5 Things That Have Changed Since You Watched Grease

– Posted in: Beauty, Bullying, Elfie, Getting Older, Growing Up, Mean People, Mouths of Babes, Movies, Nevada, Okay That's Funny, Parenting, Things To Do with Kids, Unsolicited Advice, Women's Issues
Grease the Movie

The other night, we all sat down and watched Grease. As far as my husband, Tenzin, is concerned, it’d be embarrassing to become a full-grown U.S. American without being able to sing along to "Summer Lovin'" and "You're the One That I Want" (and no, it's his brother who's gay...) Anyway, it became pretty clear [...]

How to be Famous: Go Get Shot

– Posted in: Complaining, Life is Dangerous, Mean People, Media, Nevada, Reno, School, Tammy Thinks, World Gone Crazy, Worst Mom Rants
How to be Famous: Go get Shot

I woke up to a Facebook message from my friend saying there was a shooting at Sparks Middle School and her husband was fine (incidentally, Sparks is right next to Reno, where I live). She wrote this in all caps at least four times and with about five exclamation points behind each "fine." I see [...]

The Tree Doesn’t Fall Far from the Apple

– Posted in: Bullying, Conservatives are Funny, Elfie, Family, Growing Up, Kid Friends, Mean People, Mouths of Babes, Newt, Parenting, Women's Issues
Why my kids are better people than I am

So I'm happy to report that the kids not only survived camp but had a fabulous time. Apparently the first night was a little touch-and-go: Newt wanted to come home very badly, and Elfie got stung by a bee. But they sucked it up, and the memorable stories have been trickling out of them since [...]

How to Make a 45-year-old Mother of Two Feel Like a Child

– Posted in: Guest Blog, Mean People, Working for Pay, World Gone Crazy, Worst Mom Rants
child statue

I've often heard that one of the best ways to boost kids' self-esteem, decision-making skills, and autonomy is by giving them something to do and then backing off. You know, task them with a job but then allow them to get the job done in a way that they see fit. Incredibly, this works with [...]

It’s Time to Stop Dreaming. And Stop Frisking.

– Posted in: Mean People, Politics, Tammy Thinks, World Gone Crazy, Worst Mom Rants

I cry pretty easily. Really, it doesn't take much. When we read Harry Potter, I get weepy when Mrs. Weasley shows Harry any kind of motherly affection (I know, don't judge). But last night, while watching The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, I cried for real. Lawrence showed an interview with Kasim Walters. He's a high school student [...]

Fiction Friday Part 15: Under Frangelica’s Wing

– Posted in: Fiction, Life is Dangerous, Mean People, Novel in Progress, Sex, Tammy Thinks, Worst Mom Randomness, Writing
Ice cubes on red

This is the continuation of last week's story when Eric got into some serious trouble after getting drunk with Simon. Want to get caught up? Start here. And if you want a list of the whole torrid affair, go here. ******* "Your mother didn't expect you home tonight, did she?" Frangelica glanced over at Eric from the bar. [...]

Oh Dean Heller, Why Must You Keep Proving You’re a Wuss

– Posted in: Conservatives are Funny, Lying, Mean People, Nevada, Politics, Tammy Thinks, Worst Mom Rants
John Oliver Whoop de doo

A few weeks ago, Senator Dean Heller, the Republican from my state (Nevada), voted to bring gun control up for debate. This isn't generally what Republicans do, so for about 10 seconds I fell into the trap of believing he might actually be a decent guy. Clearly this is why it was so easy to [...]