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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
You might recall that once upon a time Patrick had some coordination issues. His left and right sides seemed to be unable to communicate with each other to the extent that they were functioning in separate time zones. Watching him... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Julia
I have had an irritating cough for the past several days. You know the kind where it is dry dry dry and then you somehow hit a goopy pocket in one lung and you GAK and then it's dry dry... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Julia
No seriously - or, more likely, since you're probably scrunching up your face at me - yes seriously, I know absolutely nothing about Common Core (my point about Minnesota not yet debating/adopting the new standards was simply my lame excuse... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Julia
Although I knew I had been insulted by Arne Duncan with his recent remarks about my, um, group and our unified views* on the Common Core standards (jeez, why are politicians always bashing the white suburban mother? oh. wait... )... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Julia
To anyone (STEVE! MOM!) who has ever doubted that I might some day have a use for the human teeth that I keep in my desk drawer I would like to publicly say: HA! Caroline had a tooth so loose... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at Julia
Steve was very careful not to wake me up this morning when he arose at 5:00 to do a little deer spotting. As it turned out he needn't have bothered to creep around so silently since I was on another... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Julia
My alarm goes off when it is still dark and I give myself ten minutes to lie there before I get out of bed. Then I get up, turn off the radio, brush my teeth and get dressed before clumping... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Julia
For the past week Steve has been down at the farm, alternately annoying and amusing the wildlife. I think the squirrels resent his presence in their trees; the deer have just shrugged and flipped their fluffy white tails at him.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Julia
Patrick helped the twins get dressed this morning and I know I am a terrible person but I felt a little foolish as they bobbled along with me at Target today. "Are they twins? Look at their matching shirts! How... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at Julia
I told the twins that exactly one week after Halloween all candy disappears. Caroline immediately flipped on her tears and wobbled her lip and wailed, "You're taking away our caa-aaandy?" I shrugged and told her it has nothing to do... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2013 at Julia
+ I once watched as a very young Patrick completed all of the appropriate hand gestures to the Itsy-Bitsy Spider. He did not, however, sing the words and he was also facing out of the circle while the rest of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Julia