Category Archives: Parenting

A Book A Week: January 2016 Reviews

February 1, 2016 · 11:19 am

A Book A Week

The January book reviews are here!

Favorite read: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Most Informative read: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Read More →

Project 2015 Results: Failure and Success

January 6, 2016 · 2:12 pm

Shoot for the Moon`

In 2015, I decided to edify myself by trying to read a book a week. I knew going in that it was extremely ambitious and I don’t have a great track record with following through on my grandiose goals. But I do love grandiose goals. Read More →

On Terror, Grief, and Love

November 14, 2015 · 7:30 am

On Terror, Grief, and Love

Dear children,

Last night I told you that there’s a darkness in this world.  Sometimes people can’t get past the pain, and the anger, and the wanting to be right.  Sometimes people hurt each other. Yesterday a lot of people were hurt and killed.

Today people are grieving. Grief if what happens when you lose something or someone that you love. Grief can make you feel sad and angry and empty all at the same time. Grief can make you want to hold on tightly to the people you love and the things that you know.  Grief can make you want hurt whoever hurt you.  Grief can make you feel anything.  You don’t get to choose how you feel when you’re grieving.   Read More →

My Son’s Memoirs: First Grade Orientation and the Zombie Apocalypse

August 25, 2015 · 11:47 am

My Son’s Memoirs: First Grade Orientation and the Zombie Apocalypse

In the summer of 2015, I was five years old and gearing up for first grade.  I had been looking forward to orientation for weeks, and I couldn’t wait to meet my new teacher and see my classroom.  As luck would have it, I came down with a fever a few days before my orientation, and a sore throat crept in on its heels. The day of my scheduled orientation, I woke up with a fever of 102 degrees, severe pain in my throat, and a painful cough.  Read More →

Obama and Pixie Dust

March 14, 2015 · 2:12 pm

Obama and Pixie Dust

Today I woke up at 5 am to take Yohannes to the airport, and then came home and went back to sleep because I had a fever.

I  woke up again a little while later with two little children running and jumping on my bed.  I fed them breakfast, (graciously made by Solger) and then went back to sleep because I had a fever.

In my fevered sleep, I dreamt that we lived in an apartment complex with the Obamas and the cast of Boyhood. Read More →

A Nativity Story

December 24, 2014 · 9:30 am

That Time I Got Stuck On The Balcony

November 19, 2014 · 2:13 pm

That time I got stuck on a balcony.

A few months ago Yohannes and I went to the Bahamas for a work conference.  I was especially excited, because the last time he went, the conference was on a Caribbean cruise and I didn’t get to go.

That time I got stuck on the balcony.


It was a four day trip and  we left the kids with my parents [insert lots of anxiety here].  The longest I’d ever been away from them was overnight, so this was huge. Aside from the almost $200 we accidentally spent on international phone calls (read ALL the instructions on the phone card!), and a whole lot of mom-guilt, it went very well.

On the first day of the conference, I went back to our room shortly before the keynote speaker began his address.  Yohannes stayed. I heard later that the speaker was quite good, but I think I’m generally too cynical to appreciate a good motivational speech, and I didn’t want my uncontrollable tendency to whisper snarky comments to diminish anyone else’s enjoyment. (“Achieve World Peace In 10 Easy Steps.” How conveniently simple.) Read More →

Nati: A Birth Story

October 13, 2014 · 10:56 am

Nati: A Birth Story


8:00 a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2009 – The nagging abdominal pressure is back for the fifth or sixth time in half an hour, so it’s probably time to get up. I assess the aches and pains in my back and hands before scooting myself to the edge of the bed and trying to get enough leverage to roll into a sitting position. Yohannes is still fast asleep, so I hobble to the bathroom to take a bath which is becoming part of my daily routine (sometimes twice daily). Getting in the bath feels like trying to get a turkey into a two-quart saucepan, but the hot water feels great, and I can hardly bring myself to get out again. I’m 40 weeks and 3 days pregnant, and the timing is perfect. My sisters are visiting for the weekend, and all I have to do is get through a wedding and a birthday party and then I’ll be ready. And if the contractions feel like this the whole time, this whole “having-a-baby” thing might not be nearly as bad as people make it out to be. The pressure turns to a dull pain, and continues to ebb and flow every 7 minutes or so, but it’s mild, and hardly worth mentioning to Yohannes, who will no doubt take it as a sign of the impending Armageddon. I decide to wait until we’re walking into the wedding before mentioning it. Read More →

20 Questions From A 5 Minute Car Ride

August 1, 2014 · 7:45 am

20 Questions From A 5 Minute Car Ride

An inquisitive child can generate more questions than a room full of reporters at a press release about a celebrity sex scandal. Here are my feeble attempts to answer a few of the whoppers that were thrown at me this week.
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Dear Corporate Sock-Makers: I’m On To You

July 24, 2014 · 7:45 am

Dear Corporate Sock-Makers: I'm On To You

Dear Corporate Sock-Making Entities,

I’d like to start by introducing myself.  I’m one of the thirteen kazillion moms who spent a solid thirty minutes sorting through unmatched socks yesterday, and I’d just like to say: I’m on to you.

Several months ago, as I browsed through the isles of the clothing department, and later through endless pages of children’s socks on Amazon, I thought to myself,  How unfortunate that I can’t find a pack of solid white socks that are all the same.  You see, this is all we lowly consumer are really asking of you: to be able to buy sets of socks for our children that are all the same. Read More →