New Territory

The days are long, but the years are short. – Gretchen Rubin Yesterday I took Sprout to the Rite Aid to get stuff to build acrylic nails. Not because she wanted long nails, but because she had cracked a nail on her “fret hand” and was worried about her ability to play guitar in her […]

Sick Days and the Return of Normal

Tater is home sick today.  His eyes hurt. (How awesome is that picture??) I am unclear on whether this is the precursor to actual sickness, or some sort of headache, or code for “I need a mental health day.” Regardless, he is home. Watching Phineas & Ferb (which is apparently more soothing to the eyes […]


My darling son wrote me a lovely letter for Mother’s Day.  I love that kid. (I love his sister, too – she made me a beautiful sculpture of a flower out of a bar of Ivory Soap). The content of his letter was (and I apologize to him in advance if sharing this is inappropriate): […]

The One Thing

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Have you heard? Santa is coming. Good old Santa, who can make anything happen.  Anything. Scads of parents across the globe are currently in the throes of panic as they attempt to find a way to make dreams of magic come true.  Ways to make sure that […]


I am thankful for (in no particular order): My kids Health – mine and everyone I love My grandfather – who is still hanging in.  Love you, Pop. My parents My brother and his family The rest of my extended family – cousins make the world more interesting My friends My neighbors – except the […]


My eldest child turns 12 today. 12. As in, TWELVE. This is clearly not a surprise…it’s been coming for, well, 12 years.  But still.  Wow. 12 sounds a lot older than 11 doesn’t it?  And don’t even get me started on 13.  I don’t know if I can let her do that. The biggest change […]


It is good to feel lost… because it proves you have a navigational sense of where “Home” is. You know that a place that feels like being found exists. And maybe your current location isn’t that place but, Hallelujah, that unsettled, uneasy feeling of lost-ness just brought you closer to it. ~Erika Harris I found […]


I’m in the launch phases of Me 2.0 (a term I am borrowing from the far-more-fabulous-than-I Mikalee).  Trouble is that I can’t seem to figure out what the big upgrades in this version are. Not sure what they should be. Does the new me dress only in sequins?  Is she blonde?  Is she tall? Somehow […]

Life v. Vacation

I just had the chance to spend 11 days in France with my family.  We drank wine and Coke Light (warmish).  We ate fresh bread, and cheese, and more cheese, and chocolate, and Nutella…and some weird spread made of cookies that was strangely delicious.  We walked, we (mostly kids) swam, we (mostly me) got horribly […]

Fast forward, please?

I admit it – I am an impatient person. If the book I am reading keeps moving along, I can keep going for thousands of pages.  But if the plot slows, or stops making any sense – I am one unhappy camper. I am the kind of person who will skip to the end of […]