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I'm an overeducated middle-class American woman in the brave new age of technology.
Interests: yoga, cooking, reading, eating, singing off-key, winning trivia games and naming obscure one-hit wonders from the 80's.
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Dear Powers That Be, I am writing to you on behalf of someone I know pretty well - in fact, you could say I've known her since the day she was born, but considering I housed her for nine months... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Some Pig
Aahh, June! Here in the Frozen North, it's the month of abundant sunshine, blooming flowers, newly-verdant lawns - and graduation ceremonies. Suddenly my Facebook news feed is full of pictures of a still-gawky-around-the-edges adolescent, clad in a robe made of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Some Pig
Dear Jen Hatmaker: I need to start by thanking you for your famous "Worst End of School Year Mom Ever" blog post. For me (and for many other mothers, I suspect), rereading this classic has become an annual event, as... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at Some Pig
One of my major "accomplishments" for this vacation week (so far) is watching all four episodes of "Wolf Hall" that have been aired, and might I just say, this show has grown on me. I was dubious about how TV... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Some Pig
1. Winter has to end sometime. 2. This is also what they said about being pregnant. 3. As memory serves, I was pregnant with Celeste for approximately 945 weeks. 4. This winter easily has been twice as long as that.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Some Pig
My children are currently obsessed with sleepovers. No occasion - be it a birthday, holiday, loss of a tooth, a day ending in y - is considered complete unless it's accompanied by a passel of friends littering the floor of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Some Pig
Right now, I should be hollering at various offspring to do various things related to cleaning up the various messes they have made in pursuit of their various activities, but I am….not doing that. Why? Because I don't want to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Some Pig
There are times when I dearly wish to return to those days when I used to know what I was doing as a parent - which was, not coincidentally, when I was pregnant with my first child and therefore qualified... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Some Pig
Dear Taylor Swift, I owe you a sincere apology, and no, I am not being snarky this time. For years, I've fallen in with the usual lines about you. I laughed at the jokes about how quickly bad breakups were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Some Pig
For those of you who don't live in the Formerly Frozen but Rapidly Warming North, you are missing out. We are enjoying a nor'easter today, and if you are not fortunate enough to know what that is like, it is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Some Pig
First, some housekeeping: I have changed the domain name of my blog (which is a fancy way of saying the address thingy that you type into the address bar) from caroline67 to It makes a lot more logical sense,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Some Pig
Okay, so here's what happened: I knew we were taking a week off around New Year's, and I had visions of hanging out in the morning with a plentitude of coffee and a dearth of fractious children, there to write... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Some Pig
So this is the last part of the post about my resolutions, specifically dealing with the issue of being done with duties and chores and such by 8 p.m. As my longtime friend and fellow teacher put it, I wanna... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Some Pig
Remember how I posted about how I'm trying to stop screaming at my kids? And I posted about how I'm resolving to be a more organized, prepared person so that my days can be calmer and I can be more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Some Pig
Do you remember when I posted this, telling you I was going to do a mud run? Then later, I posted this news, about my so-called "running" workouts? Welp, the race was last week. And I am here writing to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Some Pig
Lately my poor children have been subjected to a lot of yelling. From me, that is, and not the yelling they inflict upon one another (of which there is plenty, but that is another post). Since yelling is the new... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Some Pig
This week, we celebrated New Year's Day. No, not the one on the calendar, but the one that really counts - the first day of school with the new batch of kiddos. Naturally, Ma Nature is doing her perverse best... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Some Pig
Dear Frank, Et tu, Bruni? Now you're piling on the ed reform bandwagon? Your op-ed piece about tenure just made me want to put my head down on my desk and give up. Seriously. I give up on all you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Some Pig
I was at the beach with my friend Elaine and our screaming rug monkeys lovely offspring when she brought up a subject she clearly felt might be touchy. "Sooooo, you were planning to... do something?" she inquired delicately. She was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Some Pig
I began this blog in October of 2005, which means India was roughly six months old, Cici wasn't even anywhere on the horizon yet, we lived in The State Formerly Known As Home and owned exactly one of the five... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Some Pig
Why does the cat meow at the back door to be let in, walk through the house, and then meow at the front door to be let out? Can't she, gee, walk around the house? Why don't we use "gee"... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Some Pig
Dear Parents of America, We need to have a little chat, gang. There's something I've noticed over the past few weeks - not coincidentally, a time period that corresponds to the beginning of summer. It's this: We have done ourselves... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Some Pig
Well, we are back from our epic excursion to the cradle of Western history. I am still in the midst of processing it all (not to mention unpacking), but there are some initial thoughts I want to get down on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Some Pig
The big news of the summer is that we are taking a family trip. And by "family trip," I mean a capital-letters TRIP. This is not a jaunt to Grammie's house or even Disney World; I'm talking a Journey to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Some Pig
Today might well have been the best day of the school year. Yeah, tomorrow is field day, with unlimited cotton candy and snow cones, and Coworker Adam pistol whipping kids with a hose running the slip'n'slide, and kids delirious with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Some Pig