Around the Watercooler

Want to commiserate about the Monday back to work blues or get tips on scheduling playdates from your desk? This is the place to quench your thirst for all things work/life related. Watercooler's editorial host is Jennifer Sey, the VP of global marketing for Dockers. She is joined by Vicki Larson, a journalist and single mom who writes at The OMG Chronicles Denise Berger, the global leader of the Women’s International Network (WIN) at Aon Corporation; and Kerry Rivera, a real mom from the "O.C." who is the Marketing and Advertising Manager for Toyota.

What's in Your Network?

Who watched the Desperate Housewives recent episode in which Tom Scavo returns from a marketing job interview... dejected? When asked the reason, he explains that he was competing against one-hundred 30-year olds who "Twitter," and that he's over the hill… because he doesn't even know what "Twitter" is! more

Will You Be My Friend?

Hi. My name is Kerry Rivera. I’m a thirty-something mom of two rambunctious, wonderful boys (ages 2 and almost 5). I have a super-supportive, hunky husband. more

What a Mom Wants.

My birthday is coming up (although, honestly, I think I’ve had more than enough!) and my kids will ask me what I want. And I will answer the way I always answer, whether it’s Christmas or Hanukah (we celebrate both), Mother’s Day or some other Hallmark card holiday; “Nothing, I don’t want you to spend your money.” more

The Cure for Sick Kids.

The phone call could not have come a better time. I had just spent a wonderful weekend helping my friend celebrate her 50th birthday at Wine Country getaway, cooking for her with spouses and friends, wine tasting the next day, laughing and hot-tubbing, and then spending a cozy, intimate evening with my boyfriend. more

Pregnancy: Second Time’s a Charm?

The economy was collapsing all around us, the fate of our country hung in the balance of a critical election, and what did my husband and I decide to do? Make a baby, of course! Thanks to the blessings of the great fertility gods, we had no trouble getting knocked up for a second time right away. more

Cut Down to Size.

Where were you Stefanie Wilder-Taylor when I was wrestling infants into the nursing hold on the bathroom floor, reeling in boundless and unfathomable shame for not being woman enough to flood their little bodies with the mommy produced, golden panacea … breast milk? more

Can't Spare a Square

Seinfeld, features an episode called The Stall, wherein Elaine asks a woman next to her in the bathroom to pass some toilet paper. Do you remember it? All you can see on the screen are the stalls and their feet. The woman guardedly replies, “no, I’m sorry. I can’t spare it. There is not enough to spare.” more

A Pretty Good Mom.

Poor moms. Oh, sure, we recently had our “big day,” filled with handmade cards, flowers, home-baked muffins served in bed and a mani/pedi. OK, I didn’t, but some moms did. Still, my two teenagers graciously allowed me to take them to brunch (the older one kicked in a few bucks). I don’t make a big fuss over the day, but I felt honored that they wanted to be seen in public with me. Kids are tough on moms, but, as it turns out, we moms are even worse on ourselves. more

Lock-down on Mother's Day.

For this Mother's Day, I got a gift. I was enjoying a nice family breakfast when I found out that a friend's daughter has LICE! I promptly checked my daughter; it didn't take long to find it on her. Immediately: full lock-down and chemical warfare! more

Guilt Be Gone!

For Mother’s Day this year I am going to give myself a gift. I don’t generally do this. For birthdays yes, but not Mother’s Day which is generally reserved for kids and dads presenting flowers, homemade cards and breakfast in bed. Don’t get jealous, I’ve never actually been served eggs and coffee in bed, but they show that one on TV a lot so it must be real. Right? more