Actual Conversations In My House Part 5

April 13, 2014

Michael: Mom, why do I have to do the 4 questions EVERY PASSOVER? Me: Because you are the youngest.  It is is the rule.  Before you came I had to do them. Michael: But I hate it.  I hate being the center of attention.  Everyone looks at me. Me:  I’m sorry Michael.  I can help […]

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All the Holidays! All the Time!

December 2, 2013

The long holiday weekend was lovely, filled with good food and family and the movie Frozen.  And Latkes!  And Pie!  And wine.  There was a lot of wine. The best part of the weekend was when my dad told me I’m getting too thin.  (I’m not.)  I’m also not going to be too thin when […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2013

Every year I always say I’m not going to stress over Thanksgiving.  I’m going to make it easy, breezy, even order the complete meal. I’m currently cooking dinner and Thanksgiving sides at the same time, so you can see how well that plan turned out.  And this year, we Jews have the added stress of […]

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The Best That I Can Be

September 8, 2013

In Judaism, the time between Rosh Hashanah (“Jewish New Year”) and Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement”); are known as the “days of atonement” and Jews are supposed to say they are sorry for what they have done during the year before. It is a custom I have always really liked. The idea that you can […]

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Things I Am Currently In Denial About

August 13, 2013

1.  School starts in less than two weeks.  Unlike a lot of people, I am not looking forward to the start of school.  I like summer.  It feels lazier, even though Michael still goes to camp and I go to work.  For reasons that aren’t worth mentioning on this blog, I don’t like Michael’s school, […]

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Do More 24

June 4, 2013

I am taking a moment to highlight the United Way’s Do More 24.  There are hundreds of incredible organizations in the DC metro area doing important work every day. Whether they’re providing job training for those without college degrees, preparing high school students for the chance to attend college, providing shelter for the homeless, or […]

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Sometimes I Forget How Far We Have Come

December 10, 2012

On Saturday, Michael had his last session with our reading tutor.  Our reading tutor who became so much more than a reading tutor.  She became a friend, and a confidante, and someone to bounce ideas off of.  Michael probably hasn’t really needed her for months now, but it took him moving up two reading levels […]

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When The Hard Decisions Are The Right Ones

October 1, 2012

Last year I quit my synagogue. I know most of my readers aren’t Jewish, and a lot of you don’t really know everything that goes into joining a synagogue.  It is a multi-step EXPENSIVE process.  A lot of non-jews have called it “pay to pray” and I can understand where that idea comes from.  But […]

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Weekend Update

September 15, 2012

Tomorrow is the last day to enter my Rodan + Fields giveaway. I wrote about my new favorite hair product over on the DC Moms.  Which is ironic, since I just majorly cut my hair and I can’t decide if I like it. I’m off to an amazing staycation at the Washing Court hotel (sponsored.) […]

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Traditions

August 28, 2012

We don’t have a lot of “traditions” or customs in our family.  We still do Friday night Shabbat dinners.  We sit down to dinner almost every night as a family, but on Fridays we don’t rush through dinner, and Michael isn’t allowed to get up as soon as he is done.  We say the prayers […]

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