September!

It’s been forever, mostly because we’ve been overwhelmed by the back-to-school rush and a huge home improvement project. Our home improvement project is that we are repainting the kitchen and all of the kitchen cabinets. It is kind of nuts. Here’s the deal: when we bought this house, there were many, many, many things about … [Read more…]

Target for Back to School

We went to Target recently for a school supply shopping trip. I should say, really, for our first school supply shopping trip. Now that M is in high school, we don’t get a supply list ahead of time for her. Instead, she’ll find out what the teachers want her to buy on her first day … [Read more…]

Rebound Cat

First, the excellent news. Not only did M make varsity soccer, as expected, but J made the JV volleyball team, which was a big surprise. She was super, super excited. Both girls have their first scrimmages this Wednesday and approximately a million practices before then. You probably remember that we lost our beloved cat at … [Read more…]

‘Tis the Season

I’m not talking about the “most wonderful time of the year,” back-to-school.  We’re not quite there yet. Nope, for the last few years, the drama and stress start well ahead the first day of school, with school sports try outs! Whoop, whoop! This can include terrifying near misses, like when we think we screwed up … [Read more…]

News Briefs.

There’s quite a bit of catching up to do, so here’s a quick round-up. M and I have done some college visits! I know, right? She was finding the beginning of this whole process intimidating, so we decided to dip her toe in the water by just checking out a few colleges to see if … [Read more…]

Around the House

These damn kids. Day in, day out, with the eating and the wearing clothes, and then expecting to eat more and wear more clothes the very next day, all over again! Okay, okay, I’m kidding. But I continue to struggle to get things done during the summer. I’ll admit that it’s much, much easier than … [Read more…]

Last Sunday

Every year I forgot how summer wreaks havoc with my schedule. As you know, I work from home, and for a while, now, I’m able to get most of my work done while the kids are in school. Then, when they’re home, it’s tougher. My workload doesn’t change, but everything around it does. Even though … [Read more…]

Book of the Month Club

Last Christmas, one of my gifts was a 3-month subscription to Book of the Month Club. Now, I am a huge reader and book-lover, but it never would have occurred to me to ask for this as a gift. For one thing, I tend to go for paperback books because I am cheap. But also: … [Read more…]

It’s Hot.

Our house is hot. We have no central air conditioning. On our main floor, the first floor, we’ve got two window units on opposite sides of the house, and when they run constantly, it’s comfortable. Upstairs, we have ceiling fans and fans in the windows. Usually, this is fine. It gets hot upstairs, yes, but … [Read more…]

Last Week of School & Future Plans

J’s last week of school was uneventful. As you heard, she skipped part of Monday. On Tuesday, her entire grade had a field trip to Grafton Lakes Park, and lucky for them, the weather was great. She had brought along her volleyball and had coordinated a potluck picnic lunch with her friends, so that was … [Read more…]