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Interests: Baking, Dickens, running for novices, folk music, and the impact of early fatty acid intake on neurodevelopment. also a painless strategy for keeping <s>four</s> five kids in matching (or at least matching-ish) socks through a Midwestern winter.
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Last year on my birthday I resolved to post 4 times a week. Until December I was ahead of the game. But in December and January and February the world seemed so bleak and my job felt so hard that... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Light and Momentary
It was the best day. In the spring of 2019 I emailed my high school best friend to say I'd had a dream about her. It was just a short email -- thinking of you; hope all is well. She... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Light and Momentary
I'm inching in the right direction, friends. On Thursday I did a platform-assisted pull-up with 20 pounds offset, and it was hard but not bonkers-hard. Today I thought I'd try one with 10 pounds offset, and...close but no cigar. Here... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Light and Momentary
Hi, did you need someone to remind you gently that it is better to get off the couch and be slow than to sit on the couch and wish you were faster? Consider yourself reminded. The half-marathon training group is... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Light and Momentary
Tomorrow morning I am meeting a bunch of other runners for -- gulp -- the first training run for a fall half-marathon. Tomorrow we are only going three miles. I can do that. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Light and Momentary
So I can't really tell you why it was such a crummy day on the work front, but it was a crummy day on the work front -- so crummy that I spent some time thinking about what I would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2021 at Light and Momentary
I did not sabotage the meeting with the prospective adopter for Mickey, because I am a responsible foster-er, and even though we told her all about his very worst habits she is going to adopt Mickey. She'll pick him up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at Light and Momentary
When people ask me about the first thing I remember, I have an easy answer. My family acquired a cat when I was 2, and I remember going to get her. She was hiding under the bed and I remember... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Stella took Mickey out for a little walk this afternoon right around the time I was leaving for the post office. I pulled up beside them and rolled down the window to say hi. Mickey sprang over to the car... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2021 at Light and Momentary
I went back to the gym today, and it was fine. It is going to take me a while to get an unassisted pull-up, but I am nibbling away at the amount of assist I need. Joe advised me to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Yesterday I left the gym in tears. At the end of my workout I got a piece of unsolicited feedback on my form for the last exercise and I knew I was going to cry. "Do not cry," I told... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Do you ever do that thing where you improvise a dish, it turns out really well, and then you can't remember quite what you did? I made sloppy joes tonight and Joe loved them. I am recording the recipe here... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2021 at Light and Momentary
All done with the teaching. Students can still turn some work in tomorrow. Can I finish the grading on Monday? I bet I can. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2021 at Light and Momentary
We thought Mickey would get adopted pretty quickly because lab mixes tend to be popular among prospective adopters. But we were wrong: he's been here longer than any of the other foster dogs, and today was the first time we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2021 at Light and Momentary
This is the last week of my summer class. I have to post their last quiz tomorrow; I have to grade some small assignments and a few discussion threads. And I have to grade their projects. One of my students... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Tonight I pulled out my battered copy of Whole Foods for the Whole Family and made groundnut stew. I don't make it often because Elwood doesn't love it, but he wasn't here this evening. Dice 2 onions and brown them... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2021 at Light and Momentary
The first night that Alex was here, Mickey was very curious about him. He sat down to a plate of stroganoff and Mickey stayed right next to him, tail twitching. "You want a noodle?" Alex asked him. "Alex, do not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2021 at Light and Momentary
A couple of times now I have watched Joe interact with guys who haven't seen him in a while. "Dude," they will say, "you're looking really big." They intend this as a compliment. "I can see you've been working hard... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Mickey's previous owner warned us that he would counter-surf when no one was looking, but we had no idea how determined to eat people food this dog actually was. Week 1 In week 1 we are mindful about counters but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2021 at Light and Momentary
I have spent almost 51 years living in this body and the whole time I've been a little vague about where my biceps actually are. I mean, I knew they were in my upper arm. I didn't think they were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Elwood and I went to see In the Heights tonight, our first movie outing since COVID struck. There were only six people in the theater. Have you seen it? What did you think? Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at Light and Momentary
When I think back to the years when I was trying to figure out homeschooling, sifting through the options and worrying about whether I was covering all the bases, I wish I'd had a book exactly like Dr. Gina Riley's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2021 at Light and Momentary
Tonight I am feeling a little glum about the difficulties of maintaining some degree of fitness in middle age. I have been trying to be cheerful about the way the triathlon turned out, but I was disappointed that my time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2021 at Light and Momentary
I am totally out of practice interacting with large numbers of people across long periods of time. I have been exhausted all day. Am I still tired from the triathlon? Am I just tired from all that people-ing? Who can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2021 at Light and Momentary
I was pretty sure the triathlon would be canceled, but the director posted early Saturday morning: "it's on!" The radar made it look like there would be thunderstorms in the area between 7 and 8am, which seemed certain to delay... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2021 at Light and Momentary