So we to the theater tonight, and this movie was playing on 4 of 8 screens. Our planned showing of a Grand Budapest Hotel, as advertised in the paper and on the theater website, was replaced by this movie. They were apologetic and gave us free tickets, but it was weird and lines were out the door. This movie will have… » 4/19/14 12:08am Yesterday 12:08am

When I was the single, childless member of my family, with legal knowledge and enough of a bitch to stand up to doctors, I was expected to take care of my aged relatives. I did it twice for my great aunts and it sucked. Both times I got lucky bc I insisted on being Power of attorney, so I was able to take an unpaid… » 4/18/14 12:02am Friday 12:02am

We are moving next month, and just filled a 20 ft dumpster with the stuff from my garage, yard, and basement. It was so freeing. This is after four truckloads went to the church rummage sale. I also posted lots of stuff on Facebook as free to any friend who wanted to take it away. It made it easier to part with things… » 4/17/14 3:01pm Thursday 3:01pm

My brother had a small wedding on the dock of a pond. My son, then 5, was his ringbearer. My sister and I can be heard on the wedding video loudly exhaling with relief when the ring traveled safely from my son to my brother. I was convinced I would be draining that pond to recover the ring. » 4/17/14 1:42pm Thursday 1:42pm

During the ERA ratification battle in my state back in the dark ages, when Schafly led her army of "ladies" at the Capitol, the "ladies" formed a barricade around the porta potties and wouldn't let the heathen women use them. Female warfare at its most primal level. One of my friends was head of a local women's rights… » 4/15/14 5:56pm Tuesday 5:56pm

I couldn't just like this, but I totally agree . There will be some serious mental health defenses at play here. I respect this. But leave one charge in reserve to make sure that she can be charged with something that puts her away well past menopause. She might not be able to stop her actions, but they have to stop. » 4/13/14 10:58pm 4/13/14 10:58pm

LW2, your real friendships will survive, but it takes a bit of work to stay friends with someone who is probably struggling to stay sane. My best friend and I made it through having our kids on different schedules. She had babies while I enjoyed my youth, she now has free time while I am wondering why I waited until I… » 4/13/14 8:33pm 4/13/14 8:33pm

I am sorry that you have had so much loss and sorrow. It will never go away, but the joy that you feel when you get your child(ren) will drive everything into the past. I adopted my son over six year ago, and am almost at the three year mark with my daughter. It is crazy, but if you believe in God you can believe that… » 4/09/14 11:02pm 4/09/14 11:02pm

Don't forget the mom hawking healing oils, whose kids are constantly in the ER but the oils are life saving. Miraculous. Except that her kids are seriously suffering and I want to call child services so they can get some allergy medication. » 4/08/14 10:51pm 4/08/14 10:51pm

I got a cat from my male cousin, and Mrs. Patches thought toilet time was snuggle time. Apparently my cousin had a morning routine, and she had made her little fluffy butt part of it by jumping up and demanding cuddles when he couldn't walk away. She was quite pissed to learn that most of the time I was merely pissing. … » 4/06/14 10:26pm 4/06/14 10:26pm

Ten days is a scam and a half. Even my broke-ass state gives State workers a month of paternity leave. Twenty working days. You know why? Because this generation of men coming up WANTS to be involved with their families. Thirty years ago, when Midwesternman took a month's paternity leave, it was novel. Now it's the… » 4/03/14 2:31pm 4/03/14 2:31pm

So my kids have been watching this all weekend, and I showed them some of the songs on YouTube so they could see Idina Menzel. My eight year-old son is now writing her a letter and wants to know how to spell "beautiful." Go for the brunettes, kiddo. » 3/30/14 9:22pm 3/30/14 9:22pm