PUT YOUR PRETTY ON by SL

Hi friends I’m headed  home after an exhausting, great and crazy week. I directed my first episode of Veep, episode 402, the 30th episode. I’m grateful for the opportunity, and the brilliant cast and crew. I’m emotional as I write this on the train with my Amtrak friends and at a loss for words, a very rare moment for me.Think I’ll just listen to some music and appreciate the stillness and hope we don’t hit a deer like we did on my last train ride.

Hi friends

I’m headed  home after an exhausting, great and crazy week. I directed my first episode of Veep, episode 402, the 30th episode.

I’m grateful for the opportunity, and the brilliant cast and crew.

I’m emotional as I write this on the train with my Amtrak friends and at a loss for words, a very rare moment for me.

Think I’ll just listen to some music and appreciate the stillness and hope we don’t hit a deer like we did on my last train ride.

They’re back. Desserts in square pots shared with my Amtrak Acela friends means it must be Veep time again.Here we go into season 4 and here I go into familiar and unfamiliar territory.You see, this season of Veep, I’m directing an episode. I’m excited, happy, nervous and I might throw up. It is such an honor.The kids are back in school and so far so good. Watson started playing soccer yesterday. It was his very first game but he was great. Really great. Fall is approaching. In fact, it feels like Winter on this train as the AC is pumped so high I might get frostbite.Today is the calm before the storm. Tomorrow we start scouting and the Veep train leaves the station for the 4th time.Fingers crossed there’s no ice on the tracks.

They’re back. Desserts in square pots shared with my Amtrak Acela friends means it must be Veep time again.

Here we go into season 4 and here I go into familiar and unfamiliar territory.

You see, this season of Veep, I’m directing an episode. I’m excited, happy, nervous and I might throw up. It is such an honor.

The kids are back in school and so far so good. Watson started playing soccer yesterday. It was his very first game but he was great. Really great.

Fall is approaching. In fact, it feels like Winter on this train as the AC is pumped so high I might get frostbite.

Today is the calm before the storm. Tomorrow we start scouting and the Veep train leaves the station for the 4th time.

Fingers crossed there’s no ice on the tracks.

Yep, he cut his hair off and it’s a whole new Mac, Middle School Mac.

He starts tomorrow and here’s the thing, I’m still not ready. He’s ready, he might have been born ready.

How did this happen? My youngest is going into 3rd Grade. I have a 9 year old daughter. WTF??? Where did the time go?

I barely remember the baby days. Luckily, I kept a journal for the first two years of Mac’s life, one year for Patterson and well, Watson got about three months, in total.

His journal is filled with entries like, “You rolled over sometime this month.” “You walked in July.” “You’re first word was, I honestly can’t remember, but I think it was dada or maybe cookie. No that was your sister’s first word.”

My little Watson is 7!!! He lost his front tooth a couple days ago and all he said was, “shit.”

I’ve lost my mind. We’re now headed back to NYC on a delayed Delta flight. It’s not choppy but I miss United From the Flight Deck.

I have no idea how high we are and I need to know when we get the hand off to Cleveland Center.

Wish me luck tomorrow. We get in so late that the Little Laing’s will surely be hard to wake up for school. There might even be a coup in my house when they take over in rebellion. School? What’s that?


We are in the last few days of Summer and I couldn’t be happier. Our road trip is coming to an end on Monday when we fly back to NYC.It’s about time. I don’t think I’ve slept in my own bed more than 4 nights since June 27.I’m getting good at the musical bed game and managed to get 10 hrs of sleep last night.Yes, I got a few elbows and knees thrown at me, but overall I slept.One last day at the pool, one last trip to Universal and this Summer will be complete.We start filming Veep in two weeks, school starts Sept 4th and so it goes.I’m ready for Fall and ready to see my Amtrak Acela friends again. I’m still not ready for Maclaren to start Middle School. 
And this boy is getting his hair cut today. Bye bye baby blue, for now.
Happy Labor Day Weekend Y’all

We are in the last few days of Summer and I couldn’t be happier.
Our road trip is coming to an end on Monday when we fly back to NYC.

It’s about time. I don’t think I’ve slept in my own bed more than 4 nights since June 27.

I’m getting good at the musical bed game and managed to get 10 hrs of sleep last night.

Yes, I got a few elbows and knees thrown at me, but overall I slept.

One last day at the pool, one last trip to Universal and this Summer will be complete.

We start filming Veep in two weeks, school starts Sept 4th and so it goes.

I’m ready for Fall and ready to see my Amtrak Acela friends again.

I’m still not ready for Maclaren to start Middle School.

And this boy is getting his hair cut today. Bye bye baby blue, for now.

Happy Labor Day Weekend Y’all


My iPhone is doing it again. It’s changing exhausted to exhilarated. And it might be right, again. It’s been a crazy week in Los Angeles, with only more craziness to come. It’s the kind of good craziness that comes with Emmy Weekend and now that the awards are on a Monday, I’m screwed. I’m already exhausted and it’s only Saturday. I made it to one out of four parties. I missed one I really wanted to go to because I had the wrong night. Instead, we stayed in with Chinese food. I’m saving my feet for Monday and this year I’m packing a change of shoes in the car. My Little Laing’s are being difficult at bedtime but fingers crossed that tonight we will finally get some sleep and in the morning I can drop the exhausted and go with exhilarated. The odds are not in my favor. Yeah Suri, I can’t quite pinpoint my location either!
My iPhone is doing it again. It’s changing exhausted to exhilarated.

And it might be right, again. It’s been a crazy week in Los Angeles, with only more craziness to come.

It’s the kind of good craziness that comes with Emmy Weekend and now that the awards are on a Monday, I’m screwed.

I’m already exhausted and it’s only Saturday.

I made it to one out of four parties. I missed one I really wanted to go to because I had the wrong night.

Instead, we stayed in with Chinese food. I’m saving my feet for Monday and this year I’m packing a change of shoes in the car.

My Little Laing’s are being difficult at bedtime but fingers crossed that tonight we will finally get some sleep and in the morning I can drop the exhausted and go with exhilarated.

The odds are not in my favor.

Yeah Suri, I can’t quite pinpoint my location either!

Ok Los Angeles, here we come. Wheels down in an hour with my English box of tea, aka my Little Laing’s.

Honestly, they’re not so little anymore. This Summer has featured growth spurts, blue hair and lot of questions.

Most of the questions are about puberty, dating and all that comes with being a teenager.

Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t even close to being teenagers but it’s not for lack of trying.

All I hear is, “I can’t wait until I can drive.”

I’ve even seen some texts about dating but I can only go so far attempting to embarrass my kids. Dating is off limits to my posts here and basically off limits to them.

No way, no how and under no circumstances will I let my kids start dating until they are eighteen.

Right. Pull my other leg and it plays jingle bells.

Just let me live this dream a little longer.

And let me enjoy this glass of wine as I listen to ” Live from the Flight deck,”  yet again on United Airlines.

There’s a slight chop in the air as we make our way across Arizona.

Scratch that - this slight chop has become BUMPY.  I’m doing my best to keep my head off the tray table.


Tonight’s late night agenda includes avoiding my writing duties by mixing colors of Sour Patch Kids together and eating them two at a time.Yellow and orange are now “yellrange,” Red and green are “reen” and green and yellow are, of course, “grellow.”Three at a time is a secret custom blend, which I’d share with you, but then I’d have to kill you.Also on the agenda- watch the Go Pro time lapse footage from the road trip we took in April. I’ve been too afraid to look at it. Seriously, a lot happened during that 2,000 mile drive. One solo mama driver + three kids in a car x 4 cities in 10 days = a custom blend road trip, which I could also tell you about, but then I’d also have to kill you. I’m also doing some late night online shopping for party clothes. Emmys are fast approaching and so are the 8 parties that precede them. I must find 12 hour shoes this year.Back to the Sour Patch kids as I watch. This sugar rush is not affecting me at all, not one bit.

Tonight’s late night agenda includes avoiding my writing duties by mixing colors of Sour Patch Kids together and eating them two at a time.

Yellow and orange are now “yellrange,” Red and green are “reen” and green and yellow are, of course, “grellow.”

Three at a time is a secret custom blend, which I’d share with you, but then I’d have to kill you.

Also on the agenda- watch the Go Pro time lapse footage from the road trip we took in April. I’ve been too afraid to look at it. Seriously, a lot happened during that 2,000 mile drive.

One solo mama driver + three kids in a car x 4 cities in 10 days = a custom blend road trip, which I could also tell you about, but then I’d also have to kill you.

I’m also doing some late night online shopping for party clothes. Emmys are fast approaching and so are the 8 parties that precede them. I must find 12 hour shoes this year.

Back to the Sour Patch kids as I watch. This sugar rush is not affecting me at all, not one bit.


putyourprettyon:

Notes from the juice cleanse I started yesterday:8:30 am - pick up juice. 9:45 am - order scrambled eggs and toast. 11:30 am - drink half a watermelon juice.1:00 pm - why am I not drinking this juice?2:00 pm - eat a peanut butter energy bar while looking at my bag of juice.4:30 pm - put my bag of juice in the refrigerator.4:32 pm - eat a handful of animal crackers. 4:34 pm - eat another handful of animal crackers. Open fridge and look at juice.6 pm - remove juice from the refrigerator.6:30 pm - eat a crab cake. 8 pm - I’m so glad this piece of cheesecake is part of my juice cleanse. 11 pm - go to sleep7 am - get coffee as I board my train, bag of juice in hand.8 am - Open juice and realize it expired yesterday. To be continued….In my world these two things go together, Dunkin Donuts coffee and Organic Avenue Grapefruit juice.

putyourprettyon:

Notes from the juice cleanse I started yesterday:

8:30 am - pick up juice.

9:45 am - order scrambled eggs and toast.

11:30 am - drink half a watermelon juice.

1:00 pm - why am I not drinking this juice?

2:00 pm - eat a peanut butter energy bar while looking at my bag of juice.

4:30 pm - put my bag of juice in the refrigerator.

4:32 pm - eat a handful of animal crackers.

4:34 pm - eat another handful of animal crackers. Open fridge and look at juice.

6 pm - remove juice from the refrigerator.

6:30 pm - eat a crab cake.

8 pm - I’m so glad this piece of cheesecake is part of my juice cleanse.

11 pm - go to sleep

7 am - get coffee as I board my train, bag of juice in hand.

8 am - Open juice and realize it expired yesterday.

To be continued….

In my world these two things go together, Dunkin Donuts coffee and Organic Avenue Grapefruit juice.



Notes from the juice cleanse I started yesterday:8:30 am - pick up juice. 9:45 am - order scrambled eggs and toast. 11:30 am - drink half a watermelon juice.1:00 pm - why am I not drinking this juice?2:00 pm - eat a peanut butter energy bar while looking at my bag of juice.4:30 pm - put my bag of juice in the refrigerator.4:32 pm - eat a handful of animal crackers. 4:34 pm - eat another handful of animal crackers. Open fridge and look at juice.6 pm - remove juice from the refrigerator.6:30 pm - eat a crab cake. 8 pm - I’m so glad this piece of cheesecake is part of my juice cleanse. 11 pm - go to sleep7 am - get coffee as I board my train, bag of juice in hand.8 am - Open juice and realize it expired yesterday. To be continued….In my world these two things go together, Dunkin Donuts coffee and Organic Avenue Grapefruit juice.

Notes from the juice cleanse I started yesterday:

8:30 am - pick up juice.

9:45 am - order scrambled eggs and toast.

11:30 am - drink half a watermelon juice.

1:00 pm - why am I not drinking this juice?

2:00 pm - eat a peanut butter energy bar while looking at my bag of juice.

4:30 pm - put my bag of juice in the refrigerator.

4:32 pm - eat a handful of animal crackers.

4:34 pm - eat another handful of animal crackers. Open fridge and look at juice.

6 pm - remove juice from the refrigerator.

6:30 pm - eat a crab cake.

8 pm - I’m so glad this piece of cheesecake is part of my juice cleanse.

11 pm - go to sleep

7 am - get coffee as I board my train, bag of juice in hand.

8 am - Open juice and realize it expired yesterday.

To be continued….

In my world these two things go together, Dunkin Donuts coffee and Organic Avenue Grapefruit juice.



This beach vacation is in full swing. I’m with other adults which means my kids can finally swim in the ocean and we can split into smaller mini groups. (Thank you Cathy, Robyn & Ron)Although, I had all 5 kids last night in one hotel room and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I know that’s against hotel policy, but it’s my way of getting them back for their 11am checkout rule.  Seriously? 11am.When did that start and why do we let them get away with this crime against vacations?Tonight I managed to get the fab 5 kids in and out of the shower in a 25 minute assembly line. I was impressed with myself until later when they ran into the sprinklers on the hotel lawn and then jumped in the pool, fully dressed. I had two issues with this. 1. I obviously lost control of the fab 5. (and so did the other adults)2. I really didn’t want to repeat that assembly line. So, I didn’t. They went to bed smelling like a swimming pool, after eating pizza and tagging each other (and hotel guests) with laser pens until they got told off.I know what you’re thinking, laser pens… Yes, laser pens.and silly rings, a bird whistle, a back scratcher and other “necessary” stuff I bought them at Wings. It’s a must visit beach vacation store and it’s filled with junk and nostalgia from my youth, but that’s another story. And by hotel guests, I mean other kids who chased the lasers on the lawn. Come on, it’s not like I let the kids spot lasers on adults trying to eat a nice dinner below our room. I would never do that…Thanks to the other adults being here, I’ve even managed to work on my tan. I usually look like a human version of Neapolitan Ice cream, but not this time. Although, I’ll probably be peeling and back to some version of that triple flavored goodness before the Emmy’s. One more day here and it’s back to work. August is turning out to be BUSY, and EXCITING, in shouty caps, and full of new challenges. I’m READY, also in shouty caps.By the way, girls do burp. It must be true, my 9 year old daughter told me and she’s never wrong. She’s writing a book about it called, “Girls Don’t Burp.” Get it? And the laser pens came with rules, you can tag clothes or the ground but never in the eyes.Girls don’t burpAt the dinner tableAt a fancy restaurant burpWalking my dog burpAt school burpI burp and then… BurpFake burpWe burp at the same timeI can’t even burpGirls burp when they want to burp

This beach vacation is in full swing. I’m with other adults which means my kids can finally swim in the ocean and we can split into smaller mini groups. (Thank you Cathy, Robyn & Ron)

Although, I had all 5 kids last night in one hotel room and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I know that’s against hotel policy, but it’s my way of getting them back for their 11am checkout rule.  Seriously? 11am.

When did that start and why do we let them get away with this crime against vacations?

Tonight I managed to get the fab 5 kids in and out of the shower in a 25 minute assembly line.

I was impressed with myself until later when they ran into the sprinklers on the hotel lawn and then jumped in the pool, fully dressed.

I had two issues with this.
1. I obviously lost control of the fab 5. (and so did the other adults)
2. I really didn’t want to repeat that assembly line.

So, I didn’t. They went to bed smelling like a swimming pool, after eating pizza and tagging each other (and hotel guests) with laser pens until they got told off.

I know what you’re thinking, laser pens… Yes, laser pens.
and silly rings, a bird whistle, a back scratcher and other “necessary” stuff I bought them at Wings. It’s a must visit beach vacation store and it’s filled with junk and nostalgia from my youth, but that’s another story.

And by hotel guests, I mean other kids who chased the lasers on the lawn.

Come on, it’s not like I let the kids spot lasers on adults trying to eat a nice dinner below our room. I would never do that…

Thanks to the other adults being here, I’ve even managed to work on my tan. I usually look like a human version of Neapolitan Ice cream, but not this time.

Although, I’ll probably be peeling and back to some version of that triple flavored goodness before the Emmy’s.

One more day here and it’s back to work. August is turning out to be BUSY, and EXCITING, in shouty caps, and full of new challenges. I’m READY, also in shouty caps.

By the way, girls do burp. It must be true, my 9 year old daughter told me and she’s never wrong.

She’s writing a book about it called, “Girls Don’t Burp.” Get it?

And the laser pens came with rules, you can tag clothes or the ground but never in the eyes.

Girls don’t burp

At the dinner table
At a fancy restaurant burp
Walking my dog burp
At school burp
I burp and then… Burp
Fake burp
We burp at the same time
I can’t even burp
Girls burp when they want to burp