In Praise of Small Joys

These days it’s hard not to grocery shop without feeling grateful. Grateful if you’ve scored some toilet paper, grateful that you can pay for your groceries, and grateful if you are fortunate enough to get to leave and not come back for a long while. So while I was unpacking groceries, I was ticking off … [Read more…]

Rain and Take Out

I really feel like I could physically distance pretty much indefinitely if I lived somewhere where the weather was nice. This chilly rain stuff is bringing me down, big time. But really, we’ve been doing okay. Very occasionally, the girls will do this laughter-gallows-humor-that-seems-like-it-may-turn-into-weeping-but doesn’t-quite-get-there thing. Like, M will mention that maybe J will get … [Read more…]

Old Photos

Work has still been busy enough, there’s still plenty of laundry and meals to make, and I’ve been working out more than usual. But I’ve still got extra time that I’d normally spend on driving daughters to practices or watching sports or running errands, and as you can see, I haven’t been spending it all … [Read more…]


I am seeing a ton of mask-making tutorials and requests for masks, and it’s become increasingly clear to me that the rest of the population must not share my obsessions with bandanas and adorable wide headbands. Or possibly my standards for face protection are just lower than most people’s. . . ? I mean, these … [Read more…]


It was a surprisingly nice Easter. It started with a hunt for baskets. Here’s J’s basket stuffed into a kitchen drawer: Hiding the Easter baskets is an old tradition that has been on hiatus for the last few years when we’d travel over spring break. In fact, if not for this freakin’ virus, we would … [Read more…]

How It’s Going

It’s going a little bit like this. And also, like this: I have looked out this front window a lot. There’s something that just sort of gets me about looking out the window, under J’s rainbow, across the street to a rainbow posted on our neighbors’ front door. Poignant every time, but today’s rain and … [Read more…]

What’s Cooking

There is something weirdly soothing about baking, isn’t there? Last week (last month? last year? It all runs together. . .), I decided I needed to make some biscuits. I’ve never made homemade biscuits before. These were a bit of a flop, really. I think my yeast was a little too old, so they didn’t … [Read more…]

Staying Occupied

Last night, as we were sitting down to dinner, Cute W announced, “tomorrow’s Friday!” like it was a big treat. Then I said, “I’m really looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend at home.” Then Cute W, J, and I laughed uproariously, a sort of semi-hysterical fit of giggles. M, joining us after putting the … [Read more…]

Venturing Out

Yesterday morning, I went to the grocery store. In the good old days of, say, last month, I would try my best to confine myself to one weekly shopping trip, but something always got in the way. I’d forget a crucial ingredient, or some daughter would request some item that she needed urgently, we’d run … [Read more…]

Ah, Social Distancing

The at-home adventure continues. One of the things that’s been a little out-of-whack at our house, besides, you know, everything, is that right now the girls have completely open schedules, and meanwhile Cute W and I have been busier than ever. Cute W works with city and village officials, and as you can imagine, everyone … [Read more…]