dear spelling list

Dear Spelling List: the Myth, the Legend, the Beast

Dear Spelling List: the Myth, the Legend, the Beast There you are.  Truly, you never change, you with your pious phonetical rubbish, except when you throw out some random silent P. What is that? I imagine if you were to answer me, you would give some easy response.  But I know you so well.  I have known you since 1976. Spelling List, you have the ego of a prizefighter. Your one, two punch? Another silent letter.  And you knock out …

"Natural" Childbirth: Anniversary Edition 
Parenting

“Natural” Childbirth: Anniversary Edition 

I am old. This is what the new batch of our babies have to look forward to. They have an old mom. And she’s way behind the times. They will to go school with kids that were birthed into swimming pools… In their living rooms!  Y’all can’t fathom, this will be a generation of children who expect big things. In my day an inflatable pool meant PARTY. If you let your newborn arrive on the planet into an inflatable swimming …

the stuffing

THE STUFFING: Truth, Tradition, Carbs

THE STUFFING: Truth, Tradition, Carbs Its increase is legend. It can be too dry… worse still, too moist. It can go in the bird, however, if no caution is taken this method can quickly ruin every Thanksgiving from now until forever.  You only have to get Salmonella at one Thanksgiving Day feast to #neverforget. This is my 46th Thanksgiving. I thought that the first time I broke the wishbone with the Amerines I had seen it all.  The year was …

Stuff I Wish You’d Quit Saying: When is the last time they had a bath? 1

Stuff I Wish You’d Quit Saying: When is the last time they had a bath?

Stuff I Wish You’d Quit Saying: When is the last time they had a bath? I don’t know. What month is it? I am not a bad mom.  I consider myself an adequate mom. I think I will get a mug: “World’s Most Adequate Mom.” And I do love the smell of freshly bathed, lotioned, and jammied up small people, but the fact is washing them is a lot of work. We closed the pool about a month ago. There …

Dear Netflix, Stop Asking Me...
Parenting

Dear Netflix, Stop Asking Me…

Stuff I Wish You’d Quit Saying… Dear Netflix, I originally was going to post an open letter to you about how much I hate when you stop my show and ask me, “Are you still watching this?” To be honest, I found it condescending.  I am an adult.  I’ll decide when I have mindlessly watched Parks & Rec or Gilmore Girls for long enough.  I don’t need you to ask me, “Are you really still sitting there?  Are you trapped under …

The Meet the Teacher Fallacy 2

The Meet the Teacher Fallacy

It is that time of year, time to meet the teacher. I am not pro-homeschool, public, private, co-op, military (best money we ever spent), charter, un or free range. The way I see it, you do what ya gotta do. And I have tried them all. This year our daughter will graduate from college. She was Classically homeschooled from the 2nd grade through high school. Her junior year in high school, on a field trip in Oxford England, she was …