Tuesday, August 11, 2015

summer fun.

the best part of granny camp, well, one of the best parts, is going to dragonland pool with our co-bro's (cousin-brothers).

there are slides and floats and waterfalls.

it's endless fun, really. and the kids look forward to it every year.

of course my twinnie can't help looking glamorous where ever she goes.

summer, where did you go?

Friday, August 7, 2015

country roads, take me home.

this is the road i grew up on. until i went to college, it was a gravel road with no name. it was about a mile and a half long and connected two larger (relatively speaking) roads with hundreds of acres of corn crops in between.

there were two houses on this road, including ours. neighbors were few, solitude was plentiful.

i am missing home today.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

first day of fourth grade.

no nerves. no tears. no weeping and gnashing of teeth. And the boy also was fine. hurray for the first day of fourth grade!

See previous first days here:

third grade

second grade

first grade


Thursday, July 30, 2015


we are back from the heartland and i am already missing my twin. not to mention the fresh sweet corn and tomatoes, the low humidity, the Rack-O tournaments, the three-day Monopoly game and the thrift store shopping.

I miss my people.

I miss the corn fields and the flat land and freshly painted barns. i miss my late night twin-chats talking about who we want to be and where we are going and how we want to change the world.

i miss hugs from my mom, and hearing my dad chuckle while he watches a movie with his grandsons.

i miss reading hardy boys out loud and bursting spontaneously into the Illinois state song.

I miss my people. I really do.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

a lot has happened.

first off, it rained. and rained. and rained. and rained.

and then it rained some more.

and little league games were rained out. five times in a row.

and then we had to cancel our vacation to florida because the baseball tournament wasn't over.

but then the sun came out.

and we played ball.

and it was glorious.

the boy's all star team went farther than the teams before them have gone in league history in this particular tournament.

so it was super exciting and i was so proud to watch my little nugget play.

and then we had ice cream. mango lassi sorbet at jeni's.

and then i got a kidney stone.

but i lived.

and now the sun is out and we have half the summer left.

let's hope for lots and lots of good things to come.

Friday, June 26, 2015


we dropped off canned goods at the boy's school today, collected by us and our friends at BUMC.

so glad our amazing teachers deliver food to hungry classmates all summer long, and so happy we could help.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

room with a view, a storm and a ufo sighting.

i'm learning to use the time lapse photography functions on my iphone. can u guess what the ufo really is?

Monday, June 22, 2015

summer = baseball.

it was a blockbuster weekend of baseball. Five days of practices followed by tournament games friday, saturday and sunday in the scorching heat. 

and you know what? i loved every minute of it.

the boy did well. his team got second place in the tourney.

we have practices all week and another tournament this weekend. then we are off to the beach.

ah, summer.

ps Go 'dores.

Friday, June 19, 2015

my kid is an all-star. but then, we already knew that.

yes, the boy made the all star team. his rowdy band of special snowflakes have a brutal schedule of daily practices and two weekends of tournament play. the first game is tonight. let me know how the 'dores are faring, cuz i'll be at my little all-star's game, cheering him on as only a true little league mama can do. loving it (and him) so much.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

TBT: because why not.

if we are doing a throw-back thursday, it's gotta be this and only this.

the absolute cutest child ever on the face of the planet.

milk mustache and all.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

not happy. happy.


 not happy: jeni's splendid ice creams did not open as planned in my building.


jeni's, please get well soon.

(image property of Vanderbilt University)
happy: the reigning 2014 college world series champions, the vanderbilt commodores, are back in omaha. Go 'dores!

Friday, June 12, 2015

summer pleasures.

this is one of many summer pleasures: the peach truck. now appearing every thursday at the Vanderbilt farmers' market.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

an embarrassment of riches.

i saw this bloom yesterday just outside my office at Vanderbilt, where we often describe the campus as being encircled by a "magnolia curtain." a lovely thought.
what a privilege to be surrounded by magnolias.

so beautiful. so ridiculous. so enchanting.

magnolias are unashamedly conspicuous. huge by flower standards, they burst forth effortlessly and abundantly from the tough, woody branches of what are essentially overgrown shrubs.

these shrubs (seemingly unaware that they are not trees) grow to such heights that many of their blooms are never in peril of being seen by human eyes, much less plucked. but when one sees a magnolia blossom in repose on a low-lying branch, it is tempting, of course.

the stems are impenetrable without good gardening sheers, making the bloom that much more desirable: the impossibly white diaphanous slivers of velvet, perfectly cupped to catch dew and rain, its delicate scent a whisper, an afterthought.

so ostentatious. so humble. so improbable.

when i see them, I am reminded that beauty is indeed all around us.

i am reminded that it is not such a bad thing to be more than you need to be, to achieve more than what others expect of you.

it is not such a bad thing at all to disregard categories and stereotypes and humble origins and simply be who you were born to be: your ridiculous wonderful self.

Monday, June 8, 2015

a little magic for your monday.

i saw this almost-heart-shaped mushroom on the lawn outside my building as i was coming into work. pretty magical, don't you think?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

in the green.

the common space is coming along. the plants are taking root and the mulch has been carefully laid.

the fire pit is nearly ready to light, and the water feature (not pictured) is on the verge of burbling.

Patio tables and chairs have been ordered. workers busy themselves with details every day.

in the lower level (at the top of the image) there will be an additional gathering space with a big screen TV, and more seating. a large, shining outdoor grill is already in place.

can't wait to take advantage of this beautiful little oasis.
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