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To Wake or Not…

To Wake or Not…

I just drank two cups of coffee because 1) Coffee is the best and 2) Getting out of bed was an epic feat today. My husband and I have a weekday morning ritual that goes something like this: Alarm goes off – snooze Alarm goes off – I scream, “Turn it off, ” as though acid is being poured directly onto my face. Peter and I lie in bed and lament the start of the...

Having my say…without always getti...

Having my say…without always getting my way

You know that quote: “Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?” I used to chant it to myself like a mantra through the first couple years of my marriage. I needed to remind myself that it wasn’t going to kill me to compromise. I wasn’t going to lose my identity or become a weenie-weakling if I didn’t always dig my heels into the ground. I had to learn how to give...

The $64,000 Double Rainbow Question

The $64,000 Double Rainbow Question

If you haven’t seen the Double Rainbow video on Youtube yet, then you have been living under a bridge in Antarctica for the past six weeks. If that’s the case, please watch it here I’m a big fan of Yosemite Bear’s work.  As an actor, I’m amazed by his emotional vulnerability and ability to feel the rainbow.  It’s very Meisner… What has struck...

Who takes the lead?

Who takes the lead?

Just a quick note today as I’m running off to some more yoga teacher training this week. It’s been crazy intense. I’m exhausted and my body feels as if I spent an hour in the spin cycle of my washing machine. Tonight, Jim and I go to our beginning Latin Dance class. This is Day Four. And we’re not so good. Yet. We signed up in order to have another date night during the week...

Keepin’ it real

Keepin’ it real

Last night Peter and I went to see one of our favorite bands from the halcyon days of Clinton, MST3K and the Internet Bubble – Pavement.  When we were rocking out to them in the 1990′s we had no idea who the other was.  Peter was busy hanging with his college radio buddies and I was busy pretending to like black coffee in suburban Maryland.  Only gaining fame within the...

Multitasking and the modern woman

Multitasking and the modern woman

The follow is a piece I wrote for the Paper Machete. I couldn’t help but think of Ready, Set…Wife and all of you when I created it. I hope you enjoy! — Robyn Okrant When I was in the fifth grade, my Language Arts teacher said he’d give extra credit to whichever student could pat her head and rub her belly simultaneously for the longest time. (I went to public...

Date Night

Date Night

When Peter and I pass the fancy Italian restaurant on the corner, I always ask, “When are you going to take me on a date here?”  This place is the real deal.  Black Escalades line-up out front along with women – hair measuring the circumference of the sun -  in designer heels, busty frocks and enough gold to save the banking system.  It’s the kind of place...

Mother-in-Law: fiend or foe? I mean frie...

Mother-in-Law: fiend or foe? I mean friend. Friend or foe?

One of the most complicated relationships that comes along with a new marriage is that of the wife and her mother-in-law. Sure, there are some over-the-top examples of how tough this can be on TV and on screen: Everybody Loves Raymond and Monster-in-Law are the first to jump into my brain. And while most of us are lucky enough to escape such a stereotypical relationship with our own...