Category: Weekends

Judging a weekend by the right standard

Weekends have been rough of late. The 2-year-old's sleep is disordered (still), which means that staying up remotely late is a recipe for trouble. He no longer reliably naps, so there's no break. There has been a lot of kid bickering, and people want to do activities, but they don't want to do the same activities, and any other kid's suggestion will be met with a… read more »

Lux Aeterna

This was All Souls Sunday, and the chamber choir I recently joined performed Faure's Requiem during the service. It was quite an experience -- quite moving. Words don't do well to describe music, but there were a few chill-causing moments for me. One of my favorite parts is when the sopranos come in all alone singing "lux," held on a C for two measures until the o… read more »

Weekend and life updates

I wrote last week that I was crashing toward my next book deadline. I am happy to report that I turned in my manuscript around 3 p.m. on Friday. That left just enough time to cross another nagging to-do -- coloring my hair -- off the list before the kids got off the bus at 4:05 p.m. I am efficient like that (and frugal! I should calculate how much money I've saved in 20 y… read more »

Fitting it all in — the long weekend report

Our school district gives days off for Rosh Hashanah, so we just finished a 4-day weekend. In my last blog post, I wrote about our Thursday excursion to Ricketts Glen State Park, which did not quite go as planned, thanks to the bull dog incident. That seems like ages ago now, though, because this weekend was so full (not busy! I don't like that word. Full.) On Frid… read more »

Long weekends with small children are not relaxing, and other truths about parenting

We just survived a 3-day weekend. While 3-day weekends imply relaxation, for our demographic it implies three days with no school or other such breaks. We were also trying to do a few summer things before summer was over, but so was everyone else on the East Coast, and the weather was not 100% cooperative either. So...not relaxing. One major source of stress: d… read more »