Hunkered Down, Tidying Up

Y’all, don’t worry! While it’s true that I am almost done with this box of wine, I have a brand new, not-yet-opened box of wine to get me through the weekend! So we’re all good! Today M was supposed to catch a bus at 4:45 am to go to a track meet in New York … [Read more…]


Recently I mentioned that I was very excited that M was able to go to her super-fun track meet at Dartmouth in spite of her early-season injury. Well, we had low expectations because she’s still just getting back into shape, but the meet went great for her. She ran in two races (this is fairly … [Read more…]

Obsession. Success.

Recently we ran out of something at our house. When the girls heard, one of them gasped audibly. The other said, and I quote, “MOM! How could you let this happen?!?” Had we run out of Epi-pens? Heating oil? Injectable insulin? Potable water? . . . No. The fridge was full, the lights were blazing, … [Read more…]

Like Magic

About this time last year, we were getting used to the idea that M was running track. What really got her sucked into the sport was an invitation to participate in the Dartmouth Relays. When she first started out, indoor track was just an opportunity to hang out with friends and keep in shape, but … [Read more…]

Taking Down Christmas

I have finally tucked away all of our Christmas stuff, which always feels so darn bracing and refreshing. The Christmas decorations are like vacation — I love the during, but it’s pretty awesome getting back to normal, too. It felt like a particularly long stretch after Christmas this year because I like to wait until … [Read more…]

New Driver in the House!

About two days after M got her license, I started writing this post by saying that “this is taking some getting used to.” After a quick holiday break, I’m pleased to report that I am now completely and fully adjusted. But let me catch you up. M’s great tragedy is that her brand-new driver’s license … [Read more…]

A Very Special Day. That Might Make Me Throw Up.

Yesterday was one of the most highly-anticipated days in our family’s calendar. And no, it wasn’t because the new kittens were scheduled for their rabies shots (although that was super-fun, too, of course. . . ). I’ll give you a hint: yesterday was M’s 16-and-a-half-year-old-birthday. That’s right. She did the road test. The procedures are … [Read more…]


I have been feeling a little cranky for, oh, it’s been months now. There are several factors contributing to this: current events in general, the rising low-level hysteria when I ponder the college search, application, and payment process ahead of us for M, witnessing J’s frustration with the fact that she still has to be … [Read more…]

NYC for the Holidays

Last Sunday we drove down to New York City for the day.  We don’t get down there nearly enough, and I don’t think that we’d been in Manhattan around the holidays since way back when the kids were little and we went for the Thanksgiving parade. We didn’t have a particular agenda like a show to … [Read more…]