Month: June 2012

Summer School

Things my children have recently taught me: A) “Clean” is relative. My standards have changed regarding cleanliness, and I’m okay with this. I suspect if other people aren’t, they will just not come over here much. B) There will be poo. C) Swimming pools in the summertime NEVER get old, and are SO MUCH FUN! D) Walking outside is less…

Fire Sale

My neighbors and I had a big adventure last weekend when a wildfire burned across the hills next to our neighborhood. We did not fall within the evacuation zone, but a neighboring community did, and as the day wore on and the black smoke rolled closer and closer to us, we entertained the idea that we might be required to…

Don’t Read This Post While You Are Eating

My house smells like someone has smeared poop all over the place. Someone, in fact, has. Summer school has begun for Jack, and it seems that this transition, while it is a positive one which he is quite happy about, has triggered the need to Code Brown. Our approach to the indoor poopapalooza trend is to respond with complete neutrality.…

Summer Thanksgiving

This week I feel a surge in gratitude for the following: A) Girls’ Night Out with good friends. The relentlessness of summertime parenting at my house makes a GNO outing to Zupas and the Megaplex make me feel like I’ve sampled manna and briefly experienced nirvana. I didn’t even need that wacky milky/waxy spa treatment-thing Charlize Theron demonstrated in SWATH…

Walking on Broken Glass

There is a picture I copied several months back on facebook which has really been bugging me lately. I liked it at the time. Now, I find it totally irritating. It says something like, “Are you happy? If yes, keep doing what you’re doing. If no, change something.” I’ve been thinking about it with annoyance quite a bit this first week…

Backyard Bonanza

It has become an annual ritual of sorts for me to keep a record, each summer, of things for which I am grateful–a gratitude journal, I guess. In an effort to stay positive amid the insanity, I count my blessings and then get on with wrangling the chaos. Today I am grateful for my backyard. It’s absolutely a summertime staple…

Suddenly it’s Summer

School’s out for the summer, peeps. It’s here, and I’m dealing with it. I’m actually glad that it is finally here, because I am tired of dreading it and ready to simply get on with it already. This is a run-down of the first three days of my summer “vacation.” If the events of Thursday could be distilled down into…