Friday Night

It’s Friday night and I’m not doing anything. And I’m okay with that. It’s been a long week. The two-year-old had a sick day, all the children stayed up way too late for fireworks, the six-year-old pushed boundaries at camp and got written up, I worked extra, my Mike finished up his last week at…

Unrequired Reading

I signed up for a class this coming fall, got overly excited, ran to the library, and checked out a stack of books. Will they remain unread and collecting dust on the table by my bed? NO, I say! No! I will read them! (This time.) I will take notes! (Like I always mean to.)…

The Definition of Insanity 

I’ve done it again. I stayed up way later than I should have and I can’t blame it on the holiday today. I was tired from staying up late last night though, so instead of doing the things I wanted to stay up to do, I just sat on the couch and watched a lot…

July 4

Her I sit, with a sleeping–finally sleeping–toddler on my lap, quietly watching fireworks and a small plane that’s circling the valley. The boys and their dad have gone to find a better view and now that the little girl has gone to sleep, it’s kind of nice here. Quiet, in a way. I see the…

Disconnection

Today I had a two-year-old who wasn’t feeling great. We had some fun, but her nap was shorter than usual and she spent a lot of time just wanting me to hold her and/or carry her around. She was also emotionally volatile. I mean, all two-year-olds are, but she was a little more volatile than…

Catching Up

I think I’ve settled on a goal of finishing up a masters in English. I started down that path almost nine years ago, flailed, and bailed. I wasn’t quite ready then, but I think I’m ready now. Of course, I’m plagued by the notion that maybe the flailing and bailing that I did was because,…

I Feel…

I feel afloat in a sea of mediocre. I want to read something smart, but after searching and searching I can’t find anything quite right. I wish I’d cleaned some more instead of sitting on the couch. I could have used some of the time I was looking for articles on the library’s website to…