Thai Thai Bistro

The whole family has been anxiously awaiting the re-opening of Thai Thai Bistro. We used to love to go back when it was downtown in the very pretty Nicholaus Building which is now sadly all cattywhompus. In fact, we were fans back when it was Bangkok Bistro (which still has its other location in Colonie), … [Read more…]

Hive Mind

You know that Cute W loves games. We have a ton of games at our house, and our supply often outpaces our ability or inclination to play all of them. When I find a game we really like, I tell you about it. Here’s the latest favorite: Hive Mind.   Cute W actually acquired this … [Read more…]

Christmas Preparations

The other day I was at the post office mailing a package. I was feeling pretty pleased with myself, because I’d managed to pull together a crafty little gift for my mother-in-law’s birthday. Then I got to the post office. First, I was in a line with multiple people who were sending several packages for … [Read more…]

Snowy Adjustments

On Monday we had a 2-hour snow delay at school. The 2-hour snow delay has evolved over time. During the early elementary school years, the breakdown was approximately: 120 minutes =    10 minutes of shrieking with joy + 20 minutes of  looking for and putting on snow clothing + 40 minutes of playing in … [Read more…]

Facebook, You Are Weird

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about how Facebook encourages us to stay inside our own little echo chambers. Of course, if you’re even moderately aware of the world around you, you sense that your feed is custom-made for you, right down to showing you ads for whatever you just bought on Facebook. Still, … [Read more…]

Fa, La, La, La, Fail

One thing I forgot to mention about Thanksgiving weekend is that it started getting chilly. Cute W and M left on Friday afternoon for M’s tournament, and sometime Friday night, it just started getting awfully cold in the house. I was feeling a little self-conscious about the cold because my parents have become fluffy-bunny Southerners … [Read more…]

Thanksgiving

Last year we hosted Thanksgiving for the first time ever, and I’d forgotten about it, but last year’s post reminded me that the process of preparing for the meal did not go entirely smoothly. But all’s well that ends well, and it did end particularly well, with a drive-by from a cousin and his family … [Read more…]

The Day After

I am going to try not to dwell on the election here. But first, I’m going to share a few things that happened on just the day after the election, Wednesday: My black friend was jeered at by three jubilant men in a pick-up truck with a big Confederate flag. My friend’s daughter was teased … [Read more…]

Failure Is Impossible.

Months ago, I was at a gathering of smart, community-minded women, and we were talking about the upcoming presidential election. What struck me about the talk was that all of the black women felt sure that Trump would be elected president, while most of the white women were deeply skeptical that that was possible. The … [Read more…]