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A little girl turns 5

We are celebrating my daughter's 5th birthday today. I made chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast (with yellow food coloring -- her request). I will be going to her class this morning to read Ladybug Girl at the Beach, and share cookies. Not cupcakes. I had agreed to cookies, then mentioned I would go pick up the cupcakes and she gently reminded me that this was… read more »

The night before

Part of having a backyard pool is arranging for its opening and closing each year. We tried opening it ourselves one time and the combination of the heavy, muddy tarp and cold water made us realize that outsourcing the task was probably a wise use of resources. So now we schedule an opening and a closing. Since we have a heater, we err on the side of having it open… read more »

What I am into now (October edition)

I read a number of blogs that do a monthly round-up of things the blogger likes or has learned during a month. While I have never been too much into recurring features around here, I do like the idea of having one less post idea to brainstorm. Anyway, a few things I am into right now. Sleep. I really thought the toddler sleep battles would be over by now (he is almost 2… read more »

Your next career move should be small

If you're feeling stuck at work, you can quickly fall into a vicious cycle. You know you should do something different with your life, but you're not sure exactly what. The thought of changing jobs or careers is so overwhelming, and you're so busy as it is, that it's easier not to do anything. So there you stay. Jenny Blake's new book: Pivot, suggests an alternat… read more »

Another September in Saugatuck

Laura’s note: I went to western Michigan in September of 2012 for a wedding, and blogged about it here.  I also went back to western Michigan two weeks ago for a speech (see my time diary here). Now, this sonnet.   Four years ago I came to this same place. A wedding brought the siblings from afar. Their mother too — confusion on her face, yet happiness.… read more »