new year new you

We have been talking a lot lately about how we are experiencing changes that affect our everyday lives and make it seem like the kids, at least, are in the midst of makeovers — or, just new life phases as Bigger Kids. Leaving School of Rock and starting at Settlement was a huge eye-opener for…

mom is special like that

My 50th birthday! But… He literally spent ELEVEN HOURS making this for me. ELEVEN. His own age. Yes he gets school credit. I’m sure Chef Thomas Keller would agree.

they don’t like to wait until my actual birthday

Because I could just die overnight I guess. “Mother at 50”. Freehand embroidery pillow by Béla, who really loves to embroider. Perler bead portrait of me, and balloon from Claude. My only real plan tomorrow is to see “Gretel and Hansel” but we’ll see. I love Alice Krige, always have.

first aztec dance ceremony and lesson

Claudia is working on a low-impact version for me; that’s not gonna help with the incense, but I’ll bring my inhaler next time. Being welcomed into other cultures’ ceremonies is amazing. I didn’t want to take too many images or videos but what generosity and I’m so glad everybody loved it. I am trying new…

GLBL VLLG

Last night, a Wednesday night, I was texting with a friend who asked if I had ever been to GLBL VLLG. (You can look it up for more details than my own.) I said I had not, because some venues that hosted it did not allow children — and frankly, it wasn’t an experience I…

“frig”

Just what one wants to hear in a text from their kid when they are as far away as they are allowed to go independently. I could have asked him twice… but letting him get things wrong is more useful at this point. At least, it is useful when he is inconvenienced. He got everything…