Last two weeks (ish)

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 WordPress.com 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
New bio - Excuse me while I update my about me page.
Make me a mom - You need clowns to make a three-Ring circus. I’m lucky to have them, and quite frankly they’re lucky to have me too 😂
Mother’s day preview - Grant drew a picture of me for mother’s day, and if it isn’t the most incredible likeness. I especially like the rainbow dress, and that he made my hair both brown and purple. Lots of fun details in this, like the “a” in “Grant” becoming a happy sun.
May - I took the kids to see our friends a few towns away today, and it was balm for my soul. My friend Brittany said that she would like to read my parenting book with chapters such as “I don’t accept the premise,” “benevolent neglect,” and “the apocalypse, but happy.” The kids played beautifully together, and … Continue reading May
40 by 40 - Here are 40 things that have helped me be who I happen to be today, on the 40th anniversary of my glorious entrance to the world! They may have limited efficacy for you, but you are most welcome to try to absorb some of this hard-won wisdom! We’ll start with the absolutely most important stuff. … Continue reading 40 by 40
Bee!! - During my first call of the day I heard what I thought was a motorcycle outside (or at least a moped), but it actually turned out to be my new best friend, Giant Bee! He has been falling out of the skylights quite a bit and landed in my hair only once (I forgive him!!), … Continue reading Bee!!
Eleanor’s poetry - Eleanor writes and recites poetry a lot lately, and if you’ve been following along she’s quite good. She remembers ones she writes at school and will recite them when we get home. This one she dashed off this evening. I look at you, and you wink at me. Flying high in the sky so very … Continue reading Eleanor’s poetry
Performance Evaluation Time - Hi Darth, hi, yep, come on in and sit down. Do you go by Darth, or Anaki… oh, it’s Lord? Vader? Ok. No, that’s fine. Is that an ancestral landholding, or … oh it’s just something Palpatine said? Ok. Yeah, haha, we don’t argue with him, huh? Haha, anyway, let’s get started. I’ve been pulling … Continue reading Performance Evaluation Time