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Bad Mommy Strikes Again

Posted by mwallach on March 29, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, I have had my share of ‘bad mommy’ moments in my life. Those are the times when I do not think I am necessarily doing the best or right thing for my children, but I do it anyway. I’ve never done anything like buy a padded bikini top for my young daughter [...]

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I Could’ve Skipped the Hail

Posted by mwallach on March 24, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, My Kids, New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, Well, I’ll be the first to admit when I am wrong. When I said last week, ‘What’s next, locusts?’ in regard to a bunch of things that had gone awry all at once, I had picked the wrong plague. It was not locusts that would fall from the sky – it was hail. [...]

 
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Painting Jackson Pollack

Posted by mwallach on March 23, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, There is snow on my car – again. Each speaking member of my household came downstairs this morning and, as if on cue, asked how it could be spring and still be snowing. Especially because it was only five days ago that I was wearing a t-shirt and even just yesterday when [...]

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Yes, Sneezy: No, Doc

Posted by mwallach on March 21, 2011 in My Kids, New To You, Tribe Members

Dear That’s Life, If I did not know better, I would think I’ve been nesting. Black contractor garbage bag in hand, I was busy yesterday cleaning out various closets and cupboards in my house despite the barrage of mishloach manot being delivered and the constant playing of the “The Purim Song” near my front door.  [...]

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Mine are Better than Yours

Posted by mwallach on March 20, 2011 in My Kids

Dear That’s Life, Chocolate chip cookies are the eighth wonder of the world. No matter if your preference is soft or crispy there are few things as comforting as a cup of coffee and warm cookies. I am powerless in their presence. They are my kryptonite. Sometimes, I find the cookie itself completely unnecessary, maybe [...]

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Locusts and Travie McCoy

Posted by mwallach on March 16, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, The enthusiasm with which we embrace our local high school sports teams makes this place feel like rural Wyoming. I have no idea what made me pick that state over any other in the Union which, in my imagination, lives and dies with their high school football team’s wins and losses. It’s [...]

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Is Purim Over Yet?

Posted by mwallach on March 16, 2011 in Happy Holidays, My Kids, Tribe Members

Dear That’s Life, At the risk of being stoned by a masked and angry mob for saying this: I do not like Purim. I enjoy the megillah, love the story with its hidden meanings and appreciate the miracles, but on the whole if we skipped it, I’d be fine. As a child I relished the [...]

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Can You Smell That Smell?

Posted by mwallach on March 13, 2011 in New To You, Tribe Members

Dear That’s Life, Certain smells bring me right back to my childhood. In an instant, I can be transported back to being a little girl in footie pajamas, standing at the top of the stairs. I cannot always predict when it will happen, when the moment will strike, but I know it will happen at [...]

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So Many Firsts, So Little Time

Posted by mwallach on March 11, 2011 in New To You

Dear That’s Life, Well, it was about time. Today, after months of preparation, planning and perspiration, Mayer and I were finally back on the air. Lest you think for one moment that it went off without a hitch, it did not. Nevertheless, we recovered and the show itself was good. Renamed, “Who’s on Furst?” the [...]

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That’s Moo to You

Posted by mwallach on March 7, 2011 in New To You

Dear That’s Life, I am thinking of buying a cow. There is simply no way for me to keep up with the milk consumption in my home. It must be more effective in the long run for me to just buy the bovine, keep it in the back and milk it on my own. Even [...]

 
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Spanbrew

Posted by mwallach on March 4, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, When we first hired our babysitter over a decade ago, we encouraged her to speak Spanish in our home. Not to do it exclusively, but rather intermittently include Spanish into her daily conversations with our children. It was like our own Rosetta Stone foreign language program, except without all those $24.95 payments. [...]

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Mezuzah Magic Part Deux

Posted by mwallach on March 4, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New To You, Tribe Members

Here’s a Quick Update: It took eight hours and two sofrim (Torah scribes) to check all the mezuzot in my home. After carefully and painstakingly going through each one, they were all declared kosher. Not one was pasul (completely not kosher) and were put back up, a bracha having been made on the one on the [...]

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Mezuzah Magic

Posted by mwallach on March 2, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New To You, Tribe Members

Dear That’s Life, I’ve been putting too much pressure on my magic eight ball.  It’s not fair to rely solely on one source for guidance and since my karma is still off, I decided to turn to something more tried and true and not manufactured in China. I am having my mezuzahs checked. The importance [...]

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