Weekend Ramblings

Weekend 12.11

"Zoom in, Dad!!" Raines cried.  "ZOOM IN ZOOM IN ZOOM IN!!!"  Pax, sitting on the other side of Mike, was stuck in siren mode, a constant wail of "AUUUUGHHH," coming out of his mouth. Mike, nonplussed, battled it out, doggedly pressing buttons on his X-box controller. But within moments, it was over. Master Chief had been eliminated and was now...

Weekend 12.4

We're a little off balance this week -- but still making apple crisp. And of course there's the fun stuff: beanie, snoods, tiny shorts, fuzzy Birks & more. Join us!
We had a pretty great time in Killington over Thanksgiving, but this week has been rough. I must be getting to that stage of life where Real Problems start occurring (with increasing frequency) to the people I love and…yeah. Not the best week. When I’m thrown this off balance, I tend to make a mess. As in a physical one. And...

Weekend 11.27

A little low expectations for a low-key Thanksgiving (+ a little truth), & all my actual Black Friday purchases (clothes, skincare, makeup, linens...etc.,)Let's jump in!
We spent our Thanksgiving driving up to Killington, VT. We're here to watch the World Cup opener, and my kids are over-the-moon that we might actually spot Mikaela Shiffrin (one of the most exciting skiers...ever). I credit one of her old Visa commercials (where she's completely immersed in an ice bath) for why little Pax -- gritting his...

Weekend 11.20

Fancy parties all around for these kids, plus party dresses, stretchy jeans, silk pajamas & more fun fashion worth noting (oh, then there's that Rittenhouse verdict also, boo.)
Pax finally had a long-awaited birthday party last night. He obviously didn’t have one last year (pandemic), and the year(s) before that…well. I actually don’t like kid birthday parties (there’s something about unreachable expectations and indulgence that, IDK, makes me give up before I begin), and his birthday sometimes falls on Thanksgiving, so, long-story-short, the kid doesn’t remember his...

Weekend 11.13

We have a new crossing guard. This may not seem like a big deal, but in the Philadelphia public school system, one is not guaranteed a crossing guard...or a school nurse or a counselor or art classes or windows that open or...anyway. I'm getting off track. So yeah -- we have a crossing guard now. And? He's awesome. From a block...

Weekend 11.6

I’ve been sick all week. I have, what is likely, a mild cold, but I haven’t been sick in so long - since well before the pandemic - that I’ve forgotten what it feels like. called Linzi, to whine.  “I’m SICK,” ...

Weekend 10.30

I’m running late to school pick-up, so I call Pax’s phone. He picks up. I hear chewing in the background.   “Pax?” I say. “It’s Mum! I’m running late, but I’ll be there in 3 min!” He’s still chewing, and I can hear him rustling around. “Pax? Can you hear me?” I hear his little, “hey-lo” so I launch back in. “Ok good...as I was...

Weekend 10.23

We're talking space, time & cataclysmic, planet-ending events, plus a potential cure for cancer. Then there's the fun stuff: cute dresses, cashmere, Halloween & gifts.
Mike has declared Sundays as Family Documentary Watching Night. Mike being Mike, of course, chose NOVA’s The Planets, a five-part series on the planets in our solar system. It is both fascinating and…depressing.   Deeply depressing. It turns out, as our Sun ages, it not only gets hotter, but it also grows in size. Which means, one day (roughly 5 billion years...

Weekend 10.16

Turns out being on camera & talking on camera are 2 different things. My tales of vaccine informercial, plus beauty we want now & fashion deals too good to miss.
I’m reasonably comfortable in front of a camera. I’ve been, uh, posing for photos for more than 10 years now, and have done my fair share of video, too. But my at-home setup is nothing like the professional studio I found myself in. And it’s not Syd on the other side of the camera -- with her easy way and dry wit...

Weekend 10.9

Hi gang - Em here. I’m only too honored to be pinch hitting for S on this round of the weekend post. I feel a bit like a guest anchor holding down Weekend Update at SNL (no pressure!). Here’s hoping I don’t flub my lines. Chris and I are both only children. It’s been a bit of a point of...