Last week, right after taking the older daughter back to college and the resulting fallout (i.e., shoe-buying excursions) that occurred from that, the younger daughter began serving her time in the big house. High school. Ninth grade. Freshman year.   As you might imagine, there was some wine consumed. And while my rising freshman had spent […]

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  • Lisa Thorbjarnarson Enslow - Just discovered your writing, thanks to Grown and Flown on FB. Loved the piece about technology linking your daughters, and this one about starting high school! I have three daughters, one a college sophomore (nearby), one a college freshman (400 miles away) and one a high school freshman. The 2 younger ones have a relationship that sounds a lot like your girls’, and I have had to hold my tears while watching my youngest miss her sister. It’s so nice to see that I have good company in this journey. Reading about other smart women who are surviving the progression towards an empty nest helps me greatly. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

Fall. I absolutely love it. Is it the crisp evenings, colorful leaves, and Pumpkin Spiced Lattes? Is it the leggings and boots, flannel and fleece, and fun-sized candy that practically jumps into your cart on its own every time you make a trip to Target? Absolutely, but even more than all those wonderful things, it’s […]

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  • Snarkfest - So I’m really torn! My pretend boyfriend Mike Rowe’s show on CNN “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” comes back in Sept on Sunday nights. At the same time as Talking Dead! Some sick twisted beast has an awful sense of humor doing that to me.

    Also looking forward to Criminal Minds, The Walking Dead and Bones.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Can’t you DVR Talking Dead so you can get your Rowe fix live?? Or will Rowe have his feelings hurt if you DVR him instead? I know he loves you so I bet he’d understand.
      My girls LOOOOVVE Bones. I love the actors but the story lines creep me the hell out. When we are at our cabin (in the woods) they’ll sometimes look around and say, “Ooh! This is totally where Bones would find a severed hand or a decapitated head” just to mess with me.ReplyCancel

  • Shay from Trashy Blog - I won’t be watching a lot, but I DO love fall. And it’s so starting to feel like it already! YESSSSSSSReplyCancel

  • Lara - I’m so very thankful to find out I’m not the only one who prints a TV schedule for the fall and highlights it.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Right?!? And lucky for us, the EW Fall TV edition is coming soooooonnnn!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂ReplyCancel

Huh. I just realized the last Friday Favorites post I published was a few weeks ago and it was titled “Indulgences.” This week it’s “Gluttony.” Nothing like making my way through the seven deadly sins this summer. Again. And yes, I know indulgence isn’t formally one of the seven deadly sins, but it’s close enough to […]

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  • Peggy Fox Weaver - Buttermilk isn’t a kitchen staple like it used to be when we would make Hidden Valley ranch dressing from a packet in the 70’s!! Shake, Shake, Shake.

    If you need a way to use up that buttermilk, try this receipe. I think it might meet your qualifications in terms of number of ingredients and time in the kitchen!
    http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/12694_Art_Smith_s_Unfried_Chicken/ReplyCancel

As most of you know, a year ago I was at the end of a year long battle with denial and was mere days away from reaching that big, red box on my calendar that I’d filled in with a skull and crossbone. My daughter was about to move almost 300 miles away to college. For […]

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  • Snarkfest - No pauses for laughter, your advice helped tremendously.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Warner Hatton - You are such a great mom and writer. Loved this. Are you coming to Erma this year? I already booked my room!!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - And YOU are so lovely to say those things. Yes! I’m planning on it! We can book rooms? I’m on it.ReplyCancel

You guys, I can honestly say I never saw that coming. The fact that Kaitlyn cruelly stomped on Nick’s heart with the pointy heel of her stiletto and then squished it around with the toe? Well, yes, that was surprising, but what I now realize Chris Harrison has meant every time he’s told us the […]

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  • Snarkfest - Then Nick tells her he has something for her in the bedroom.
    Kaitlyn: What?
    My 19yo: It’s his penis.
    It’s not.

    That right there is a proud momma moment, is it not? That daughter of yours, she’s awesome and she’s going places!!

    Thank you, as always, for the sheer entertainment and for not making me watch this stupid show. I love you and your recaps!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - You know that my proudest moments with my children come from snarky Bachelor/ette comments, right?
      You are always welcome. But come ON. You’re not going to watch that adorable Peter Brady if he’s the next Bachelor?? Shame on you.ReplyCancel

  • NinaN - 2 cheese to one caramel is the right way.

    I think Nick should recieve a Schmemmy (that’s the awards for reality tv “stars”, right?) for his performances this season. Last night’s was amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Oooh! How can we nominate? I agree! But did think he was being sincere last night. And was so well spoken and in control about it. I’d have been so much more classless and called her a bunch of names that rhyme with witch and bore.ReplyCancel

  • Moira - “…the perfectly imbalmed Neil Lane.” You’re fantastic! This is seriously good shit and I love you.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - And am I right? He’s like an elderly Ken doll. And I love you too for being a loyal reader!! xoReplyCancel

      • Moira - There you go again…elderly Ken doll! So damn funny and completely accurate! Neil is laughing all the way to the bank. One thing that I’d like to get to the bottom of from the season is WTF does an amateur sex coach do. NO, scratch that. That guy was disgusting.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Owen - They were on Kimmel that night and he made them swear and promise a bunch of things on a stack of US weekly’s like they’d be together in a year….it was hilarious!! How can you not watch Paradise…your recaps would be awesome! But I get it…read that bible!ReplyCancel

A year ago my daughter was about to leave the nest. The soft, feathered, built-painstakingly-by-hand nest I’d created for her since the moment I knew she existed. Fine, her father helped…but still. I knew I needed to tell her all the things before she left, but didn’t feel like I needed to write one of […]

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  • Grown and Flown - Awww, Michelle, we love having each and every one of these letters on up on Grown and Flown today…they made us laugh and cry and laugh,again, too. Thank you for shaing them with our readers!ReplyCancel

Indulgences. Summer is the perfect time for them, isn’t it? (So are the holidays…and the bitter cold months of January…and February…and March…and the brisk, apple-crispy days of fall…but let’s not get carried away. Until October.) It seems that all I’ve been doing the past month or so is indulging, and not just on decadent food […]

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  • Snarkfest - Drinking some whites this summer, I’ll have to try the Talbott.

    When are you crocheting me my own blanket?ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - It’s a good balance between smooth and tart, if that makes any sense.
      And since it takes me a year to finish anything I start, and I have a list of requests that I’ll probably never get to, you’ll get a blanket around the time you move to a retirement home, which will be perfect, actually. 😉ReplyCancel

      • Snarkfest - Seeing as I’m dealing with hot flashes now anyway, I’ll need it more when I’m in the old farts home.ReplyCancel

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