Buying Happiness & Other Coping Mechanisms

When I was feeling particularly high-stress just after the election, I went into a bit of an Advent calendar frenzy. I had been thinking, vaguely, that an Advent calendar would be a nice teensy surprise in these days that often run together, and then I found out that Aldi, which is known for their Advent … [Read more…]

Gap Year Phase 3

I’ve told you about M’s Gap Year Phase 1, where she worked for the census, and Phase 2, an attempt at farm work followed by a trip to NYC. And now–for as long as it lasts–it’s Phase 3: working at Breckenridge resort in Colorado. So… this whole COVID-with-a-graduate thing has been… a journey. M’s college, … [Read more…]

Meanwhile, in the Kitchen

The last time I started writing a post, it was all about election anxiety including possibly too much information about how this anxiety was manifesting as multiple physical symptoms and, well, I just decided to set it aside. And now, after a deep breath, here’s some kitchen stuff. First, I need to thank my sister … [Read more…]

Scary Season

Happy November! I meant to do an update before Halloween, but things got away from me. We generally have TONS of kids on our street for Halloween, and we didn’t know how this year would go. But we wanted to be prepared and COVID-responsible. So we repurposed the Cat Castle ramp (which the kitties never … [Read more…]

Mood Boosters

You know, I’ve read a lot of dystopian/post apocalyptic fiction over the years. One of the things that used to sort of bug me about it is that the authors would always skip way ahead in time. We’d jump in with characters who were living, say, 80 or 120 years in the future, and there … [Read more…]

NYC

Recently, we went down to NYC for a quick overnight trip. First, we were picking up M. You’ve already heard that M’s Gap Year Phase 1 was working for the census. Originally, her Gap Year Phase 2 plan was to spend the harvest season volunteering at an organic farm as a WWOOFER. That seemed like … [Read more…]

Happy Birthday to Me!

I am actually writing this on my Birthday Eve. Which is a term that we use at our house. We also use “Birthday Eve Eve” or “Birthday Week.” Usually when the Birthday Person is pointing out how the rest of the family can contribute to the multi-day Festival Of The Birthday by offering up favors … [Read more…]

Power Outage

Yesterday, Cute W drove a couple of hours away for a work thing. When he called to check in, he reported that a powerful storm had knocked out their power. Not too long after, the storm blew through our neighborhood and took the power and several trees with it. It happened super-fast. There was suddenly … [Read more…]

A Project

J is settling into school, which continues to be, if not great, at least better than expected. M has moved into Gap Year Phase 2, which you’ll hear about later. Cute W had a big ol’ virtual conference for work that went unexpectedly well. I’ve been busy with KidsOutAndAbout as well as helping with our … [Read more…]

Living in the Daily Disaster

Recently I was organizing my pantry, and among other things, that meant that I emptied out the last remnants from one of my “disaster preparedness” supply bins. I had actually started stocking up on groceries in February as the virus loomed. Eventually we realized that we’d still be getting to the grocery, and we’ve chipped … [Read more…]