Never Forget Marney

We completed most of our Thanksgiving cooking last night. Mom came over this morning for breakfast casserole, I went for a lovely but chilly run, and now we’re just taking our time, getting ourselves together for later today. It’s a nice, relaxing way to spend a holiday and I’m grateful.

I’m going to guess […]

    How to Make Cupcakes in Construction Lingo; or, How Dads Ruin All the Fun.

    DAVE: Hi. I just wanted to tell you I’m off to get the ingredients for those cupcakes the girls want to make.

    JULIE: Okay, have you seen the drawing?

    DAVE: ….No…?

    JULIE: Gabby and the J made a sample drawing of a typical cupcake.


    JULIE: So each cupcake will have its own unique […]

      Bullet Point Tuesday

      Jilly and her family are coming today!!!!! As I have said before: parent-teacher conferences are about 1,000 times more fun when your kids are doing great. Also great: we have a crap-ton of fun things to do this week: family gatherings, major competitions, did I mention my Jilly is coming today? I received an […]

        Thanksgiving Week

        Today, I’m thankful for the following things:

        When I told Dave that our longtime tailor mentioned to me that she isn’t altering wedding dresses anymore– but that she would do it for our girls if we asked. Dave snorted and said to me, “Have you MET Gabby? You mean, ‘Take in the elastic on […]

          And Completing the Week of Gabbyisms:

          …So then, everyone was all, ‘A dog team is not the best way to deliver the serum to Nome, Alaska!’ –And I was all, ‘I don’t know how you think goods were transported in those days, but a team of huskies was the most dependable method.’ And they were all, ‘Impossible,‘ so then I […]

            Gabby’s Review of Search for the Shadowman

            [Gabby brought home this book report today. For the record, she received a perfect score for her scathing review. Dave and I have been reading parts of it out loud and laughing our asses off all night, and Dave said, “You have to type that up and put it on your blog. Then […]

              Guardian Angels

              A few years ago, my brother Mikey somehow talked a smart and gorgeous blonde into marrying him. Now he’s won the lottery a second time, because their beautiful daughter was born yesterday. She came on her own time and on her own terms. She has long fingers and chubby cheeks. Most amazingly, she has […]

                Regular Tuesday.

                You DON’T have handmade toy medicine for your imaginary cat army in your refrigerator?

                DAVE: What the hell is this?

                JULIE: What?

                DAVE [removes cup made of toilet paper roll and masking tape from refrigerator]: This. What– is there something actually IN this?

                ADDIE: That’s our medicine, Dad.

                GABBY: For the Cat Game*.


                  Typical Gabby Moment.

                  I was off serving as an event judge for much of yesterday. Usually, I find that these events are run very smoothly and professionally, and visiting judges are provided with ample support. I did not have a typical experience this time, and I came home hungry, a little strained, and rather out of sorts.

                  Gabby met me […]

                    Jill Knows Me So Well.

                    Jilly posted that on my wall yesterday, and you guys, it is so true. When I was in DC last week, I was helping Jill look over a written document (not hers) before it went out. I said, “Okay, I’ve made a concerted effort to only point out things which are egregious.” Jill […]

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