Category Archives: parenting

i scream you scream

I taught Joita “I scream. You scream. We all scream for cake.” when she was little.  For years she thought that was the saying.  She even laughed and corrected someone once.  She’s still a bit miffed at me for doing … Continue reading

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another out of the mouths…

Last week we went out for dinner with Emily’s folks who were in town visiting.  Our favorite local pub was closed for renovations, so we ended up at another small Irish pub close by.  Toward the end of the meal … Continue reading

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do gooder

It was an unusual site in the small well-to-do city in which we live.  To see a woman and child pan-handling outside the local grocery store.  I’d just sent Joita and Nina in on a small shopping expedition and they … Continue reading

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sometimes you win

Sometimes you win.  And sometimes you lose.  And sometimes you win the battle but lose the war.  Or something profound like that.  With spring weather kind of sort of here, I’m feeling a bit philosophical i guess.  I’m just realizing … Continue reading

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shame on me

Let’s begin with a big fat sigh.  I need to focus.  Focus on good things, positive things, important things.  There is a lot in my life that I am competent at.  I have accomplishments and achievements worthy of satisfaction.  Some … Continue reading

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a trip to papa’s pool, down memory lane and back again

It wouldn’t be summer without my annual kvetch and grumbling about my body.  First world problems to be sure.  Still, this dysphoria thing is real.  I mean, I always knew it was real, even before I had a word for it. … Continue reading

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hashtag parentingfail slash parentingsuccess

Filed under *you can’t make this shit up*… get this: {Scene} I took Jo to an appointment and had to take Nina and Ruby as well since Emily was working.  I was reading to Nina while feeding Ruby in the home-like environment … Continue reading

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ruby dooby doo!

And then there were 3.  Or, 5.  Or 6?  Depends on who you’re counting (just the children? just the humans? all the beating hearts?).  I think I’m still in a bit of shock, and definitely in a period of high … Continue reading

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new year new you

Car inspection 12/30/15 4:50PM: Check! I completed that final task for the year, and just under the wire.  I was not alone. The line at the garage was around the block and they were clearly not going to be closing … Continue reading

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out of the mouths of – awkward locker room

I took Nina to her swimming lesson Sunday morning.  Emily signed Nina up for swim lessons and is the one who has always taken her.  Truth be told, and I’m not so proud of this, I haven’t been interested in … Continue reading

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