Last two weeks (ish)

Bossy sickie - Grant got sent home sick yesterday from daycare, which means he couldn’t go back today. He’s got a fever and a runny nose and a cough, and the worst case of the bossies I’ve ever seen. We have so far: played Legos, watched The Gruffalo’s Child, started the Lion King, read many stories, played with … Continue reading Bossy sickie
Consume - My favorite flower is the ranunculus. It’s right up there with peonies, which are second. They’re both big showy, many-petaled blooms, but the ranunculus keeps things tight while the peony is always on the verge of disaster. Ranunculus are tidy, controlled, elegant. Peonies are gregarious drunks, friends with everyone. Ranunculus grow on a tube stem … Continue reading Consume
Lunch - A soft-boiled egg, toast, and some large print crosswords.
Like a rainbow - My children have been begging for a long time that I get “rainbow hair,” and I’ve been putting them off. Until today.
Abagnale - Every now and then, I like to talk about abstract math concepts with my kids. I don’t have a background in mathematics or anything, but I do love having complex math concepts distilled and spoonfed to me. I find it soothing. I particularly like Numberphile videos. So, every now and then, the twins and I … Continue reading Abagnale
2020, the future - I am a Wait, But Why devotee, and this post really made me chuckle: It’s also weird that to us, the 2020s sounds like such a rad futuristic decade—and that’s how the 1920s seemed to people 100 years ago today. They were all used to the 19-teens, and suddenly they were like, “whoa cool we’re … Continue reading 2020, the future
Brothers at basketball - Henry and Grant in the Reilly Center, watching the Olean Huskies.
Good enough - This is her “I’m being forced to smile and look at the camera face.” Honestly, hat off to her. Nailed it.
Lion -
Echelon - If I made a year long video diary of riding my bike, it would 100% just be photos of me on the bathroom floor. #80sAnd90sHIITS #NotTheSameAsHits #BetrayedByMyFavoriteMusic #MyLipstickRIP
7 years an Automattician - Seven years ago today was my very first day as a full time Automattician. According to our internal stats, there are 91 current employees hired before me, and 1,058 hired after me. I remember when I started that a 5-year anniversary seemed quite unusual and special. My intention was to be around forever, but it … Continue reading 7 years an Automattician
Wiggleworm - Ever since Grant has learned how to escape his crib, any time he wakes up in the night he clambers out and pads up to our room. Sometimes he wakes up while we are still awake and downstairs, and we listen to him thud to the ground and thunder like an elephant down the hallway … Continue reading Wiggleworm
Monster face - Make a monster face!
Dust of Snow - The way a crowShook down on meThe dust of snowFrom a hemlock tree Has given my heartA change of moodAnd saved some partOf a day I had rued. Dust of Snow by Robert Frost
The shouty mama - Some mornings, everything goes wrong. “Get your shoes on” the mama said, but no one was listening. “Where’s your coat?” the mama asked, but no one was looking. “Do you need a pack lunch today?” the mama said, but no one knew. The kids, meanwhile, were smiling, laughing, and having fun together. “Let’s pretend that … Continue reading The shouty mama
Bees buzz - The lighting is bad, because I finished it late and took the photo with artificial light. But I’ve been working on this one on and off since this time last year, and it feels good to finish another (small) painting. This is Winsor & Newton watercolor and Holbein gouache, on Winsor & Newton watercolor stock. … Continue reading Bees buzz
The cold earth - The cold earth slept below;         Above the cold sky shone;                And all around,                With a chilling sound,From caves of ice and fields of snowThe breath of night like death did flow                Beneath the sinking moon. From Lines: The cold earth slept below by PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
Communities - One online and not on WordPress.com, one at work and anonymous, and one in real life. In October I took a dive into communities. I ended up being part (in some way) of three. I decided to try to participate in Inktober via my Tumblr account (via my WordPress.com account 🙃), and ended up with … Continue reading Communities
A good day - Today was the twins’ party, and I will probably blog about that later. But this day is usually a day I work flat out and then just stare dull-eyed while the kids have fun. And feel grateful it’s over. But today it was an all around good day, and I made sure to take note.