Just Like My Parents

With my older sister, mother, grandmother, and grand aunt.

With my older sister, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Aunt circa 1985.  A few weekends ago, as my family and I were leaving Costco (YAY for free samples!), one of my relatives stopped me. “Hi! You’re Rubin’s daughter, right?” she said. “Yes,” I replied, desperately trying to remember what her name was, “I’m Arbine.” After exchanging [...]

Not Ready For School


A couple of months ago I got a call from one of the preschools we had applied our daughters to. I figured that they were just calling to ask us if we wanted to keep the girls on the waiting list. But, it turns out, I was wrong. The school was actually calling to tell [...]

Changing your mind can be good, too.


There are some people that think that changing your mind means indecision and that it’s bad. Why? Why would anyone think that changing your mind about what you want is a bad thing? People do, though. In part, it may stem from an older generation (or two) that believe we should “know” where we’re going, [...]

My Ex-Wife Got Married (But I’m Pretty Sure Still Uses My Last Name)

eiffel tower

Christina and I divorced over two and half years ago. I still contact her every once in a while. We’re perfectly friendly and sometimes I need advice on pet stuff. She is a vet. Well, my dog is due for a dental. Meepers is very sensitive to shots and has become sick in the past [...]

7 Bad Date Stories


We’ve all had one, right? A bad date. Some of us you might have had more than one…say 3 or more. The cop who asked me to let him try out his handcuffs on me on our first date? Yeah, that was sort of creepy. 1. I will claim one (maybe more) of these 7 [...]

Moving In


The great thing about buying a house is finally living in it. The actual act of moving isn’t so great. There are too many boxes and too much heavy lifting. You have to organize, pack, and clean. Then you have to clean and unpack and organize some more. If I were Martha Stewart maybe I’d [...]

Home Improvement Store Revelations

Just say "No"

I’ve painted every room in a house, tiled a whole floor, and landscaped four times. Why? I get bored. I have a store credit card. And because these big box stores exist to rope you into totally unnecessary home improvement projects that never, ever end. Yet we keep going back! We must secrete some hormone [...]

When Your New BFF Doesn’t Know She Wants To Be Your BFF Yet


So, you’ve met this mom at 5:30 a.m. CardioPump, and she’s wicked funny and laughs endearingly with her hand over her mouth when the breast-implants-bought-on-a-girls-roadtrip-to-Mexico nasty neighbor up front hits herself in the face with the hand weights. When you see that your new crush’s travel mug reads, “Yeah. I said it. So What,” you [...]

Broken Hearts Club


Once upon a time, there was you and the love of your life. Every day with them felt like a dream. They made you so incredibly happy. The smile on your face, at the mere mention of their name, could light up an entire city. Then, one day, they decide to go and break up [...]

I Want the Truth


If you could impress one lesson upon your children, what would it be? A tough question, I know. As parents we teach our children just about every little thing; from using the toilet to expressing gratitude. But if I had to pick one, it would be about honesty. I’ve tried valiantly to instill this quality [...]

Blind Date with Poor Melvin

champagne and roses

This online dating thing is boring. Someone man-up and meet me in the flesh! I was over this netiquette, so I made a date with the first gentleman caller that inquired. I agreed to a date with a man named Melvin. That’s right, his name is Melvin, a synonym for an extremely uncomfortable man-wedgie. Melvin. [...]

Explicit Text Message from a Desperate Man

Text Message

This morning, my girlfriend received a text message from a guy she went out with a few times over a year ago. They haven’t spoken since, and I don’t think he even lives in the same state. The message was something like, “I know I’m not supposed to say this, but I really want to [...]