practical magic

The last three Easter’s in a row had good hauls (including bikes, one year), but also are remembered for being days where, sadly, something unpleasant happened as well (“Mommy, there’s a lump in my neck,” having been my least favorite). Claudia would be less likely to measure this pattern, but I could tell Béla was…

various (incomplete)

I know this kid who suddenly had a passionate desire to see the water bill be lower than it’s ever been. We talked to our neighbors and ours is, and has for years, been ridiculous compared to the friends around us. Béla’s very vested in this and he suggested that the fact that the third…

happy quarterlife crisis, tucker!

Tucker wouldn’t know how to have a quarterlife crisis if you drew him a map to it. Plus, he’d probably tell you that as an autistic person his life expectancy is 54, so you lose, his quarterlife was some time ago and your joke is as stale as some Catskill comic’s. It’s really hard to…

the lightning thief

Well, pictures are worth a lot of words with this kind of thing. Suffice it to say I didn’t know there WAS a Percy Jackson musical, or that it was ending its run in Philly soon, and well, thank you Tucker, because his birthday is tomorrow and this was more or less his birthday gift…

claudia takes the national mythology exam

I’m not even sure how we came to know this exam existed, but Tucker had taken it (and done very well) in high school — he had also taken the Latin and Ancient Greek exams (and I think had received perfect scores at some point). Wherever we found it, it was certainly within Claudia’s abilities…

valentines, grey belts, and lupercalia cake

Oh, the whirlwind of the completely unconnected!!! First, Valentine’s Day. We don’t make much of it, but, why, Mom, why. As you can hear, Béla was a bit under the weather. This love-filled treat did not help. He was happier with the David Byrne valentine card he had snagged for himself — he and Claudia…