I’m Not A Good Traveler, but I Play One on the Interwebz

Orlando was a blast. It wasn’t a little bit fun, it was two and a half days of having every second planned. We had theme parks, restaurants, a luau, The Blue Man Group and a movie in the pool (that was impromptu). The kids were tired, I’m not sure that they’ve ever had that level of activity before. A VIP Universal Tour isn’t the vacation I ever would have planned, but it’s the vacation I should have planned. I’ll post about that another day. I have to say we lucked …

The Day I Took My Kids And My JewFro to Orlando

Last week we were supposed to be in Mexico. Unfortunately I have been starting treatments for my RA, and I absolutely could not be further than a car ride away from my specialists. We did a modified getaway and had a superb time. I got started on Prednisone, and I’ll need several posts to explain just how unpleasant (and sometimes scary) that drug felt.  It was nice to be able to move my hand (for a change), but the trade-off was jitters, nausea and insomnia. It was a difficult week …

Parenting With Urgency

I don’t know that I’ll ever find the words to fully articulate what happened this week. Jane is growing, she’s within four inches of my height, and her hand mirrors mine when we clasp hands. She’s very much a child at just eleven, but wants desperately to be older. There is a new connection, a maturity in conversation. She’s silly, she’s little, but she’s stretching to ask me about more adult things, and she’s becoming very fashion conscious. Alexander too is changing. He’s my sporty little boy, who wants nothing …

There Are No Bellgirls

Maybe in boxing there’s a girl who rings a bell. But checking into a hotel, one always asks for the bell boy or the bell man. One never asks for the bell girl. We got the bell girl. To start off our last family vacation we were both stupefied when a “bell girl” showed up to  carry our luggage to our room. Said bell girl was about 22, maybe 130 pounds, and close to six feet tall. A waif, if you will. On what planet would my husband sit around …