More Paris! We Climb Some Stairs on Monday

Once again I received a delightful room service breakfast courtesy of Cute W, who went out extra-early with J to locate coffee, quiche, and pastries while M and I slept in. Monday was cloudy with intermittent rain as we started walking up the Champs-Elysées, so we’d duck into a covered arcade whenever it rained bit … [Read more…]

Planning A Trip to Paris

The thing about traveling on a big vacation is to do enough planning ahead so that you’ve got a little structure and don’t miss the Coolest Stuff but leave yourself flexibility and enough playtime so that it doesn’t become a Death March. So I looked for tour places that had excellent reviews and contacted them … [Read more…]

Meanwhile, Here At Home

It’s been crazy. Shortly after we arrived we had a visit from Grandma and Grandpa, and Cute W’s had a whole series of meetings and presentations all over the state. I’ve been catching up and haven’t entirely gotten my groove back. But I’m trying to get there soon. The other day, Thursday, I was exceptionally … [Read more…]

Easter Sunday in Paris

Our first full day in Paris was Easter Sunday, a holiday that we basically skipped celebrating for our vacation. We are not ever the most pious folks, and though we visited several churches throughout the week, we attended no services. I also warned the girls that the Easter Bunny had advised us that international basket … [Read more…]

Saturday: Wandering Paris

Even though it’s taken me forever to get to this, I promise that I haven’t been slacking off. Really. I’ve written three articles for You can find them here: Eight Reasons Why Paris is Awesome for Kids Review of Blue Fox Travel Tours in Paris Review of Paris Charms & Secrets Tour As I … [Read more…]

Off to Paris!

We had our passports and our goal was to go anywhere in Europe that was a good deal. Actually, my first preference was Spain. The girls are both taking Spanish in school,  and I’m the only person who speaks French, which felt like some pressure, especially since I’ve barely spoken it for 20-something years. We … [Read more…]


I jolt awake to the sound of a daughter’s fierce whisper in the hallway. I wake up this way often. I’m not a morning person, and since I work from home I’ve put myself in last priority for showers, so for years it’s been common for me to be the last person up and out … [Read more…]


I’m SO HAPPY that we finally have some warm weather! The girls are happy, too. When I got home from an errand I got one of my favorite kinds of notes: The other day it was so nice in the morning that the girls were out on their RipStiks before their 7:05 am pick-up time. … [Read more…]

Unremitting Gloom Today

I’m not just talking about the weather. Although the weather is awful. Here was my view out the car windshield a few minutes ago: Oh, my gosh. This just made me realize that the lights were on out in the parking lot. At 2 pm. Blegh. I woke up from some high-anxiety dream. I have … [Read more…]