Gabby, the dancer

Gabby’s big competition was yesterday. The one that takes the best 150 Irish dancers in 14 states (well, this year the number was around 150, if you take out the no-shows) and tries to find the best of the best. Every year, Gabby has worked hard and qualified to dance in this competition (through her performance at other […]

    In which Dave and I have a mature discussion about a large purchase.

    Actual conversation I had yesterday: DAVE: Take a look at those mattresses I pulled up online. JULIE: ….You want to get a new mattress? DAVE: What do you think about the memory foam? JULIE: Well, you know how I hate the memory foam pillows. DAVE: Right, but remember how much we liked that […]


      Here are the things I am grateful for, as I sit in my kitchen on Thanksgiving morning:

      That the dog no longer requires me to go outside and walk him first thing, but has figured it it’s best for us all if he just pees in the back yard. Coffee. A husband who both […]


        GABBY: Hey Mom: do you ever run readiness drills in your classes?

        JULIE: What do you mean?

        GABBY: Well, I was thinking. Like our teachers ask us to think about what we would do in different situations.

        JULIE: Oh. Not really. Why?

        GABBY: Well, because like I was thinking, one of the things they […]

          I know just how you feel.

          Last night, I was all “How did this happen?” and “What kind of person falls for this nonsense?” and “RIP USA” and all. I know how you feel. I am worried about all the things you’re worried about too.

          This morning, though, I have regained my perspective. Americans have persevered through way worse than […]

            Halloween Crafting Redux

            I knew you would want to see how the girls’ costumes turned out:

            Addie J, the jellyfish.

            Lishie in her Day of the Dead costume.


            I TOTALLY thought these two costumes were going to end up as the, “Nailed it!!” side of a Pinterest Fails meme. I feel like I got […]

              How Gabby handles Dave.

              [Background info: earlier this week, Gabby left a Post-It note that she had an after-school activity and needed a pickup. Dave read her the riot act about not planning ahead. I wasn’t home to witness, but from what I heard later, it was apparently quite the riot.]

              GABBY: Mom, when Dad gets off the phone, […]

                In Which Addie Has Big News

                ADDIE J: Mom!!!! Guess what!!! JULIE: What? ADDIE J: The Cubs are in the World Series!! They haven’t done that in, like, 400 years and they are going to play tonight!! JULIE: ……..Wow, that’s amazing! Thanks for telling me! ADDIE J: You should tell EVERYONE!   Dear everyone: see […]

                  Anniversary Surprise

                  October 10 was our eighteenth anniversary. Dave and I didn’t go big this year: we made a reservation at a restaurant we’d been wanting to try. He had a lovely vase of flowers delivered to our table…. and okay fine I bought him a pack of performance socks BUT HE WANTED THEM I SWEAR. We […]

                    Halloween: Crafting is Scary

                    So. Okay. As we all know, I am not necessarily crafty. It’s not that I can’t- it’s more like the activity of crafting makes me want to die. This is my Halloween nightmare: at every turn, I am required to freaking craft something.

                    Exhibit A: Gabby wants to wear a Day of the Dead […]

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