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These days my mind often wanders back to the night our older son slept in a “big boy bed” for the first time. A crib could barely contain him, so we didn't know what kind of wild rumpus was gonna go down now that he was a free man. After the usual bedtime rigmarole, we softly closed his bedr…

If I had to rate my propensity to quit stuff on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being most likely to throw in the towel, I’d give myself a 7.

I can smell her laundry detergent on one of the Cavs giveaway shirts we gave her as she gives me a bear hug. Her grey corn rows tickle my cheek when I lean in for the full squeeze. She's stronger than you'd think.

After running my first (last? only?) 5k last fall, I enjoyed a brief and electrifying stint of feeling like Queen of the World. "Bring it on" was my battle cry. 

I'm that person. I'm pretty sure most people see me coming and they freeze, scanning the surroundings for the nearest escape route. I'm the person most likely to bring any conversation back to the one topic you don't want to talk about and that you really, really don't want to hear about. Ye…

I used to spend half of my life making plans, and the other half trying to wiggle out of those plans. I'm wiser now, so I don't make a lot of plans. Especially plans that require my physical presence, particularly in the evenings. It's rude to cancel, and how am I supposed to know if I'll fe…

I've found that planning a bar mitzvah is equal parts joy, panic and disbelief. The joy of celebrating my little angel "becoming a man" with friends and family is overwhelming. The panic of watching my to-do list quadruple by the hour can be debilitating. And then there's the double dose of …

Last Rosh Hashanah I made a silent resolution to myself to push myself out of my comfort zone as often as I could stomach it. I was feeling like a hypocrite encouraging my kids to take risks when I was scared to do it myself.

So I'm kind of obsessed with my Couch to 5K app. Partly because it's gratifying to chart my progress, but mostly because I can't wait until it's over.  

I was all jazzed up after curriculum nights this year, one at the middle school and one at the high school. What in previous years had been an obligatory snore fest (during which I typically played games on my phone or doodled on the 312-page syllabus) turned out to be, frankly, EXCITING.