Unexpected House Guest

Last weekend we were all at home when suddenly there was a tumult. M had seen a little kitten in our garden, looking up at our cat, Ruth, in the window. By the time I arrived this alleged kitten was gone, but the girls were on High Alert. Not much later, they spotted her again. … [Read more…]

Starting School

What can I tell y’all? It’s just been a little nutty at our house. Recently Cute W said something about one of the girls being particularly cranky, and the truth is, they are always pretty cranky for the first couple of weeks of school. We all are. It’s exhausting. Waking up early makes everyone feel … [Read more…]

Walking to School

I’ve got a Bee in My Bonnet again about walking to school. That’s because I heard that my kids’ former elementary school is actively discouraging families from letting their kids walk to school, even among those who live a block or two away. Here’s a quote from a letter parents received about beginning-of-school-year logistics: “Traffic … [Read more…]

Home Life

All the rain we’ve had lately has sadly exposed a water problem in our basement that’s led to mold. Actually, we had already suspected that there was a problem, but there’s nothing quite like a massive downpour coupled with the loss of power for the sump pump to really clarify the issue. So we had … [Read more…]

Pittsfield

On Saturday I spent the morning in Pittsfield. That’s because M was taking the SAT there. Convenient, right? No, not really. She has been delightfully self-directed when it comes to the whole college application process, and she had it in her head that she wanted to take the August SAT. And then we got her … [Read more…]

The Aurora Games

On Wednesday, J and I went to the gymnastics night of the Aurora Games. The Aurora Games is a brand-new festival that’s billed as an athletic competitions of Women of The Americas vs Women of The World. For this first-time-ever, the sports included are tennis, gymnastics, basketball, ice hockey, figure skating, table tennis, and beach … [Read more…]

Unearthing Treasures

One of the many (many, many, many) traditions tied to the girls’ soccer program at the high school is that when the girls become seniors, their families sport a gigantic sign of their daughter’s face as a baby at the official Senior Night game. It’s rather a pain in the neck to get these made, … [Read more…]

The Anti Golden Rule Rule

We had a bat in our bedroom night before last.The kitties were being weirdly active, and then we realized that a bat was just chilling on our window blinds. Really, I realized it, and I alerted Cute W, and then I basically stood back and fretfully micromanaged him as he implemented a Bat Evacuation Plan. … [Read more…]

Senior Portraits

Yep, that’s my little baby sporting a cap and gown. Today we headed to the high school to take M’s yearbook photo. The whole process seems to be veiled in mystery, with incomplete communication from both the school and the photography studio they’re using. An appointment was scheduled that offered up options like how many … [Read more…]

Clinton Street Mercantile

This morning I biked to a 9 am exercise class at the JCC, and when I glided back into our driveway a little after 10 am, the girls were like, yay! Not because they were happy to see me, because they wanted my bike. We currently own 5 bikes. But one of them is too … [Read more…]