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Swimming, holiday lists, conference panels

We went swimming twice this weekend. One of the YMCAs in the general area has family swim until 10 p.m. on Friday nights, and that’s wound up being a fun way to transition into the weekend. The kids had a good time then, and so we also decided to go on Sunday afternoon.
The Sunday trip was one of those parenting moments that you just have to shoulder through, knowi… read more »

How to burn off that Twix bar

In September my Fitbit battery died. This became an opportunity to see if I wanted to keep the Fitbit in my life. I’ll admit I’ve been a bit obsessed with my step count, calorie count, etc., but I decided to replace the battery, because I do like the accountability.
Plus, some days you walk a lot, and it’s nice to get credit for it.
Friday was one of those days… read more »

My 4th quarter update

I’m not sure that I actually created a blog post about goals for 2014. I can’t seem to find one. I know I had a few in mind so, as we enter the 4th quarter of the year, it’s time to check back in with them.
1. Finish the Book-Formerly-Known-As-Mosaic. On track for this one, as long as we nail down the title soon! The bulk of this 75,000-word manuscript is finishe… read more »

Random Thursday thoughts

I wrote this when I was up early. In my pregnant state I have trouble getting back to sleep, so my general rule is that if I pop up after 5 a.m., I don’t try. Last night I went to bed at 10:30 and slept straight through until 5, so that’s not bad. I cranked out the article I needed to, so now on to blogging. A few mid-week thoughts:
We’ve been marked. We have a fancy p… read more »

School lunch: Better than you think

City Journal published my article on school lunch recently, “If you serve it, will they eat it?” The gist is this: a number of districts are doing some fascinating things to upgrade school lunches. This is partly in response to changing federal standards, but also in response to the foodie culture that’s taking over chunks of the food industr… read more »