Lucky Mom

Aug. 15, 2012

Cancun

Probably one of THE best vacations I’ve had in my life. I had been to Cancun about 20+ years ago; when I was single and stayed up late. I went with a girlfriend and we had a great time! This...

May. 30, 2012

Tennis Anyone?

Like many teenagers in highschool, I played a sport or two. O.k. one sport and one 'sport-like' activity. Tennis and cheerleading. I loved them both though I was clearly better at cheerleading. Fast forward 28 (good grief I'm getting old)...

Feb. 14, 2012

Disney World

Wow! I'd been nervous about taking my kids to Disney Anything for a few years. I was sure I'd lose them to the overseas child porn trade or one would nose dive off a ride and die in front of...

Jun. 28, 2011

Summer "Camps”

Living in Steiner Ranch really can be ‘all inclusive’. As the community is quite large with many, many sub-communities, one doesn’t really have to leave, if so desired – ever. We have three public elementary schools, a public middle school...

Jan. 4, 2011

Resolution for 2011

Every year I make my New Years resolution to be healthier, eat and drink less, exercise more and; therefore, hopefully lose weight. What happens - nothing. Zip. Nothing changes. This past year, oddly enough, I realized that pretty much doing...

Nov. 20, 2010

The Anti-Hoarder

I’ve been getting rather anxious lately as the holidays are upon us and I know what that means. No, not eating too much, more STUFF will be coming into my house. I’m constantly cleaning OUT my house. I’m a regular...

Sep. 18, 2010

Shopping Woes

I really don’t get it. Really. I went to buy some shorts and other hot weather duds as I have an upcoming trip to Hawaii. I figured since its still 90+ degrees in Austin, I wouldn’t have a problem finding...

Sep. 1, 2010

R.I.P. Fish

My daughter Julia doesn’t believe it was an accident. It was. I swear. Though I bitched and whined when my husband brought home the fish and tank, I slowly grew attached to them. When he gave up caring for them...

Jul. 13, 2010

Best Diet Tip Ever

I’ve finally discovered the best diet tip! It’s taken many years to uncover this handy tool in the fight against the bulge. How I hadn’t thought of this before is beyond me. Nothing ever seems to get me where I...

Mar. 6, 2010

Procrastination a.k.a. Book Review from Hell - Part II

.......continued from (Procrastination a.k.a. Book Review from Hell - Part I) After several more months, I still didn’t ‘get it’ and either did my friend who lent it to me. Though she was more than patient, I could easily ascertain...

Feb. 21, 2010

Procrastination a.k.a. Book Review from Hell - Part I

Wow, so what’s been going on the last month? Where have I been? Or have you noticed the ‘absence’? Actually, a better question is ‘Where has my ‘free time’ gone the last 2+ YEARS? Well, let me tell you. It’s...

Jan. 21, 2010

Razorsharp Gaydar

For some unknown reason, I’ve always had a keen sense of identifing gays folks. I don’t mean the obvious types but the more obscure, possibly still-in-the-closet types. Not sure where it came from, maybe hanging out with my gay buddies...

Dec. 28, 2009

New Years Resolutions

Alrighty then! Let’s get to it. Lucky Mom’s very own New Years resolutions for 2010! Easy! Fun! (Hardly)...

Dec. 2, 2009

I Had An Affair With Tiger

O.k. not true; he called but I never returned his call. Here we go again. Another famous, rich, talented person 'apologizing' for his actions. This requires me to climb back up onto my soapbox to complain, bitch and ridicule. So,...

Nov. 8, 2009

Secret

Well, it’s no secret my husband was recently layed off from his job. In fact, I blabbed it to anyone who would listen and many who’d wished they hadn’t, in hope that someone would know of an opportunity for him....

Aug. 2, 2009

FISH

A couple of weeks ago, I was getting all ready to take care of my NEW BABY (swimming pool) complete with ensuring the proper water chlorination, pH level, learning to ‘Backwash’, Acid Demand etc. when my husband did something very...

Jul. 8, 2009

Pool Progress

The pool is getting very close to completion! The now outdated as I'm just now getting to writing this post and we're actually already swimming in our new pool latest pictures of the pool are below. Maybe it's because I'm...

Jun. 22, 2009

Parent's Pics - 2009

Hey, remember when I won the 'Housewife Award'? Probably justified due to the reason I won it. But now, I've been nominated as one of six best local Austin blogs. No, seriously. Yep, I've received 1% of the total vote....

Jun. 15, 2009

Swimming Pool Progress - f/k/a, Life Is Good

Thankfully the pool is coming along nicely as it's 100 degrees lately and the neighborhood pools are getting waaaay overcrowded. After my husband and I returned Sunday from our lovely 7th anniversary weekend 20 hours away, we took the kids...

May. 20, 2009

Life Is Good - Part Uno

My wet er, sorry, I mean pool dreams are coming true. We are getting a fu*%ing pool! I'm sick with excitement and can barely hold onto my composure. So much so, that the poor contractors have had to repeatedly deal...

Apr. 2, 2009

Office Space

Finally. I broke into the office to write! Since my husband, son Alec and I returned from our week in Seattle, I've been ousted from my, I mean our, now Christian's home office. Christian's new job (that kept us in...

Mar. 13, 2009

Seattle or Austin?

It was two years ago that my family and I moved from Seattle to Austin. We researched where in the world we should live based on our two top priorities: Sun and child friendly/safe. All of our research pointed to...

Jan. 29, 2009

Discussions and Debates

My street savvy 2.39 year old daughter Julia enjoys debating me though, at times, her arguments need a tad bit more strategy and polish. For example, she has been attempting to convince me why she shouldn’t have to poop in...

Jan. 21, 2009

A Good Day

Yesterday was quite the day. We officially got our new president. He’s black. He’s young. Energetic, handsome and smart. At least it appears so. Most people seem pretty happy and are excited about the new direction our country will hopefully...

Jan. 4, 2009

The New Year

Ah, so the new year is here. Holidays are over. It’s always interesting to gear up for the ‘season’ that tends to begin around Labor Day. The Halloween decorations stock the store shelves about the time school starts and the...

Dec. 2, 2008

Wii & Dialing

Ah.. a lovely four day holiday weekend. The long weekend included a trip to the Children’s Museum, riding bikes, bundling up (yes, it’s a bit cold here right now) and playing at the park and having a wonderful Thanksgiving meal...

Nov. 11, 2008

Airports and Grocery Stores

It was one of those “why didn’t I think of that’ moments when I read an article on Statesman.com about designating airport security lines for families. I’m sure families and those travelling solo will both be thrilled. Now, if only...

Nov. 2, 2008

Toddler's Heads - Warning

So, we all get that my darling two year old Julia is a bit rough, quite athletic, fearless, won’t hesitate to bite if necessary and, as mentioned before, will kick Alec’s a** for little to no reason. Remember Alec’s written...

Oct. 23, 2008

Mommy's Birthday

Every year my husband asks what I want for my birthday and I say the same thing: I want a Sea-Doo. I want to go wave running. If I can’t have my very own, I’d like to rent one for...

Oct. 7, 2008

Medical Malady & Julia's birthday

So, here I am writing again. After a long bloody time. Maybe it was the ‘allergic reaction’ I apparently got that caused hives over 80% of my body. Hey, click here for a pic of the fun. It’s hot. I...

Sep. 7, 2008

Techie Shopper or?

My sweet husband can be such a topic of humor whether he realizes it or not. He offered to go to the grocery store today. Doesn’t sound so odd right? Well, it is. My husband always likes to appear helpful...

Aug. 5, 2008

England – Part 1

Ah…charming Southern England. A very picturesque place with rolling green fields, ‘mild’ weather and the delightful sound of the English accent being heard all around. As I’m finally coming out of a jet-lagged, stupor whirlwind trip abroad, I’m finally able...

Jul. 13, 2008

July 11th

I did something weird July 11th. I’m so not a ‘line’ person as in with the exception of waiting my turn to ride a Sea-Doo or a killer ride at Disneyland, nothing to me, is worth standing in an idle...

Jun. 25, 2008

WARNINGS

I’m all about child safety. Obviously. Again, obviously. I can see life threatening potential in pretty much everything which is why I’m still bitter over spending bank on a ‘professional home child proofer’ in Seattle. I could have taught her...

Jun. 13, 2008

TIM RUSSERT

I'm kind of in mourning. I LOVED Tim Russert and am sad he is gone. Died today after collapsing from what appears to be a heart attack. He was NBC's Washington Bureau Chief though many people knew him best as...

Jun. 8, 2008

BUNCO - Intervention?

After moving out of ‘the city’ whether it be Seattle, NYC or wherever else I’ve lived, getting married, having kids and residing in the so-called ‘burbs’, a single friend of mine gently advised me that if I ever joined a...

May. 30, 2008

The Sick House

Hey, want to come over to our house? Probably not if you know what’s good for your health. It’s actually become funny it’s so ridiculous. Synopsis of the fun:...

May. 21, 2008

BEYOND PICKY

What kid doesn’t like juice? What kid doesn’t like grapes? PB&J? Not any longer. I need help – desperately. I think I need a Dr. Mom (or Dad) who can help me with a…uh…problem. I’ve done my research on-line, taken...

May. 14, 2008

REALITY CHECK

It’s always good to have yourself in check. You know if your friends haven’t called in a while or you’re avoiding the scale though your clothes may not fit like they used to. Maybe you need to do a reality...

Apr. 9, 2008

Infatuation?

Is it love or just infatuation? We’re so ‘in love’ with Austin we can barely stand it. Is it real or a government experiment (you know like the Dharma Initiative on Lost?) Being the realist pessimist, I’m kinda waiting for...

Mar. 30, 2008

Broken Nail

I had the ‘funniest’ discussion with my son Alec last week. It was just him and me hanging out for the day but before we could get started with some fun activities, I advised him we just had to quickly...

Mar. 26, 2008

We'll Meet Again

Thank you to everyone who has extended their condolences. I really appreciate the kind words, cards, old photos and calls received. Yes, my father passed away 6 days after my return from Yuma and post Dying Dad article. I didn’t...

Feb. 21, 2008

Dying Dad

Hey there. I’m back. Sorry I’ve been gone but sadly my father has taken terminally ill and I had to go to Yuma, Arizona to assist my stepmother in arranging for an Air Ambulance to transport him ‘home’ (Utah) among...

Feb. 3, 2008

Where's My Mom?

Weird things are happening ‘round these parts and it’s becoming a bit unsettling. My mom moved to the Austin area when we did and bought herself a nice, modest home in a large community around folks very similar to her....

Jan. 20, 2008

Ambition

I used to have ambition. After doing well in highschool and college, I went to work for a company where I worked very, very hard and was rewarded nicely. Raises, promotions, you name it. Deciding it was time to further...

Jan. 7, 2008

Toilet Seat Fears

O.k. So ladies, I realize we’ve all had an uphill battle at some time or another when it comes to toilets seats. They tend to be left up causing us to ‘almost’ fall in during our middle of the night...

Dec. 30, 2007

Stocking Gifts

Ah…Christmas was quite lovely this year. My mom joined us, Alec 'taught' Julia how to open her gifts, we enjoyed a nice meal, drank some good champagne and of course, cracked open our Christmas Crackers, etc. HOWEVER, I was a...

Dec. 22, 2007

'Christmas Crackers'

Christmas Crackers? Who knew? My British mother-in-law sent our family several gifts this year to include a large box of crackers. Three rows of what appeared to be identically wrapped crackers. My first thought was 'Wow, that’s sure a...

Dec. 4, 2007

I Get It - Finally

Why did it take me 7+ years to get it? Ever since I met my husband we’ve had disagreements about money and buying stuff. I’m the optimist in this case (which is weird as I’m really a pessimist realist) as...

Nov. 2, 2007

Poop Privacy Hypocrisy

I realize most parents probably don’t go around telling people about their lack of bathroom privacy beefs or that it is 100% certain that 1+ child will always follow you into the bathroom regardless of the business you must attend...

Oct. 28, 2007

My Life Is Complete

I have a new entity in my life that has added such joy and contentness. I didn’t know I could be this happy. In the kitchen. As you may recall from my prior rant, I had a bad relationship...

Oct. 14, 2007

88, The New 58?

So, an odd thing happened to our family today. After a lovely visit from Alec and Julia’s paternal grandparents, we decided we’d do our 'Sunday usual'. We packed up the kids, swim clothes and gym shoes and headed to our...

Sep. 29, 2007

The Last 24 Hours (of hell)

I’ve been preparing for my in-laws to arrive tonight from England. I’ve left the last 24 hrs for vacuuming, buying fresh produce, ensuring the house is straight, laundry done and so on in order to focus on their visit. So,...

Sep. 18, 2007

Miracles Do Happen

The most outrageous, absolutely shocking event has occurred. More surprising than Britney shaving her head. Than Nicole spending only 82 minutes in jail. Than my husband actually being able to find an item I've requested from the grocery store. (like...

Aug. 22, 2007

Bug Battle Continues - Scorpions

Ah…so I was going to write about my son’s 4 year-old fraudulent birthday ‘party’ last Saturday but decided I’d write about something more titillating first. I don’t mean to beat this bug battle to death but I found a dead...

Aug. 9, 2007

Box Wine

Though I’ve actually choked down consumed box wine, I have to admit I am a closet box drinker and then only occasionally to make my cheap financially responsible husband happy. I won’t even throw the empty wine box into...

Jul. 23, 2007

Keeping Babies Awake In The Car - a.k.a. Nap At Home

Parents: tell me I’m not the only one who is constantly looking for new and improved ways to keep my infant awake the last 5-10 minutes of a car ride when you are racing home to get said infant down...

Jul. 12, 2007

Buy My House

My husband and I have been trying to ‘brainstorm’ ideas on how to get out the financial ruin sticky situation we’re currently in. See, our house has been on the market a wee going on five months now (ouch)...

Jul. 4, 2007

Rabid Wolf Spider

Hey kids, look what greeted me this morning when I got up! That’s right, meet our new friend or possibly even a new member of our family (depending on how it goes). His name is Rabid Wolf Spider and...

Jun. 17, 2007

Starbucks Drive-Thru's. Where are ya'll?

First off - yeah, I said "ya'll" and I'm totally kidding. I really don't say that. Yet. And, I give – who hid the drive thru coffee joints in this place? In Seattle, you certainly don’t have to drive far...

Jun. 10, 2007

Texas Time?

So, if everyone driving here in Texas is tailing your a*s if you aren't going at least 65 as mentioned previously, then why is everyone late, early or pretty much just not on time? Where is everyone going so fast...

Apr. 26, 2007

Austin - Great Place, Bad Hair

Our initial impressions of Austin are really good! We are really enjoying being here so far. Here’s some reasons why along with some general observations: It’s warm outside. Everyday. I can wear shorts and flip flops everyday and it’s only...

Mar. 29, 2007

Friendly Reminders When Moving Across The F&^%$ Country With Two Small Children

1. Don't exceed the 50 lb suitcase limit (or you'll find yourself in front of a long line of people at the airport with your butt in the air tossing your crap from one case to another until you have...

Mar. 12, 2007

Countdown To Austin

O.k. well, last I yakked about Austin, I said we had a decision to make. We kind of made it and now have seven (7), (yes, SEVEN) days until we leave. Our house. For good. To move to Austin. OMG,...

Mar. 4, 2007

The Housewife Award - I won?

Apparently my child safety psychosis has paid off! Yep, I won The Neurotic Housewife Award for my Big Rock episode. Ah, I knew something besides my son Alec's completely intact head would result from the rock hiding! Thanks to MommaSaid.net...

Feb. 2, 2007

Mission To Austin Complete - Now What?

Thanks to all of you who responded to my cry for information on Austin. I got many, many e-mails and post comments. All the responses were so positive I decided I needed to check it out for myself. I mean,...

Jan. 19, 2007

Are you a NON-CRIMINAL

OMFG. I cannot believe the extent NON-CRIMINALS have to go to just to live. I have been stewing a bit lately due to the administrative hell I’ve been stuck in. Without boring you with all the details (I’m sure other...

Dec. 27, 2006

Are You From Austin?

I need help. Are you from Austin Texas? Have you lived there before? Do you know anyone who's lived there or currently does? We think we want to live there....

Dec. 11, 2006

Sleep Rocks

Ever since I wrote “She Hates Us - Why?”, Julia has decided to be a champion sleeper. I think she heard us praise Alec about the fact that he has always been the champ and didn’t want to be outdone...

Oct. 28, 2006

She Hates Us - Why?

Julia hates us. At least that is what my husband keeps mumbling repeatedly at 3:00am each morning. I said she only kind of dislikes us, HATE is a strong word. I ALMOST wrote a post the first few days after...

Oct. 18, 2006

Three Baby Products I Love

As I’ve been a teeny bit preoccupied the past two weeks with this new baby thing, I’ve been a bit remiss on actually getting down on paper the computer, some great products I’m finding. More importantly, I’m also BARELY ensuring...

Sep. 12, 2006

Reality Shows - I Need Guilty Pleasure!

I’ve been a bit preoccupied this past week or so with getting my son to preschool, packing the perfect lunch and driving the teachers nuts with my questions. I finally realized what was missing in MY life. Reality shows! Only...

Sep. 5, 2006

First Day Of Pre-School

So, after much anticipation and many sleepless nights (oh, including last night as my thoughtful husband thought I could use another two hours of worrying in the middle of night by WAKING me up because I was bothering HIS sleep....

Aug. 1, 2006

Is The Party Almost Over?

My husband and I were enjoying our lazy Saturday and Sunday morning in bed this past weekend while a nice breeze came in through the window, drapery flowing. It was about 9:00am. Where was Alec? In bed of course....

Jul. 27, 2006

Do I Look Like a Porn Site?

Okay. Luckymom.com is finally getting some nice traffic to her (o.k. my) website now that Google has picked it up. I.e. Google now sends folks my way when they type something into the search bar that apparently is related to...

Jun. 15, 2006

Wedding Anniversary

Today is Lucky Mom and Lucky Dad’s fourth wedding anniversary! We were reminiscing this morning about how four years ago we spent three weeks on two separate Caribbean islands for our ‘wedding week’ and honeymoon. Swimming in the warm...

May. 13, 2006

It's All Relative

Yep. Arizona is one hot place. And yes, I mean the heat. We returned from our trip earlier today to beautiful Seattle weather which was nice considering we experienced nothing but sun that we were desperate for, for the entire...

May. 5, 2006

Arizona

Well, we are off tomorrow for a week, to the land of HOT. Which land of HOT? Arizona. About say February of this year, I was at my worst with nausea, headaches and zero energy when my husband dragged Alec...

Apr. 1, 2006

Lucky Mom = Celebrity Gossip Addict

I have a sick (not my word) obsession with celebrities. At age 40 I assume I should have more mature things to do with my time and interest like listening to Bill Maher or Face the Nation. I actually do...

Mar. 25, 2006

TEACH ME KOREAN PLEASE!

As much as I love being pampered at the local (and not so local) spa I’m the first to admit that I won’t pony up for the $60+ pedicure. Instead, I love my local Korean-owned nail joint that charges...

Mar. 19, 2006

Introduction

Welcome to Lucky Mom! This is my first blog post so let's see….what should I say? Hmmmm…what about why this site exists and what it's all about? Will folks be interested in reading my blog? I do have some un-politically...