Ella loves cake. Well, dessert. She watches all the baking shows with Phoebe, really leaning in to the ones with kids — which are absolutely charming, by the way. Not even sure you know, but Valerie Bertinelli is living her best life.

Anyway, the other evening Ella told me she…


Ella has started studying for her Bat Mitzvah. Here in the OP, parents take the group class with their kids — which is great because there are SO MANY things I forgot or don’t know — things that are actually interesting now that I’m older.

But I already digress.

In…


I used to live in DC in my mid to late 20s. I went there to take a course in video production. At the time it seemed like I was on the right path to better things. Can’t really remember anymore. It was so long ago. I lived with a…


(No Harness Will Whine)

I blame Fireman Sam. I don’t know how Kyle found it. It’s one of these weird cartoons that might have originally been in Polish*, but was then translated into 30 different languages and scattered throughout the internet only to wash up on the shores of YouTube in slightly altered versions…


It was a stunningly beautiful day. Ok, maybe it was a little warm, but it was blazingly beautiful. There was no Delta variant, no Haiti, no Afghanistan. Just the four of us in Oak Park IL under a brilliant blue sky with a soft and gentle omnidirectional breeze. A PERFECT…


Saw a kid at the playground yesterday on a spinner. Not sure what this particular piece of equipment was called. It’s just for one person. Dizzy stand? Whirl-n-hurl? The Vomitter?

The kid was really good. Amazing, actually. He must have been going a thousand miles an hour round and round…


Ella was recommended by her teacher to go to a STEM camp this summer. It’s a week long camp where the kids get to make a robot, explore the circulatory system (including dissection of a cow’s heart), and learn CSI techniques to solve crime. …


I’m on a play date with Kyle. It’s late in the morning; one of those days that starts off fall but turns summer by 10:30 — so I’ve neglected to bring sun block; which means we’ll both pay for it later.

The play date has been set up by Pheobe…


8.12 (THURS)

Ella has/had horse camp this week. It’s 40–50 minutes there, and back, and there, and back again. Not gonna sugarcoat it, it’s a pain in the ass. Literally. That’s three hours of driving each day. …


This is what I shared on my Facebook page. Usually my posts are a bit longer. Anyhoo, a friend said…

That doesn’t warrant a long story?!

So I said…

Ha! Oh, I could go on about how I didn’t walk out with a vat of mustard or a couch or…

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