Archive for the 'General' Category

New User Registration Broken

Friday, June 11th, 2010

If you have tried to register for a user account lately and it’s failed, it’s not you, it’s me. Or rather, it’s my blog. Or WordPress! Or something. Regardless, it’s broken and has been broken ever since some or other migration from one machine to another. Honestly, I’ve lost track. For as many times as […]


Friday, December 18th, 2009

This November we made a Thanksgiving tree. We started with twigs from the back yard, dirt and twine. Then we added felt and brown paper “leaves.” On the leaves we wrote things that we are thankful for. Sam is crazy about writing these days and insisted on writing her own gratitudes (with me spelling the […]


Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Long time no blog… which doesn’t mean there hasn’t been anything interesting to write about. No, 2008 has been altogether too “interesting” at times. First the lowlights: Camus died. I got my first ever speeding ticket (for going 44 in a 25-mile zone). Someone stole the catalytic converter from our car, while it was parked […]

The Kindness of (Some) Strangers

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Yesterday, Sam, Grand-mère, and I went into the city to have lunch with AC. We rode BART as usual, starting out on the Fremont line and then changing at MacArthur to a train heading into the city. We got off at the Embarcadero stop and before we exited, I wanted to see what time it […]

Near the top of my hate list

Friday, October 5th, 2007

The ice cream truck. The ice cream truck that loudly plays the same stupid jingle non-stop. The ice cream truck that rolls down our street EVERY AFTERNOON, year-round, 7 days a week. The ice cream truck that rouses my daughter prematurely from her only nap of the day.

Spiders and Monkeys and Bears Oh My

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Two anecdotes about creatures popping up in the house where I do not expect them to be: I got out of bed on Saturday morning to feed Camus, only to discover that he had had several “accidents” in various places on the living room floor. I gather my cleaning supplies (would that such accidents were […]

One Year

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

(The day after we moved to CA) Today marks one year that Sam, Camus, and I have lived in California. Sammy has spent more time in California than in Pennsylvania, her birth state. It’s still dream-like. It’s still weird (we wear jackets– in August!) and it still feels like we’re visitors. But this little house […]

Joyeux anniversaire

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Joyeux anniversaire, Benjamin! We’re sorry we can’t give you bisous in person, but wish you a wonderful first birthday and a stupendous second year!

Philly Girl

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

I guess I should not be surprised at the results of this quiz, given that I am at this very moment, back in the land where I grew up… What American accent do you have? (Best version so far) Mid Atlantic Also known as a “Philadelphia accent” but also heard in south Jersey, Baltimore, and […]

June 1

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Five years ago today, AC and I married each other under the warm Virginia sun in one of Thomas Jefferson’s gardens. Four years ago today, we set off on a 10-day bicycle tour of Western Ireland. Three years ago today, we dined at Molly’s Pub in Lancaster, PA, and then got caught in a rain […]

El Seed

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

For the past couple of years, my husband and I have taken to naming the houses we lived in. The house we bought in Cville was “Chez Nous Nouveau.” The place we rented in Altoona on Juniata Gap Road was “Juanita.” And the house we bought in Altoona was named “Chateau Neuf (9)” because the […]


Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Well now. I started this blog back in February as a way for me to both update folks on my life and reflect upon my new role as mother-in-academia. Then AC and I decided to uproot our lives, move to California, and switch roles. We went from being a counter-culture family in Altoona (Stay-at-home-Dad and […]

Mommy Brain Memery

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

I love the concept of Mommy Brain– that between hormonal changes and sleep deprivation new mothers become forgetful. It’s such a handy excuse. For instance, moments ago I was ashamed to realize that there have been several comments left on this blog awaiting my moderation. Oops, Mommy Brain! And then I discovered a draft of […]


Monday, May 15th, 2006

Monday Morning. May 15, 2006. A dreary, rain-pounding day. I wore pin-striped black slacks, a dark knit top, scuffed leather boots, and a yellow raincoat. I kissed my husband and baby. The baby smelled like summer. I got in the car. I drove over the green hill to campus. I stepped in a puddle getting […]

One Year Ago Today

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

It was a Tuesday. I remember that because I did not have to go to class that day. I awoke long before my husband, saw what day it was, and took the test in the bathroom. A very faint plus sign. So faint that I left the stick on the bathroom vanity and trotted over […]