Mother’s Day

I started my Mother’s Day with a mother’s luxury: a shower by myself, complete with time to shave and use a homemade body scrub. I even blow dried my hair and straightened it afterward, and put on some lotion, and lemon juice to help lighten all the extra freckles I’ve been collecting driving Bug to…

Lazy Housewives

Las Vegas summers are serious business. The cicadas know it. Every waking hour, from every tree, even as the sun sets, the cicada’s electric buzz is the summer’s background static. Well into the night, the cicadas hum, and hum and hum, because it’s so damn hot. It’s a special kind of insanity. By Jonathan Gleich…

More Babies

In high school German, we once had a discussion on family size. Well, it was as much of a discussion as high schoolers in a high school German class can generally manage. Wie viel Kinder haben Sie? Everyone in the class either wanted two kids, or maybe four, or none. Except me and the one…

Mom is in charge. In charge means you should delegate.

“To innovate does not necessarily mean to expand; very often it means to simplify…divide the work and delegate responsibility. There is a difference between being responsible for getting the work done and doing the work yourself.” –M. Russel Ballard, “O BeWise” By Horia Varlan, http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4056/4477808551_18e0931726.jpg My father-in-law recently sold his software business. While succeeding as a…

Good Enough

  August 2011: Standing over a bubbling pot of rice on a hot afternoon, kids rolling around on the sticky, lettuce-strewn linoleum, I had a mutinous revelation. I was spending too much time cooking, and I didn’t like it. I did not like it! I’m supposed to love cooking. By the time I was in high school,…

A Time for Change

Like a folk song from the 60’s, people keep telling me there’s a time and season for everything. “I’m exhausted,” I say, “the baby’s not sleeping well.” A knowing wink, a nod of the head, “It won’t last forever,” they say, “It’s just your season.” (Turn, turn, turn!) “I can clean all day,” I say,…