Vacation by Numbers: Noah and Rory's Excellent Adventure

Vacation by Numbers: Noah and Rory’s Excellent Adventure

Well, it looks like summer vacation has turned into blogger’s vacation! I have a good excuse: I took the boys to Illinois and Wisconsin for eight days, and didn’t take my laptop. But now we’ve been back for over a…

Happy birthday to me: the surprise pregnancy test

Happy birthday to me: the surprise pregnancy test

For my 36th birthday last week, I was lucky enough to do many of my favorite things: I got a massage. I went for a run. I made crepes for breakfast and opened sweet cards from my kids. I ate…

Souper Fat Tuesday: The Paczki, the King Cake and I

Souper Fat Tuesday: The Paczki, the King Cake and I

Happy Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras is everything I want in a day: an excuse to eat decadent foods, imbibe with abandon and generally be merry. This year was looking pretty sad on all of those fronts. Yes, I’ll be cooking…

Big Momma, Hot Sauce, and the longest Valentine's Day ever

Big Momma, Hot Sauce, and the longest Valentine’s Day ever

It’s February 20, and Valentine’s Day is finally, mercifully over. It began last Monday, February 10, when I had Noah begin making cards for the grandparents and his cousin Finn. Even though all that was required of him was spelling…

January: a love letter

January: a love letter

Oh boy, where to begin. First, I had a great Christmas and hope you did, too. But honestly, I can’t wait to get on to January. When I was growing up in northern Illinois, January was not an exciting month. The best…

Christmas 2013: the passion of the pantry organizer (and other gifts)

Christmas 2013: the passion of the pantry organizer (and other gifts)

I have sympathy for Pat when it comes to buying me presents. I am not an easy person to shop for. I am picky. I am unpredictable. I want him to be practical, but clever and romantic, too. To be…

The Elf on the Shelf: putting "good enough" into practice

The Elf on the Shelf: putting “good enough” into practice

I’ve been getting into the Christmas spirit in many ways: the house is awash in tiny white lights and green plastic needles. Christmas music is piped in from Pandora nonstop. I made cookies. With sprinkles. I commented to Pat on…

Souper Tuesday: Tortellini Pesto Soup (or: eff soup, I want cookies)

Souper Tuesday: Tortellini Pesto Soup (or: eff soup, I want cookies)

Today in Durham, it was a perfect day for soup. Cold, rainy, gloomy. Blah. But I did not make soup. Instead, I roasted potatoes, asparagus and the cod I bought yesterday, which I needed to use since I won’t be…

Friday photos

Friday photos

Happy Monday! I finally broke out the DSLR last week. Here are three scenes from Friday. Do you see the plastic fly nestled in Rory’s hair? Balancing things on his head is one of his current obsessions (others include flipping…

Souper Tuesday: Thanksgiving methadone (aka Potato Cauliflower Cheese Soup)

Souper Tuesday: Thanksgiving methadone (aka Potato Cauliflower Cheese Soup)

Can you believe it’s already December? I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Mine was nice, even if it didn’t quite go as planned. First, I woke up really, really crabby. Here it was, my favorite holiday of the…