Month: June 2016

Vacation Photographs

Every year we go to Yellowstone. And every year, I post a bunch of stuff about how we went to Yellowstone. I’m sort of like Old Faithful. The only years I remember NOT going to Yellowstone were a) when I was nine and my dad was newly diagnosed with myesthenia and was suffering greatly from the effects of the disease, and…

This Summer Week

This week the little guys and I went to the dentist and to the movies, among other things, Because it’s 87,000 degrees outside and my brain has wilted, I’m going to recap these events in listicle. I know. The Internet is so proud of me.   A) The dental assistant took my X-rays. Then she took films of the boys.…

Lost in Thought

I woke up at 6:00 am this morning—much too early for a Saturday and a non-runner like me. I wanted to write.  I got up, put on my bathrobe, and sat in front of the computer.  And there was nothing to say. I couldn’t come up with anything. I made some attempts and they bored me.  I ate Cocoa Puffs…

Early Morning Sedation

Getting up at 4:00 AM makes one see the world differently. You get to see the neighborhood quiet and still. The mountains are purple, with pink clouds and lavender skies. Lights dot the valley and foothills. There aren’t even any runners out at this hour. Yet, like us, people are driving places. Americans are entirely too busy. We loaded a…

Grumpy Dinosaur Hates Carnivals

We took the boys to a family fun night the other day at the park near our house. Because it was free, the entire state and the populations of several surrounding states were there. Lines for each activity averaged 92 minutes. That is simply an estimate, based on how long it felt like each line took. The evening was hot. Children were bouncing around,…

Conflict Resolution

Two of my children have spent much of this, the first week of summer, arguing with me. I don’t believe they are trying to be difficult.  They are trying to get their way. And they will try every available avenue before blazing a new trail, if necessary, until they have succeeded. I have to admire their tenacity, even as I…