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Tawdry Christmas Elf Gossip

It's our first year with the Elf-on-the-Shelf and we are having so much fun! It turns out that our Elf-on-the-Shelf, Noelle (aka "Elfie," who is a very naughty elf) has a thing for AKALaverne's rather hunkolicious elf, Alejandro. And you can read all about their ...

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A Christmas Carol in the Radiology Department

A Christmas Carol in the Radiology Department

On Monday I wrote a letter to Santa asking him for things, but after the events of the last two days I'm revising my wish list: All I want for Christmas is to stay alive. ...So I can be there for my children as they grow up. Yesterday ...

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When Ella was 4 she said, "I've been waiting my whole, long life to go to that water city (Venice) and if you don't take me I'm going to call 911 and ask them how to get there myself."

10 Surprising Places to Travel with Kids

Here are 10 places I've either taken the kids, or plan to take them. Some of them, like London - are obviously kid-friendly places to go. But others, like Muscat, Oman (where they love children) and Rio de Janeiro (where there is fantastic music and wonderful ...

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The Momalog Is In Travel + Leisure!

The Momalog Is In Travel + Leisure!

Big News! The Momalog is in Travel + Leisure talking Spring Break destinations with some other pretty amazing bloggers - Mannahattamama, The Bloggess, and Scary Mommy! OMG! Check it out before they realize I'm a nobody and delete me! Hurry! PS: Can I have a marching band, please? Click ...

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December

12

2013

The Grinch Who Almost Stole Christmas…

Bad Mommy, Blog Posts That Are Probably Too Long, Travel, Traveling with Children

This weekend we went to stay at The Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor for Fiona’s Irish dance team competition (the Southern Regional Oreachtas). I had been in contact with the hotel’s public relations people and in exchange for some complimentary perks I was going to blog about their wonderful Christmas On The Potomac experience for families.

Well.

We didn’t arrive until after nine o’clock because the kids had their school’s holiday performance. When we arrived, the kids were pooped and I was eager to just check in and go to sleep since Fi had to be downstairs, dressed and in full Irish dance hair (!) at 8 AM the next day. When we got to the desk they told us they had given away our room, even though we had a confirmation number, even though I had been talking to their director of public relations about blogging about the experience.

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December

10

2013

The Ambassade Hotel: Best Hotel In Amsterdam

Travel, Traveling with Children

On our trip to Amsterdam with the kids we wanted to stay at an anti-chain hotel, one with character, that’s centrally located overlooking a canal, and that’s very friendly to children. We wanted a hotel that felt entirely Dutch. We found all these things and more at The Ambassade Hotel. I’ve stayed at some amazing hotels in my lifetime, and for me The Ambassade ranks among my top three favorites (the other two: The Balmoral in Scotland, and Waterford Castle in Ireland). The tag line at The Ambassade: ”You dream, you wake up…the dream continues.”

Yep, that about sums it up!

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December

10

2013

3 Days in Amsterdam With Kids

Travel, Traveling with Children

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We go to Ireland about once a year to see my husband’s family, and when we do we like to swoop by a major European city for a stopover if we can. This year since both our kids have read The Diary of Anne Frank, and are endlessly intrigued with Anne’s story, we chose Amsterdam. Although I’ve been there before, pre-kids, what a wonderfully kid-friendly destination it turned out to be!  Read the Rest »

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November

4

2013

Growing Up With Alcoholic Parents: 10 Surprisingly Good Things

Adult Children of Alcoholics, Alcoholism

For a long time I had myself convinced I’d had an idyllic childhood, but by the time I was twenty, the psychological fallout that comes from growing up with two alcoholic parents hit the fan and I was compelled to see a psychiatrist (even though it was the last thing I wanted to do). My despair coupled with epic Technicolor nightmares about drowning and being chased drove me the therapist’s couch. On my way to that first appointment, I said to myself, if I don’t have a big “Aha!” moment by the end of this fifty-minute-hour, I’m outta here.

Well. At the end of that first session the psychiatrist quietly said something so life-changing that in just one sentence, he ripped off the cape of denial I’d hid under for twenty years:

“Did it ever occur to you that the reason you are depressed is because both your parents are alcoholics?”

BA-DA-BOOM!
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August

9

2013

Let’s Face It: Getting De-Liked Is Abandonment

Blogging, Daily Life, Facebook

Yesterday, after I posted my self-indulgent and epic-length rant about how much I despise our ex-pediatric-allergist, a grandfatherly gentleman named George who is a fan of my Facebook page (but may not be now) made a ‘critical’ comment about the post, which he called an article:

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August

7

2013

A Bad Reaction, Dr. Dung

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Warning: This is a long-assed rant. Sorry, but it is.

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July

23

2013

High-Tech Fitness?

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July

20

2013

Notes From White Suburbia

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July

8

2013

What Makes A Life?

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June

16

2013

The Power Of A Dad

Adult Children of Alcoholics, Father's Day

I read this quote today:

“If there is positive male experience in her early years, she is going to do much better.… That’s the power of a dad.” — Dr. Meg Meeker

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