Fear

I let Katie out for her last potty break before bed.  I don't walk her at night - one too many close calls with Yogi, the bear who visits my composter regularly, scared me off of late night strolls.  Katie's a country dog.  She knows these woods better than the boys do.  But tonight her bravado outpaced her brains, and we both learned a powerful lesson about life in the woods. Katie's...

Traffic Jam

Tuesday day before Thanksgiving, and the house is almost ready.  The kids' room is at Defcon 2 (down from a catastrophic level four), most of the laundry's done (that was going to get done before Sunday), beds are made and ready for guests, and I only have the shopping left to do.  I dropped the kids at school and turned south on Route 7A going out of Arlington.  I got to the turn off for the...

Circus Homeworkus

  Thing2, my six-year-old, is a miracle of motion. I am watching him flit from couch to chair to table to hall with a soaring grace that would put any trapeze artist to shame. Sadly, his first grade teacher has yet to incorporate acrobatics into any homework assignment.  But I figure I can get another sip of soda before tackling my daily feat of daring - talking his head down to the kitchen...

Flash Mob

We go to Bob's Diner every Saturday for breakfast.  It's a ritual. Sunday mornings, we have a different ritual that involves breakfast at home and chores, but company is on the way and the mess in the boys' room is a def-con four, and we'll need the energy from the fat and protein to tackle the job ahead. So we head to Bob's. The place is packed, but loyalty has its privileges, and we get table...

My Mile, Her Moccasins

I got my lab/beagle/take-your-pick mix on the spur of the moment. I had been working at home for several months and wanted a companion during the workday when the kids were at school. Katie now goes everywhere with me. From the minute I wake up in the morning, she's there. She positions herself right at the head of the bed so she's often the first face I see when I wake up in the  morning (the...