Jodie Barringer Myers

Jodie Barringer Myers I'm a self-deprecating, Chardonnay-loving mom of two out-of-the-house wonderful daughters; wife of a chronically tardy, great guy; part-time freelance court reporter -- who loves to gripe, embrace, commiserate, celebrate and write about 'the second half.'

Web Site: http://cottagecheeseandcrepepaper.com


I have FOMOphobia

Feb 18, 2014
I have FOMOphobia

As I was working out the other morning, perusing an article in I think it was an old Glamour magazine that was on the rack at the club, I learned that I have FOMOphobia. Yes, I have an affliction called Fear Of Missing Out. And I discovered that it doesn’t lie dormant, and it’s been festering...

Outta Bounds

Feb 2, 2014
Outta Bounds

Fairly recently, unwittingly and unknowingly, I crossed the line.  I stepped way out of bounds. What I thought was cute and fun was, in fact, not cute and fun. At all. My intent was absolutely benign and pure and innocent. What I did was spontaneous and,  I thought, oh-so-clever. But what matters most is that she...

Puppy Love

Jan 5, 2014
Puppy Love

We lost our beloved, sweet, 14 1/2-year-old, perfectly-shaded yellow Lab, Mia, on Saturday, December 14. She was our fifth family member, who just happened to have been born with copious amounts of “hair” and four legs. She had not one mean bone in her body. She cried with us after our 18-year-old Sonny cat died five years...

Just Breathe . . .

Nov 27, 2013
Just Breathe . . .

  (For my approximately eight other readers who didn’t see this in the November issue of Gold River Messenger, here ya go.) Halloween has come and gone, which means that Thanksgiving and Christmas and Hanukkah, et al., are on their way, which means we have to do our regular everyday stuff, on top of all...

Sleepful in Sacramento

Nov 6, 2013
Sleepful in Sacramento

When we turned our clocks back one hour last Saturday night, besides wishing I could turn back time to, say, 1982, I was excited. Because it meant an extra hour of sweet, sweet slumber. I love sleep. I love to sleep. I love to talk about sleep. And I’m really, really good at it. So good,...

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Oct 14, 2013
Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Fleetwood Mac was in Sac a few months ago!  Chuck and I could not and would not pass on seeing them. So we went. And we had a wonderful evening. I mean, who wouldn’t love communing with their inner-1976-ish self while watching Stevie and Mick do their thing? So we met up with our favorite concert-going...

Living a “well-dashed” life

Sep 12, 2013
Living a “well-dashed” life

Tomorrow, September 13, marks 14 years since my Dad passed away. (I HATE you, colon cancer. I really, really do.) In the summer of 1999, when I knew that my Dad was nearing the end of his life, I discovered a poem that really resonated with me. It’s called The Dash. I remember reading it...

Cyber Catastrophe — A True Story

Sep 7, 2013
Cyber Catastrophe — A True Story

My husband and his siblings are fortunate enough to have recently moved their mom (my sweet mother-in-law) up here from Southern California. She’s happy, making new friends, and getting healthier every day. Life is good! What rides tandem with relocating a parent, though, is the whole financial thing — how and where to put what money...

The Four Roads

Aug 24, 2013
The Four Roads

My mom is a lucky woman. She just turned 80 in December. She gets to celebrate her daughter’s 60th birthday (not mine!) next month. She’s seen each of her four grandkids graduate from college. And perhaps the coolest thing of all is her ability, via her iPad, Facebook and texting, to keep track of...

When it happens to you: getting robbed in your car

Aug 8, 2013
When it happens to you: getting robbed in your car

A normal, routine, mellow summer evening turned into a creepy, ugly event this last Tuesday. So I was at Trader Joe’s. I had just made my three-bag purchase of groceries. I placed them in the back of my SUV, returned the cart to those cart stasher thingys, and got in my car. I sat...



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