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The not-so-bucolic DC exurbs
I am the happiest misanthrope you'll ever meet.
Interests: Family, schools, commuting, Congress, news, movies
Recent Activity
I'm sticking to my guns of at least posting this list every year. It's funny, I used to really love blogging, but social media took over and I decided journaling was kind of pointless. Then I decided I hated most... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at The Average Blogger
Twenty-five years ago, I pestered my grandfather, Tom Coultas, for his recollections of his work at Rocketdyne on the lunar project. Here's an abridged version what he said then. July 17, 1994 Dear Arwen, Anecdotes come hard. I've got that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2019 at The Average Blogger
So, maybe 2019 will be a better year for writing. And reading. I did a lot of both this year, but almost entirely work-related and none of it very much fun. I think I know better than to say I'll... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at The Average Blogger
Really ought to shut this blog down, but hope springs eternal I'll come here with words of wisdom for the Still-Fairly-Young Prince when he's older -- or at least a road map for his future therapist. Meh. And now, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at The Average Blogger
Reserve dining spots super early. Don't do the holiday package things that guarantee you seats to events; the food's not good enough to warrant it and you don't really NEED the line-jumping access. FastPasses: Sign up for them all super... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at The Average Blogger
I am trying to figure out how to add structure to my life. A schedule that includes going to the gym, doing research, making sure the kid gets enough attention, and researching a new book, maybe. I don't know what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at The Average Blogger
I have deep respect for those writers who can work all day, write all night, raise a family, AND blog on a regular basis. I have two blogs, and while I'm better at the other one than this one, both... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at The Average Blogger
Another three and a half months have gone by. Must be time to update the blog. I don't now what it is that gets me in and out of the habit of posting. I think it is a combination of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at The Average Blogger
Well, I did pretty well right up until the end there, with the blogging and whatnot. Apparently when things get too real in real life, I can't bring myself to do much in the way of virtual existence—or any writing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at The Average Blogger
So, I did manage to get the Young Prince to decorate the yard in time for Halloween, and he had a nice day of the Actual 'Een—starting with his friend's bar mitzvah in the morning, progressing through his music lessons,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at The Average Blogger
More the former than the latter, I'm sorry to say. Last weekend I cleaned the house, cleared the yard, and then watched a "horror" movie with the Young Prince (his selection was the Disney quasi-classic Something Wicked This Way Comes.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at The Average Blogger
Well, we were a little early for riotous fall colors in the mountains. We will simply have to go back. The Young Prince will be beside himself that we might hike twice in a month (and probably not in a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at The Average Blogger
The sun came out again yesterday and in two days we've had two of the most spectacular sunsets in recent memory. We survived the week of rain quite nicely. I actually rather enjoyed the gray and wet and stay-in-bed days,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at The Average Blogger
Look at that, it's only been a week and I'm posting again. Not that I have much to say. I am not sure how other bloggers do it, perhaps they live more exciting lives, or perhaps they assume everyone is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at The Average Blogger
Summer was not good for my resolution to blog more. Although I love writing and do count it as a sanity saver, summer was very good for my overall quality of life. I did fall into the trap of working... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at The Average Blogger
Where did July go? How did I miss an entire month of posting? Oh, right, I was off doing stuff. And I did a fair bit of offline journaling, allowing me to vent my political opinions without adding to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at The Average Blogger
I wish I had it in me to be as worked up as most of the people on my Facebook feed. My goodness, what a lot of churn. The best post I saw all week on social media was "My... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at The Average Blogger
The Confederate flag has many—nay, even mostly—negative connotations. Absolutely. You fly it in your front yard, you are opening yourself up to all kinds of judgment. I’ve seen people compare it to the swastika. Fair enough; that's someone's opinion. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at The Average Blogger
(I always liked Adrian Belew's Oh Daddy far more than Fleetwood Mac's, not least of all because it's actually about a father...) Yesterday was the final field trip of the school year, and the entire sixth grade of the Young... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at The Average Blogger
Family, house, work, blah blah blah. Kid's good. Husband's great. House is almost back up to par, after I take the power washer to it this weekend. The job is making me nuts, but it beats unemployment by a country... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at The Average Blogger
Last week was all discombobulated. The Young Prince missed some school. I worked weird hours so I could run some errands, like drop off the Fun Car for its annual $800 repair job. This year it was tie rods, bearings,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at The Average Blogger
Except for the facts that I own a Toyota and I don't like motorcycles, the rest of this Beach Boys lyric fits fairly well. Things are moving along, and I certainly do not keep left. So, although it doesn't seem... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at The Average Blogger
I promise that I am trying to get back into the habit of weekly posting. But I'm also trying to up my presence on Twitter, finish the book, get the yard in good shape, keep the house from falling down,... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at The Average Blogger
My goodness, I fell right into my old habit of Doing Instead of Reporting. Since last we spoke I have been to a book festival in Bowling Green, Ky., that was quite a bit of fun, I spent a night... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at The Average Blogger
I am, at least, back to blogging on Saturdays. So, since I last wrote, I have been to work, driven to Illinois and back, and returned to work. I love driving long distances. I don't get to do it very... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2015 at The Average Blogger