Me: Whom do I love?

Him: Me!!

Me: Ayup!

Him: And Sam!

Me: I sure do.

Him: And Daddy!

Me: Very much.

Him: And…YOU!


Thanks, kid. I needed that reminder.

Also? Mark it down. It only took this kid three years, seven months, and nine days to surpass me in intelligence.


Shit That Saved My Life As A New Parent (and Possibly My Child’s, Too)

Seems like everyone I know is getting pregnant.  I am, of course, super happy for them.  I’m also super happy for me.  Mostly because several of my high school classmates are posting pictures of their grandkids on Facebook.  It’s nice not be the only old lady defying evolution.  *uterus bumps*

Several of these parasite hosts have asked, “What should […]

Like A David Bowie Song But With More Boobs

This morning, while waiting for the green light to condone another cup of espresso, I turned to my husband and whispered, “I’m drinking coffee.  Willingly.  I’m a suburban housewife that drives her TWO kids through the two-lane streets of Jersey.  In a minivan.  That drinks coffee.”  I glanced down at the now deflated foam of my […]

Five Years Time

Five years.  Some times that feels like five seconds.  Sometimes five lifetimes.

It’s undergrad.  A novel.  An apprenticeship.  A marriage.  A thesis.  A prognosis.  A job.  A career.  A lifetime.

A milestone.

Normally, I wait and write about my trips to see Aloysius after they happen.  I suppose I’m a little superstitious and prefer to not jinx anything.  But […]


There’s always something about the arrival of Fall that I find deeply comforting.

Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely love Summer.  I love her reliability – her near-constant light and temperatures.  Once you hit 90, can you really discernibly tell if the temperature continues to rise?

I love breezes, water, cold drinks (even the ones without alcohol in […]

Who Moved My Corn?

I need a piece of corn.

Let’s try this again:

Last week, I planted a mess of seedlings I’d been nurturing for months outside in some raised garden beds I recently built.  They’re dead now.  Apparently, you’re supposed to ease them outside, harden them, prepare them – not just shove ’em in some mud and expect them to […]

License Plates and Unicorn Fakes


So first?  I think we need to acknowledge this video exists.

Second?  I can’t lift my arms.  That’s not really true.  It’s called “creative license,” people.  Also it’s called “Elly decided that after pining for a yard of her own her whole damn life be damned if she’s going to wait another fucking minute to […]

Hey Good Lookin’

Why yes, I am talking to you, you fetching specimen, you.  You.

So part of the problem with having a long delay between posts (or uke videos) is that whole gee-I-should-probably-wait-until-I-can-come-back-with-something-amazing-before-I-think-about-posting-again feeling.


But I’ve missed you people, damnit.  And making things.  Other than breast milk.  (And yes, I did eventually stop doing that.  Can you believe that announcement […]

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

On the one hand, it feels like I need to come back with something profound and insightful after a six month break.  (SIX MONTHS!  Let’s just shelve that for now,shall we?  Because I’m overwhelmed enough by the simple act of trying to write again without explaining the past six months.)  On the other, we could all […]

A Year (Now With Uke!)

I promised myself I’d finally get Paul’s birth story written in time for his first birthday.

This is not that story.

There are a few reasons why, but only one that really matters – I’m still not ready.  I’m really not even ready to read the notes I took during that first week in the NICU.  I may […]


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