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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted by mwallach on May 9, 2011 in My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, I love Mother’s Day. Even more than my birthday, which I truly enjoy, there is something about Mother’s Day that automatically makes me smile. The cynics in my life would refer to it as a ‘Hallmark Holiday’ and claim that had it not been for someone wanting to sell cards, this day [...]

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Okay. I’m an Idiot.

Posted by mwallach on May 4, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New To You

Dear That’s Life, Years ago, my mother had a friend who owned a blouse with gold-plated buttons which had to be removed before the shirt could be laundered. The intent was that if you were wealthy enough to purchase the item, you must also have someone on staff responsible for removing the buttons then sewing them [...]

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5/1/11

Posted by mwallach on May 2, 2011 in My Kids, New To You, New Yorkers

Dear That’s Life, It was one of those moments that you will always remember where you were when you heard the news. The death of Osama bin Laden is a triumph of good over evil, a victory for the United States and those who fight with us, and a moment of comfort for all those [...]

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‘Twas the Night Before the Wedding

Posted by mwallach on April 28, 2011 in New To You

Dear That’s Life, What do you think Kate is doing right now, the night before her wedding? It was reported today that she had to leave her job to devote her time to princess preparations and training, forcing me to picture Anne Hathaway in ‘The Princess Diaries’ and wonder if they tied Kate to a [...]

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My Oven: Part Tres

Posted by mwallach on April 27, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, Happy Holidays, New To You

Dear That’s Life, So, you thought my oven was fixed – didn’t you? You thought wrong. Me and my big mouth. When we last left Miriam’s oven, the oven repair superhero had saved it from self-clean hell, as the mechanism burned out the computer panel in what is a clear design flaw. With one week [...]

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The Road Less Travelled

Posted by mwallach on April 18, 2011 in Happy Holidays, My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, It is amazing how driving just a couple of miles away from The Five Towns can often take you to what seems like a completely different world. That has its pluses and its minuses. However, with Peninsula Boulevard looking more like the moon and less like a street, I’ll take any opportunity [...]

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A Holiday Miracle

Posted by mwallach on April 14, 2011 in Happy Holidays, My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, If you heard the screaming coming out of my house this week, that was the sound of my legs getting natural sunlight for the first time since last summer. (Bright light! Bright light!) The tights are off, I’m wearing short sleeves and I’m this close to breaking out my Naot. Spring has [...]

 
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Oven Repair Part Deux

Posted by mwallach on April 11, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, Happy Holidays, New To You

Dear That’s Life, File Under: Oven Status Update I had only left one semi-frantic voicemail for the oven repair service, although it did not stop me from leaving another and then calling the emergency number they have on their message. This was not an emergency like “I just shot the staple gun in my hand [...]

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Posted by mwallach on April 10, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, Happy Holidays, New To You

Dear That’s Life, Every chag is marked by certain traditions. Before Rosh Hashannah, I take time to prepare all of the simanim (signs) that accompany the meal, the fish head my least favorite of the group. There is a specific kind of challah that is also part of that preparation which I do not make [...]

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Much More than Cholent

Posted by mwallach on April 8, 2011 in New To You

Dear That’s Life, How is it possible that I enjoyed the annual YU Cholent Cook-Off without having tasted a thing? I am not sure but I know for a fact that it’s true. I was mocked for eating a tangerine while everyone else was devouring plates of cholent, but it was no less of an [...]

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April Fools!

Posted by mwallach on April 5, 2011 in Happy Holidays, My Kids, New To You

Dear That’s Life, While I am not a fan of silliness, it does have its place in life and often offers a healthy break from the doldrums of every life. Silly is how I would describe myself as I walk into Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, becoming absolutely giddy when I see Mickey himself. I am, [...]

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In a Full Sweat

Posted by mwallach on April 4, 2011 in Crazy Follows Me Everywhere, New To You

Dear That’s Life, I really don’t want to sweat while I have lunch and it is not particularly hot in here as I eat my salad and drink my coffee. Nevertheless, it could be the middle of August the way I look right now. And it is my own fault: I put way too much jalapeno [...]

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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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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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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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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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