practical?”

Blog at
Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: