octavius catto

A few weekends ago we drove past City Hall and saw that a statue was hanging in the air from it’s armpits. Big spikes protruded from the base, ready to help anchor the piece permanently. We came home and searched around online to figure out who this statue represented — it was certainly a black…

tokusatsu tuesday: origin stories

One of our favorite venues in Philadelphia is PhilaMOCA. Our experiences there have always been special. The kids shot a dance club scene for a local punk band’s video there (throwing cakes at each other, and Claudia being doused from a ladder with a bucket of fake blood). They took part in the filming of…

first week of homeschool year 2017-18!

It could have started off on the wrong foot entirely. Having had a medication reaction and in the midst of a rather extended period of pain-induced insomnia (I woke up on Sunday morning and did not sleep again until Tuesday night), being chipper and ready to start learning on Tuesday morning did not seem a…

summer’s final exam (part one)

This has been Claude and Béla’s most independent summer ever, and I’m not second guessing when I say it has had moments in it that I am sure they will remember for their entire lives. (Or, in Béla’s case, never remember, due to his concussion.) Yes, this summer of independence did land us with two…

ska 101

Could it only have been a month or so ago that I asked — and I thought I was asking hypothetically — “When are we gonna have a ska show?” I asked this at School of Rock Philadelphia, and I had asked the regional manager. And later that week, an e-mail with a list of…

making incense

We had a significant hiatus in our “making stuff with herbs” theme, and, from looking at their little herb garden the back yard, we had a bit of a hiatus from “checking on our plants to see how alive they are” as well. (Although both kids made me fresh mint tea last week, having seen…

indoor skydiving

To celebrate the eighth anniversary of the night we picked Béla up at the airport after his very long flight from Korea… he and some of his fave people went Indoor Skydiving.   Béla’s close friend (from his former school days), Max, and his family, came along. Max demurred, but Max’s dad ended up getting…

mom’s worst weekend ever: hershey, PA

I don’t think I’ve ever really had a “bad trip” before, but boy, this was one. The shortest possible version: I had no idea how much sensory sensitivity and migraine triggering I would have from being at Hershey Park. I wanted the kids to get to do as much as they possibly could, but the…

“a mirror maze: numbers in nature” at the franklin

An exhibit that Mom here would not be able to handle. I don’t do mirror mazes. We’ll let the experience speak for itself, although Ben says that the exhibit’s definition of the Golden Ratio was somewhat wonky. Seems like they had a good time. Glad it was good for them, because I can barely watch…