Phone etiquette

Phone etiquette

I took this screenshot of Kate’s Instagram post the other day so I could send it to Susie. Who is Susie, and why would I send her this shot, you ask? Susie is only the greatest family friend one could ever have. She has been a part of our family since we moved...
Summer, day one

Summer, day one

Hooray for summer, for sleeping children (till 6:30 a.m., anyway), for bonfires and s’mores and swim camp and gymnastics and orchestra camp and hot days and most of all, for our upcoming vacation! Because Derek and I are wiped out. A guy at work just went...
Holding the paradox

Holding the paradox

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. –F. Scott Fitzgerald I’ve always loved paradox. How is it that two things so seemingly contradictory can both...
How I love thee, Trader Joes

How I love thee, Trader Joes

What did we ever do without a Trader Joes in Knoxville? I first discovered TJ’s when we were living in Palo Alto. At the time, I was all about the inexpensive wine. (Not 2-buck chuck, though. More like 5-buck sauvignon blanc.) Here in the grand state of...