Kid Milestones: Unlocked!

My youngest turned 10 a couple of days ago, but this morning it really hit me. We have NO kids in the single digits anymore.  Milestone unlocked. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s bittersweet– she’s our BABY, she’s not supposed to AGE!– but we all know how the days are short but the years are long already,Continue reading “Kid Milestones: Unlocked!”

The Library and Me: A Fomite’s Tale

At ALA, someone from the organization interviewed me and asked what libraries mean to me. I told him lots of things. How I won several consecutive years of the library’s summer reading contest as a kid. How heavily my family uses the library (not just for reading, they also sponsor lots of activities, like jewelryContinue reading “The Library and Me: A Fomite’s Tale”

Comic-Con 2012

Comic-Con was in San Diego this past weekend, and it was a zoo. About 140,000 people attend. Then there’s more random stuff people can do downtown, so even more people who aren’t attendees go. It is elbow-to-elbow crowded, but people are generally pleasant and wear creative costumes, so it’s a fun atmosphere once you canContinue reading “Comic-Con 2012”

20 Free or Low-Cost Summer Activity Ideas for Kids

It is May. I am afraid that this does not adequately express the panic in my voice. It is MAY, people! May means the last full month of school. May means JUNE is coming very very soon, which means school will be OUT. Phineas and Ferb say: There’s 104 Days of Summer Vacation, And schoolContinue reading “20 Free or Low-Cost Summer Activity Ideas for Kids”

Hinamatsuri: Japanese Girls’ Day

For Girls’ Day (Hinamatsuri) when I was growing up, my mother and I would make a display of dolls we had. I still don’t have the Emperor/Empress dolls that some people have, but I still do have these Japanese dolls. I like dolls in theory. I don’t like them in home decor. That is, IContinue reading “Hinamatsuri: Japanese Girls’ Day”

In Which Margaret Forces the Children to Be Cultured and (Nearly) Fights Hipster Parents

In my never-ending quest to win the Worst Mother in the Universe, Hands-Down (I hope my trophy comes with Hands-Down on it) I took the kids to LA on New Year’s Day to LACMA. Which is the LA County Museum of Art. My MIL used to lament how none of the Dilloway girls had anyContinue reading “In Which Margaret Forces the Children to Be Cultured and (Nearly) Fights Hipster Parents”

Food Bits

For as long as I’ve known him, Cadillac has been looking for Double Bock by Sam Adams. “It’s the greatest beer on the planet,” he always says. For one reason or another, we never found it during all these years. Once we were told it was the wrong season; it’s only produced in the fall.Continue reading “Food Bits”

Making Vanilla Cake

I just finished reading Garlic and Sapphires, Ruth Reichl‘s account of being the NYT food critic (yeah, it’s been out forever but I’m late to a lot of stuff). I loved how she included recipes instead of photos, so you can make the food she’s talking about. There’s a point in the memoir where sheContinue reading “Making Vanilla Cake”