For better or worse, this site has started to become a life update blog rather than being as  kept up to date as I originally planned. I think I can do better, so that will be an aim for the rest of 2019 and beyond. Here’s to that.

Summer started for me a few weeks ago, and I turned 35 that weekend, which was a great time with family and friends. As I’ve often noted, however, these transitions are always interesting, as I spent a week mostly on my own while little L finished up her last week of preschool, and then the last few weeks have been mostly she and I looking for ways to pass the time.

She just turned 5 and starts kindergarten in the fall, which is crazy to me, and at times she appears to be a fully-formed, if still pretty physically small, human being. She has a lot of opinions, interests and curiosities, and it’s often fascinating to watch her work through things. She’s also taken to watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lately, so I bought her a DVD of the original cartoon that I used to watch as a kid, and we’ve been sharing that together. I guess time just keeps circling around.

Wrigley has been part of our family for nearly half a year now, and while having a dog again brings its own complications (making sure we’re not gone all day too often, having to consider what to do with him if we want to leave town, keeping his ever-busy jaws from eating everything in sight), he’s mostly a sweet little guy who still possesses a lot of puppy attributes. He’s curious and loves being part of what’s going on in the house, and in spite her insistence otherwise, loves his mom the best, but I am always glad he’s part of our family.

E is wrapping up her second year of teaching, and I am certain she grew massively over the course of the first year, which didn’t always mean that everything was easier in year 2, but I saw her handle the whole year with grace and a sense of confidence that she justifiably lacked during her first year. I’m looking forward to seeing her continue to grow at work.

At home, we’re also closing in on our second anniversary and just over six months of home ownership (has it only been that long!), even though we’ve only been in the house less than half a year. It’s often been frustrating, as little problems like leaky pipes coming from our water heater or faulty electrical wires are now our responsibility, and the adjustment from just having to call the landlord hasn’t always been fun, but in many ways, having a house of our own, where we know we’ll be for the foreseeable future, is really fantastic. We’ve already upgraded in several areas, and while I’m sure we will continue to (E starts to get antsy when things are the same for too long), I think we’re settling in pretty well.

This summer will be pretty busy, with E and L heading off on a camping trip with her parents next week (no thanks on sleeping outside, even if there is a nice camper involved), and then we’re all off to Curacao the first part of July, just after our anniversary on July 1 (don’t worry, I have a plan for that, too). Mostly, I think we’re all just looking forward to doing a lot of nothing. I’m teaching a few classes, but those don’t take up a lot of time, and I’m keeping busy with the new podcast, doing some writing, and watching a lot of baseball (Go, Cubs, go!).

In the mean time, enjoy some nostalgia with me. Unless, of course, you aren’t old enough to have seen it the first time. Then just enjoy it now.


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