Around the House

One of my Christmas gifts from Cute W was this extremely adorable miniature kit that makes a garden house designed to perch on your bookshelf and look adorable. It even lights up! I took this picture mid-assembly, because it was a lot of different little pieces. But it was absolutely very fun and relatively easy … [Read more…]

Re-Entry Followed By Another Escape

With snow looming, I have to share this very sad picture that I took after we returned from Mexico. I’d washed everyone’s swim suits and hung them out on the line to dry. Even though our trip to Mexico was a delight, we still managed to be fairly exhausted by the end of it. We’d … [Read more…]

Out of the Cold

It’s been a while since I’ve posted because I’ve been traveling to avoid our January in Upstate New York with not one, but TWO trips recently. First up: we took a family trip to the Out of the Blue Festival at the Moon Palace resort in Cancun. This was Cute W’s idea after we saw … [Read more…]

A Brazilian Supermarket (And Others!)

We’re actually pretty amazingly lucky with how many specialty ethnic markets we have around the Capital District. The one that we visit most frequently is La Mexicana Restaurant & Grocery on State Street. It is one of our go-to places for take-out and it’s where I go to pick up Crema Mexicana for our Mexican … [Read more…]

Merry Christmas!

We had an extremely relaxing Christmas. We didn’t travel anywhere and no relatives came to visit. What we DID have was all daughters home with us. As much as it’s great to see people, the process of coordinating travel plans and figuring out where to send gifts adds an extra layer of stress, and that’s … [Read more…]

Christmas 2023

We switched gears very quickly this year: in order to have at least one daughter available for our annual trip to the Christmas tree farm, we got our tree on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It was bit of a rough time this year. We arrived at Bob’s Trees and immediately saw a gorgeous tree directly … [Read more…]

More in November – Thanksgiving

My trip with G to NYC was the second weekend of November. For the third weekend, we were all recovering (G and I from NYC, Cute W from helping M with surgery) and preparing for Thanksgiving weekend. I find something so very satisfying about filling up the refrigerators in preparation for Thanksgiving. I took a … [Read more…]

Tourist Trip to NYC

This title is deliberate, because of course I’ve talked about various trips to New York City before, but they’ve been family trips led by a couple of parents who lived in the city for eight years and have their own preferences and “must dos” (like eating lots of crazy food, or seeing the Thanksgiving Day … [Read more…]

Catching Up, Again.

Y’all. Things have been a little bit nutty since my last post. First, M got injured in a soccer game. It happened while we were watching the game online, which was pretty stressful because the camera just follows the action, so I thought I saw her go down, and then I yelled to Cute W, … [Read more…]


I’m still catching up on our adventures with G. Much of early September was taken up with adjusting to school & starting cheer, then J and I having Covid, then Cute W heading out of town for a conference. But for the third weekend of September, we’d planned trip to Chicago. M was playing an … [Read more…]