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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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"Your blog is lonely," a friend texted me. In the two weeks since I last posted we went to New York City to visit Alex and took Joe back to boarding school (he's a senior! the boy who had just... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Light and Momentary
This summer I've seen more theater than usual, and it seems to me that people are talking more in theater productions than they used to. I've paid for tickets to four productions, and in each one of them people around... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at Light and Momentary
My climbing-obsessed 17yo has been asking since forever about going to the closest site with outdoor rock-climbing. We detoured through the park in question on our way to my parents' house at the beginning of this month. My reaction: NOOOOOPE... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Light and Momentary
I had tentatively planned to complete a triathlon with one of my college roommates today, but I bailed on her earlier this month. I was having foot pain after running, and hip and hamstring pain with both running and biking,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Today Joe and I went to the climbing gym, and on the way he asked if I wanted to do Weakness Wednesday with him. This is normally a Joe/Pete thing, but Pete is in Canada with Boy Scouts. Okay, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Light and Momentary
When I make a summer task list, it always includes "put pictures in albums." My usual tactic is to take a year's worth of photos at a time and pop them into an album in the summer, when life is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2019 at Light and Momentary
One of my favorite things about our location is its proximity to a multi-use trail. We live half a mile from a junction known as the Triangle, where visitors can grab a drink or stop in the bathroom before they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at Light and Momentary
This afternoon when I might have been mopping the floor I dug out the book of Bach two-part inventions and sat down at the piano. I hadn't played a Bach invention in a long time, so it was a slow... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2019 at Light and Momentary
There's a new article out in Nature, looking at breastfeeding habits in the hominin species Austrolopithecus africanus. The researchers measured barium concentrations in fossilized teeth, which allowed them to estimate the importance of breastmilk in the diet across time. Nifty,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Light and Momentary
There's a student from my department who works at the rock-climbing gym, and she is going to be taking one of my classes in the fall. I feel awkward about this. Maybe I should wear a pair of Groucho Marx... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Light and Momentary
I am always oscillating in the summer. Should I treat it like a vacation, in which I can take the time to linger over an extra cup of coffee and a 9x9 KenKen? Or should I treat it like the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Light and Momentary
We made it back. It was a stressful drive -- we never did figure out why the car was making loud weird noises on Tuesday, and every time I heard even a tiny noise in that same range I was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Light and Momentary
We are visiting my family again and I am a little worried about our car. We squeezed into our little Fusion for the trip specifically because it’s newer and healthier than the van, but it is having an attack of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Elwood and I went to see The Biggest Little Farm tonight and I enjoyed it immensely. It's a documentary about a couple who bought a 200-acre farm near Los Angeles and decided they would Live In Harmony With Nature. So... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Light and Momentary
My arms and hands are aching again. Joe and I went to the rock-climbing gym tonight and I climbed until I couldn't climb any more. I've been feeling a little discouraged about climbing this week. There's a route I've tried... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Light and Momentary
I know the answer to that question, I suppose. In the first week of June I was prepping busily for a retreat. In the second week of June I was catching up on post-retreat sleep and biting my nails about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Light and Momentary
I loved the Wonder Twins on Saturday morning cartoons in my childhood. They would reach for each other and say "Wonder Twin powers: ACTIVATE!" And sproing, one of them would be a -- hmm, the memories are blurry, 40+ years... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Do y'all remember that I'm part of a retreat team right now? Some folks from the retreat program at my parish are working with the central office of the national retreat program; five of us will be part of a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Long ago, maybe ten years ago, I picked up a skein of Noro sock yarn on clearance and stashed it in the fingering bin. It sat there for ages. In 2017, when we were taking the train to NYC, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Light and Momentary
The time has come, the blogger said, to talk of many things: of whole-house fans and garter snakes, of cabbages and kings[1], of why the sea is boiling hot[2] and whether pigs have wings[3] Today I was returning from the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Last night I said, "Okay, kids, can you set the table with six placemats like this one and six matching napkins?" Stella answered, "Who's coming over?" And we were having a dinner guest, it's true, but I felt a little... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Light and Momentary
I am typing this post at the rock-climbing gym while my 14yo chats with the staff about the right amount of painful in a good rock-climbing shoe. I didn’t know that planned shoe discomfort was a thing in the world... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Light and Momentary
I have this perpetual idea, you guys, that I could Get It Together if only I applied myself diligently. Inbox zero, empty paper trays, and a tidy dust-free home. But then I buckle down and attempt to apply myself diligently,... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Gladlyville University Office of the President May 14, 2019 Dear Dr. Gladly, Congratulations! As a result of the significant contributions you have made to your discipline and to Gladlyville University, your applications for tenure and for promotion to Associate Professor... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Our dinner is simmering on the stove right now, and while the rice finishes cooking I am going to tell you how to make it. We are having chana masala, chickpeas in a sauce that's slightly tart and slightly spicy.... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Light and Momentary