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The Other Side of Retirement

Truman has become obsessed with Critical Care, the Ensure-like nutrition supplement for guinea pigs.  The second he smells it, he starts wheeking and looking around frantically.  If he dribbles a drop, we need to pause while he licks it from the bedding (and then eats the piece of bedding for good measure).  His weight has […]

2016 Summer Olympics Printable Schedule

I make a printable television schedule every Olympics so my family can keep track of the events we don’t want to miss.  News sites create convoluted schedules that require a lot of clicking.  I need to see it all written out in a simple manner, so I create these printable television Olympic schedules for myself […]

Terry Gross, Infertility and Choice

I just started listening to Earwolf’s podcast, The Longest Shortest Time.  When they state they are a parenting podcast for everyone, they literally mean everyone, even people who aren’t parenting.  Which makes sense because we all have opinions or thoughts or ideas to contribute to conversations. A case in point: I started with the April […]

#Microblog Mondays 100: Milestones and Commitments

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. If you read my blog years ago, you might remember that the twins had outlined several ways a person could die back when they were first learning about death.  Those ways were not eating, not […]

That Woman

In addition to driving myself mad whenever I misplace something in the house, I am equally bothered by being unable to name songs (thank you, Shazam, even if you don’t help with humming tunes out) or place people. The placing people thing really gets under my skin because solving the question means talking to the […]

604th Friday Blog Roundup

We went to see the new Ghostbusters and LOVED it.  We showed the kids the original Ghostbusters because of the Ghostbusters levels in LEGO Dimensions, and they liked it.  But they loved this.  I think they got the jokes this time, whereas some of the stuff that made the original Ghostbusters funny went over their […]

An Unexpected Call

I know I said I wasn’t going to write anymore about Truman… but then I got good news. I’m working when the phone rings.  It’s our vet, calling to check on Truman.  I let her know that he was still the same.  Still eagerly eating, still the same personality, and still paralyzed with crusty eyes. […]

How I Opened The Silent History’s DC Field Report

As George Washington croons to Hamilton, “One last tiiiiiiiiime.” The kids reported from the White House one last time last week at the 2016 Kids’ State Dinner. It has been an awesome experience, and while I’m hopeful that this won’t be the actual last time they step foot inside, it does feel like an ending […]

#Microblog Mondays 99: Epistles

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. A friend is in a place for the next month where it will be difficult to reach her via phone and impossible to reach her to via email (no cellular service), but she can receive […]

My Love-Pig

Truman hasn’t improved, so the vet moved up his follow-up appointment.  He has been eating double the amount he eats on any given day, but he has lost weight.  His legs are still paralyzed.  His eyes are crusty because he can’t clean his face; doing so would mean balancing on his hind legs to use […]

603rd Friday Blog Roundup

I’m not going to play Pokémon Go.  It sounds like something I would play, but I’m just… not feeling it. Maybe I’m in a video game cocooning moment right now, maybe I don’t love the idea of anything that makes me turn on location services on my phone, maybe I just don’t like the art.  […]

Eff You, Parents’ Day

Last week, I got a PR pitch for Parents’ Day.  Well, for some product that somehow ties into parenthood that they’ve decided to tack onto Parents’ Day, but you know what I mean.  Parents’ Day.  Have you ever freakin’ heard of Parents’ Day? I Googled it, and apparently it is a real thing.  I hesitate […]

Are Personalities Inherited or Built?

This kid at the school science fair had a really cool project looking at how closely people’s personalities align with the traits commonly assigned to various star signs.  I know that doesn’t sound very scientific, but it was more in the personality psychology vein.  Anyway, he had you circle 5 positive traits about yourself and […]

#Microblog Mondays 98: Haircut

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. The ChickieNob and I hauled ourselves over to the hairdresser for our annual haircut. Every time I go, she tries to sell me on the expensive shampoo they carry at the salon.  I am thinking […]

Truman Selfie

I paid the ChickieNob 25 cents for a “selfie lesson” so I could learn how to take a great image of myself with Truman during tummy time. Truman didn’t really listen to my advice to look into the little dot at the top of the phone. But he did, at least, lean in close.

602nd Friday Blog Roundup

I found Drake’s words on the Alton Sterling shooting incredibly touching: “No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues.”  I want to cling to his hope because it feels like society is drowning right now. Truman is about the same.  He’s eating, but he’s losing […]


Truman is sick again.  On Monday night, he stopped using his back legs.  His front legs work fine, and he can drag himself forward by those paws.  But his right leg is tucked uselessly under his body, and he’s dragging it around like a deflated balloon. The vet said, as always, bring him in. He […]

I Need Sleep Lessons

Sleep is one of those things we expect people to learn on their own, like eating or breathing.  We don’t really teach people how to eat, even though they may need lessons to improve their relationship with food, and we don’t really teach people how to breathe, even though yoga studios offer lessons on how […]

#Microblog Mondays 97: Independence

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Today is Independence Day in the US.  Election years push the whole concept of government and political issues and red, white and blue to the foreground, so this Independence Day feels a little less popsicle-y […]

Internet Overload

It’s the weekend, and a long weekend at that if you live in the United States.  Monday is a holiday, which means that people generally scatter offline for three days.  They may post an update to Twitter or throw up a picture on Instagram, but my rss reader has been a little thin this weekend. […]

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