About Vikki

Vikki is a bored social worker by day and a mom/writer/pop culture junkie by night. She writes about GLBT issues and parenting at her personal blog Up Popped A Fox and her writing has also appeared at Grace the Spot and Autostraddle. She also has an inexplicable fascination with marshmallow Peeps. Don't ask.

Home Alone Through the Years

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When I was 16, my parents left me home alone for the weekend for the first time. Now, most kids that age would throw an epic party involving copious amounts of Peppermint Schnapps and bad beer and the night would end with broken heirlooms and/or underage people sleeping off bad liquor in the front yard. [...]

In Da Hoodie

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When I was still working as a social worker, I would get up every morning and shower and get dressed for the day. I never had to wear anything fancy (Hello, garbage houses!), but I would put on a nice shirt, tuck it into a pair of jeans that was neither faded nor frayed, and [...]

The Couch to Cappuccino App

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Week 1: Lie on the couch with your laptop. Stretch your arms above your head and reach for the ceiling. Bring your arms back down and wiggle your fingers. Then, get down to business and shop online for an espresso maker and have it delivered to your home. Week 2: When the espresso maker arrives [...]

Looks Like We Made It

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By the time you read this, we will have said goodbye to 2012 and will be taking our first tentative steps into 2013. I am relieved to have survived the Mayan apocalypse as well as our own personal Pre-Christmas Curse which began with a skull fracture on December 23rd in 2011 and continued with this [...]

Blame It on the Snow Miser

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Last weekend I planned to make holiday cookies with my children. When imagining this, I pictured my children with rosy cheeks and smiles… I pictured myself making baking-related jokes so clever the kids would remember them for the rest of their lives… I saw us measuring and stirring and maybe even singing a Christmas carol [...]

Advent-urous!

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It all began when my son was younger than he is now. I would provide a more specific age but I seem to age two years for my children’s every one, which means that I am forgetful.  Anyway, he was little and we bought a Lego Advent Calendar because we thought it would be fun to [...]

The Time Traveler’s Laundress

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I have now been a stay at home mother/blogger/writer type person for close to four weeks. Time flies! No, seriously. It flies. When I was working as a thankless public servant, I imagined that my days at home would go like this: I would wake up before the children feeling refreshed. The cardinals outside our [...]

Gas Leak Panic

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I was toasting three loaves of cubed Italian bread in the oven when I noticed a funny smell. My partner and I went through the usual stages of denial: 1) “No, I don’t smell anything.” 2) “Maybe I smell a little something, but the oven probably just needs to be cleaned.” 3) “Yeah, I smell [...]

The Candy Hall of Shame

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If there is one thing I’ve learned from the internet, it’s that people have passionate opinions about everything, even candy. We all have treats we turn to in our time of need and those we mock at every opportunity. I put together a list of what I consider to be the 8 worst candies so [...]

Hidden Picture Puzzles

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Did you ever do those Hidden Picture Puzzles when you were a kid? You know the ones where there is, for example, a black and white cartoonish drawing of animals having a raucous good time at a picnic. There might be a bear laughing as he cuts into a watermelon and a moose playing horseshoes [...]

Oh the Places You’ll Go… or Won’t

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Awhile back, I wrote about my desire to leave my job and I am here today to tell you that I did it. I quit. I have only three more days of work and then I will be free! In honor of this very special occasion, I adapted a little something from Dr. Seuss:   [...]

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

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Our friends invited us to go to their cabin last weekend and, despite the fact that I have spent a lot of time in the wilderness lately (away from wifi and my beloved internet), I agreed to go. Our kids love going to the cabin and spending time with their friends and, most of the [...]