Category: Weekends

A gala, the yellow belt, Bob books, Panera

We are still in the lull between sports (baseball starts next week), so that makes for more open space on weekends. It has its ups and downs. The kids spend a lot of time on the computer or their kindles (or the TV) and I feel like as I turn off one screen they drift to another one. Also, it's tempting to feel like I should be doing more chores if I'm around the house, so I… read more »

Friday miscellany

I spent several hours last night at the local high school for the Reading Olympics, which my 9-year-old was participating in. The judge asks questions about books from a list of about 30 books. The teams huddle and appoint a spokesperson to answer the question. My son had been told the requirement was to read five of the books, and so that is what he did. His tea… read more »

Put me in the zoo

Frequent readers may recall that my 9-year-old asked for a cat for Christmas. He did not get a cat. In lieu of one, he got two overnight experiences with me. We went to NYC over President's Day weekend, and this Saturday night, we did an overnight excursion at the Philadelphia Zoo. This was somewhat of a mixed experience. The cool parts were getting to walk aroun… read more »

5 ways to make over your Mondays

One of the joys of self-employment, and working from home, is that Mondays don't feel like Mondays to me. It has been ages since I have felt any sort of dread. But my toleration for Mondays is not just about Mondays being OK. There isn't this stark contrast with weekend indulgence. Indeed, my weekends haven't been all that relaxing for the last 10 years. Maybe… read more »

Thank goodness for butterflies

We try to be strategic with our weekend family activities. With four small children, big crowds, lines, and anything overlapping with nap time is just going to be a problem. We decided Saturday morning we wanted to hit the Philadelphia Flower Show, but it didn't open to the general public until 11 a.m. So we quick went online at 8:30 a.m. and joined the Philadel… read more »