This isn't the first time I've said this, but today has been a little farcical. It started in the morning. Paul reported that Levi got up at 6:00, crying. Paul, a little worried that he might be sick, asked what was wrong. "I ... I can't whistle anymore!" Levi sobbed. He just learned yesterday. He can… Continue reading The Circus Travels
I read recently on another blog that there's a movement recently to have Transparent Tuesdays. In which bloggers remove the rose-colored filters from their writing and talk about the parts of their lives that are less than glamorous.* This made me laugh. Not because I don't applaud the sentiment. I do. Somebody said awhile ago… Continue reading Transparent Tuesdays. Or not.
Paul and I got to go on a bike ride this afternoon. My sister watched the hooligans, the weather cooperated, and some kind soul had plowed the bike trail. I really needed it. We have a stationary bike in the basement - it's a pretty nice one, and I ride it when I must. But… Continue reading Turning Point
We're having snow days this year. A lot of them. More than I remember ever having when I was in school. (Yes, I know I sound like a grouchy old woman. Hush.) Paul, though, remembers the winter of 1978, when there were 22 snow days. So it could definitely be worse. I had taken today… Continue reading Dreaming of Warm, Sunny Days
He's been waiting SO LONG. And the tooth fairy needs to get her act together. Eek. Yes, it's mid-afternoon and he's still wearing his pajamas. I feel you judging me. YOU try to get him dressed on a day he doesn't have to go to school, and then decide whether it's worth it.
Not in chronological order, necessarily. Worked. It was an oddly quiet day, which I'm choosing to believe was a cosmic birthday present. Got a pedicure. I know I can paint me peeptoes all by myself, but that's not really the point, now is it? The peeptoes themselves are now a cheerful light purple that… Continue reading Things I Did Today
Paul has been encouraging the boys to show off their muscles at every opportunity. This morning, they were going out the lane to catch the bus when Levi flexed and said, "Whoo! I could scare away a honey badger with these muscles!" Be afraid, honey badger. Be very afraid.
How do you know when your heart has withered, dried up, and blown away like a tumbleweed? I think it's when you are no longer moved, even a little, by this: It's some of his best work. Big, real tears. Pitiful sobs. Accusations of cruelty. And I laughed. Heartless indeed.
Seriously. When? I was at a Power of the Pen competition today. The school district that hosted us called off for weather yesterday, and the coordinator warned us that it might be cold in the building today, since the heat had been off all yesterday. I took extra care thinking about what I'd wear, and… Continue reading When is Spring?
Earlier this week, I went to the calling hours for my friend's father. Having arrived in the parking lot without incident, I wasn't really thinking about whether I'd be able to continue safely into the building on foot. As it happens, the funeral home has a short step before the front door. I discovered this… Continue reading Telling It Funny