Chaos Chronicles


To Do List for Friday August 20th, 2010

To Do List for Friday August 20th, 2010

Hello, Chaos Crew…. One son off to high school. One son is researching his own personal social studies project: Bart Simpson vs. SpongeBob : A Comparative Study at Two Contemporary Cartoon Anti-Heroes.  That’s important stuff. My To Do List for this weekend: “Rest” the dryer After  massive amounts of post-vacation laundry, our dryer appears to [...]

Best of the Chaos Chronicles: Help Me, I’m Hovering

Best of the Chaos Chronicles: Help Me, I’m Hovering

Are you a Helicopter Parent? I found myself in a dangerous position the other day:  hovering just over my teenaged son, as he desperately searched for his soccer jersey, risking benching in the last game of the season if he could not produce the shirt. Oh, I so wanted to lower my parenting helicopter and [...]

Best of the Chaos Chronicles: 5 Point Marriage Check-up!

Best of the Chaos Chronicles: 5 Point Marriage Check-up!

Looking at boats? Good for marriage. Being on a boat together? Umm, no. Five Point Marriage Check-up Last Saturday night, I danced with my husband at the school fundraiser. A fellow partygoer shimmied over and said, “He’s a good dancer. You’ve got a keeper!” “It’s why I married him,” I replied. That statement made me [...]

Best of the Chaos Chronicles: 6 Friends Every Mom Needs in her Momtourage

Best of the Chaos Chronicles: 6 Friends Every Mom Needs in her Momtourage

Forget about raising kids, it takes a village to get Mom from Monday to Friday in one piece.  That’s why every mother needs a Momtourage.  Because without our female friends, there would be a lot more mental health days in Mommy-ville. Here’s a list of key friends that every Mom needs: The In Case of [...]

Remembering Aunt Patty

Remembering Aunt Patty

My lovely Aunt Patty died last week after a year-long illness. Today, she will be remembered in a service in her hometown of Sudbury, Mass. And, I will remember her in my own way here, 3,000 miles away. To read a rememberance at satellitesisters.com, as well as a beautiful obituary in her hometown paper, click here. [...]

Best of Chaos Chronicles: What’s next after the Alpha Mom?

Best of Chaos Chronicles: What’s next after the Alpha Mom?

Alpha Snacker? Alpha Volunteer? Looking to alpha up my life. I don’t know about you, but I am feeling the pressure to Alpha up my life a bit. First, we had to be Alpha Moms, completely conversant in the latest techno-gizmos, hot vacation spots, parenting trends, and nail polish colors.  Alpha Moms had to be [...]

Best of The Chaos Chronicles: The Teen Commandments

Best of The Chaos Chronicles: The Teen Commandments

Parenting a teenager is like entering a treacherous world, where one wrong step could result in a weeks of the silent treatment.  To navigate safely through your child’s teen years,  stay focused, find like-minded parents, and read these words of advice. 1. You shall not attempt to engage in meaningful conversation in the morning. Don’t [...]

Shakespeare, Farmers Markets and Sunshine in Ashland, Oregon

Shakespeare, Farmers Markets and Sunshine in Ashland, Oregon

Welcome to Ashland! 11 plays, 100 actors, 1000 staff and volunteers, thousands of theater lovers! Hi, Chaos Crew… Back in my sister Liz’s bungalow in Bend, Oregon after a three- day side-trip to beautiful Ashland, Oregon with my sister-in-law Susan and my niece Fiona.  I had always wanted to attend the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in [...]

Checking in from Ashland, Oregon before Twelfth Night

Checking in from Ashland, Oregon before Twelfth Night

Hello, Chaos Crew…. I am in beautiful Ashland, Oregon at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with my niece Fiona and my sister-in-law Susan. Nothing like a ten- year old to get you up and going ! I had visions of long walks and lazy afternoons with a iced tea and a book but not with Fiona [...]

Lian in Pacific Northwest. Yeti on East Coast.

Lian in Pacific Northwest. Yeti on East Coast.

Hi, Chaos Crew… I made it safe and sound to Bend, Oregon with my son Colin. We drove 800 miles in 13 hours over two days. How, how does my husband do that drive in one day? By the time I got to Mt. Shasta in Northern California, 600 miles and 9 hours in, I [...]