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It's been a week, you know? Good time for some cats. Oh look another cat. Hi, other cat. Nothing but cats. Okay, cat and one dog. Okay, dog and other cat. Okay, two kids, too. And that's all I've got.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at amalah . com
This post is sponsored by Blue Apron. With lots of travel planned and our garden overflowing, we decided our standard Blue Apron delivery of three meals a week might get a little overwhelming, so we switched to the four-person, two-meals-a-week... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at amalah . com
As of 1 p.m. today, Ike is finally, for-real, officially registered for kindergarten. When I called to make the appointment and admitted that yes, he's another Storch boy, little brother to the other Storch boys, I was asked why on... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at amalah . com
We picked the boys up on Saturday, with Beau as a reluctant and extremely barfy passenger. Which was great because obviously Jason had SO much fun cleaning the minivan the day before, he couldn't wait to do it again. He... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at amalah . com
It's 11:32 a.m. on Friday night now, and I just woke up 15 minutes ago. And it was glorious. And it's been that way all week, I have to admit. We dropped the boys off at their grandparents last weekend,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at amalah . com
Oh, hello blog. You're boring! Life is boring. I don't actually mind boring, though. Noah finished up four weeks of a summer school program for social skills, and despite originally being supppppperr not-so-on-board with the whole riding the BUS to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at amalah . com
We were out having dinner when the warnings started: Flash floods in Ellicott City. The warnings, however, weren't coming through on our phones via weather service alerts, but directly from our waiter, who was running from table to table making... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at amalah . com
Yet Another Important Update On The Ongoing Cat/Box Situation: Somebody peed in the box. So now nobody gets to play in the box anymore, this is why you can have nice box things, you are gross guys, etc. Of course,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at amalah . com
I had a weird dream last night -- not VERY weird, as my weirdest weird-ass dreams go, but still -- where I looked out my front door to discover that one of our garage doors was sitting at the far... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at amalah . com
So I'm in my office right now, admittedly drowning in work and emails and procrastination-fueled idiocy, and Rey is asleep on the guest bed right next to me. She's been there almost all day, as Miss Princess Tubberbutt has settled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at amalah . com
By Friday night, things felt distinctly more "back to normal" around here, that is to say, a complete and utter disaster of my own making. Ike had been invited to a birthday party at a friend's house, and while the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at amalah . com
I don't know, guys. Has this week kind of done anyone else in? Especially after all those other weeks? I keep coming here, staring at a blank New Post page for awhile before realizing I'm completely out of words. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at amalah . com
This post is sponsored by Wisdom Panel® Canine DNA Tests. Beau's original adoption listing said he was a mix of Miniature Schnauzer and Yorkshire Terrier. We have no idea if his owners gave that description when they surrendered him to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at amalah . com
In the weeks after adopting Beau, I became super-hyper-conscious of how many damn exit points there are in our new(ish?) house. Our old house had two doors and one gate, and you could stand in a single spot in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at amalah . com
Happy belated Fourth of July! We decided to try something a little different this year -- a picnic and symphony orchestra concert at a local park, followed by fireworks. Kids were SUPER into it. Clearly. (Weary sigh.) I figured there'd... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at amalah . com
One very notable difference between the New Pets vs. The Ones I Still Can't Really Talk About Without Getting Weird is how many stupid nicknames they have. Although "nicknames" isn't really correct, since I keep taking their existing one-syllable names... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at amalah . com
ANSWER: Just one, but it'll cost ya a Lego table. Oh the brickmanity! Amazingly enough, I had absolutely nothing to do with this. Jason decided to install one of those fancy app-controlled, color-changing light bulb systems and thoroughly misjudged the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at amalah . com
Jason spent almost the entire weekend at work, supporting a round-the-clock launch of multiple Very Important Website-y Things or Something Or Other, I Dunno. Like, they booked him a hotel downtown and everything, although they probably shouldn't have bothered, as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at amalah . com
Yesterday, a brief errand out with the boys abruptly turned scary, slightly dangerous and mind-numbingly boring, all at the same time. (UNIVERSE TO AMY: STOP GOING OUTSIDE.) When we left the house I saw some clouds rolling in. "Looks like... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at amalah . com
I got pulled over on Friday morning. I haven't been pulled over in a damn decade at this point -- no tickets, no warnings -- and I was completely caught off-guard by the sight of flashing lights in my rearview... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at amalah . com
Thanks to all the snow days, Noah and Ezra's school added a full extra week to the year. However, I am officially calling foul on this extra week, because it appears to be utter bullshit. There's no homework, band practice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at amalah . com
Ike had his first "real" birthday party this weekend, aka the kind of party where we sacked up and invited his entire preschool class to an actual organized party, rather than just half-assedly inviting a bunch of our friends over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at amalah . com
It's Friday! Seems like a good day to laze out and just post random photos of my pets. Especially since there's currently a tail on my keyboard and a butt on my mouse. The cats have settled in, I'm happy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at amalah . com
As a generally optimistic person (or just a naive dumbass), I naturally assumed that there was nowhere to go but up after the Monday morning clusterfuck. And yet I was in no way surprised when Tuesday morning kicked off promptly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at amalah . com
In retrospect, I'm not sure why I thought it would be a good idea to schedule a doctor's appointment on the same morning Ike started summer camp. I mean, I can see it from the perspective of a normal human... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at amalah . com