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…]

Kitties Update

Were you wondering how the kitties are doing? It’s funny, just the other day I was out and about and saw something with a Charles Dickens quote I’d never noticed before: “What greater gift than the love of a cat.” Indeed, Chuck. Dogs. . . they’re easy. Kitty love must be earned. So. . . … [Read more…]

Around the House

First, if you are local and you have not yet seen my 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun, well, you are missing out. It is a majestic compilation o’ fun, if I do say so myself. It is actually well over 101 items, if you wanted to take the trouble to count, but the point … [Read more…]

Updates and New Desk Swag

Did everyone enjoy the snow day? We did. This past week was a serious blow-off for J. She had Veterans’ Day off, a half-day on Tuesday (conferences), a 2-hour delay on Wednesday (ice), her only full day on Thursday, and a snow day on Friday. I expected to be traveling for a soccer tournament this … [Read more…]

Long and Lazy Weekend

Poor M. She is still recovering from her wisdom tooth extraction. The procedure itself went smoothly, and I’m totally kicking myself for not setting something up to record the car ride home, because she was super-entertaining before the drugs wore off. Now she’s got chipmunk cheeks and she’s still opening her mouth as little as … [Read more…]

Another Lockdown

Wednesday tends to be a busy workday for me, but I signed myself up to help with the Scholastic Book Fair at the middle school.  I love books, of course, and  they were a little bit desperate for help, and I know that I’m one of the few potential helpers who has a flexible schedule.  … [Read more…]