Angela Amman

Angela

Martinis and Interviews

– Posted in: Writing & Blogging

Word association questions always make me feel like I'm in the scene at the beginning of Ghostbusters, where Dr. Peter Venkman is testing people for their paranormal aptitude. Obviously, I love such questions, because who doesn't want to be in an imaginary movie scene with Bill Murray? Also, while looking for the correct spelling of [...]

Get the Behavior You Want… – A Review

– Posted in: Book Reviews, Book Tours

I spent the afternoon volunteering at my daughter's school, a fundraiser that focuses on outdoor activity. I spent my hours with one eye on Dylan becoming the dirtiest preschooler in the world in the sandbox and the other on the obstacle course. I cheered and clapped, reminded kids about what to do at each station [...]

Sparks

– Posted in: Parenting, Writing & Blogging

I've listened to friends brainstorm ideas to keep them organized. Pinterest boards have suggestions, from the utilitarian to the adorably creative, to keep the tiny, colorful blocks from becoming an obstacle course of pain on the playroom floor. Still, until lately, our LEGO collection fit into a single plastic container, tucked on our playroom shelves. (I guess [...]

Falling out of friendship – Buy My Other Ex today

– Posted in: Writing & Blogging

Still deep in the trenches of child-rearing, my current conversations with friends happen in a few different ways. The flying-fingers text exchanges Interrupted conversations that intersperse adult-talk with corrections to child behavior Marathon chats that happen when the stars align and everyone's schedules part for a rare night together Conversations with my friends didn't always [...]

When quiet is loud

– Posted in: Joy

My sweet boy, You wore your backpack for almost forty minutes before we had to leave, and even with photos on the porch and double-checked car seat buckles, we were early. Earlier, you shrugged off the shirt I chose and pulled on an old favorite in your beloved green, and I let you wear it [...]

The Fever – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

High school relationships are intense — a combination of hoarded emotions and over-analyzed moments, envy and the projection of feelings. A desperation hides beneath the surface of the shiny newness of the connections, unspoken worries about how far is too far and wondering exactly how much you're willing to do for the person you love. [...]

On the edge

– Posted in: challenges

Bedtime was accompanied by a few bonus sparkling smiles tonight. First grade is on the other side of tonight, and one of us is bouncing with excitement because of it. A new backpack hangs on her doorknob, empty but for a summer reading journal. Her only worry about tomorrow — for tonight, at least — [...]

Invisalign Straight Talk on Straight Teeth

– Posted in: Sponsored Posts

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Invisalign. All opinions are my own. No matter how much she "wiggles" her bottom teeth, Abbey's baby teeth are still firmly in place. Always interested in things that I think should be years away, she asked about braces the other day. I answered yes, I'd had them when I [...]

Rare Bird – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews, Book Tours

The countdown to school is ticking loudly. Months have dwindled to weeks, and now days are becoming hours. Soon, the house will be quieter, at least for several hours a week. They've become little puppies lately: running, yelling, tumbling together in piggyback-ride-dance-move-cartwheels that inevitably turn to squabbling and elbow throwing and tears. I attempt separation, but [...]

The Super Run makes running fun

– Posted in: Fitness, Sponsored Posts

Hot and sticky from lake water and lingering sunshine, we sat in the shade of concession stand umbrellas before tackling the climbing of the Warren Dunes. The kids were determined to run all the way up — for about eleven yards, where they realized steepness and sand aren't as easily tackled as they'd anticipated. By [...]