You May Call Me Ma’am Now

Not too long ago, being called “ma’am” (which usually happens in a service-type situation, with a waiter or cashier or what have you) made me feel kind of Grandma-ish. Like I am no longer a vital (nudge nudge) woman in the prime of life. But lately, I’ve decided I like “ma’am” better. After all, ifContinue reading “You May Call Me Ma’am Now”

Corona Library

On Saturday, Cadillac and I headed up to the Corona Library to do a program. Corona is a city in Riverside County (I think) that used to produce a lot of oranges. The city was built around a circular road (a crown, i.e. Corona) and therefore has many big beautiful Victorians and other houses. WeContinue reading “Corona Library”

Your Household Tip of the Day: Easy Off to Clean the Shower

The house we rent has a white fiberglass shower pan. It gets dirty. Like, so dirty I am not going to take a photo of it to show you. It is also difficult to clean, because it has grooves radiating out from the drain like spokes. Gunk gets stuck. Even Cadillac has a hard timeContinue reading “Your Household Tip of the Day: Easy Off to Clean the Shower”

Rock Bottom Remainders at ALA

This is the fact: I generally have a better time when I am wearing flats, not heels. Heels (the possible exception being those leather-soled ballroom dance heels, which I haven’t broken out for years) force me into being an observer rather than a participant. You should be glad I thought of this last night asContinue reading “Rock Bottom Remainders at ALA”

Father’s Day Mountain Bike Riding

Father’s Day, 2012. Cadillac said he wanted to go mountain biking. With me. We shopped around for a bike. We have been shopping for a long time. I bought bike shorts, those things with padding in the crotch that remind me of those huge pads they give you after you have a baby, about aContinue reading “Father’s Day Mountain Bike Riding”

The Day the Earth Stood Still: A Man and a Craft Store

I just finished the editing/rewriting of my next book. Now it has to go to my agent, who will undoubtedly see items that slipped by me. Anyway, I worked a LOT this week to finish it, because the kids get out of school on Tuesday, and it’s really hard to work when they are atContinue reading “The Day the Earth Stood Still: A Man and a Craft Store”

Morning at Children’s Hospital

Recently, I asked the kids’ pediatrician for a referral to the cardiologist, so they could get echocardiograms to see if they have noncompaction cardiomyopathy, the genetic heart condition that runs in my family. I am hoping the kids got Cadillac’s heart. Everyone in his family, on both sides, lives into their 90s, as long asContinue reading “Morning at Children’s Hospital”

All About Towels

I am staring at a big basket of unfolded towels that’s been sitting here for two days and thinking about whether or not I should fold them. In the early days of our relationship, Cadillac would refold all the towels after I folded them. The way I fold them, he said, they didn’t fit asContinue reading “All About Towels”

Imagination, Play, Creativity and Reading

This “These Are Your Kids on Books” poster has gone viral in the past couple of days, and it reminded me of some conversations I’ve had about kids, imagination, and reading. When my daughter was in third grade, she was on the playground at her school. It was a private school, with mostly well-to-do families.Continue reading “Imagination, Play, Creativity and Reading”