12/11/2013 04:23:13 AM
We've had a couple of days of
11/29/2013 06:36:00 AM
Last week on Parks and Recreation we watched Ron Swanson put his finger on a candle to snuff it out.
11/28/2013 17:37:23 PM
Why you should never fall asleep after Thanksgiving dinner in my house.Here endeth the lesson.
11/28/2013 06:21:21 AM
A couple of years ago, Rosanne Cash released an album titled The List.
11/24/2013 05:18:25 AM
Allow me to introduce, the strangest toy I have yet spent money on (and that is saying a lot), Zed the Zombie.What does Zed do, you say?
11/19/2013 04:30:02 AM
Hey, remember when we drove five hours out of our way to see an arm?
11/18/2013 05:00:02 AM
Of all the questionable uses of Paul Bunyan and his trusty companion Babe the Blue Ox (and I've seen many), selling log cabin homes probably isn't the least questionable. But it still seems like he shouldn't be in Virginia for some reason.
11/17/2013 11:29:14 AM
Somewhere along the way in the past month or two of craziness, this:turned ten.I have sat down multiple times to wax poetic on the subject, but somehow words or time, or both, always fail me.How could that tiny baby that would not grow only a mere de
11/17/2013 11:10:29 AM
Here's something else you can do with it:
11/09/2013 07:04:03 AM
The other day The Dormouse was talking about a homework assignment she had to finish and how she had to write her name, "but not just our name, we have to make it interesting.
11/07/2013 13:53:58 PM
We went to a wedding a couple of weeks ago and SOMEone had a little too much fun in the photo booth.
11/02/2013 17:05:29 PM
Hey, you know what's worse than having a bowlful of super absorbent polymer balls* in your kitchen with eyeballs looking out at you?
10/31/2013 14:57:41 PM
10/28/2013 11:38:23 AM
This Spring, a single pumpkin grew up from the mulch in our front lawn. Not being ones to look a gift pumpkin in the mouth, we allowed it to continue growing and simply mowed around the vine.
However, it did not bring forth enough pumpkins for t
10/27/2013 14:45:56 PM
Me: *walks through living room late at night, spies KoH on the couch, stops*
10/21/2013 17:04:23 PM
10/20/2013 21:49:33 PM
You would be thirteen today.
10/19/2013 08:27:21 AM
If there's one obvious difference between my children, it's in how they approach problems.
10/14/2013 15:54:36 PM
Why hello, poor neglected blog. I am currently finishing up a Big Work Thing or at least a trip that was connected to said Big Work Thing.
10/01/2013 17:41:37 PM
"It's like if you and your sister
were arguing over what to have for dinner.
09/29/2013 16:53:00 PM
It's such a shame when you break your head off your statue, you know?
09/28/2013 16:49:44 PM
09/25/2013 15:45:01 PM
...even the stuffed animals gotta wear shades.
This photo reminds me of that scene from E.T.
09/24/2013 15:36:31 PM
Ohmigosh, you guys. You know what happened this week?
09/22/2013 21:51:36 PM
Scene: Renaissance Faire, Pennsylvania. Walking leisurely through vendor row. Nice, wholesome, family activity.
Dormouse: "Mom! Look at that outfit! Wouldn't that make a good church outfit?"
Me: "I don't see the outfit you're talking about."
09/17/2013 15:56:03 PM
This weekend I met an elephant.
A beautiful elephant that The Dormouse and The Caterpillar actually rode -- along with some other kid who takes your money and then apparently if there aren't enough other patrons to fit four-to-an-elephant like he
09/16/2013 17:20:50 PM
*still no response*
Caterpillar: *calls down the stairs* "Sister!"
09/13/2013 15:48:36 PM
This Spring, the Shortlings planted some mimosa pudica seeds. The first time I ever saw this plant was a few years ago at Monticello in Thomas Jefferson's garden.
09/11/2013 16:27:39 PM
Last weekend we happened into a farmers' market and The Dormouse found a heart-shaped tomato.
Today, as I sit in meetings, listen in to conference calls, and try to crunch numbers that were due weeks ago, when those feelings from twelve years ago
09/06/2013 20:57:13 PM
Last year our summer was disappointing at best. I had The Shortlings in a combination of stay at home with Momma and Summer Camp at the facility where they want to pre-school.
09/03/2013 17:00:19 PM
To keep the kids happy in the car while we were driving two hours out of our way to see a severed arm, I invented the Game of Awesome.
08/31/2013 06:55:16 AM
How many clicks does it take to get one well-composed photo of your traveling party together on a cannon?
08/30/2013 04:57:00 AM
For our One Last Hurrah Before School Trip a couple of weeks ago, Monica and I took the kids to Richmond.
08/29/2013 10:43:49 AM
We will probably spend more time and money at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair this year than is reasonable and/or prudent.
08/26/2013 16:23:04 PM
08/24/2013 07:23:17 AM
School started Monday.
08/20/2013 16:08:09 PM
Those hoodlums in northern Virginia are totally out of control... but they have good taste in movies.
08/19/2013 14:31:16 PM
I'd take bets on who will win, but I think we all know the gargoyle will break first.
08/12/2013 22:25:07 PM
Things I have made this summer starring, as a main ingredient, the tomato:
approximately three dozen jars of salsa
many, many caprese salads
a gallon of gazpacho soup
08/09/2013 19:09:31 PM
Caterpillar: "Hey sister, what do you call a dog with three heads?"
Dormouse: "I don't know.
08/04/2013 20:51:11 PM
Just a shot of the outside of the U.S. Botanical Gardens from last week.
08/02/2013 06:01:00 AM
One of my favorite things about D.C. is not all the major historical sites and monuments there, but the little-known memorials that you find peppered all over the city.
08/01/2013 05:38:38 AM
Me: "When was the last time I had a tetanus shot? No reason...."
KingofHearts: "Why are you limping?"
Me: "No reason."
07/27/2013 06:54:40 AM
Hey, everybody, the memory on my phone is full.
07/24/2013 17:00:27 PM
Scenes From a Car
Caterpillar: "I learned a joke at camp, Momma, can I tell it to you?"
Me: "Go ahead."
Caterpillar: "OK. There's this girl.
07/21/2013 20:29:12 PM
Very busy week. Very few words to describe it. Here's my serenity today:
07/12/2013 16:30:02 PM
While on the Mall the other night, I stopped by on my way home to grab a couple of pictures of the Capitol.
07/11/2013 04:32:11 AM
Back in 1999, the Washington Monument needed major renovations. In order to keep the Monument as a focal point on the D.C. Mall while they were happening, architect Michael Graves
surrounded the monument with a scaffolding made from 37 miles of alum
07/07/2013 19:52:20 PM
Caterpillar: "Momma, what's that thing called when the water circles around and around and around and around?"
Me: "A whirlpool?"
07/05/2013 05:12:51 AM
We didn't do too much for the Independence Day holiday. I had an extensive talk with The Caterpillar about how it's called "the Pledge of Allegiance" and not the "Plelegiance," but I don't really think my explanation sunk in.
07/03/2013 18:56:48 PM
Hey, remember when I went to Idaho and took a whole bunch of photos of old houses that my family used to live in? Another thing I took was seeds from the Hollyhock plants that live outside the old homestead.
07/01/2013 09:30:01 AM
Apparently, now when you eat at an American cuisine casual dining restaurant chain, your bill comes with advice for how to think about life, the universe and everything.
I think someone needs to finish college already.
06/30/2013 13:59:34 PM
This school year has been long and hard fought.The Caterpillar finished kindergarten and didn't even kill her teacher before it was over. She did, however, try to help that teacher with her fashion sense and instruct her as to whether or not her outf
06/26/2013 18:15:03 PM
There is a house in our neighborhood where
garden gnomes mysteriously appear in the yard on a regular basis. This has been going on for about five years now.
06/16/2013 07:32:01 AM
Back in 2002, we lived through a month of craziness in the way of the Beltway Sniper Attacks.
06/15/2013 19:21:01 PM
It's so nice of Baltimore to put these tanning beds out at the Inner Harbor for folks to use.
06/10/2013 05:00:03 AM
Caterpillar: "How do Kindles work?"
Dormouse: "They have pixels and sensors and it's very complicated."
Caterpillar: "Daddy, how do Kindles work?"
06/09/2013 04:00:07 AM
And for your Sunday nature shot, meet the Eastern Red Bud... and a bee.
06/08/2013 11:39:43 AM
I can't remember how much we paid for the face paint at a local carnival last month, which I later let them wear to my symphony concert.
06/07/2013 04:00:01 AM
I love action shots the most. If there was enough light in the day, I'd leave the shutter speed on the fastest setting and never ever change it. They love them too, but for an entirely different reason.
06/06/2013 04:00:01 AM
The KingofHearts and The Dormouse took some time at the farm last week to play a game of Very Large Chess. Not being one to ever not play his best, he kicked her butt. Not being one to ever give up, she intends to win next time.
06/05/2013 15:37:05 PM
I wish this tree could tell me how it got these awesome curls because I spent thousands of dollars and whoknowshowmany hours in beauty shop chairs in the 80s trying to get my hair to look just like that. (It never did.)
06/04/2013 09:18:49 AM
Say hello to random.
I finally broke down and got a new phone.
06/03/2013 15:36:24 PM
School ends next week and I've had it in my head for a couple of months now to summarize this year in a blog post. But every time I sit down to write it, this is what goes through my head:
There are just too many conflicting feelings to ev
06/02/2013 07:02:01 AM
It's azalea time in D.C. Oh happyness.
06/01/2013 05:48:49 AM
05/31/2013 16:15:54 PM
It was picture day at dance class yesterday and afterward, The Caterpillar and I walked over to the adjacent antique mall because I promised her after the photo session, I'd take her over and we'd have a photo session of our own in her costume.
05/27/2013 08:43:20 AM
I had to include this photo because it reminds me of one of those Humans of New York photos if the photographer were more talented and owned better equipment.
So about a week ago, The Caterpillar started coming home talking excitedly about her upco
05/25/2013 08:27:34 AM
It has been The Caterpillar's purpose in life lately to learn to cook.
05/19/2013 05:32:07 AM
The last two weeks have been about as bi-polar as mother nature can get.
05/16/2013 12:30:13 PM
We are just at the tail end of tulip season here so I feel I still can get away with posting this even though the tulips in my yard all look like sad, headless horsemen all lined up in a row, waiting for their inevitable demise.
05/15/2013 15:55:53 PM
A week ago, one of the members of the Bishopric at church approached me and asked if I would be willing to speak in church that Sunday.
05/14/2013 13:21:16 PM
Hello poor, neglected blog.
05/04/2013 05:30:01 AM
My children will never understand why this was so funny:
KoH: "You're acting silly."
KoH: "How'd you get so silly?"
Caterpillar: "I don't know."
KoH: "Did you learn it in school?"
05/03/2013 15:16:27 PM
I have been obsessed with cattails as long as I can remember.
Maybe because they didn't really grow where I grew up and when I saw one it was a unique occurrence, but more probably because you can pick one and then beat your sibling with it until al
05/01/2013 05:00:01 AM
In honor of May Day, may I present to you, my new favorite flower:
I was able to find the name of this one by google-ing the phrase "upside down tulip" and a wealth of [happily appropriate] images popped up.
04/28/2013 17:01:24 PM
These little plants I found last week fascinated me and I've been spending time trying to figure out what kinda plant izzat? all week because I want to plant them in my yard.
04/27/2013 06:44:55 AM
Busy week. Much to discuss. But on my way to yet another event, so no time to do it.
04/24/2013 06:00:02 AM
How come when she makes me breakfast, I gotta eat five ketchup sandwiches, but when she makes him breakfast, he gets chocolate chip cookies and milk?
Momma needs to explain the four food groups a little better.
04/22/2013 06:00:10 AM
I told her to pick all the dandelions in the front yard because I wanted a bouquet of dandelion flowers from my favorite five year old. But really, I just didn't feel like weeding.
04/21/2013 15:16:48 PM
This pile of stones was in my front yard for several weeks.
04/16/2013 15:52:27 PM
Yesterday was plain awful, wasn't it? Let's just contemplate nature a little while we remind ourselves that life is beautiful and there are way more good people than bad.
04/15/2013 19:11:47 PM
I spent some time out in the yard this weekend, pulling weeds. I now have a new found dislike for gardening and anything that requires me to bend over so that my head is below my heart.
04/14/2013 21:04:25 PM
This may not be the best way to store a child,
but it sure makes it easier to carry them.
04/12/2013 15:11:26 PM
I gave my husband a hoe for our anniversary.
04/08/2013 14:54:47 PM
Two days ago, I was so cold in the middle of the night, I couldn't sleep. Exactly two weeks ago, we had snow on the ground.
04/07/2013 11:20:42 AM
The saga of the bath crayons continues, but I never really told you the beginning.
04/06/2013 18:02:59 PM
For some reason, this picture reminds me of this awesome Target store prank.
04/01/2013 05:00:05 AM
It's not weird to be standing in the shower, thinking up new things to write on the bathtub surround walls to amuse your children, is it?
Nevermind, forget I asked.
03/31/2013 05:00:04 AM
In our continuing saga of non-traditional Easter egg dying crafts, we decided to go for something a low tech this year. (Can Easter egg dying be considered high tech?
03/30/2013 06:34:01 AM
Progress from the Five Ketchup Sandwiches incident.
Caterpillar: "I made everyone dinner, momma."
"I see. You 'made' orange juice, yogurt, cheese slices, a cup of tomatoes and... what's that in the cups?"
"I see. Well, serving
03/29/2013 07:13:21 AM
Heaven help me, I cannot stop making Karate Kid movie references.
03/28/2013 13:38:19 PM
I showed The Dormouse the We Are the World video this morning because she's been learning the song in her school choir for their Tribute to Michael Jackson concert and I figured it was high time she realize that Michael Jackson wasn't the only person
03/27/2013 21:12:47 PM
Perhaps I should not allow my kids to watch Pitch Perfect and then use bathtub crayons in the shower.
But then again, it could just say "Redrum" over and over so I guess I'll take this.
03/25/2013 19:05:00 PM
Not pictured: four identical paw prints headed back the other direction and into the house.
Verdict: kitties, not so fond of the snow.
03/25/2013 08:02:20 AM
Yes, yes, I know.
03/22/2013 16:08:17 PM
The ABCs of Me:A. Age: 45. And let me go so far as to not recommend it. It all goes to hell when you're 45.B. Bed size: King. California King. Seriously treat yo'self to one o' these. This and separate bank accounts are the reason I've been m
03/18/2013 10:30:01 AM
Several months back, we set up the ability to connect the computer to the television and use it as the monitor.
03/15/2013 17:35:58 PM
This morning, I drove the kids to the bus stop and waited in the car for the bus to show.
03/13/2013 21:56:27 PM
"At the bar, everybody always laughs because beer makes people laugh a lot."
In my defense, when I asked her how she knew this, she explained that when we go to her dance class, there's a bar in the complex and when we walk past it everyone is alway