Gabby is graduating eighth grade.

This is from Gabby’s preschool graduation. She still makes that exact face when she’s plotting something.

Gabby saw that photo while I was typing. About ten minutes later, she texted me this.













Next week, Gabby will graduate and move up to […]

    Et tu, Guinness?

    They’re probably all about to start sneezing.

    Okay, when I was a kid I did not have allergies, except to cats. As an adult I do not have allergies, except to cats. Then I married Dave, who- for all his physical strength and toughness- is a total Milhouse in terms of seasonal allergies. Which […]

      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 […]

        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 […]


          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 […]

            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, […]


                My intention, on August 8, 2003, had been to pass my weekly NST and go back to the office. Instead, after thirty minutes or so, the resident came into the room and said, “You have a beautiful contraction pattern. We’ve called for a wheelchair to take you to Labor and Delivery.” After twelve hours of […]

                  Gabby the Style Consultant

                  Dave was showing the girls a bunch of photos from my childhood, from my early twenties, etc. Here are some assorted comments made by Gabby: “Ohhhhh, Mom, now THAT’S a style!” “Is- is that whole thing one person’s hair?” “You really had a lot of turtlenecks back in the day.” “What did people […]

                    Parse this:

                    Over the weekend, Gabby scored a huge milestone in dance– finally breaking past her plateau of an entire season and qualifying for Oireachtas this fall. At the next day’s competition, she earned third place in her set dance, which was awesome (and a sign that we should just skip the very last, for-fun-only competition […]

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