Month: January 2013

Retail Therapy

This afternoon we attempted something just a teensy bit revolutionary: we went to the mall. Just momma and the three youngest (and most wildly unpredictable) boys, shopping and making returns and standing in line at the food court like normal people. We pretty much rocked it. The mall has been verboten as a family activity for years because Jack +…

The Post Where I Kind of Wig Out

I’m going to write about putting my children to bed last night. But first, let me recount my last visit to the dentist. After our grandfatherly and super chatty dentist inspected my teeth with bright lights and sharp instruments, he asked if I had any questions for him. You bet I did. I asked him if he felt comfortable seeing a…

Freak Show

This evening, in an attempt to foster flexibility and overcome crippling anxiety, our behavior consultant and I focused with laser-like intensity on car washes. Jack isn’t afraid of the car wash. He thinks a visit there is pretty cool, particularly if it includes feeding quarters into the high-powered vacuum with the really long hose. Charlie, on the other hand, if…

January Is The New June

January has traditionally been my old nemesis. It wins for longest, coldest, most depressing, and bleakest month, which means it really isn’t a winner at all. (Poor January Jones. Does she secretly despise her frigid name, I wonder? I’d rename myself July. Or March. Or December. Or pretty much any other month of the year, except February.) But I’m giving…

Most & Best

A few things I’ll remember about 2012 as it recedes in the rear-view mirror: Most apt quote I saw on Facebook: “Having a newborn is easy, said no one ever.” Best books I read (or reread): Caleb’s Crossing, The Great Gatsby, Great Expectations, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Life of Pi, Angle of Repose, A Christmas Memory.Best second-tier books I…