News Flash: Middle Aged Woman Buys First Car!

My Mother In Law LOVES cars. Not something we have in common.

My Mother In Law LOVES cars. Not something we have in common.

I’ve never seen a porno, and I’ve never bought a car.

Now, I’ve got to do one of those.  Guess which?

The car!  Gee, what did you think?

If you don’t live in NYC, which I have for my entire adult life, the fact that I’ve never bought a car will be the more surprising of those two.

Actually, in NYC, it’s not that weird.  Only 23% of people who live in Manhattan own a car.  And I’m one of them.  It’s just that it’s a 15 year old station wagon that I inherited from my parents when my kids were born.  It was time for them to get a new one, I had just had twins and needed a wagon more than they did, so I got lucky — very, very lucky – and “bought” their car from them for $1 – just to transfer the title.

Now, lo these many years later, our car is on its last legs, and I’m going to have to be a real, honest to goodness forty something grown up and go out and get my own!

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CE WEEKin NYC: Some of my Faves

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CES is a massive, miles long, completely insane, totally exhausting labyrinth from which it feels you may never escape.  CE WEEK, however, held each week in smaller venues across  the country, is an interesting, manageable look at the latest in tech. In my case, it even comes with a fab lunch, courtesy of Techlicious, at […]

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Toddy Gear Review

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Full Disclosure: To facilitate this review, I received the  products pictured.  As usual, all opinions expressed are my own.   Fingerprints. Gunk. Grime.  Sticky Stuff.  That’s what ends up on my phone screen ALL the TIME. That’s why I was so excited that Toddy Gear to get a box of well-designed screen cleaning products from […]

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In Defense of Matt Lauer

Yesterday’s keruffle over Matt Lauer’s dubious line of questioning with  Mary Barra, the first female CEO of automotive giant GM, on the Today Show gave Lauer haters new fuel. (In a nutshell, he asked Barra if she thought she could be both a good CEO and a good Mom.  You know, just like he always […]

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Iceland: Greenest Family Vacation Ever

1Getting Ready to Snorkel in a continental rift
2"Hot" River, created by underground HotSprings
3. Hallgrímskirkja Church
4. On the Second Largest Glacier in Europe.

Last week, my family and I vacationed in Iceland. It wasn’t icy at all. As a matter of fact, temperatures in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, and the city you’d be most likely to visit, are generally mild year-round.  They’re less cold in winter, and get less snow than NYC, plus, they have milder summers, too.  Who […]

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Hey New York! Do you know your zone?

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If you live in NYC, it’s hard to avoid the bus stop ads telling us all that “call grandma” is NOT an emergency plan.  And if you’ve lived here for any length of time, you’ve lived through enough disasters — both man-made and natural – that you know you really do need a plan.  Really. […]

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Crafting for Jews with Hershey’s

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On Purim, Jews celebrate Persians trying (but not succeeding) to kill us, on Channukah, we commemorate how the Greeks tried (and failed) to kill us, and on Passover, we celebrate escaping being killed by the Egyptians. All this, Shalom Auslander points out in his novel, Foreskin’s Lament. And all this, is why there aren’t a […]

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