Finessing Christmas

When I was young, our Christmases were extravaganzas. My parents weren’t Clark Griswold/Christmas store-style decorators, but we had lights on the house and a big, full tree that was overdecorated and surrounded by piles of presents. On Christmas Eve, we’d … Continue reading

BookTalk: More Please, The Hungry Animal Book

Dorothy Kunhardt is famous for writing Pat the Bunny. She also wrote More Please, which we discovered via Baguette’s speech therapist and may be the most maddening thing we own. Baguette calls it “Make a Doggie.” I’m not sure why, … Continue reading

Friday Five: August 15, 2014

Five things from the past week: 1) I am so relieved that someone came up with a better method of handling the situation in Ferguson. Who would have imagined that treating people like people could work? But is there still … Continue reading

Mom-Friendly Meals

Recently, some of my friends have said, “You really seem to have this meal-planning thing down. What’s your secret?” I do not have the meal-planning thing down. My secret is that I have a child who is slightly older than … Continue reading

Food and Health and Stuff, with Lentils

My diet is a mixture of excellence and trash.* I know this, and most of the time it works well enough for me. But this week it became evident that it’s skewed much too far toward trash. Thursday and Friday … Continue reading

Why Our House Is a Disaster – Weekday Edition

We’re refinancing, and on a recent Friday, we had a visit from an appraiser. The house was not even remotely clean, although I did set my alarm for 5 a.m. so that I’d have time to at least straighten up … Continue reading

Have a Holly, Jolly, Blurry Christmas

I’ll probably post again before the weekend, but as we’re midway through our various celebrations, this seems as good a time as any to hurl holiday cheer into the Internet void. This past weekend, my side of the family came … Continue reading