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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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Finished Thing #1: Today I finished the file transfer process AT LAST. I don't want this to be a whiny post, but it was so painfully slow and cumbersome. So many clicks and pauses and silly avoidable steps. But HUZZAH... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Light and Momentary
Phew, I'm glad it worked out!
I had a caulking-the-tub moment this week, in which a weird urge to complete a task turned out to be totally providential. Although I have to be sure to get all of my content out of our old LMS this... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Light and Momentary
This is the day of NaBloPoMo on which I say, "Huh, I might be temporarily out of ideas for new blog posts." Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Light and Momentary
"You need to write all these recipes down," Pete told me after Thanksgiving dinner, and then the next day a guest requested the pecan pie recipe. So here's a pecan pie post. I make a pecan pie that is fussier... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Light and Momentary
I was going to make a nice cozy pot of turkey-barley soup tonight. Just the thing for a cold night, I thought to myself, with the added benefit of getting rid of some of the stock taking up space in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Light and Momentary
Kids' return from Germany: safe and timely Belated Thanksgiving dinner: tasty and abundant Number of dinner guests: 14 Dirty dishes: plentiful Ability to form complete sentences: temporarily fractured Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Light and Momentary
I am determined to finish The Game of Kings. I keep hearing that it's amazing. Just give it time, people say. It's worth it, they tell me. I am almost 200 pages in, feeling impatient. There are spots where I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Light and Momentary
This has been the quietest Thanksgiving day I've ever had. Pete and Joe have been in Germany this week, and so we've planned for months to have our Thanksgiving celebration on Saturday. We'll have about a dozen people here to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2023 at Light and Momentary
Thank you for the kind words!
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2023 on For the curly-haired people at Light and Momentary
I've been using Shea Moisture hair products for years now, and I'm usually a coconut-hibiscus person. Last month I was at CVS looking for a replacement tub of my old standby, and they didn't have quite what I was looking... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2023 at Light and Momentary
I always forget how much I like potato-leek soup until I am actually eating potato-leek soup. We get CSA leeks regularly in the late fall, and tonight I made a pot of soup that we all enjoyed. You can make... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2023 at Light and Momentary
Somewhere on the Gladlyville U servers I have a folder filled with hundreds of quiz questions. Somewhere else on those servers I have a folder filled with gigs and gigs of video lectures. One of my tasks this week is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2023 at Light and Momentary
Yesterday morning, twelve hours after my happy dog-walking post, something unexpected happened: Sandy and I were three-tenths of a mile from home when she slipped her collar and ran away from me like she was possessed. She's fine, but it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2023 at Light and Momentary
If you apply friction to untreated wool (i.e., if you run it through a machine wash cycle), it will absolutely shrink. If you give it a nice long friction-free soak, the stitches will relax and look neater, and they may open up a bit too.
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2023 on Progress! at Light and Momentary
Three years and seven months after I started them, I have finished knitting my flip-top Broughton mittens. They spent the afternoon and evening taking a bath, which I hope will smooth out the colorwork and magically enlarge them. (One of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2023 at Light and Momentary
One of the unexpected perks of having a dog is spending more time outside. I wouldn't have guessed it would make a big difference, because I commute on foot, I walk around campus during the day, and I participate in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2023 at Light and Momentary
Stella has turned into a dedicated Taylor Swift fan, which means I've been listening to a lot of Taylor Swift lately. Whenever I hear the song Lover, it strikes me as a 20-year-old's idea of what love will be like... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2023 at Light and Momentary
Stella is taking first-year German with Pete's former teacher, and she texted him for assistance. "Your task is to write a note to a teacher," said another teacher in a different class, and Stella picked Frau H. "Help!" she wrote... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2023 at Light and Momentary
Last night I was texting with my friend Shelley about making socks, and then Heather left a comment on yesterday's post about getting started with socks, so I am going to write a post about knitting socks. Knitting socks =... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2023 at Light and Momentary
It was chilly over the weekend and as I was heading out to walk the dog I thought to myself, "I wish I had a pair of flip-top mittens, so my fingertips could mostly be warm but I could have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2023 at Light and Momentary
I used to be much more vocal about being a Catholic blogger, and then things got weird. I alienated a bunch of Catholic readers with my posts about Trump and then about COVID, and then my post about January 6... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2023 at Light and Momentary
My theory is that these students do most of their writing as quick text messages, where it slows you down to add an apostrophe. I think once you get out of the habit of clicking over to the punctuation screen, apostrophes seem less important in any context.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2023 on Twilight of the Apostrophe at Light and Momentary
When I started working at Gladlyville U I was strict about writing mechanics. I expected that students' written work would be meticulously edited, and I marked them down if it wasn't. Both of those things are still true, I guess,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2023 at Light and Momentary
I just finished Happiness Falls, and I need some friends to discuss it with me. There's a non-speaking teen at the center of the story, which is narrated by his young adult sister. She has her own neurodivergent stuff going... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2023 at Light and Momentary