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"Maybe all we can hope to do is end up with the right regrets."



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All grown up and good to go

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:35:49 +0000

Monkey turned 18 last week. EIGHTEEN! That’s just plain nutso, because I can barely remember my own name these days, but I have such clear memories of the day he was born, so it cannot possibly have happened so long ago. I remember the doctor insisting it would “be a while” because my labor with […]



2017: What. A. Year.

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:48:11 +0000

Chickadee has been home—intermittently, to be sure, as her college pals are mostly elsewhere, and as often as not, that means I’m kissing the back of her head as she leaves for a day or three to be with them—and that means certain things are assured: 1) Her “debris field” (as Otto likes to call […]



Once there’s car bling, it’s official

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:03:20 +0000

When Chickadee decided on Tinytown College (not its real name), we made several trips to campus before she began her time there. Every time, we went to the bookstore and accumulated more Overpriced Licensed Stuff™, of course, including shirts for the whole family, which was ESPECIALLY important because we have since discovered that perhaps the […]



Perhaps the most exciting time of my life

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:01:04 +0000

If pressed, I am going to tell you that the best two days of my life were when my kids were born. (If pressed further—and/or if Otto is there—I will slot my wedding to him in a very close third place.) Bringing forth new life and the miracle of birth and oh hey ALSO having […]



Learn a little, screw up a little, rinse, repeat

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:26:28 +0000

Otto and I spent most of the spring and part of the summer talking about, planning for, and perhaps-a-little-too-gleefully anticipating our empty nest. It’s not that we don’t adore the children—of course we do!—it’s just that… one, we’ve never been “just us” the way a traditional first-marriage couple gets to be, and two, have you […]



Irma and others

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:13:27 +0000

Don’t try to have a conversation with me this week. I will, at some point, mutter darkly about throwing away five pounds of PERFECTLY GOOD shrimp. It will not need to be relevant to the conversation for me to bring this up, either. I am bitter and it’s stupid that I’m bitter and yet: five […]



Course correcting

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:28:31 +0000

Hello! Greetings from the land of Never What You Planned, But Somehow It More Or Less Works Out Eventually. I feel like I’ve spent the last 19 years exhorting my kids to be flexible! Go with the flow! But don’t be afraid to change course! There are no wrong choices, only “right for right now” […]



News you can use (for… umm… something?)

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:01:43 +0000

Chickadee has been giving me a hard time lately about the blog. “You never write,” she complains. “Why don’t you write anymore?” I look at her, and she looks at me, and I shrug. Sometimes I follow it up with the usual excuses—I don’t want to violate anyone’s privacy; my life is pretty boring; there’s […]



Hello yes hi we are alive

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:10:31 +0000

A very patient reader pointed out over on the Facebook page that I never updated after the last post (about Chickadee being in the hospital). I’m sorry! I wasn’t trying to be a giant jerkface, but it just happens naturally, I guess. So, to clarify: 1) I suck. 2) Chickie was in the hospital for […]



Hold on to your liver!

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:22:09 +0000

Honestly, I have a million things just from the last week… er… crap… week BEFORE last… that I am still going to tell you about. Pinky swear. I totally intended to get RIGHT back to you on all of that after I told you about the Toepocalypse. Because we had our familyversary! And it’s been […]