Scenes from Utah

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, my kids and I traveled to Utah early in September, and we had a fabulous time. The trip reminded me for the second time this year (the first was our visit to Joshua Tree National Park this past spring) how much I love the western United States andContinue reading “Scenes from Utah”

Minimalist Packing

Earlier this month, I went to Utah with my kids. It was our first trip back to Utah since we moved away more than six years ago, and it was my first trip by airplane on my own with my kids. Without my spouse to lug things, I decided it was time to practice minimalistContinue reading “Minimalist Packing”

Book Review: When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka My rating: 4 of 5 stars When the Emperor Was Divine follows an American family of Japanese descent from their home in Berkeley, California, to the Topaz internment camp near Delta, Utah, and back again three-and-a-half years later after World War II has ended.

Look, Kids! Missionaries!

We were in the car outside the library, just about to pull away from the curb, when I noticed some movement in the rearview mirror. Walking towards the car were two clean-cut young men, black backpacks, white button-front shirts, little black name tags. I gasped. “Missionaries!” I yelled. “Look kids! LDS missionaries!” The children lookedContinue reading “Look, Kids! Missionaries!”

Weirdos Unite!

Last night, my husband came home from a day-long work event with a story. He and his colleagues were eating lunch together, when one of his colleagues at the end of the table—I’ll call him Tony—revealed that he had seven children. “Oh, my GOD!” came the chorus from the table. “Oh, but you don’t evenContinue reading “Weirdos Unite!”

The Introvert Playdate

Today I planned yet another introvert-unfriendly outing for my introverted self and my two introverted children. We were supposed to meet a houseful of strangers (fellow UU homeschoolers; you don’t get much stranger than that. (Actually, that’s not true. There are a lot of people stranger than that. Like people who like processed cheese orContinue reading “The Introvert Playdate”

Why Put a New Address on That Same Old Loneliness?

On the way up to Maine this weekend (my first time in Maine), I was feeling intractably out-of-place, sort of fundamentally alienated, when we came upon Portland. It seemed like a cute little city. I looked up the population in our road atlas. “Just over 62,000,” I reported to my husband. “That might be aContinue reading “Why Put a New Address on That Same Old Loneliness?”

Six States and Counting

Today I got my Massachusetts driver’s license. From the time I began driving until today, I’ve had licenses in Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, California, Utah, and Massachusetts. I’ve visited DMVs, BMVs, and RMVs. I’ve waited for hours and hours (California) to get my license and registration, and I’ve not waited at all (Utah and Massachusetts).Continue reading “Six States and Counting”

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’; Keep Them Boxes Movin’

The title of this post is a reference to the theme song of the television show Rawhide. I’m not sure I ever saw the show myself, but my parents sang the song quite often when I was a kid, mostly when they were trying to get all three of us kids out the door. IContinue reading “Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’; Keep Them Boxes Movin’”

Calling All Blogging Mamas!

I know that a number of my readers are current or former (or future!) nursing moms, so I thought I’d post about this here and invite you to participate in the Blog Carnival for the Salt Lake City Breastfeeding Cafe. The Breastfeeding Cafe in Salt Lake City is an annual event by the Utah Breastfeeding Coalition to normalizeContinue reading “Calling All Blogging Mamas!”