“We get to do it again!”

Photo: Back of a Whale Watch boat. Atlantic Ocean. Joy.   Ursa Minor woke up this morning as a genuine, certified 7-year-old. To celebrate, we got him up early, dressed him in layers, pumped him full of cereal, then threw him in the minivan. The website said to be at the boat a minimum of 45…

[Fail] A Week to Be Crazy

Photo: Isn’t that the coolest? My dear friend Tracy, who owns Happy Owl Glassworks, has made a gorgeous series of glass owls! They are all unique and she sells them for $45. The coolest part? They are magnetic and come with a little magnet for you to stick somewhere so that you can display your owl…

[Quiet Thoughts] “Let me tell you somethin’, child.”

Photo: An artistic vision is forming. There have been mistakes, but there have also been triumphs. I’m only in the first stitches of this “proof of concept,” but I’m very pleased so far. The wing looks great, but it’s also blessedly covered. The other wings aren’t, so there will be less forgiveness. At least I know I can…

Growin’ and Such

Photo: I say “ok, we’re going to take 20 minutes to read this afternoon” and I don’t get a peep of protest. They’ve got the books they want, they settle on their couch, and they get going. It’s not joyful like it was for me when I was younger, but it’s not disdainful. I’ve got two boys…

[Quiet Thoughts] Be Kind Anyway

Photo: Angel is on the hoop! So excited!!! I used a little liquid stitch to hold these early pieces in place (shhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone I’m cheating). Started stitching on the upper left wing today. I’m calling this the “proof of concept” angel. I could end up making upwards of 3 before Christmas. This first…

Like Yourself Season: Remix

Photo: Pasta e Ceci, by way of America’s Test Kitchen. I was on Facebook minding my own business when the recipe came up. I was intrigued and made it on Monday. Absolutely, hands down, delicious. Makes awesome leftovers, too. I did the recipe in a straightforward way on Monday (adding more anchovy, though, because 1 is…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Sharing and Remembering

Photo: This month’s book club choice is Swing Time by Zadie Smith. I am the facilitator of book club, so I try to be one month ahead of everyone else so I can stay on track. This month, however, I’m going to be showing up to our meeting having only just finished. This is my first Zadie Smith…

The Promise of Spring

Photo: Is this not the best thing ever? I was at Gather Here for some fabric for my applique piece yesterday and there was this kiosk full of great little cross-stitch kits like this. There is one for Elizabeth Warren and a couple others. I picked up the last Barack Obama one and brought it home….

[Fail] Ran out of time

Photo: The boys and I were introduced to Daurma Otoshi yesterday while at the Discovery Museum! They had students from Showa Boston at the Museum teaching kiddos all sorts of different from Japanese things. We played Daurma Otoshi, the boys played ball-in-a-cup (and brought a cup and ball home), and we had fun playing with…

Of Spots and Who Gets Them

  I live in a place where you can go to just about any event and a Yale person will make a Harvard joke and half the room will politely laugh because hahahaha we’re such rivals. The Princeton/Brown/Cornell people roll their eyes at our juvenile behavior. Enter any given home and you’ll find a handsome…