Kids’ Room Carnival

Dave has been working hard on the kids’ bedrooms. It’s been probably 5-6 years since we did anything in their rooms, besides repaint and throw new comforters on the beds. (Side note: I let the girls choose their own wall colors last time. Gabby chose two shades of “I Have a Bad Cold” green, and […]

    Dave saved me from a bag of pistachios.

    Until very recently, I had a five-year-old bag of pistachios in my cabinet.

    I know, that’s weird.

    Five years ago, on a Friday morning, I was on the phone with my mom and I could hear Dad in the background. “Is that Julie? Tell her to get me some pistachios,” he was saying. Mom […]

      Still here

      Five years ago today, I knew that Dad was very ill but I didn’t know that we were going to lose him in less than a week. I would go back and tell that version of me, who is very different from today’s version, “It will be awful. But you will get through. And you’ll […]

        Looking at Dad

        The kids are all getting their bedrooms redone for Christmas, so we started the process by having them clean out their closets and dressers. This is a horrifying ordeal and, if I had to choose between this and our drive home with Dave needing to vomit every 50 miles… well, I’d really have to […]

          Happy New Year! Here’s an Epically Terrible Road Trip!

          I am writing this post from my kitchen table, after a great holiday with family and then a beautiful week spent at my sister’s house. Everything went pretty much according to plan: the kids liked everything they got (Cam found me at the end of the day on Christmas, hugged me, and said, “Everything is perfect. Thank […]

            The Impossibility of Gifts for Dave

            When I was a kid and we asked Dad what he wanted for Christmas, he always told us to buy him razor blades and shaving cream. We always thought that was bullshit. “But I don’t want anything else,” he used to protest. “If I want something, I get it.” It was always frustrating to […]

              Morning Conversations

              [It is 6:23am.]

              JULIE: I think we should get shoes for the dog.

              DAVE: Okay.



              JULIE: ….Is that the first thing I’ve said to you so far today?

              DAVE: Yep.


                Random Sunday Interaction

                JULIE: I have a burning hatred for autoplay.

                GABBY [walks up behind Julie, starts crunching ice in her ear]: You should come up with a better word than “burning.” You need to improve your vocabulary, Mom.

                JULIE: ….I need to improve my vocabulary??

                GABBY: Yeah, you do.

                JULIE: [knocks Gabby’s cup of ice out […]

                  Life With Gabby

                  This is the exact jar. It still contains salt.

                  GABBY: Hey Mom:

                  JULIE: Yes?

                  GABBY: Can I have that jar that the pink salt is in?

                  JULIE: What do you need it for?

                  GABBY: I’ll find something appropriate to put the salt in?

                  JULIE: ….Um, before I address that idea: what do you need […]

                    Mattress update

                    Yesterday, we thought our new hopefully-dreamy-and-perfect mattress was being delivered. Dave tore apart our room and put our mattress in the hallway (this is a really classy look, by the way).

                    No mattress.

                    Now it’s supposed to arrive today. Meanwhile, I’ve been reading about people who have bought memory foam mattresses and then say […]

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