Don’t Even Get Me Started

I made it safely to Maryland, my Maryland, and there is just so much to say about it. Let’s keep organized with a bit of a task list. We must talk about: 1) My crazy ass in-laws. 2) Not seeing my grandma. 3) The stupid house. 4) 700 followers!?!?!?! 5) What happens next. Augh, my…

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Beware of “Easy”: Embracing the Thrill of Challenge.

Photo credit: Wikipedia. This is a photo of Walden Pond. A new favorite place, and a spot on the map that i can’t wait to visit far more often. I have been wanting to write this post all weekend. I’m so freaking jazzed today–so focused, so optimistic. I’m sitting here in my blogging chair, hair…

Quiet Thoughts: Loud House, Home House

Photo: A collaborative effort between Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. I’m calling it “Joy is a Collaborative Effort.” Glitter glue and colored pencil on white paper. It’s Friday morning. One of the last Friday mornings of this incredible summer, and I’m feeling really good. I got up at 6 to bake the weekly muffins–the husband…

Big Picture, Small Picture

Photo: I’m calling this one “Tyranny is the Color Purple.” Marker and colored pencil on white paper. I’m feeling really liberated today. The plumber and the electrician went through the house and confirmed that the house needs $50k worth of work… and we only have about $30,000 to play with. We’re throwing the fish back,…

So Many Things…

Photo: Vacation in the south. Will I make it there or will my sons drive me to insanity first? We’ll see…   Let me start this post with a big Holy Crap moment for me: I crossed over the 600 follower mark this weekend! Whaaaaaaaaa??? What are you and why are you reading about my…

It Was A No Good, Very Bad Week…

Photo: One of the few fleeting moments of suburban bliss this week. Also one of the few fleeting moments when the boys weren’t at each other’s throats. I am so sorry that I didn’t post on Wednesday. So, so sorry…but the truth of the matter is, you didn’t want me to post on Wednesday, because it…

A Plea From the Silent (and Invisible) Majority

Photo credit: Odenton Patch  A picture of a neighborhood similar to where the student in my story lived. When I was student teaching outside of Fort Meade, Maryland, there was a Black teacher on my grade-level team who asked if she could take me on a field trip after work. “For what?” I asked her–I…

A “Make It Work” Moment

Photo: Ursa Minor at the old place. During the better times. The not screaming through meals times.     I wish I could have written this morning, but Ursa Minor is going through the “I scream through dinner, eating basically nothing, so then I wake up at 6am hungry” phase. So when I thought I’d…

Excuse Me While I (Try and Fail to) Resist Insanity

Photo: One of the last pictures I took at the old apartment. The boys decided to help me pack a box of their clothes. Maybe we made a mistake when we moved here? Maybe most of our recent decisions haven’t been good ones? Shall I tell you about the home inspection? Are you ready to…