Hamm Intanma

What’s the deal with Hannah Montana?  Is she still popular?  Isn’t it all iCarly and Justin Beiber now?  Not being the parent of a tween girl, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with the trends.  Ruby, being almost four, is exempt from most of the crazes that go on, although she has tweenish cousins who […]

How the Cake Fell on Ruby, and Other Stories

My mother was watching my children while I was in Mew York for my audition, so when I got home Simone and I decided to have our Valentine’s Day date early, before we had to pick the kids up.  Since we were going to a 40th birthday party for Uncle Big Dave (my sister’s husband, […]

Poor Decisions in Late Night Parenting Adventures

Mere moments after going to bed, I heard Ruby yelling and crying. Simone and I got up to find that she had thrown up all over her bed. Edward had been throwing up for the past few days, so I guess she got it from him. The bigger problem was this was the exact moment […]

Top Chef Season 42

The first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up was a farmer.  Young me sat down with my Mom and planned out my whole farm.  We talked about what I wanted to grow, and where the farm would have to be located if I wanted to grow grapes and green peppers next […]


Snowmageddon and Snowpocalypse have come and gone, and yet here we are, being covered by yet another blizzard, and we are running out of overly dramatic storm nicknames.  I have named this one Snowgnarok: Twilight of the Snow Gods.  We are currently being buried under what they tell us could be 18″ of snow. Now […]

Ruby Hates Opera

Posting all of those videos last week made me think of the first mildly successful video I ever posted.  It was back in 2007 or 2008 and I was trying to learn the role of Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte.  The problem was, Ruby did not enjoy my singing,  She was a little baby, and […]

Halloween Prep

Ruby is going to be Mickey Mouse this year for Halloween. Not Minnie Mouse obviously. Her favorite show is called MICKEY Mouse Clubhouse. Mickey is the star of the show, so why would she want to dress up as his little girlfriend? I see her point, and at her age she doesn’t see anything odd […]

Nature vs. Nurture vs. Au Naturel

Raising two kids, watching them grow, I often wonder: “How am I doing as a parent?”  “How do my decisions affect Ruby and Edward’s development?” “How long will they be in therapy over this?”  And I often end up thinking about how they would be in a different household, with different parents.  Would they essentially […]

A Day in the Life

I woke up this morning, as usual, with no concrete plan for the day, other than 1) Pack2) Learn Music3) Don’t Lose the Children This didn’t go well.  I only managed to do one of those three things.  To start with, today was, for all intents and purposes, a Monday.  I know it was a […]