Monthly Archives: September 2013

Making Friends

“I think the neighbors are communists,” I tell my husband as I glance out the kitchen window. “Communists? There hasn’t been mention of the Red Scare for over 50 years,” my husband says in his best ‘I’m-an-expert-on-everything-because-I-watch-the-history-channel’ voice. “That’s exactly how this kind of thing spreads; it creeps up when you’re least expecting it. Look […]

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A Knock at the Door

This is the story of a very nice couple who found themselves standing on the porch of a nut. Bored. So bored. It’s one of those rare days where everything is done. House is clean, laundry is done, garden has been weeded. Any other day I could think of a dozen things I’d like to […]

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High Maintenance Child

I just landed the lead role in my daughter’s latest production, “Sally, the Unicorn’s Mother.” Ironically there are no unicorns in it, but there is a poodle and a treehouse. It’s a musical comedy. Playing with a high maintenance child means being on your toes. My daughter is a sweet, adorable little girl with a […]

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Grocery Store Adventures

I love grocery shopping; it encompasses two of my favorite things: making a list and crossing things off of a list. The grocery store itself is a wonderland full of excitement, intrigue, and fresh produce. The adventure begins with cart selection. No easy task. There’s the holy grail of all carts: the coveted pink race […]

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Neurotic Monologue

By Brandi Haas The workout of champions, that is what I will call it: a four-mile run on the treadmill followed by an hour of weight training. I feel bionic as I leave the gym. I’m still basking in my endorphin-filled glory when I see it–that burger place. So we meet again, McBurger in the […]

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Road Trip

A family road trip, in the planning stages, sounds like a blast. Let’s pack up the car and go for an adventure! The whimsy of this excursion fades approximately one hour into the trip when everyone in the car realizes that the only things keeping them from killing each other are a couple of coloring […]

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Carol

On Friday I posted a story called “Birthday Parties.” I introduced a woman named Carol and I have gotten a lot of questions about her, mostly friends asking me accusingly, “Is that me?” So I thought I’d take a moment and tell you more about Carol. Carol is a working mom. She is a stay-at-home […]

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Birthday Parties

The party store: it’s filled with balloons, candy, and a colorful assortment of paper goods. It should be fun; it’s got ‘party’ right in its name. But for the parent shopping for their child’s birthday extravaganza, it’s agonizing. It is especially painful when the party theme your child has attached herself to is the ever-popular: […]

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Dinner Parties

By Brandi Haas “You’re not going to introduce yourself as ‘The Commandant’ again, are you?” My husband asks with his trademark smirk. We are on our way to yet another doctor dinner party and my husband runs through the checklist to ensure I will behave myself. So far I have agreed to not retell stories […]

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For My Daughter

While enjoying pedicures with my daughter and discussing kindergarten excitedly, I overheard a mom and daughter discussing the girl’s first year of college with the same excitement. The mom and I caught each other’s glance and in that moment I knew we were both seeing something unique; she was seeing a sweet memory and I […]

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