Am I a Funny Girl?

Color me stoked: Heathers the Musical is coming to SF!

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There are a number of TV shows and movies that epitomize the 80s for me; I did most of my growing up in that decade, so there are layers upon layers of nostalgia firmly entrenched in the pop culture of those years.

There are iconic scenes in each one: John Cusack in his trench coat with a boom box, Judd Nelson’s fist in the air, Molly Ringwald sitting on the table, leaning towards Jake Ryan, Jennifer Grey NOT being left to sit in a corner, Kevin Bacon dancing at the prom, Matthew Broderick highjacking a parade float…

Christian Slater’s “Greetings and salutations” upon meeting Winona Rider in the caf.

Yes, I’m talking about HEATHERS. The original high school mean girls movie is now a live musical, and I Can’t Wait.

Opening tonight and running through June 13, I can’t wait to check out the show next weekend. I found a few of the tunes on Spotify, and have been listening to them non-stop since I discovered them, as I often do before seeing a new show.

 What: Heathers: The Musical

Where: The Victoria Theatre, SF

When: May 22-June 13, 2015

Tickets: Prices from $25-36
Click here for the Victoria box office

It’s gonna be very!

End the battle of the brush! (The toothbrush, that is)

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I actually think we’re kind of lucky when it comes to getting Max to brush his teeth. For us, unlike many parents, our biggest challenge isn’t so much getting him to do it, but getting him to do it correctly and for enough time.

As he’s gotten older, he gets more frustrated with Jamie and I hovering over him in the bathroom while he’s brushing, be it hair or teeth… when he first started bugging us about it, we agreed on having him sing the ABCs to himself as a timer reminder for his teeth. Have you heard how fast a kid can sing their ABCs if they want to? It’s FAST. ABCDEFGHIJK *big breath* LMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ!!!! And he’s done.

Or so he thinks.

Then we upped it to sing the song twice, allowing us to monitor his brushing from the other room. And still, he’d rush through and complain when we told him he hadn’t brushed enough.

Enter the Firefly Star Wars toothbrushes to save the day! Because if it’s Star Wars, Max is all in.

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He got to choose from the three Star Wars brushes we receievd; the Darth Vader lightsaber, the ObiWan lightsaber, or the Yoda “Ready Go” brush. Because he couldn’t possibly choose Vader, after some deliberation, he went with the Yoda brush, because good guys are better at fighting cavities, I guess?

2 brushes with Artoo

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I love the Ready Go brush because it features a set of red, yellow, and green lights on it, which shows Max exactly how long he should be brushing, regardless of how many times he is able to sing the Alphabet Song. He’s doing a much better job brushing now, because there’s no discussion or argument over how long he’s supposed to be doing it.

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What does your #BrushBattle look like at home? Is it about how long, like ours is? Or do you just have trouble getting your kids to do it at all? Firefly offers tons of themed brushes, so there’s bound to be something that will get your kids excited about brushing… Angry Birds, Hello Kitty, Star Wars, Marvel… something for everyone.

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Navigating the confusing road of adult friendship

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Being a grown-up is hard. I so often feel like my parents did a good job of raising me, but I still feel lost, especially when it comes to friendships.

When I was a kid, my dad sang in the church choir, and my mom was my Brownie leader; they had friends from church and in other parents at my school. They had rehearsals and dinner parties, drove carpool and organized neighborhood barbecues in our backyard, where we were the only ones with a pool.

facetimeMy life now, at nearly 38, is very different from theirs was at this same age. We don’t know our neighbors, unless you count talking to the dad about their kids setting off firecackers in the backyard. My closest friends are sprawled across the world, and I go months and months between visits; we’re more likely to Google Hangout than meet at the local coffee shop. Max has yet to have a hired babysitter; we have local family instead. My parents moved from the East Coast as newlyweds, leaving all of their family behind in Maine and Rhode Island. I can name twenty friends who I have known since junior high or earlier, who I could meet for dinner tonight; many of us stayed local. Even Jamie and I have known each other for more than 25 years; there’s a whole lot of history there, between both us and our closest friends.

My friendships today are formed over text messages and Hangouts, with shared stories and inside jokes. I don’t make friends at PTA meetings at Max’s school, I make them on hashtags and in Facebook groups.

I feel like we’re in uncharted territory when it comes to making and keeping friends.

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Nine friends from five states and two countries.

Internet friends are real, and I rely on them every day, whether I need a recipe for dinner, or a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen. All we can do is try our best to keep these relationships healthy, because we need them to stay healthy and happy every day.

Friendships aren’t the only ones that have changed; marriages and parenthood are also different now than they were for past generations, and the challenges there can be very real as well. I’m not just talking about kids with Snapchat and spouses who are expected to be available to their employer at all hours. As the world changes, so do the ways we interact and connect.

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What do you think the biggest challenges are in your relationships today? How do you think they are different than the challenges your parents faced?

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So we’re technically a week into Max being seven, but here’s something I wrote for the occasion. *Sentimental mush warning*
this is 7 - faces of maxSeven is Star Wars,
and LEGO,
and baseball.
It’s fart jokes,
and “Tater!”
and making up songs.
Seven is sushi,
and pizza.

It’s “Do I have wiggly teeth yet?”
“No kiddo.”
“Are you sure?”

Seven still hugs me,
gives kisses at school.
Still holds my hand,
not just crossing the street.
It’s testing your boundaries,
at home and away.

Seven is a love of school,
but loving those no homework nights.
It’s addition and subtraction,
sentence structure and spelling.
It’s Harry Potter and Holes,
and cooking shows on TV.

Seven is infinity, lock, bomb, bullet.
That’s how much I love you,
for seven and always.