Improvements on the Original

I’ve talked to some very loyal local Capital District Fun readers who don’t like to visit KidsOutAndAbout.com ever because it’s “too busy and annoying-looking.” That’s right: some people choose to spare my feelings, and others don’t. Anyway, if you fall into this category, you should know that the site just got an update that makes … [Read more…]

When Risks Don’t Pan Out

I’m a little grouchy, honestly. Recently I encouraged a daughter to do something. She totally wanted to do it, but she was a little nervous. Now, usually I’m not particularly pushy. Cute W calls me the Pussycat Mama because I am not a Tiger Mom. But occasionally I’ve pushed people and it’s worked out quite … [Read more…]

Here, Kitty, Kitty

At night, once the kids are in bed, do you ever pour yourself a glass of wine and bring your wineglass and a piece of chocolate and an excellent book to your sofa, and then you get yourself all snuggly under a blanket? So that it’s just exactly perfect? And, then, when it’s so quiet … [Read more…]

Getting Lost at the Grand Canyon

I realized that I never got around to posting a couple of our favorite stories from our trip out West last summer. First I was too busy getting all of the on-the-record, chipper-yet-professional-sounding reviews written for KidsOutAndAbout, and meanwhile everyday life kept happening and, let’s face it, I was slacking on the blogging for a … [Read more…]

Happy Mothers’ Day

2 hours, 45 minutes: The amount of time after breakfast until that moment when both daughters wanted to shower simultaneously. 7 hours: The approximate amount of time that was completely free after that moment when both daughters wanted to shower simultaneously. Timeless: Hearing one daughter yell, “You’re such a brat. I hate you!” Ah. Happy … [Read more…]

Annoying Things, Awesome Things

I’ve just been accumulating a list of awesome things and annoying things that I’ve noticed lately. Annoying: Especially now, with the house next door on the market, strangers often park in front of our house. I don’t mind that. I welcome a new family. What I hate is when they choose to park with their … [Read more…]

Please and Thank You

I have a pet peeve that’s decidedly rooted in Our Modern Times. I really hate how bossy we all are with our various devices. I know that this is irrational. I know that even if Siri’s answers to goofy questions can be comically charming, “she” is an inanimate object. And yet the necessity of please, … [Read more…]

Hello World

These days, I really do spend quite a bit of time alone. I work at my computer or I write or I wash dishes, and sometimes I don’t really see or talk to anyone beyond my family all day. Also, normally, I don’t take my sweaty, just-worked-out self out into the world. I sweat in … [Read more…]

Dress-Up

J’s got a busy week this week, including two different dress-up occasions. Once upon a time, my children liked to wear dresses. That was long, long ago. We had years of princess stuff and pink and sparkles, and at the time, I wondered if we’d ever come out on the other side of the Princess … [Read more…]

Rainy Days & Mondays

The rest of our spring break was relatively uneventful. I sent each of the girls off on far-flung trips so that they could get very wet and cold. In J’s case, a friend brought her along on a rafting trip. I wanted to go, but J has hit genuine adolescence now, and she asked, “Please … [Read more…]