Is this the real life?

On a regular day, we do what is necessary. On a Snow Day, we do what we were made for.

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new year, new…weeds?

As part of our 2016 New Year rituals , my family decided to spend our final day of winter break this week in the garden.  We made this plan expecting to uproot and discard leftover dead growth from last year's harvest, and to cover the newly bare earth with a blanket of leaves.   Sounds perfectly… Continue reading new year, new…weeds?

the 5 stages of reading A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson, has been one of my favorite books for almost a decade now.  Since that time, I have read it twice and recently commenced a third go-around in honor of the movie.  I am enjoying it just as much this time as I did the first, and find… Continue reading the 5 stages of reading A Walk in the Woods

Comic-Con 2015: reflections, predictions, and knee-jerk reactions

Okay, here it is.  After much research, consideration, and pirate prospecting (not as dirty as it sounds...unless you ask a studio executive), I present to you my top five highlights from Comic-Con 2015.  Enjoy! #5 - Fox's Deadpool / Fantastic 4 / X-Men: Apocalypse Gotta' give these guys low marks  out of the gate for… Continue reading Comic-Con 2015: reflections, predictions, and knee-jerk reactions

Daredevil: a redemption story

At the risk of losing all of my fangirl street cred, I have to make an important confession: I did not hate the 2003 Daredevil movie.  The script was weak, granted, and it struggled with tone and motivation (Am I an action movie?  A thriller?  A romance?  Which one will make the most money?).  But… Continue reading Daredevil: a redemption story

emerging incisors and other signs of spring

My youngest daughter is a stunningly beautiful five-year-old with bronze hair and hazel-green eyes.  She is the fire and the clown in our family, always moving at full velocity and stopping only to sleep, if then.  She fears nothing and examines everything; we joke that when she grows up, she will be a doctor by… Continue reading emerging incisors and other signs of spring