I Want to Be a Unicorn

I sometimes get caught up in magical unicorn-type thinking. If I am stubborn enough and tough enough and apply enough effort, I can change the course of history. I can steer the future if I just try harder. Dig in my heels, batten down the hatches, engage all manner of cliches… But the truth is […]

Harvard Club

Hanging with the Hah-vahd Crowd

#426: Staying at the Harvard Club I strangely do not know even one person who went to Harvard. Correction, I know one person, a former boss who barely acknowledged my existence for about four years.  Four years during which I was frequently pretending to BE him (because it was my job, not because I am […]

Lorelai Gilmore is making me look bad

I am generally fairly confident in the quality of my mothering.  I try to be cool enough to not embarrass, yet uncool enough to maintain the appropriate levels of fear and respect that lead to compliance in areas like hygiene, safety, and some semblance of manners.  My kids are turning into awesome people and we […]

The Mice Are Away – And the Cat Is Tired of Playing

Remember that saying – When the cat’s away, the mice will play?  But what does the cat do when the mice leave?? My kids are away this week.  They went to their grandparents’ house last Sunday and I am enthusiastically reclaiming them in two more days. Seven days.  That’s the longest I have ever been […]

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 […]

Ambivalent

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): […]

Jinx

On February 9, 2010 as part of my 43 Resolutions project (sad, failed, abandoned project) I wrote: Maybe each person only gets so much good stuff and if you try to get more than what you’ve got coming, you lose somewhere else. Right now I’ve got: health, home, reasonable financial security, a great family, etc… […]