Last two weeks (ish)

Earbud tip recommendation - I have been on the hunt for earbud tips that are small enough for my tiny ear canals for as long as there have been earbuds. The problem with large earbud tips (all earbud tips are “large” to me) is that they won’t seat properly. My AirPod Pros extend straight out of my ears, with … Continue reading Earbud tip recommendation
Hey Mom…? - If you’ve ever wanted to listen to the things Grant says, instead of occasionally reading them, then boy have I got news for you! We’ve started a tiny podcast, which will drop episodes infrequently (or maybe frequently; he loves recording) for your listening pleasure! Expect episodes shorter than 10 minutes, and mostly nonsense. In this … Continue reading Hey Mom…?
Racers - Bob and Grant each had a race today. Bob had a 10k, which he won (!), and Grant had a 100 yard dash, which he finished. I’m very proud of both of them.
First day of school - The twins are starting fourth grade, and Grant is starting kindergarten! All their bags are packed, they’re ready to go. They’re standing there, trying not to sneeze. I can’t wait to hear how their first days went. Henry and Eleanor have lockers this year! Grant was wondering how they’ll account for quiet time (he noticed … Continue reading First day of school
Climber - We got tired of him climbing the walls, so we made it easier for him to climb the walls. We’re leaning into it. A work in progress.
Language & Puzzles - I very rarely recommend books. I am a shamelessly indiscriminate reader, and I am also sort of weirdly possessive about what I read, so I don’t make recommendations often. They’re either going to be too juvenile or too crass or the wrong brow (too highbrow or too lowbrow), or SOMETHING. They’re not going to fit, … Continue reading Language & Puzzles
Becoming Happiness - A little over a year ago, I took on a new role at Automattic: leading the Happiness Experience (HappEx) team. This team is responsible for overseeing the Happiness experience from before someone applies to Automattic, through their last day as a Happiness Engineer. We started out roughly divided into two halves: Happiness Experience and Happiness … Continue reading Becoming Happiness
Sleepover - Sometimes when I’m putting Grant to bed, he does this thing I call “sleepover.” He doesn’t do this when Bob puts him to bed, just with me. Sleepover is a quiet sharing time. He’ll be nearly asleep, and will all but prop his little eyelids open and begin whispering. Sometimes he’ll tell me something he … Continue reading Sleepover
Camp - Yesterday I dropped Eleanor off at camp, and while there was more paperwork and more check-in procedures than her first year (because: COVID), this year was extra spicy. First of all, you should understand that Eleanor needed a rapid PCR test completed within seventy-two hours of arriving at camp (and obviously, it had to be … Continue reading Camp
Slow thinking - I’m a slow-thinker. It took me a long time to realize this. That’s partially because I am a slow-thinker, but mostly because I assumed that some of my other innate traits were dichotomies. For example, I’m quick-witted; if you want a zinger, I’m here for it. I can lead and shape conversations. One-liners, puns, quick … Continue reading Slow thinking
Grant W. Ring v5 - Five years ago yesterday, Grant charged into the world. It hasn’t been quite what he’s expected at each step, but he faces each moment with enthusiasm and his own agenda. The last couple years, we’ve been in the Adirondacks for his birthday. In the morning of his birthday, we gather around and tell stories about … Continue reading Grant W. Ring v5
11 years with WordPress - This weekend marked my 11th year blogging on WordPress. It doesn’t feel like more than a decade of tapping the keys about my stuff, but here we are. There have been a lot of changes to in the past eleven years, and that’s a great thing. It’s constantly evolving to be better, faster, smarter, … Continue reading 11 years with WordPress
Ring and Ringlet - Yeah I think they’re related. Also is that what happened to the Oreos.
Thanks! It has pockets! - Three times today, I’ve been able to say “thanks! it has pockets!” which is a real gift. The first time, I was meeting Bob for lunch at the Old Library, and our hostess said “ooh, I love your dress!” And we talked about how valuable pockets are in a dress. The second time, I was … Continue reading Thanks! It has pockets!
Stone-faced - I don’t know how they managed to keep such straight faces. They were really back there saying “cheese!” My dad made these low-relief carvings of all three kids. He started with Grant, then Henry, then Eleanor. They’re all wonderful pieces that I’ll cherish, but I can’t get over the depth that he achieved around Ele’s … Continue reading Stone-faced
Tactile - Yesterday I unexpectedly smelled a book. I was holding up a book for Eleanor to take a photo of (for school), and to be a little silly I held it right under my nose so my nose might be in the picture, too. It wasn’t in the picture. But I smelled cheap paperback for the … Continue reading Tactile