The 2014 Emmy nominations were just announced, and as an ardent TV fan, I have a few issues with this year's line-up. Take the comedy series category, for example. Are The Big Bang Theory and Orange is the New Black really competing against each another? The former is a conventional sitcom with a laugh track, while the latter is a character-driven dramedy. There's no comparison! And why … READ MORE!
Levi is a nail biter, and I think it's my fault. No, I didn't teach my almost-three year old how to bite his nails. But I'm a reformed (well, mostly reformed) nail biter, and according to Levi's pediatrician, the bad habit is genetic. Or did he learn the behavior by watching me? I'll admit it: When I'm feeling overwhelmed or particularly stressed, my fingernails sometimes find their way back … READ MORE!
The morning of my Alt Summit panel on Growing a Small Blog, I had my hair braided by the incredibly talented Rubi Jones. A complementary braiding appointment was one perk of being an Alt Summit speaker -- and a highlight of the conference for me. While some of my fellow speakers brought in pictures of hairstyles for Rubi to emulate, I told her that she could do whatever she wanted with my hair. … READ MORE!
Dear Asa, Shortly after you turned three months old, Daddy and I tried putting you to bed in a Sleep Sack instead of a swaddle. Your big brother, Levi, was 11 weeks old when he transitioned out of his swaddle, so we thought you might be ready around the same age. We were also hoping that you might sleep for longer stretches overnight if your arms were free; you're becoming quite the finger- and … READ MORE!
Today is Independence Day, but fireworks have been illuminating the sky in my neighborhood every night this week. Omaha only recently allowed fireworks to be sold within city limits -- and only during the 10 days leading up to the Fourth of July. There are tented fireworks stands set up in nearly every shopping center parking lot, which means that my neighbors (and their teenage children!) have … READ MORE!