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The empty nest is where the fun begins. Midlife lifestyle with an emphasis on travel, food…and drink.

Requiem for a Coffee Maker

I am useless until I've had my first cup of coffee. I'm sleepy. I'm slow. I cannot focus. I start to do something and then drift off to do something else. I simply do not function until I've used my coffee maker, and I tell people that all the time. My family thinks...

The Tale of the Ugly Bathroom

Timing is everything, and the year our daughter was born, the Los Angeles real estate market was in a slump. It was the first time in my adult life that home prices had actually gone DOWN... ...and we took advantage of that by purchasing a bank-owned home whose...

Don’t Say Cava Bar When You Really Mean Kava Bar

I came home and sat on the couch. It was only about 4:30 in the afternoon, but I really didn’t feel like doing anything. I just experienced my first drink of kava and I was tired. I tried to remember the conversation I had with my sister in the morning, when told her...

The Three Margaritas

Is there a better summer cocktail than a classic margarita? The combination of citrus, ice, and tequila is super refreshing on hot summer days (and nights). Our usual July 4 routine is to stick with chilled sparkling wine... but then my daughter's boyfriend showed up...

I Had a Work-Life Crisis (Part 2)

We'd all love to... but sometimes life gets in the way. So I decided to stay with the new job. It worked (sort of) well. While I had to make some adjustments, such as punching a time clock or spending an hour commuting, I also realized it would be going backwards to...

I Had a Work-Life Crisis (Part 1)

Found this old draft from 2014 that never went up. It was interesting for me to read, like therapy. I'll post an update next: It's interesting that I felt that last week was overall, a bad week. My husband thought it was a great week. And we were talking about the...

An Offer We Couldn’t Refuse

Last year, Linda and I hatched a vague plan to celebrate her birthday in Italy. And then we forgot - until I received this email: Subject: LAX or SFO to Rome: $200-$300 Round Trip I forwarded the email to Linda. Five minutes later, she called. "Is this for real?" she...

Hollywood: Both Sides of the Age Divide

This is the tale of my on- and off-again affair with Hollywood - both the industry, and the city of my birth. This post is made possible with support from AARP’s Disrupt Aging. All opinions are my own. Back in the 1960's, NBC used to run old feature films on weekends...

Playdates Are Not Just for Kids Any More

In late middle age, I've come to a realization: Playdates are not just for children. From the day my daughter was born, I lived my life according to her needs: Up by 7:00, race to daycare/school, get a few hours of work in or grab a coffee with the other moms, back...

Beef Stew Sunday

We're having a heat wave in Los Angeles. So why was my oven working overtime yesterday, slow-cooking beef stew, a dish best enjoyed in cold weather? Because my daughter asked me to. And my niece chimed in. And now that both girls are on their own, I do whatever I can...

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