November 15, 2010

Silicon Valley Moms Group Acquired By Technorati Media

Reports of our demise, as the saying goes, were premature. The Silicon Valley Moms Group of sister sites is taking up residence in a new location. Look for that great timely, opinionated, poignant, and sometimes just plain funny parenting content you're used to seeing on this site over at The Women's Channel at Technorati. After 6 great years of blogging here, we've moved to a new home.


Jill Asher, Beth Blecherman & Tekla Nee

Co-Founders, Silicon Valley Moms Group

July 06, 2010

goodbye 50

It's kind of awkward that I am saying goodbye to 50-Something Moms Blog before I even turn 50, but I am. Much to the surprise of many of its 800+ (past and present) writers, The Silicon Valley Moms Group founders announced that all of its blogs, including 50-Something Moms Blog would be ending at the end of this month. The announcement did come as a  huge shock to many as was evident by the email responses of many of the SV Moms Group writers but reading the email that we all received earlier this month, it was clear that this was a very emotional, very difficult and painful decision. Of course in the beginning, some of us did not accept this decision too graciously. Change, especially sudden change is hard. It's scary. It's unnerving as we wonder what else is going to happen now that this has happened? It is the rare person who openly embraces changes like this. I am definitely not one of those people and I was clearly in the majority of the writers and bloggers of SV Moms Group who struggled with the shock, surprise and disappointment of the news.

Continue reading "goodbye 50 " »

July 05, 2010

You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello. Hello. Hello?

I had just returned from an amazing vacation cruise to Alaska with my 80-something mom when I received some very disappointing e-mail news which you probably have read by now: The Silicon Valley Moms web sites are ending. 

I felt the floor drop by about two feet. The news caused me to start channeling Elizabeth Kubler-Ross' five stages of grief, memorized eons ago in nursing school:

Stage one: Denial. I don't think I read the e-mail correctly. Surely they are not really ending the websites? Read the e-mail again. That can't be right. Read it one more time. 

Stage two: Anger. What! They were still recruiting writers for 50-Something Moms last month! I just started blogging for these guys in April and now its over? I have spent HOURS learning to use their blog format, checking their guidelines, writing and rewriting my submissions, finding a photo source I like etc. and they are ending it? That is just rude.

Stage three: Bargaining. Please let them announce that they are starting something else and that they will still want me to be part of it. I promise I will get my posts done early in the month. I promise I will submit more than my required number of posts to make up for the blogger-slackers. Please let it go on. Please do not let it be ending. Please.

Continue reading "You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello. Hello. Hello? " »

June 27, 2010

A Day in the Life of Caring for Aging Parents

Four days ago, my 89-year-old FIL fell out of bed and hurt his neck and back. Today, my MIL asked me to help take him to the doctor. I couldn't imagine a worse way to spend a day, but naturally you have to say yes. Inheritances are at stake.

My husband is not an only child, but he is the youngest of four, and all his siblings have long ago left Memphis. That has left the responsibility of caring for his elderly parents solely on his shoulders. It's the one guilt I have about Elijah being an only child, that he alone will have to deal with the aging and passing of his parents. Hopefully, by then, he, too, will have a gracious and supportive wife to help him pick up the slack.

Continue reading "A Day in the Life of Caring for Aging Parents " »

June 26, 2010

Circadian Rhythms

I have worked 12 hour night shifts as an RN for the last four years. It was not always a straight night shift schedule but rather a combination of days and nights, switching every three months, from days to nights, then back to days.   

I like working nights, enjoying quiet moments with my infant patients and pleasant chats with my co-workers. However, night shift work can play havoc with your sleep cycle. I found the best way to deal with night shift was to go to sleep when I returned home and sleep until I was ready to get up. I would catch naps whenever I felt slightly sleepy. When on night shift, I took a lot of naps, before work and on my days off. Oh yeah, and I drank lots of caffeine whenever I needed to be awake.

Continue reading "Circadian Rhythms" »

June 24, 2010

A Weekend of Strawberries

For one weekend every summer, June 26-27 this year, the quaint town of Cedarburg, Wisconsin becomes the celebration epicenter for the succulent, mouth watering star of summer: the strawberry.  Historic Cedarburg, Wisconsin will be holding what is now their 25th annual Strawberry Festival. The entire town will offer strawberries, and prepare strawberries, in every possible edible way. And 10,000 visitors last year were all the happier for it.

The weekend's activities begin with "The Berry Big Run," a 5k run/walk that begins at 8AM, benefiting  BigBrothers/BigSisters of Ozaukee County.  After the run, the town's streets are open as a Festival Walk of Art, where artists and  vendors from all over the greater Midwest are showcased. There will be artwork, jewelry, music, food courts, boutique style items, handmade toys, and more.

Continue reading "A Weekend of Strawberries " »

June 23, 2010

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok: A SV Moms Group Book Club

Transplanted from Hong Kong to New York City as a (very poor) young girl with her mother, Ah-Kim or Kimberley, struggled to make things better for her family, to learn English, to walk the line between traditional Chinese duties and the Americanized teenager she grew into. Join us today as we discuss the book Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok.

Here are what the SV Moms Group contributors ave to say today, all inspired by the book Girl in Translation:

Silicon Valley Moms Blog is hosting the book club discussion this month.

Past SV Moms Group Book Clubs have included:

June 22, 2010

A Vacation They'll Remember

I marched up the sandy hill, in what must have been my fifth trip heading back to our rented cabin on Lake Michigan. I was thirsty, my skin an itchy mix of sand and sunscreen, and I was hungry. I sighed loudly, shaking my head with the thought of "this is a vacation?"

As I trudged onward on sand filled watershoes, I could hear the joyous shouts of 5 boys recreating battle scenes on the beach behind me, armed with water cannons.  "Sure, " I thought, "of course they're happy. I'm doing all the work, where's my vacation?"  I had to laugh at myself, I fell into this trap every year. Every year that we summer on this beach in Michigan, I begin the first day of our vacation, with these types of thoughts.

I quickly remember back to my first vacation as a parent. I naively thought back then, that vacation with family, would mean vacation for me.  I wondered why no one had warned me that those days of having things done for me while on a family vacation, were gone.  I was now the mother, I was now the one who made it all happen. Who did I think was going to do all the packing, and bed making, and sweeping, and cooking? 

Continue reading "A Vacation They'll Remember " »

June 21, 2010

Letting Go of Toys and Memories

My sister and I have yard sales together, once or twice a year, and always at her house. I was loading my granddaughter's Fisher-Price toy kitchen into my SUV and my husband objected. "You aren't going to sell Allison's kitchen are you?"

Yes, I was. Our granddaughter Allison doesn't visit us anymore (see Babies and More Babies, May 17, 2010) and if she did, Allison is now nine and not going to be too interested in a little girl's toddler-size toy.

Hanging on to my granddaughter's baby things seems to make me miss her more. I believe her mother may let us see Allison again in the future, but until then, I want to think about the situation as little as possible. I do not want to daily see Allison's things to remind me that she is gone. Also Allison is growing up and in my mind, I have to let her grow up. My husband, on the other hand, takes comfort in seeing Allison's toys and remembering her many visits to our house. We each deal with the loss of Allison's presence in our lives in our own way.

I took the play kitchen to the yard sale.

Continue reading "Letting Go of Toys and Memories" »

June 18, 2010

College Students and Jury Duty

Many students go to school in a state other than their own when they head off to college. They may get a jury duty notice from their home state while away, and usually they can postpone jury duty until they graduate without having to ever appear at a courthouse. This is all very reasonable. Then there is Massachusetts.

Massachusetts has 121 institutions for higher education within its relatively small area. To take advantage of a tremendous jury pool it calls students that are citizens of other states, but go to school in Massachusetts, for jury duty. These students are not allowed to postpone it by phone or online or mail. They must spend a day in court and ask the judge to grant a postponement. In the meantime, these kids are also being called for jury duty in their home state!

Continue reading "College Students and Jury Duty" »

Is Teen Hookah-smoking Okay?

My son and I got into a text-argument last night. It started because I happened to see that one of his friends posted a photo of her new hookah on facebook with the status "Come smoke with me!" Later, I got a text from Elijah: "I'm at Ashley's*." So naturally I sent him back a text telling him that I don't know what the hell a 16-year-old girl needs with a hookah, but I did not want him smoking. I believe I might have mentioned locking him in his room and throwing away the key. At first he claimed that he wasn't smoking but soon the digital conversation degenerated into him telling me that it's not addictive and it's mostly water vapor and anyway if her mom is okay with it, why aren't I?

Continue reading "Is Teen Hookah-smoking Okay?" »

June 17, 2010

Please Send money

Parenting a college-bound student is a tricky business.  Trying to combine your emotional and financial support with your child's new found independence can seem nearly impossible.  When my daughters went off to college, I wrestled with how to give love and support without them expecting too much.

As a mom, we worry about our kids eating properly, so we send care packages.  They come home on break, and you find yourself sending back half of the pantry and refrigerator.  You are out shopping and you pick up those little extra things they might need.  I have even caught my husband slipping them money “just in case of an emergency.” The girls never fail to phone home when they are short on cash.  It is easy for kids to fall in a pattern of expecting us to “foot the bill,” for all of those unexpected expenses. 

Both our girls seemed convinced that the money they earn over the summer, lasts forever.  Let’s see, $7 an hour for 20-30 hours a week…hmm that’s a fortune.  Unfortunately, Mom and Dad end up supplementing this meager amount, well before the school year is over.

Continue reading "Please Send money " »

If You Can’t Stand the Tile, Stay Out of the Kitchen

I hate my kitchen. Really. And. Truly. It’s the only thing about my house that I genuinely despise.

I live in Silicon Valley, where the price per square foot is ridiculously off the chart in comparison with the rest of the country, so even a small dwelling bears a price tag that would indicate that you must be rich and famous elsewhere.

Like wizened billionaires, my kitchen is unattractive and ugly. It’s small and narrow; two people have to choreographtheir moves to stay out of each other’s way. You can’t open the unusually small oven door if you are getting something out of the refrigerator (fortunately, I don’t have this conflict often). Functionally, it does what it’s supposed to. There’s a fridge (actually two since there are six of us), a double oven, and a range top that’s exactly like the one in Graceland. Yep, I can cook like the King. How long has that guy been dead, anyway?

Continue reading "If You Can’t Stand the Tile, Stay Out of the Kitchen" »

June 16, 2010

Sacred spaces

One of my husband's favorite movies was The Brother from Another Planet. My family and I were completely underwhelmed by it. I love the book A Severed Wasp, by Madeline L'Engle; friends have yawned, "It's okaaay," after reading it.  We've all had that happen; we've all recommended something near and dear to our hearts, only to be disappointed by the response of friends and family. So it was with no small amount of trepidation that I took my friend Tee to Montezuma Well, after having told her that I consider it one of my most holy places on earth.

Continue reading "Sacred spaces" »

The Miracle Hair Loss Solution – Finasteride 1mg for Sale

Finasteride 1mg for sale is your most effective solution for alopecia. Do you know why? Read this article below to understand how this solution might help you get rid of hair loss now.


Hair loss is a condition that can have many root cause, depending on gender, age, and recent health condition. Some people lose a lot of hair due to stress, as the body begins to release chemicals associated with stress that can hurt the hair follicles. Stress can also result to nutrient depletion, causing more problems of hair growth. Health conditions, on the other hand, can lead to hair loss since certain health problems and medications can diminish normal hair growth, such as chemotherapy. Aging may also be directly associated with baldness since as the body gets older, it becomes more vulnerable to breakage of tissues due to years of wear and tear. And lastly, gender – because a lot of hair problems can be associated with sex hormones. Continue reading “The Miracle Hair Loss Solution – Finasteride 1mg for Sale” »

How to Get Tadalafil 20mg For Sale Online

Not being able to perform in bed is just among the most well-known sexual-related issues in men. For the most part, the onset of indications of this sexual issue may begin anytime of a man’s lifetime. Generally it was trusted that ED is just an issue of the oldies, yet with the amazing number of more youthful men encounter the signs and indications of ED, it is no more a legitimate truth about ED. Erection issues may emerge from a great deal of conceivable variables, including mental and hormonal issues. On the off chance that you think you are enduring the side effects of erectile brokenness then the time has come to make into move. Not just does ED take away your bliss and self-regard, however it might likewise be an indication of other wellbeing issues you may not know. The most straightforward way could be setting off to your specialist to have it checked. These days, you can discover a great deal of medications for ineptitude, and not every one of them may work for you. A few men are so concerned of the conceivable reactions that is the reason they fall back on home grown supplements which does not ensure any beneficial outcomes by any means. The uplifting news is that you can discover ED medicines today that are compelling but safe to utilize.

Tadalafil is the progressive item that components the greater part of the positive elements of other existing ED prescriptions like tadalafil, Viagra, and sildenafil. With the most recent innovation and broad exploration, tadalafil is the most recent development for treating barrenness successfully. Tadalafil ensures fantastic reaction with lesser symptoms. Furthermore, above all else, it acts speedier as contrasted and alternate brands. Sitting tight for a drug to produce results can be exhausting and some of the time irritating. In the event that you are settle on ED meds that offer brisk onset of impacts, then tadalafil won’t fall flat you as it promises 15 minutes or less to produce results.

With such a large number of promising impacts of tadalafil a great deal of men are so ready to pay any value just to get a measurement of the medication and defeat their sexual issues all the more successfully without the frightful symptoms. All around you may discover tadalafil 20mg for sale, wherever city or nation you are as of now living. On the other hand, not all men may have the capacity to afford the high cost of tadalafil 20mg for sale, considering that it is a recently discharged medication. A great deal of fellows out there power wonder where to discover shabby tadalafil 20mg for sale. Continue reading “How to Get Tadalafil 20mg For Sale Online” »