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, […]


    Head of the class

    Mom and I started going to a yoga class this summer. I haven’t taken a yoga class in years and Mom had never taken a class, so it’s been fun for both of us. Now, you should know this about me: if I am in a class situation– any class situation– I expect to be […]


      Addie J, the Sociologist

      ADDIE J: Mom, who’s your favorite kid?

      JULIE: I don’t have a favorite.

      ADDIE J: No, come on. Who is it?

      JULIE: When each one of you was born, a whole universe of love opened up in my heart that belonged only to you. So Cam has his own universe of love, and Gabby […]


        Good point.

        The J and I are participating in a fun run in the morning. I was originally signed up just with my friend Georgee. Then she signed up her husband and son, and– since the J is always asking me when she and I can do a special run together (since Gabby and I have […]


          Lost Lizard Fallout

          GABBY: Mom, can I have a corn snake? I will name it Fuego.

          JULIE: Gabby, you guys misplaced a lizard. I’m not interested in your misplacing a snake.

          GABBY: But that was Cameron, not me!

          JULIE: Have you proven yourself a responsible pet owner with your fish?

          GABBY [dismissively]: Those fish are dead.

          JULIE: […]


            It never occurred to me that I would regularly visit Virginia.

            Really. If you asked me where I thought I might be a regular visitor, I would tell you New Orleans for sure (which is true). I would say my husband’s hometown (also true). It is possible that I might have anticipated all the day-trip overnights we do, for lacrosse and dance. But I don’t think […]


              Wednesday Bullet Blog

              You know what? I am not a Millennial. I find their constant focus on their cell phones– especially when they’re in the middle of a conversation with a person– to be rude and lacking in proper etiquette. They should also get off my lawn. Yesterday I came home to a strange smell in the […]


                A Scientific Experiment…

                The kids are always doing some kind of scientific experiment or another. So yesterday, they showed me an experiment where you fill a container with dirty water, then use twisted paper to draw it into another container, simultaneously filtering it clean. “Can we do this? Where will we find dirty water?” they asked. I […]


                  Dad and the Turkey

                  I thought you would appreciate hearing this fun story from Louisiana.

                  One gorgeous Carnival morning last week, Mom and I went for a run through Audobon Park. Halfway through, we stopped near the pond where we may (or may not, this might be a legal gray area) have scattered some of Dad’s ashes. The […]


                    Addie J, aka Black Widow

                    This pic is from when Addie J made a video of herself, lip syncing to Macklemore’s Thrift Shop. It’s one of the most amazing videos of the 21st century.

                    The following is a transcript of the conversation I had with the J on our way to school this morning. To complete the picture, […]


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