Category Archives: Vlog


Have I  mentioned here that I recently bought a new car? If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been jonzing for a Honda Pilot for a very long time, even though I was very attached to my first mom-car, a 1999 Honda CR-V.

I intended to buy a young used car, but according to several dealers I spoke with, and my own research on CraigsList and in the classified ads, Cash for Clunkers pretty much wiped out the availability of pre-owned 2009 and 2010 models.

But there were plenty of clunkers available — yay!


Anyway. I told our car-buying story at last month.

That article got the attention of a local news station and consumer reporter. And that’s how I ended up gesticulating wildly on MartinoTV.  I’m on from about 1:10 to about 3:10. If you look carefully, you can see my old car, Betty, behind the AutoSearch guy.

So my advice? If you’re not an expert at negotiating for a car, consider using an auto broker.

And take a chill pill before going on camera to talk about it.

Vozza de Lozza*

This post is all Eden‘s fault.

A few months back,  my Aussie friend put up for a short time a marvelous post of her singing, in her living room, a heartfelt rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s The Boxer (Homeward Bound). It was delightful to watch and listen to her unabashedly sing to her soul’s content.

I vowed to do so one day. One day in the waaaaaaaay future.

When I met Eden at BlogHer10, she gave me a very thoughtful and perfect gift — a bottle of flower essences concocted by her sister, Linda.  She said that the tincture was aimed at helping me find my voice. Not just for singing, she asserted. This is bigger than just singing, she said, looking me in the eye solemnly.

I have been placing the drops under my tongue twice daily, and as a result I AM finding my voice.

The rest of this post is password protected. Email me if you’d like the secret code. I’m likely to give it to you — I just want to know who is walking through my front door on this particular post.

(If you see dots in the password field, remove them and then put in the code you get from me.)



Crystal’s debut on MomTV (and she ROCKS it!)

Tessa’s first mom, Crystal, joined me on Adoption Angles last week on MomTV.

Some of you participated in the live webcast and plied us with the most important things to get us through the hour.

No, not glasses of wine.

Questions! Thanks for keeping our conversation moving by asking us the fantastic questions you did.

And thanks to Melissa of Our Full Circle for hosting and producing. I highly recommend that you tune in each Wednesday evening, 9 pm EST, for her show and her guests.

Crystal and I tell about how we ended up at the same agency at the same time, how it felt for each of us during that first meeting, how we have built our open adoption relationships, why she chose us (we were not her first choice, and I never miss an opportunity to tease her about that), our hopes and dreams and fears for Tessa, and Crystal’s relationship with Reed.

We hope you enjoy watching as much as we enjoyed bantering.

Don’t forget to check out the limericks and VOTE.