Late-Night Conversations

J’s transformed overnight. Suddenly her hair is so long. Our family policy with hair, generally speaking, is to ignore it. Once in a while it will look raggedy enough that I’ll suggest a trim, and usually the girls demur, and I drop it. I just don’t care enough for it to hold my attention for … [Read more…]

Soccer Tournament

Last weekend, I finally made it to one of M’s soccer tournaments. In the household division of labor these days, I’ll often head to a gymnastics meet with J while Cute W will go to a soccer tournament with M. This makes sense: Cute W is the hard-core soccer fan, and his better sense of … [Read more…]

Conversation This Morning

Me to 13-year-old M: “Hey, can you please add a sentence to that thank you note for the [gift  you just received]?” M: “Oh my gosh, Mom, I was just going to do that!!” Me: “Okay, great. . .” M: “I mean, it’s like you don’t trust me to do anything.” Me: “I just wasn’t … [Read more…]


This recent snowstorm was pretty dang irritating, if you ask me. First of all, if there’s going to be a bunch of snow, I think there should be a snow day.  Right? We didn’t lose any school time to snow this year at all, so it’s not like we didn’t have room in the snow-day-budget. … [Read more…]