The Wild Rumpus

Parenting and family, served with a shot of vodka

I Love My Subaru: A Haiku

My teeth may chatter, But seat heaters are the bomb. Junk in my trunk: Warm!

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pregnancy Brain is Real. But Does it Ever Go Away?

First of all, I’m NOT pregnant. Ain’t nobody got time for that. But I was reminded this week about “pregnancy brain” — the tendency to feel spaced out and forgetful … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · 4 Comments

Project De-Troll-ify in Progress

Man, it’s been a rough couple of months in the self-esteem department. In November, I endured the saga of the broken nose. December was already super crazy, and for fun … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Elf Controversy

If you read the Huffington Post Parents page with any regularity, you will notice that just about every day, there’s a new column posted about the Elf on the Shelf. … Continue reading

December 11, 2014 · 7 Comments

Magic Lawns, Stickers Piled High and Love So Fierce it Melts Your Heart

It’s been a brutal couple of weeks around here. I took on more work than I reasonably had time for, and felt buried alive for the past several days. Mostly, … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 5 Comments


As I stood outside in the 23 degree weather, taking a break from pulling around 80 pounds of kindergartner and preschooler around on the sled, I had a moment of … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · 3 Comments

I Embrace Technology, But There’s One Thing I Can’t Let Go

I’ll be honest: By no means am I a techie person. But for the most part, I at least know what’s going on. I use my smart phone for almost … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 6 Comments

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

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

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