[Quiet Thoughts] When You’re Ready

Photo: One of my favorite things about the Discovery Museum is practically unlimited Keva Planks in the building room. Last time I was there, some other adult had built a structure similar to this one, but shorter. I observed the pattern and then built on it, thinking about it as I went. This week, when…

[Fail] Curled Up in a Ball

Lord, sometimes the universe just knows. My Taproot came today and it’s just what I need. I have been feeling awful all day today. With the day’s duties over and the boys tucked in bed, the house is finally quite and still, allowing me to curl up with a heat pack, some decaf chai (which I’m…

Knit, Eat, Laugh, Repeat

Photo: What is it about the beach that brings out the kitsch in so many? There is something about the haphazard that makes beach decor fun and silly. I didn’t even notice all of this stuff on our little beach cottage until we were packing up to go. The entire house was full of little…

[Quiet Thoughts] of Earning

Photo: Moms see this arch and probably want to preserve it. Little kids want to run under it. Slightly older kids (like my boys) want to joyfully smash it and then put it back together again. I love the entire Discovery Museum, but I think this is my favorite room. Note, if you can, the…

Imposter Syndrome

Photo: Welp. It happened yesterday at school! Just the way he wanted it to! This is the second time I’ve sent my child to school and he came back physically different. I know that it shouldn’t be strange… it’s just a tooth. But there is something jarring about looking at your child in the morning…

Equity and Other Sibling Problems

Photo: Dear Spring, you are expected and anticipated. Winter has had her time and we have been patient. Exercises to find her beautiful and alluring have been moderately successful. Yet, we find her outbursts to be tiresome. Though we find your yearly tardy arrival to be equally as tiresome, we look forward to embracing you…

[Quiet Thoughts] The Enoughness of Life

Photo: If the boys had been actually looking at me (like I asked them to ten million times!), this photo would have been a mighty strong candidate for this year’s Christmas card. The Husband has been begging for a snow photo instead of a Fall Photo. Personally, I prefer the reds and the golds to the stark…

Congratulate the Students, Then Thank a Teacher

  Shout-out to every student who walked out of their classroom today. Shoutout to the kids of Montgomery Blair High School (so proud of you, Blazers!) and other D.C. area students who got on the Metro with their signs and their voices to bring their protest directly to the doorstep of the lawmakers and the…

[Quiet Thoughts] Trust the Village

Photo: It’s pretty, sure. Yes, I said I’d spend my winter looking for the beauty and sincerely appreciating it. But this is a different sort of snow. Note the broken tree limbs. There is a dent in my precious Blackmobile thanks to a fallen limb! Well over 40% of our town lost power due to…

Chasing the Rabbit

Photo: I got an email from a dear reader asking about that sock class I took in January. Welp… that’s my unfinished first sock… Lordy. I really enjoyed the class, but I haven’t made time to finish this “quick knit” and now I’m on my own for the dreaded kitchener stitch. My knitting partner claims…