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Actually, I have been... oh I don't know... assessing. Pursing my lips. Drumming my fingers on my chin. Staring reflectively into the middle distance. I have also been rearranging all the bookshelves, cleaning out the upstairs closets, studying Ghàidhlig nouns... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Julia
Oh. Well. Oh dear. Scotland. I have a friend who was once sued for malpractice. Although such cases are often settled out of court, the facts in this instance were so strongly in my friend's favor that the insurance company... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Julia
At the risk of sounding like - or rather, revealing myself to be, in truth - a superstitious loon I have not wanted to say anything about the first couple of weeks of school. If I talk about how happy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Julia
Hello, strangers. For what it is worth I have felt guilty every moment since mid-July. Well, maybe not July but by August, definitely. Every day I would ponder writing a little something and then the laziness would grab me by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Julia
We are going to Montana (actually we are now in Montana; yesterday we were either driving to Montana or visiting North Dakota, depending upon your perspective) to spend the week with my brother and his family in a rental house... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Julia
UPDATED AT THE BOTTOM WITH A YOUTH DIGITAL PROMO CODE: Things I Have Learned At The Farm: 1. I am terrible at Mastermind. You know the game? The one in which someone (Patrick) uses little colored pegs to create a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Julia
Three or four months ago I got an email from a company called Youth Digital. Actually, I got an email from a person who works for Youth Digital and the fact that it had been written by someone who was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Julia
My email/calendar program died on Saturday, taking with it every email message I have received in the past five'ish years that I either thought worth keeping or was too lazy to delete - I know! I couldn't have had more... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Julia
When Patrick was a baby I was convinced that he found my presence comforting and so I kept him stapled to my body. This constant proximity (coupled with our respective temperments) resulted in neither of us sleeping, ever, and eventually... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Julia
First and very foremost: I read what I had written about Edward's kindergarten teacher and I think that the way I wrote, "I blame myself for not communicating better... " conveyed the opposite. It was like that time I said... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Julia
Last night was a good example. I asked Steve to deal with dinner because I would be spending the evening locked in our bathroom. My stated intention was to remain there until I had gotten something... anything... written and Steve,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Julia
Patrick is studying for tomorrow's geometry test and I am hanging out on his floor as a sort of warden slash expert in residence*. Three things: 1. I took geometry in 1985 2. I got a C 3. Patrick's way... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Julia
Steve had a skiing accident last week that was serious enough to make me very grateful it wasn't worse. He lost control at high speed (perhaps he was overly optimistic in establishing his skill-to-speed ratio or perhaps he was tripped... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at Julia
Hell if I know what I have been doing. Wallowing in winter, I guess. Gasping at the never ending, bone splintering cold. Not getting enough vitamin D. Moping. I was not surprised when the poinsettia that I have kept alive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Julia
Whether or not you are a fan of the works of Stephen King (I remember I once waxed especially pretentious in college as I asserted that he might be a good storyteller but he is a mediocre writer - god)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Julia
I have had my embarrassing moments. There was the time in preschool when my best friend's mother walked into the room just as I started to kinda strangle my friend. Her mom sent me home. There was the time my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Julia
Edward just asked if he can have another cookie, too. I said, "... wait, what do you mean, 'too'?" and went into the living room where I found Caroline eating the very last chocolate chip cookie, the one that I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Julia
I just spent two hours writing a post only to have it disappear moments before I finished it. This is the third attempt because the second version was just the letters my forehead hit as I slammed it against the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Julia
For Steve's birthday I got him a new WiFi base station/back-up device; a Time Capsule I call Homer because as the IT person around here I decided we really needed 3 terabytes because... it's too complicated to explain to a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Julia
I've got a probability question for you. What are the odds that a person (say Edward) would take first in a football pool three times under the following circumstances: 'first' is the person to correctly guess the most winners out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Julia
See anything... missing? As I said to Steve: The good news is that your climbing knot held fast; the bad news is that the climber was eaten by a bear. Or, to quote my beloved Wodehouse: ? ! PS Your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Julia
I was extremely agitated leading up to this past weekend's mix of overnight guests plus Steve's improbably large party. So agitated that I offered on not one but three separate occasions the following compromise: I would get the house ready... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at Julia
Caroline and Edward are currently in their love-each-other-so-much cannot-bear-to-be-parted phase (it comes. it goes) so they have been having slumber parties for the past few nights. Once upon a time I mistook these momentary fancies for actual considered intent and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Julia
In the first three days of official Minnesota winter Caroline and Edward have lost five mittens at school. Foreseeing an ongoing habit to rival the expense of Faberge egg collecting, I reached into the murky recesses of my own childhood... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Julia
Steve and I are throwing a party next Saturday. I thought we had agreed on something small and dinner-based but he escaped my clutches one night and as he raced through the streets of Minneapolis he shouted invitations to everyone... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Julia