June 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm , by Louise Sloan
This hasn’t been my best week as a single mom. Last weekend I was terribly sick with bronchitis; I needed to crawl back in bed and stay there all weekend. Instead, I went on what I’ve been terming the Single Parent’s Death March. This when you need to be in bed but your active 4-year-old is totally done with TV after 2 hours and if you don’t get out of the house somebody’s gonna kill somebody, you’re not sure who will be the perpetrator, but it’s clear that blood will be shed. So instead of lying comatose under the covers, coughing and sneezing pitifully and giving a grateful, rheumy-eyed half-smile to the person bringing you chicken soup, you get dressed, get out, and start walking. You walk all day. In the park. Through the zoo. Through the street fair. To the playground. After about a 7-hour Death March you can go home, make dinner, clean up and collapse, so you can start the next day’s Death March bright ‘n’ early. Maybe this isn’t just single parents, to be fair—I guess if your kids aren’t in school and you’re a stay-at-home parent, you have the same situation on weekdays. But anyway… delightful.
So I’m barely recovered from my bronchitis/Weekend Death March experience and oh, joy! It’s Father’s Day week! And my kid has no dad. His preschool is planning a Donuts for Dads party. At the Mother’s Day Breakfast, the kids all sang, “Mommy loves me, this I know, for she always tells me so,” to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me.” Mommy as Jesus… a little weird, but who am I to argue? It worked out fine, since all the kids had moms. But was my son going to have to sing similar lyrics for Father’s Day, detailing his loving relationship with the father he does not have? My dad died when I was 22 months old, and I remember dreading school Father’s Day celebrations, which never made room for students like me. Instead, they were a yearly reminder both of my loss and of my marginality. I needed better ideas, stat. Read more
June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am , by enelson
My dad loves to grill, but he already has a basic tool set for his barbecue. Luckily, there is a whole wide world of fun options for the dad that loves to cook! Here are a few of my finds [Spoiler Alert Mr. Nelson!]:
This elusive gift is one my dad has actually asked for, but I have never been able to find: the Charcoal Companion Ultimate Nonstick Fish-Grilling Basket with Removable Handle, available on Amazon.com. My dad was always frustrated with the fact that he couldn’t close his grill while using typical fish-grilling baskets because their handles were always hanging out – the removable handle on this one is genius.
This Williams-Sonoma Stainless Steel Smoker Box is pretty wizardly. With the Smoker Box, dad can change the grill out back into a mean, lean, smoking machine.
Dad can make the perfectly golden crispy fried chicken he loves right at home with this do-it-yourself fried chicken kit designed by famous chef, Thomas Keller: Thomas Keller Ad Hoc Fried Chicken Kit from Williams-Sonoma
Harry & David’s gift boxes are full of delicious treats that are perfect to have out during a BBQ, and the 4th of July is right around the corner! My favorite is the 19th Hole Wine Collection, and I think my dad will love it. Check out the other options on the Harry & David website.
You can’t go wrong with any one of these items for your culinary dad…Happy Father’s Day!
June 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm , by Catherine LeFebvre
When it comes to getting gifts, my dad’s requests usually vary from the oh-so-creative “nothing” to the super-practical “save your money.” So when our friends at Savings.com put together their favorite discount codes and coupons for Father’s Day presents, I figured I’d at least be sure to get the second part right. Here are the picks:
Get 20% off all GPS Units and Cameras
Suggested Gift: Panasonic Lumix Camera
Save $10 on every purchase of $150 or more
Suggested Gift: Golf and Wine Double Eagle Edition
20% off all Father’s Day items
Suggested Gift: Digital Photo Frame