Snow Day Fatigue

Between “severe weather” days, delayed starts, and early releases, the kids haven’t had a full week of school since winter break. Spring will be here soon, right? I prepared this yesterday, giggling to myself, when I thought for sure the kids would have a snow day today.  They only got a two hour delay.  Now … Continue reading Snow Day Fatigue

At the table

There’s one thing you can be sure of in parenting: as soon as you think you’ve got it all figured out, everything changes.  I had finally gotten dinners going in a good rhythm: a rotation of three weeks worth of menus, complete with protein and produce options for all four palates in our family (daughter … Continue reading At the table

Ironic table talk

“So, have you noticed that irony is super trendy now?”  I dealt Phase 10 cards to Amy and my two kids.  “‘The Ironic Generation.’  I keep hearing that.  What does that even mean?  That people want to live off the grid, yet they can’t survive without Facebook and Twitter?” Amy fanned and arranged the cards … Continue reading Ironic table talk

Lost Balls

Last holiday season, when I worked at the Barnes & Noble in Minnesota, a clean-cut 30-something man, about my age, approached me at the information desk.  His short, sandy hair was neatly trimmed, his face freshly shaved, and he wore a grass-green long-sleeved polo, tucked into khaki chinos.  He stepped up to the counter where … Continue reading Lost Balls