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Internet, I need you to be my girlfriend right now, the one who invites me over on Friday night to have a glass of wine and talk about how, sometimes… not all the time… but occasionally… and at times frequently… husbands can be complete idiots. I really appreciate it. When I’m done I’ll let you [...]

Holiday for Him

I’m going to begin my series of gift guides with suggestions for women (or men) who live with/are married to/would like the right to be able to marry a very geeky gadget addict who leaves a trail of cables wherever he goes. Kind of like Hansel and Gretel in the sense that he’s so absentminded [...]

Featured community question

Why yes, of course, within the first week of the community site being live the questions have devolved into farts. If ever there were a marker for success! Here’s one from Mama M. I answered this question over there, but wanted to expound here because I realize I haven’t ever told you guys the actual [...]

Forever a family of four

Where do I begin. Wait, let me check and see if I’ve had enough coffee… oh you shut it. I’ve already admitted that I continue to drink coffee while nursing. Just don’t tell my mom about all that Mountain Dew. She’d FLIP. So a few months ago, I’d say the morning we brought Marlo home, [...]

On overcoming phobias

A couple of weeks ago when I was cleaning out my closet I found the black rubber tarantula that I bought several years ago in an attempt to scare Jon. He’s been featured here many times (here, here, and most prominently here), so I think at this point he deserves a name. Everyone, meet Randall: [...]

Summer of 1977

You can probably guess that we’ve done nothing the last two days but download and listen to everything Peter Frampton has ever recorded (legally, from Amazon). And step aside Coldplay, Frampton is now the new kitchen dancing music, although Leta has had to ask Jon to turn it down, Dad, more than once. Here is [...]

Jon’s 44th

In an attempt to shed the forty pounds I gained during my pregnancy with Marlo I’ve gone back to eating that one boring diet where you eat healthy green things and avoid all those processed white things, so this means I haven’t had a Hostess Donette in almost seven weeks. The strength! The willpower! The [...]

For those who live with those like me

Yesterday Jon posted what I think is one of the best things he’s ever written on his website about what it’s like this second time around. A snippet: My therapist told me a couple of years ago that she thought I suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) around pregnancy because of what we went [...]

Not Maria’s nursery

Last week we were finally able to put the final touches on the baby’s nursery after what seemed like months of living with piles of crap up to our ears. Because before we could even address the nursery we had to tackle sixteen other projects first, and in the meantime everything we were collecting for [...]

The Armstrong Bathroom Makeover Catastrophe

UPDATE: If you don’t normally read the comments on these posts I highly recommend you make an exception in this case. Holy crap, the nutters have come out! Two years ago when we moved into this house (a process chronicled here, here, here, and here) we knew that at some point we were going to [...]