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All grown up

Jon calls me into the kitchen where Leta is having a snack, and our assistant Katey has just finished up some paper work. I ask what’s going on, and he motions for all of us to look at Leta. The three of us surround her as Jon tries to stick his finger in her mouth, [...]


Several weeks ago Coco destroyed the dog bed that we have in our office, the one Chuck used as his main sleeping area during the night. And so for a while now Chuck has been wandering around at night, from the couch to our bed to the dog bed in the kitchen, never really satisfied [...]

Katey and Marlo

Here’s our assistant Katey holding Marlo the night we all piled in the car and headed down for my Granny Boone’s viewing. When I introduced her to all my extended family they all without fail said in their thick Southern accents, “My, you sure did hire a pretty one!” Yes, indeed, but you should see [...]

Every little thing is gonna be all right

Some of you may have noticed several weird things going on with this website — some code errors here, things not working over there, that not-so-accidental picture of my dog in maternity underwear over in that corner — and there is a very solid reason as to why all of this is happening, and it’s [...]

For my mom

This is just a small shout out to my mother who is really struggling today with the grief over the passing of her own mother and all the crazy explosions that go off in life when something like this happens. I remember when I was growing up in Tennessee how we used to take car [...]

Who, us?

This shot was taken moments after Lily had taken one of Marlo’s toys, and Marlo reached over, grabbed her by the neck and put her in a chokehold. The gross motor development between the two of these kids has the hundreds of knickknacks around my house trembling with fear.

Getting physical

Chuck’s interpretation of Olivia Newton-John, with the kind help of a pair of my maternity underwear.

The cat troll goat diet

Due to a combination of factors, most of which have to do with horrible life-altering catastrophes, I have somehow reached my pre-pregnancy weight. I don’t recommend this diet. It’s not nearly as bad as the one I was on after Leta was born, the Let’s Think About Committing Suicide Every Hour diet, but it’s pretty [...]

When fan art and awesome collide

Last week a reader named Julie Watson sent over this illustration of Chuck and Coco and mentioned that while she thought Chuck was suited to be dressed as a Chinese zen master, she was unable to resist adorning him with a monocle. I think she hit it right on the money, if you ask me: [...]

A bit of Barney Fife in the morning

Artist Justin Rothshank sent me this ceramic mug, one of a collection of pieces he makes using custom made laser decals, china paints, lusters and commercial decals, when he saw that I had compared Marlo to Don Knotts. Love that it’s both dishwasher and microwave safe. And I’ve mentioned this before, but my mother absolutely [...]