The Wild Rumpus

Parenting and family, served with a shot of vodka

EOTW: My Tail, Literally and Figuratively

Welcome to the second installment of Embarrassment of the Week. It was actually a pretty good week in this regard, and I thought I may not have anything to post. … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fall in New England Takes My Breath Away

This is a picture of my neighborhood. I wanted to post this so that I can remember how lovely it is once we are buried under snow for four or … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dogs in Witch Hats, Babies in Afro Wigs: Happy Halloween!

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved Halloween. As a kid, my Grammy, who was a talented seamstress, made my costumes by hand and they were … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

When Four Steps Is Too Far To Walk, You May Receive This Haiku On Your Windshield

Note: I’m kind of slammed this week, so this is a Throwback Thursday post, with an update at the end. SUMMARY HAIKU: Hey, the cart corral is right there. Are … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

I Hate Orange DOTS

Dear Tootsie Company, I love the Dots gumdrops that you are responsible for making. Love them. And according to the research I’ve done, you say that you create equal amounts … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 4 Comments

Why I Love the Cemetery

The idea of cemeteries being creepy always gets played up around Halloween. But I love cemeteries. We have a beautiful one adjacent to our neighborhood, and it is one of … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

Archie Warren Draper: Loads of Personality, Even in His Sleep

I saw a dog on the TJ Maxx/HomeGoods/Marshall’s holiday commercial, and it looked exactly like my late Jack Russell Terrier, Archie. The commercial canine was pulling a new dog bed … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Embarrassment of the Week: The Rats at Petco

So, I’m starting a new feature — Embarrassment of the Week — which I’ll publish each Friday. Anyone who has little kids knows that embarrassing stuff happens all the time. … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · 8 Comments

My Daughter Learned a New Word Today. It Rhymes With Glass Bowl.

This morning, my 2-year-old and I ran a few errands before we went to the children’s singalong at the library. As we were leaving the post office, which is in … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

I Changed My Baby’s Name

This blog is kind of like a newborn. Much like the first time I became a mother — albeit to a real, live child and not a web page — … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Flashbacks In the Elementary School Parking Lot

After running errands last week, I cruised through my tree-lined suburb, sipping on a gigantic coffee, sunroof open, with my stereo blasting some 20-year-old hip-hop. I was alone, for once. … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · 9 Comments

How My Son Became an Addict and Collector

Last February, we were about two hours into a six-hour road trip, and my son (then 4), was bored. I know, I can hardly believe it either. What preschooler doesn’t … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tantrums: A Haiku

Blood-curdling screaming, A product of being two, Takes years off my life

October 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

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