Chaos Chronicles


Are your kids in a Race to Nowhere?

Are your kids in a Race to Nowhere?

Who is happier the school year has ended: you or your kids? It’s official! The school year is over for both my boys. And, a funny thing happened on the way home from the end-of-school party: I realized I wasn’t emotionally drained from the year. Some years, it’s hard to tell who is happier when [...]

Chaos Chronicles Annual Teacher’s Gift Survey!

Chaos Chronicles Annual Teacher’s Gift Survey!

I just picked up my lone teacher’s gift for the year. One delightful coffee/tea/Jack Johnson cd gift baskets for Colin’s homeroom teacher. And that’s it. After years of scrambling for multiple gifts for a variety of teachers, I am down to a single gift. Ah, the benefits of aging. But I did get a frantic [...]

Where is the Moped of my Youth? On Craigslist.

Where is the Moped of my Youth? On Craigslist.

The Puch Maxi! A Classic. We had a white one. It’s my older son’s birthday. 15 years old! Instead of working down a host of work-related To Do List items ( like record podcast that I couldn’t do on Wednesday due to illness!), I just spent a few enjoyable hours online looking for electric vehicles [...]

One Stomach Flu Closer to Goal Weight

One Stomach Flu Closer to Goal Weight

Hello, Chaos Crew… Lian's summer to Do List Just in time for final exams and the Make Everything Stop Syndrome that comes with the end of the  school year, the stomach flu is sweeping through our house. Monday, it was my older son; yesterday, it was me. Who knows what tonight will bring?  As such, [...]

Wishing You a Memorable Memorial Day

Wishing You a Memorable Memorial Day

A star-spangled gift from my mother To all the Chaos Crew… Wishing you all a meaningful  Memorial Day. I know that we have a number of service people and their families who listen to the show and follow the blog, both at home and abroad. Thank you for everything you do and all the sacrifices [...]

Life’s Too Short.. to Not Record Chaos Chronicles Podcast 232

Life’s Too Short.. to Not Record Chaos Chronicles Podcast 232

Heading into the Memorial Day Weekend with  new Chaos Chronicles Podcast just for you! This week, my medical miracle, advice to moms about unwanted playmates and housekeeping tips, and my backyard entertaining To Do List.  Listen to Chaos Chronicles Podcast 232 here. Life's Too Short to… not read this book! But, without further ado, the [...]

The Gracie Awards Chaos-style!

The Gracie Awards Chaos-style!

Good morning, Chaos Crew.  After an evening of glamour and glitter at the 2010 Gracie Allen Awards in Los Angeles, I am back at home where I should be: in front of my computer wearing my Pajama Jeans and drinking coffee. Rachel goes to work on my dramatic eye look! The fact that I was [...]

Chaos Crew All Play! Suggest Graduation Soundtrack!

Chaos Crew All Play! Suggest Graduation Soundtrack!

Hello, Crew… Can I tell you, a Classic Chaos situation today! I am trying to squeeze in actual work and my pre -Red Carpet rituals before the Gracies tonight. Posts, e-mail responses, mani/pedi, charging camera battery, driving to Santa Monica to get for hair and make-up at sister Liz’s with mandatory stop at my moms [...]

The LOST Weekend: I am a Jack Girl

The LOST Weekend: I am a Jack Girl

Okay, Chaos Crew. It’s Monday morning and I am behind. Way behind. I was so unsettled/unfocused/excited by the LOST Lost: The Ice Cream Cake finale, that I couldn’t write my oprah column or produce a podcast yesterday. Yesterday, in between folding laundry, making stuffed shells for dinner, and doing upper arm exercises, I watched 6.5 [...]

A Graduation Handbook for Parents and Sibling Rivalry Tips

A Graduation Handbook for Parents and Sibling Rivalry Tips

Good morning, Chaos Crew. I am on the rebound from a full-on head cold that knocked me out yesterday. So, while I prepare for Chaos Chronicles podcast 232, I am putting up links to two article for your enjoyment: a Graduation Handbook for Parents and Soothing Sibling Rivalry. I hope this keeps you busy while [...]