Friday, April 29, 2016

Throwback... Um... Friday

Sometimes I get distracted and forget to post, like tonight when I'm sitting in the middle of a dance party and have to figure out how to post from my phone. 
Today I give you some Retro Bob and Teddy. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Sometimes you watch a sunset from a balcony and it's really good.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sweet Dreams

The landscapes in my dreams are the homes and streets and beaches of my childhood. Occasionally, I dream in vignettes set in historical times. Often these dreams feel more real than waking life, even though they might be populated by people I don't know any longer or those who have passed on.

I am staying at a hotel for the next three nights. On the postcard left on my pillow this evening, there is a quote from Paul Gaugin: "I close my eyes in order to see." I would imagine he's referring to looking inward to know oneself or perhaps building a world from deep inside the imagination. For me tonight, on this pillow, I will relate his words to dreaming and the world that exists on the other side of that hushed curtain.

But first, I'm going to eat those chocolates.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


"Mom? I scratched my heel on the cement."

"Do you want some Neosporin?"

"What's that?"


"What's that?"


"What do you mean?


"I don't know what that is."




"Why didn't you just say that in the first place?"

"Then you wouldn't get to know all those great words."

"Mom, you're weird."

Monday, April 25, 2016

Stuck in Traffic With Mr. Rosenberg

Me: I can never get enough baklava.

Him: I like baklava. I hate halva. So gross.

Me: Halva's not gross. I didn't know you hated it. I didn't know you hated any food.

Him: See? Keeping the mystery alive after eleven years.

Me: How much do you hate it on the Jeffrey Rosenberg scale of zero to Guy Fieri?

Him: As much or more than my hatred of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Me: Wow. I don't think I feel that strongly about anything.

Him: You hate the word "cantina."

Me: No I don't.

Him: Yes you do.

Me: I think you're making that up. I don't hate things like you do.

Him: Really ? What about frisée?

Me: Oh my God, I hate frisée so much.

Him: And passion fruit iced tea? And plays that break the fourth wall? And all the songs! Zombie by the Cranberries? Oh! And Mambo Number 5 - the Lou Bega version? And Going Up the Country by Canned Heat? You really hate that one. And vertical blinds! And futons  - except the ones in Japan! 

Me: I guess I am a hater.

Him: You are.

Me: But I like halva.

Him: You can have mine.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Smacksy Sunday Links

The Passover Seder in Bergen-Belson that shaped her family.

Do we even know when angels live among us? I love Prince and what Ms. Moon had to say about his passing.

Tend your own small piece of turf.

The truth about hospitality.

And this underwater iguana is super cool. Doesn't he look like a guy in a Godzilla suit?

Happy Sunday.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

It was a good idea. I had a plan. The plan required precision timing. I was picking up my dog Stella at the vet before they closed at 4:30pm. I wouldn't have time to take the dog home, so I would drop Stella off with my friend Karen in Burbank. I would then immediately drive to Sound City Studios in deepest Van Nuys to interview Ozzy Osbourne for a show I was working on. I had been to this studio twice before for the interview and Ozzy had cancelled both times. It was a tenuous situation. I needed to be there by 5:15pm. I could not be late. 

I headed over the hill from Hollywood. It was 104° in the valley and my '79 Volvo had no air conditioning. In an effort to look more professional than I was feeling, I was wearing a suit and heels. I was dripping sweat through my wool blend and sooty furnace-like wind blew through the open windows and tangled my sticky ponytail. I picked up Stella at the veterinarian in Studio City. Fifteen years-old and battling cancer, she was a frequent flier at the animal hospital. 

Stella and I were right on time and making our way down Ventura Boulevard when I smelled something akin to burning diapers coming from the backseat. I glanced into the rearview mirror and saw that my dear dog had unexpectedly relieved herself in the backseat and was slipping in liquid brown, resulting in a backseat and dog covered in awful.

I held  my hand to my face, trying to block the smell as we crawled down through the rush hour traffic on Cahuenga. The heat was causing the terribleness to bake into the car. I gagged as I drove. There was no time to stop.

When I got to Karen's she handed me an armload of towels and took Stella away to hose her off. They say dog is man's best friend. I would like to add that woman's best friend is the one who will wash the crap off of said dog.

Gagging, I got onto the freeway and headed to the recording studio. When I arrived, I waved off the valet and parked the car myself because I was kind and also mortified. When I finally made it inside the building, I met my camera crew. We spent about 45 minutes setting up the lights and equipment, just in time for Ozzy's publicist to call and let us know that the interview would have to be postponed again.

Back in the Little Volvo of Horrors, I returned to Burbank and drove into a car wash at closing time. I tried in my best Spanish, to explain to the guys that I needed and emergency interior detail. I backed it up by trying to explain, "No mi popó,  esta popó de pero." I'm not sure they believed me but they heroically shampooed the back of the car and I handed them the entire contents of my wallet.

I picked up my gal and drove my damp self and my damp dog in my damp car back home. I finally interviewed Ozzy three days later. He was charming. I left the dog at home.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Purple and The Lavender

Before we met, I read Mr. R's (extremely) long list of musical "likes" on his online dating profile. His list included many (many) artists I'd never heard of, but we did overlap on one: Prince. It was the first thing I knew we had in common. I was thrilled to take Mr. Rosenberg to his first ever Prince concert in 2011. 

Later, when Mr. Rosenberg had me listen to the song "I Don't Recall" while he and Lavender Diamond were working on it, I heard Mr. R's guitar part kick in and I smiled, "Prince!" It's a sweet, sad, folky song with a little bit of Prince magic thrown in. This song will forever remind me of my husband's love for The Purple One. A live version of the song is below. We will miss you, Prince. 

Life is just a party, and parties weren't meant to last.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Screen Strangers

"This game is so cool, Mom. Like, right now I'm playing against Emma from my class. She's on here at the same time. She just wrote, 'Hi' to me."

"I didn't know you could talk to each other on that. Are all of your friends on that game kids from your class?"

"There's a couple of people on here that I don't know who they are."

"You can't play a game that allows you to have conversations with strangers, Bob."

"Because they might be creepy people?"

"Exactly. There are creepy people who will pretend to be your friend and bad stuff can go down."

"That's scary. Did you hear about that on the news?"

"And other places. Show me your friends on the game, honey, and we'll get rid of the people you don't know."

"Definitely. I don't want to be on the news. Not like that."

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lights Out

"This book light was the best thing I got in my Easter basket. When I use it, it makes me feel like I'm getting away with something sneaky."

Monday, April 18, 2016

What Mr. Rosenberg Sounds Like When He's Excited About Something

"Babe? Jerry finished today. Did you see it? "

"I've got to tell you, I feel simultaneously proud and yet somewhat conflicted about the amount of suburban joy and wellbeing I feel with the completion of the new fence."

"Can I quote you on that?"

"You may."

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Smacksy Sunday Links

Party Guy

Do you guys know Jason Silva? I'm a fan. Here he talks about love.

How music helps us grieve.

Bangladeshi surfer girls. How cool are they?

A pigment collection in this vault of color.

And sweet cows.

Happy Sunday.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Well Then

"Go ahead and take a picture of me before I leave for this boy/girl dance party, Mom. I will not be the same when I get back."

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Letter is J

In Bob's class, one of the assignments is to write a new essay every week. Every Monday, Mrs. Wilson assigns a letter of the alphabet and the topic of the essays have to begin with that letter. This week's letter is "J." For his essay topic, Bob chose his dad, Jeffrey Rosenberg.

Jeffrey Rosenberg

Do you know who is the guitarist in Lavender Diamond? My Dad (a.k.a. Jeffrey Rosenberg)! He has played in a lot of bands.  The bands are from, California, New York, and Rhode Island.

He was born in East Lansing, MI.  He was born on June 21, 1974. He left Lavender Diamond in April 2007 to focus on work and family, but returned to make another record in 2012.  He is currently working as a Technical Director at Hulu.  His wife is Lisa Rosenberg.  

He went to college at Brown University.   His degree was in Biology with a minor in Math.  After school, he went on to become a software developer in San Francisco.

When I asked my dad what his favorite food was, he said, “strawberry rhubarb pie.”  For fun (and exercise), he likes to train for triathlons.  His favorite thing to do with me is play soccer.      

He plays these instruments: guitar, bass, drums, voice, and piano.  He has been active in music for more than 20 years.  I wrote about my dad because I didn’t realize how cool and smart he is!  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Other Award

"Mom? You know the volunteering award you got at school? The flowers from it are going dead so I took a petal and put it in my lava rock box and wrote the name of your award on the top so you can keep it forever."

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Frisky Vegetation

"Mom do the Venus Flytraps have seeds or do they mate, you know, like people do?"

"They don't mate like people. They're plants."

"But they're carnivores. I figured they'd be up for anything."

Monday, April 11, 2016

I'm a Loaner Dottie, a Rebel

Don't be alarmed, I haven't given up on the station wagon, she's just in the shop for a few days. This sweet 90s era Volvo 240 sedan in our driveway is a loaner from the mechanic. 

If you've been following me for awhile, you may remember my old car,  The Democrat. Driving this blue guy around town made me miss my old brown 4-door. Today, in memory of The Democrat, I listened to some Fiona Apple really loud on the freeway. Maybe tomorrow I'll really turn up the 90s with Livin La Vida Loca and Genie In a Bottle

No, I won't. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Smacksy Sunday Links

Her favorite things aren't things anymore. Everything about this.

Things you need to stop doing to get to started with what you truly want to do.

How do we know if fish have feelings too?

This animation was created using photos from the 1900s.

And a kitten massage.

Happy Sunday.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Scratch Mini Golfer

"Look out, guys. I know I've only played mini-golf two other times but I'm kind of great at this."

Thursday, April 7, 2016


"Mom? How old do I have to be for you to leave me alone in the house?"

"I don't know. Twenty-five?"

"Mom, really."



"It depends on a lot of things: Your maturity level... how responsible you are... if you're carrying your own liability insurance...

"Is this one of those times when you're just saying stuff to try to be funny?"

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Things His Mother Would Never Say

"Mom? Can you make up some kind of math worksheets for me to do for fun on our long drive on Friday?"

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


"Mom? Did you see that sign? If you get caught texting while you drive, it costs one hundred sixty-one dollars."

"I don't text while I'm driving."

"I know. It's super expensive."

"And dangerous."

"Yeah, when I learn to drive, if I ever text while I'm driving I'm going to go straight to the police station and give them the money. I would have to give myself a consequence 'cause you can't just go around doing that. Plus I can't afford it because I've only got twenty-eight dollars and seventeen cents and I'm spending that on college... and Legos."

Monday, April 4, 2016

My Side of the Closet

"Mom? You never wear pants and you have so many dresses. How many dresses do you have?"


"You counted them?"

"I did."

"I'm not sure Mom, but I think that might be kind of weird."

"The dress part or the counting them part?"

"Yeah, both those reasons."

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Smacksy Sunday Links

A bit of Santa Barbara

Don't find joy in what you do but how you do it.

Just say thank you.

A massive 800 track playlist of 90s indie and alternative music.

And sweetest dog brothers.

Happy Sunday.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Outta Here

Mr. Rosenberg and I are sitting here in the living room trying to remember the last time we had a date night. A night with a meal and an event sans small chaperone. Elementary school parent functions do not count. We can't come up with anything. How did we let this happen?

Tonight! Tonight Mr. R. and I will be traveling up to Santa Barbara to have dinner and see a concert. Bob will be home with my mom. Delightful food (cooked by not me) and Elvis Costello await us. More importantly, grown up conversation will be happening, at least most of the time.

I'm afraid I won't know how to act in a grown up situation. I'm going to wing it.
And I'll order appetizers.
And delicious overpriced coffee.
And hear Alison.

It's going to be a good night.