Changing carousels

All tigers, all the time at the Comerica Park carousel We’ve done so much this summer, and I’ve been fairly terrible about documenting all of it. Time feels strange during summer months, stretching and contracting when I least expect it. We keep going on things that go around and around without really getting anywhere, but soon we’re stopping, jumping off the carousel,starting a new school year, and setting new goals for ourselves ....more

Starts and stops and restarts

The Detroit Tigers currently sit at four (give or take) games below a 0.500 season, and five (give or take) games back from a Wild Card spot in the Major League baseball playoffs. They lost the one game I attended this season, which doesn’t make me feel like I bring bad luck because they’ve lost a bunch of games. Still, whenever they put together a few wins, which happened last week, the commentators start talking about streaks and climbing up in the standings and making a run for a strong finish ....more

Beat by the heat

Zoo selfie with friends – heat imaging version I spent part of the night in Dylan’s bottom bunk, trying to find a comfortable spot on a pillow that isn’t mine. He crawled into our bed after having a bad dream — again. His racing heart slowed almost immediately as I rubbed his back, and I couldn’t bear to shuttle him back to his room but he’s beginning to crowd me out of the bed when snuggled between Ryan and me ....more

Five things to read

one of my favorite takeaways from BlogHer – lots of coffee fits in this mug Friday. Since I work at home, Friday shouldn’t seem like a big deal, but it does. Not to mention, “work at home” has been theoretical more than actual this summer ....more

Birthday musings

The day started with my snooze button, birthday snuggles, and cake for breakfast and ended with an episode of Freaks & Geeks — a show that reminds me of how much closer I am to a sitcom mom than a sitcom high-school student. In between those moments, the rest of the day slipped away...more

Down the pop lyric rabbit hole

The Rolling Stones – bringing you suggestive pop lyrics for over 50 years While we have Kidz Bop on heavy rotation in the car, our personal listening habits...more

Letting go of stability

Half marathon training brings out equal parts excitement and nerves for me. I know I’ll never train speed into my legs, but I look forward to the accomplishment, the feeling of excitement knowing I pushed my body past its normal comfort level for weeks on end. Weeks of treadmill training — the gym shower was a lifesaver during our bathroom renovations — made coming back to the hills around our house both thrilling and a little painful ....more

What I know this morning

Storms tore through our state last night. Thankfully the ones closest to our house were flashy and loud without being too destructive. I set my alarm yesterday...more

When a house needs a doll salon

She paints with broad strokes and big ideas, and she makes messes I struggle to let be until she’s finished with one of her games. Our house has been in chaos, renovations on top of renovations, and there are too many things in too many places. The kids see it as an adventure — beds in the playroom! ...more

Contemplating kindergarten at Today

Sometimes he enlists me to be his “piece finder,” a role where he steadily explains or points out the pieces he needs. I find it soothing, some days, to sit near him, sorting LEGO pieces into colors and letting them slide through my fingers until I find what he seeks. Other days tasks await me in other rooms, and I balance the fine line between getting work finished and helping him, wanting him to be independent and soaking in the time remaining before he starts his first year of full-day, everyday school ....more