WE ARE HERE, david threlfall is in troy

Claude finished Stephen Fry’s Troy in one evening. Have you seen the size of that book? I wanted to test and see that she’d really read it but Tuck was a better candidate for this and soon they were indeed throwing around proper nouns and information neither of them could have known if they weren’t…

happy thanksgiving

The last few years we have made every traditional starter, side dish and dessert, but no turkey — because nobody likes turkey here. But I wanted the skin, and I wanted to make soup, so we had a turkey. One individual benefitted in particular. In an earlier fit of unrepentant fandom I had scoured the…

pleased by yeast

He did his experiment. He gets it now. He would like to bake with yeast today but is busy cooking with alcohol for the first time (cranberry sauce). He was told to put two glugs in it. I’m no backseat chef. Everyone is happy with how his cranberry sauce tastes slightly different than our usual,…

pretty vacant

Me: There was lip balm everywhere and now there’s lip balm nowhere. Béla: Be like that, don’t it. We went down to FDR Park but it was almost as crowded as when people tailgate there. This, though. I love it. They had music lessons, and we are finishing up our Thanksgiving shopping list. I found…

out. about. a bit, while we can.

But it’s not the same. We have to go to about four different stores to get everything we need for Thanksgiving. I don’t like the kids in stores; this is the second time they’ve been in one since first lockdown. That was holiday-related as well. At “the good” Shop-Rite we made purchase estimations pre-shop, and…

no more counting

The next thing we will be counting is people, not days. That’s how we should have started. Then it could have ended sooner. The kids seem really happy to be back to analog learning but we are all glad we tried something new. I have cold symptoms and though they do not match up with…

day 247?

I don’t know. Another friend lost to COVID.

day 246

A year ago. Our standard shenanigans topped with a heart-pounding dose of love. (This tunnel was made entirely of packing tape.)

day 245

Are these pandemic-related vocabulary and spelling words? Could be. Claudia received her questions today to do her magazine interview with Excellence Through Classics. She’ll complain that I got her this; just wait. I can hear the specific academic complaints already, that’s what’s scary. We can watch Jeeves and Wooster all winter, girlie.

day 244, coda

I love these more than words can say! They are so exactly reflective of our relationships at this stage of our lives. I LOVE my maturing face. I had no idea I loved it this much! I’m going to get in a lot more pictures.

day 244

wow. i know most folks don’t think of Natalie as a household name but classicist comedians certainly do. It’s very hard to get her live BBC programming in the States but Claudia loves her novels. And Natalie Haynes loved her Halloween costume. Claudia BEGAN her day unusually early with a four-week class in LGBTQIA+ mythology…