Eden M. Kennedy

Eden M. Kennedy is the co-author (with Alice Bradley) of the book Let's Panic About Babies! (St. Martin's Press).

A former college-radio DJ, Mrs. Kennedy has driven cross-country six times in a 1973 Volkswagen Bug and enjoys standing on her head.

Currently she works a straight job and is just about finished writing her first novel.

We emptied our four spare change jars into the big canvas bag that Jackson keeps his wooden blocks in, and Jack hauled it to the coin-counting thing at Ralph's. Before he left he weighed the bag on our bathroom scale: forty pounds. I figured it was maybe $150 tops. It was never our French Laundry fund, but we always figured it'd add up to enough for a trip to all-you-can-eat half-price sushi buffet. (Just kidding! I would never buy day-old sushi, except for the cat. If we had a cat that wasn't already buried in the backyard.)

Anyway, I was wrong: it was $310. Months and years of just sitting there, gloating silently, four jars spilling over like jangly little Jabba the Hutts, their weight silently bowing our dusty, tchotchke-filled bookshelves. Three hundred and ten dollars. So, yes, decent, real sushi, last night, and a dream come true this morning: a TiVo machine. I'm so excited. I bought a TiVo machine, Internet! Naturally, my priorities are such that I must first blog about it rather than set it up.

O magical TiVo! So now when Jackson shouts, "Mom! Rewind that! I want to see Janet Jackson's tit again!" I can do it! O benevolent technology that will save for me all the Sopranos episodes I find it inconvenient to watch at their original air time. O capturer of midweek afternoon Yankees games, you will soon be in possession of my very soul.