Archive for October, 2009

so November is National Novel Writing Month…

…and in honor of that I declare my participation in a lesser festival, International Dissertation Writing Month!

Basically, this means nothing–as every month is Dissertation Writing Month–except that I’m going to keep a word count for November. This may be a crazy idea because I may not actually want to know.


Mary and her dolly

Cute, eh?

why I haven’t blogged in a week

Almost a week, anyway–I am busy. Want to know why? Here’s what we’re doing:

* Conor just finished indexing a book…at, like, 8:00 this morning. So all weekend I have been wrangling kids and keeping the house running while he worked on that.

* Grading papers. I always forget how long it takes. I used to be able to just put myself in grading jail until they were done; however, grading jail is a lot less effective when you’re jailed with two toddlers.

* Working on my dissertation–which is going well. I’m cruising along. Me and Graham, we’re buddies.

* Canning applesauce. This was yesterday’s project. I put in three big bags of apples, got three jars of sauce. But it is totally delicious. They are, at least, quart jars. This whole canning thing, which I’ve never done before this summer, really reduces your “huge pot of whatever” to a “sort of emptyish huge pot of whatever.” Plus the kids ate it.

* Feeding Wesley [and Mary]. Wesley’s in a growth spurt and he is…well, he’s back to the phase that Conor called the “very hungry Wesleypillar.” And he is still hungry. [Still waiting on the two weeks in the cocoon part.]

* Helping get Grandma set up with a new computer [she’s finally going Mac! yay!] and high-speed internet. Conor’s uncle is fielding the high-speed changeover, but Conor spearheaded the change to Mac [and the new computer in general]. This is totally necessary, because Grandma’s old computer was…well…I’m not sure what it was doing. It was clearly about to die spectacularly. So, she’s up and running and will be getting her cable internet tomorrow.

So, no real blogging going on! But I’ll do better soon, I promise; I plan to take some pictures. That’s always good for a post or two.

this is just to say

I have eaten
the brownies
that were in
the freezer

and which
you were probably
for dessert.

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold.

[sorry, WCW.]

the sun came back

…so we went to the park.

Mary is so big.

Wesley says, “What? It is SO for going up.”

Mary watched some bigger kids.

And she ran around.

Wesley snuggled the dinosaur. [It is not, in case you’re wondering, the least bit soft or snuggly.]


Wesley made a friend.

Wesley also explored the world wearing his first big-kid shoes.

We ended our trip with a swing session:

Where’s your tummy?



We’ve been watching “A Hard Day’s Night.” Mary saw Paul’s grandfather come into the picture and exclaimed, “He’s a king mixer!”

I said, “Is Wesley a king mixer?”

She said, “No! Wessy not a king mixer! Wessy a toddler!”