Lazy Link Night

I went to the dentist today for my 6-month check-up. The dentist, the partner of the one I usually see, pointed out how very flat and ground down my teeth are. “Oh, but I wear a mouth guard every night!” I tell him proudly. Sure, I could still floss more, but after my initial reluctance, I’ve … [Read more…]

Halloween Preparations

Hey look! I found that picture that I couldn’t find when I was ranting about Halloween costumes before. This is exciting because I can now document the homemade raffia-and-twig broom, but it’s also a little disappointing because she’s clearly wearing the sort of cheap fabric that shows that the broom is the only homemade aspect … [Read more…]

Halloween Costumes 1: Fake It ‘Til You Make It. Or Possibly, Just Keep Faking.

It’s costume time again, which means another opportunity for parents everywhere to question their worthiness as parents, consumers, and human beings. Or is this just me? I started out planning one costume post, and I realized that I actually have two distinct costume issues. The first is about the treasured tradition of making Halloween costumes. … [Read more…]

Middle School (Warning: Rant)

I am currently working myself into a lather (yes, I mean it, picture a horse in a stall, rearing, mouth foaming, sweat-soaked haunches) about a meeting tonight discussing possible changes to our kids’ middle school. I do this all the time. I say, “Well, I sort of think this, but it’s not that big a … [Read more…]

Female Anatomy

Did you know that today is International Day of the Girl Child? At our house, I tried to kick off the celebration early yesterday, because I had something very special in the house. . . That’s right! Our very own female anatomical model! Whoop, whoop! . . . As it turns out, I was the … [Read more…]

Not Stellar at Our House

We started the day with a wardrobe issue. J was dressed in a short-sleeved shirt and a pair of shorts, and I insisted that she at least take along some long pants. I was afraid that they wouldn’t let her out at recess. Also, that someone would call CPS regarding her lack of clothing. She … [Read more…]


I got my hair cut today. I’m not a terribly hair-focused person. In fact, I’ve been following the same routine for about the last 20 years. First, I wait at least 12 months between haircuts, which means that I’ve never had a “very special bond” with a stylist. For me, going to a hair salon … [Read more…]