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You Know You’re A Roughneck If…

August 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Six sure signs that you or someone you know is a roughneck:

You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree
You burn your yard rather than mow it
You think the Nutcracker is something you use on walnuts
You come back from the dump with more than you took
You offer to give someone […]

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Notes to a Beginning Blogger

August 25th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s been a little over four years since I started blogging here at Roxiticus Desperate Housewives, and one year since I introduced the Roxy’s Best Of… Community of local sites. Every now and then, someone will ask me how to get started blogging and I think about making a list of resources for the beginning […]

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Giants or Jets?

August 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Living in the New York metro area, what makes someone a Jets fan or a Giants fan?
Despite the fact that the Giants and the Jets share a stadium in New Jersey, I think the divide tends to be that Giants fans live in New Jersey, and Jets fans live in New York, which of course […]

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Nightmare On London and Maddie Street: The Kid Stealers

August 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Kid Stealers. You’ll find them in a lot of popular literature and/or movies for older children: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Golden Compass…the nightly news.
And lately I’ve been finding them in my daughters’ nightmares. We don’t watch a lot of television, and haven’t read any scary bedtime stories in the past month (unless you count, […]

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57 Channels and a Stetson Hat On

August 19th, 2009 · No Comments

For some reason, this year’s forced change to digital TV is a hot topic among senior citizens like my mom and her neighbors, as well as Rex’s mom and her friends at her assisted living community. I’ve joked here on Roxiticus Desperate Housewives that I was the only child of the MTV generation who didn’t […]

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Feeling a Little Remote?

August 18th, 2009 · No Comments

I just tore through Richard Russo’s new novel, “That Old Cape Magic” over the past weekend at the beach. Loved it. Despite his off-colorful language (mid-effing-western, for example), my 84-year-old mother adores Richard Russo, so Rex and I stopped by my mom’s house on our way home from a business trip to Philadelphia yesterday to […]

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Roxy’s Little Fantasy…

August 13th, 2009 · No Comments

Yeah, that title got your attention boys, didn’t it?
Pretty soon, it will be football season and it will take more than a few naughty words to turn your head in my direction and away from the big screen HDTV. For Rex, London, Maddie and me, the middle of August still means summer, our house in […]

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We Rock! London and Maddie to Perform in Annie’s Playhouse Summer Stars Show Tonight!

August 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Roxy’s having one of those proud mommy moments, as London and Maddie finish up their last rehearsal for the big show tonight at Annie’s Playhouse. The girls are sooo excited to be up on stage, belting out favorites like “Under the Sea” (from The Little Mermaid), “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (from Mary Poppins), and “We Rock” (from […]

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Spread the Word for Charity

August 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Roxy here to Spread The Word For Charity during our big blogiversary week. On August 5th, the Roxiticus Desperate Housewives celebrated our fourth blogiversary, and on August 12th, the Roxy’s Best Of… Community will celebrate one year of blogging about local towns in New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Texas, North Carolina, New Mexico, and coming soon […]

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes Part II

July 28th, 2009 · No Comments

When London and Maddie were born, I adored their little baby selves, mesmerized by each stage of development they reached, watching them for hours to see what they would do next (smile at me? stick a tongue out? walk? throw something out of the stroller and watch me pick it up… again?). Rex was a […]

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You Don’t Have To Put On the Red Light… but Maybe the Blue Light Special

July 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Everything old is new again! Rex and I just returned home from my 25th high school reunion with a bunch of old friends from the Somerville High School Class of 1984, and what do I hear? They’re bringing back Kmart Bluelight Specials tomorrow. For one day only — Saturday, July 25th, Kmart is going to […]

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Roxy’s 25th High School Reunion This Friday Night!

July 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

Oh, it has been a long, long time since Roxy graduated from high school, and since the four years in Syracuse when I had to worry about how hard it is to keep money coming in while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average as a college student. My friends and I had some crazy ways […]

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Dog Shampoo for Cashew’s Puppy Party

July 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Our neighbors down at the beach are having a puppy party to celebrate Cashew’s third birthday this weekend, and we’re invited… and so are all the neighboring hounds of Bay Head. I know that our handsome host, Cashew, will be treated to a dog shampoo on the day of the big event. However, given London’s […]

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Rex’s Birthday at the Beach in Bay Head

June 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Sorry for leaving all of you without any notice, but we’re down at the beach in Bay Head, NJ, and I haven’t turned on my computer since we left the Roxiticus Valley on Saturday morning. Now we’re off to celebrate Rex’s birthday dinner at Mahogany Grille in Manasquan… we’ll report back soon!

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Melissa Missed the Sale

June 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Just the other day, Rex, London, Maddie and I opened the mail to find the birth announcement in the mail for my BFF Melissa’s beautiful daughter, along with a bunch of photos of the little cutie and her big (three-year-old) brother… born a little early at the end of April, she’s just about two months […]

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Froggy

June 20th, 2009 · No Comments

I found a teeny tiny frog outside in the rain the other day and brought it inside to live with London and Maddie’s hermit crabs. While our Froggy is greenish brownish with spots — our nanny thinks it is called a “pickerel,” quite a few frogs have come into our lives lately, including the […]

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Awesome News! MRC Cleaners Found My Pants!

June 19th, 2009 · No Comments

Even before he could distribute the $100 Reward flyer for my missing pants to MRC Cleaners’ customers, our regular dry cleaning delivery guy, Jorge, came running back to the door. “Are these your pants?” he said, handing me my favorite pair of Yves Saint Laurent pants that match the jacket in the photo, as well […]

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Woof!

June 19th, 2009 · No Comments

My loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know our pet situation… Maddie wants a dog more than anything in the world (check out Maddie’s blog — I Love Dogs and So Do You dot blogspot dot com), but her sister, London, is allergic. So for the time being, we’ve settled for hermit crabs and a teeny […]

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Summer’s Here and the Time Is Right… for Branson in the Street?

June 16th, 2009 · No Comments

We’re going Branson, Branson in the street…
I just can’t stop singing, and I’m trying to get that oompa loompa song out of my head! Last night, Maddie and I accompanied London to her audition for Hexagon Players’ Fall 2009 production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. During the grueling four hour auditions, each of […]

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Today is Maddie’s Big Day

June 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Today’s the day! Mrs. Brown’s first grade class at Mendham Township Elementary School is celebrating “Incredible Kid Day.” To prepare for “Incredible Kid Day,” all of the parents were asked to take some time to reflect and think about why we feel our child is unique and truly incredible. This afternoon, Rex and I […]

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London and Maddie’s Nanny Looking Good in Scrubs

June 6th, 2009 · No Comments

I have to admit, the closest I ever like to get to a hospital is watching McDreamy on Grey’s Anatomy on TV, and I haven’t had time to keep up on the show since they lost me in the middle of the 2007-08 season. However, our current nanny is studying to be a nurse, and […]

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Summer Officially Started with an Awesome Memorial Day Weekend

May 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Rex and I just dropped the girls off a little late for school after driving back from our beach house in Bay Head, NJ. We had such a perfect weekend that I missed Music Monday and didn’t even turn on my computer for three days… but now we’re back, with lots to report on […]

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Stuck Inside of Mendham with the Comcast Blues Again

May 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Now all of my loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives know that I love it here in Mendham, New Jersey, so I’m not really claiming to be “stuck.” However, given my frequent complaints about my not so high speed Comcastic Internet service and frequent cable issues, both here and at our beach house in Bay Head […]

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Good News for Roxy on Mother’s Day

May 10th, 2009 · No Comments

I found this little BlogThing over at LadyJava’s Lounge and thought I’d take the test this morning. Here’s the good news for Roxy:

Your Chances of Being a Multimillionaire: 96%

It’s almost certain you’ll be a multimillionaire. Just keep doing what you’re doing.
You are good with money, a creative thinker, and an ethical person. You might […]

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Join Roxy for Mother’s Day Brunch at the Limestone Cafe, Then Off to NJPAC for Alvin Ailey

May 9th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s official… as I posted over on Roxy’s Best Of… Peapack-Gladstone, NJ, I’ve decided on a complete repeat of last year, also known as a second annual Mother’s Day tradition. After an amazing Mother’s Day 2008 with Alvin Ailey at NJPAC, we practically bought our tickets for the 2009 Mother’s Day performance on the spot. […]

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