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Pre-teen sturm und drang

I look at my daughter, who is very nearly as tall as I am, though she's just 11, and I think: This kid has got a pretty good life.

Clap along if you're happy

OK, so I know this isn't a weighty topic, but I think after the winter we've had, it's time for a little happiness.

A day without electricity

So we were one of the 11,000 folks without power after Wednesday's storm, and you'd think we'd been thrown to the wolves, given my children's reactions.

A cleaning rampage

It's clearly not spring yet (as I write this, snow continues to obstruct the view through my office windows), but I've been on a Spring Cleaning Rampage.

Dear Mother Nature

Dear Mother Nature,

All right, lady. We need to talk.

Cutting the cable cord

An interesting thing has happened in our home recently. We decided to cut the cable cord (well, I didn't use actual scissors!) and go to online streaming for our television viewing.

Tough day at school

We're having a tough time getting my son to both go to school and to pay attention when he's there.

Snow days/sand days

Oh my goodness — the children are back in school! (Fingers crossed that they stay that way!)

Things I do — and don't — miss about babyhood

Several friends are either about to give birth or have just finished giving birth, which reminded me of my own postpartum days.

An ending

One of my favorite things is coming to an end.