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Disparate Housewife

Colleen Rustad: wife, mother, entrepreneur

Family ties

There are lots of different activities that families do together to promote family bonding. Things like playing sports together or having family game nights, or camping, hiking. But our family’s favorite bonding experience? The bunch of us plopped on the couch with a cat or two strewn amongst us, watching TV. I’ve always felt a little guilty that something so inert and seemingly non-interactive has been one of the most memorable and enjoyable ways that our family has spent time… Read More »

Happy Anniversary

Thirty-one. If you’re talking about a person’s age, a 31 year-old is a young person. But in the context of marriage, 31 years seems like a really long time for two people to be together. I guess that’s why it’s hard for me to believe that Steve and I have been married that long. Time has gone so fast…we can’t be that old! But there’s no denying the math; we were married on June 16, 1984 on a breathtakingly beautiful… Read More »

Permanent ink

I guess you could say that our daughter’s first year away at college left an indelible impression on her…because she came home with a tattoo. Long gone are the days when getting a tattoo cast judgement upon the wearer. Maybe you have the same impression that I had yesterday as I surveyed the checkout line at Costco. It’s more like who doesn’t have a tattoo? My forearms looked so plain and boring compared to the tribal patterns, Chinese characters, wolf… Read More »

Furiosa in the Family – Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, after seeing the new Mad Max movie, I wrote about Furiosa, the character played by Charlize Theron and the similarities to our 22 year-old daughter Valerie. They are both missing their left arm and both have warrior-like determination. That character trait in Valerie was obvious from the moment she was born – unexpectedly in our bathroom – but that’s a story for another time. When I pulled her little four pound body onto my lap,… Read More »

Overcoming obstacles on TV

If the networks all stopped broadcasting sporting events – from major TV draws such as NFL football to more obscure sports like archery – the only way our family would know about this huge black hole in the TV schedule was if we read about it in the newspaper – but it would have to be on the front page because we don’t read the sports section either. It’s not that I think there is anything wrong with watching sports or that not watching… Read More »

Furiosa in the family

We love getting phone calls from our son Ethan who is stationed at an army base in Korea. During his most recent call to us, he made a point of telling us that we should go see the new Mad Max movie. “The female warrior played by Charlize Theron has an arm that looks just like Valerie’s. It’s pretty cool.” It was actually the lack of an arm that Ethan was referring to. His sister Valerie and Theron’s character in… Read More »

Trash talk

Saturday’s Press Democrat had a dramatic photo on the front for the article “Recycling at a loss.” The photo was of a Redwood Empire Disposal worker walking past several enormous mountains of garbage. The photo caption explained that this was stuff that people had put into their blue recycling cans but is in fact, not recyclable material – the gross stuff of life like diapers, greasy paper towels, rotting food, cat litter and on-and-on – all of this and more… Read More »

Presidential visit

As part of our trip last weekend to bring Jennifer Lynn home after her first year in college, we planned to rendezvous with Valerie, our 22 year-old daughter who is also lives in Southern California.  We would all meet in Ventura where Valerie’s boyfriend lives and then continue north, taking the coast route home and enjoy a much more scenic drive than the highway to hell – otherwise known as I-5. So as tourists, what would be a fun way… Read More »

Airbnb believer

My boss is a very experienced and savvy traveler so when we needed to make hotel reservations for the two of us for a trade show in Connecticut, what hotel did she use? She didn’t make hotel reservations at all, but instead reserved a townhouse through Airbnb.  This was going to be my first experience using Airbnb and I must say, I wasn’t totally enthusiastic about the prospect. But hey, she’s the boss. In case you’re not familiar with Airbnb,… Read More »

Uniform appearance

A couple of weeks ago, I came upon a New York Times article about men who are famous enough that they can wear the same thing every day. Guys like Mark Zuckerberg in his ever-present gray t-shirt, hoodie and jeans. And before Mark, there was Steve Jobs who never left home without his black mock turtleneck. Of course, no one ever asks (or asked) these gazillionaires, “You ever take that shirt off to wash it?” because we know that they… Read More »