i'm a follicle failure #bestofmissteenussr

{#BestOfMissteenussr ~ originally published June 2015}

Everywhere we go, everyone who hasn’t seen Stella in the last few months coos, "Oooh, her hair is getting so long.”

I struggle with my answer. Do I say with pride and good posture, "Thank you. It's amazing what happens when working Moms don’t make time to take their kid to the hairdresser."

I don’t know.

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how to kill a wasp in 37 easy steps #bestofmissteenussr

 {#BestOfMissteenussr ~ originally published July 2015}

We live in the city, so in the summer time we can confidently have screen-free doors and windows flung wide. Typically the worst thing brought in by the wind is a choir of thick drunken “WOOOOO’s!” that float up from a club’s exit in the alley around the corner.

Unlike the suburbs where I grew up, insect intruders are few and far between. Or maybe they know that just because I have lived in the city for 8 years, I still have that no-nonsense suburbs sensibility.

To be clear: if you have more than 2 legs and I didn’t expressly invite you into the home I pay for, prepare to die.

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i just finished her baby book and now i'm weirdly bummed out #bestofmissteenussr

{#BestOfMissteenussr ~ originally published August 2016}

Fine, I'm not EXACTLY totally finished. There are slots for photos that are sitting empty that need to be filled. I have to remember what she was given for her 5th birthday party, even though I could confidently guess "princess shit" and "My Little Pony nonsense" and that would pretty much cover it.

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