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Everything I Ever Wanted

November 23rd, 2012, posted by Aimee

Ahi Poke salad and a Mai Tai. That was my Thanksgiving meal this year, happily ingested on the island of Maui with my son, husband, dad and his wife in a decidedly mediocre tourist trap of waterfront restaurant . Despite the balmy evening and tiki tropical atmosphere of the cheesy eatery, the meal was tinged with melancholy after hearing the day before that my uncle had died suddenly of a heart attack. Here I was in paradise while the rest of my family was mourning in dreary, drippy California. To say I felt grateful for my life and the health of all of my family was an understatement, almost too obvious to even write about. How could I fret about those pesky 10 pounds or the annoying demands of my job when my beloved aunt was dealing with unbearable loss and pain? Times of tragedy like this are notorious for eliciting these feelings of gratitude. The only good news here is that it honestly didn’t take just my uncle’s death to remind me just how wonderful my life really is. more...

Halloween Edition: Ways to Scare the Crap out of a Working Mom

November 1st, 2012, posted by Aimee

With all the sad and scary news in the world right now, it seemed like a good time to lighten it up. Plus, it's Halloween, and it seemed natural to start thinking about all the things that really scare the living daylights out of us working moms. Hint: It's not zombies, ghosts or ghouls. So what is the easiest way to cause a Womo panic attack? Try a few of these ... o Remind her of the “No store-bought costumes, homemade only” rule at her kids’ school Halloween parade o Tell her a new study came out showing white wine has double the amount of calories and carbs than previously known. o Sign her up to bake cookies or (worse) build a scarecrow/mission/erupting volcano for her child’s annual fundraiser o Announce that Trader Joe’s recalled all of its frozen meals due to a Salmonella scare. o Send an Outlook invitation for a critical client meeting for 5 p.m. on October 31st. o Tell her she’s pregnant again ... with more...

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