Archive for July 2008

Reading and Listening

A few recommendations for your listening and reading pleasure: I am listening, for the third time, to an interview Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and John C. Reilly about their new movie. (I have a 2 year old–I think I missed bits and pieces the first few times.) Hysterical. I can barely type straight because I’m [...]


12 days on the road (1 night, less than 18 hours at home in the middle), 5 nights in a tent, 3 strange beds, over 50 relatives, 3 generations, both sides of the family, more beers than I like to admit, 2 servings of Uncle Howie’s chicken, 2 hotels, 35 driving hours… I am tired. [...]

18 things on July 18

Back from the camping trip, and here are 18 things to catch up on the 18th: Zora just took her first bath in a week (not counting dips in Lake Michigan) Honestly, I was suprised by how not-completely-foul she was. Amazing camping accomplishments: making pizzas (from scratch) over a wood fire; keeping Zora out of [...]

Jumping Beans

One of the first times I got to hang out with moms who I really truly think are my peers: Heidi and Meika went to seminary with me. (And, Meika and I were actually campers together as jr. highers.) While our male classmates’ wives had babies, we studied (OK, and Meika wasn’t married, yet, so…) [...]


Zora and I had a girls afternoon together. Lunch at this place (no brew for Zora, just pizza), and a little strolling and bargain hunting the main street of Holland, MI. Sitting at our table outside the restaurant, I was having a bit of a nostalgia trip. When I was 6, I marched down this [...]

A few travel notes

I am so proud of myself…I packed camping equipment (including a bike, a bike trailer, a stroller, and a toddler), loaded the car, and got out of town on my own. Just because you consider yourself a hipster parents and let your kid listen mostly to “adult” music does not mean said child will not [...]

The Big Read is an NEA program designed to encourage community reading initiatives. They’ve come up with this list of the top 100 books, using criteria they don’t explain, and they estimate that the average adult has only read 6 of these. So, we are encouraged to: 1) Look at the list and bold those [...]