Folly Beach, SC

I mentioned that we recently all got COVID tests (negative, hooray!), and now that I know that we luckily did not become community disease vectors, I’ll disclose that we got tested because we’d traveled to a hotspot. Originally, we’d planned to travel to Mexico over April break. We were going to spend several days in … [Read more…]

More Coping Mechanisms

Here’s what we’ve been doing at our house lately to maintain our sanity. Cute W works. And works some more. And then he occasionally goes running or plays a game on his phone (like Catan or chess or Ticket to Ride, I think. I don’t really know because I just hear him occasionally cursing when … [Read more…]

We Got Tested.

Everyone is perfectly healthy. But we recently traveled to/through some “hot spots” and we wanted to ensure that we weren’t walking around all contagious and asymptomatic. So all four of us got tested recently, and I thought that I’d share what local testing scoop I’ve got. There are a few different options that I’d heard … [Read more…]

Outdoor Activities

Okay! I’m going to stop moaning long enough to point out a couple of outdoor, social distance-y activities you can do. I keep thinking about what it was like when the kids were little and how we’d go to the bookstore or the pet store or Target because we needed some diversion away from home. … [Read more…]

Coping. More or less.

We’re not great at our house. With massive spread in Iowa, M’s college will not be conducting in-person classes this fall. This news was a crushing blow to the whole family, though of course to M most of all. Through each successive loss over the last few months, the countdown to moving out on her … [Read more…]

Minted Cucumber Salad

One thing we love about summer is that mint grows like crazy in our garden. Cute W loves mint in his lemonade. This year especially, the girls have been crazy for an old recipe, minted cucumber salad. I first found it on the same page as this Curried Chicken recipe in Cooking Light. The chicken … [Read more…]

More Take-Out Food

We continue to serve the community and support local businesses by ordering more take-out than usual. It is our burden to bear. Here are two we’ve liked. We ordered from Rain Modern Chinese after the girls researched new restaurants to try that are closer to downtown Albany now that Cute W’s back to working in … [Read more…]

And into Summer

We’ve transitioned to summer, which looks suspiciously like the last few months, except sweatier. It’s still unclear exactly how college will go for M, but we’ve gotten more details, some of them good (the opportunity to ponder her choices for tutorial, which is their signature intro-to-college course), some of them not good (no intercollegiate athletic … [Read more…]


The academic year has gone out with a whimper. Honestly, I’ve been a little bitter about it. As April shifted into May, I was advocating for possible celebratory ideas to try to make the end of the year more fun and keep the kids occupied, and long rant short, the school district and PTO weren’t … [Read more…]

Workout Helper

Since the pandemic shutdown, I’ve been working out at home. I’d had a regular routine of going to 9 am JCC classes that fit very nicely into my schedule. I’d wake up, the kids would head to school and Cute W would head to work, I’d clean up the kitchen and check emails and respond … [Read more…]