Category: Free Time

As time opens up

Perhaps it is the coming spring.* Perhaps it is the lull between sports. But this weekend had a different feel to it. When there are lots of little kids around, chunks of the weekend always feel like survival mode. Not the entire weekend certainly; I have had many wonderful weekend moments over the past decade, despite being pregnant or having a baby for almost… read more »

What I’m into (March edition)

Time for another miscellany post on life right now. Here are a few things I'm into as of this month. The running streak. It lives. I have run at least a mile a day since December 24. It will not live forever, but so far, so good. The pause between sports. Wrestling is over. Little League has yet to start. Swimming is eternal but we don't have any meets right now. Nords… read more »

Nostalgia and forward motion

This weekend featured an interesting mix of memories and signs the kids are growing up. It started on Friday, when I drove to Princeton University for a meeting (I serve on the board of an undergraduate journalism organization). Parking my car felt strange; I never drove while I was a student there. But once I walked out from the garage it was such a nice night it… read more »

Getting the circus metaphor right

Just because something has been around for a long time does not mean it will last forever. The Ringling Brothers circus has been going for something like 130 years. This year is its last. Modern audiences want different kinds of entertainment and shows involving live animals will always have high capital requirements (to say nothing of the ethics). All that… read more »

Travels with my big boy

Longtime readers will recall that my eldest really wanted a cat for Christmas. He did not get a cat. In lieu, he received a promise of two overnight trips with me. We're signed up to spend the night at the zoo later this spring, and he redeemed the 2-night trip to NYC over President's Day weekend. It worked out well; he had a half day Thursday and Friday off, so we got… read more »