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August 2, 2013

School’s out for the summer!

Filed under: Motherhood, Personal — Tags: , , , , — llcall @ 4:13 pm

We got back from Neal’s 10-year high school reunion a couple of days ago, which was kind of epic. (Have I ever mentioned that he went to an international boarding school? It was a weekend full of extraordinary diversity . . . and accents!) I got my grades submitted. I am officially on summer break and have henceforth watched Project Runway, Lost in Austen, North & South. Perks of Being a Wallflower is on tap for today. Also, on Wednesday, we forgot to feed Addison lunch so she didn’t eat from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Oops. I’m also sick. (That makes the whole food oversight thing a little better, right?)

I’m not in a blogging mood right now (clearly, I’m in a movie mood), but I wanted to check in and say that now the only thing between us and our new home is a lot of packing and Addison’s final swimming lessons. In mid-August, we’ll start our new life in the forest, though Neal will be moving stuff up for the next couple of weeks.

Also, I read a couple of interesting things on the internets recently. (There’s some cool stuff out there, you should totally surf it for hours. No need to stop to feed your kids!)

A Terrible Husband  I randomly stumbled on this brand new blog by a husband chronicling his steps to becoming a better husband. As far as I can tell, he’s not really “terrible” but just realizes how far he can go to be a better husband. I liked the few posts I read because they were such simple ideas, but have a lot of power underlying them. I think he’s tapping into some things that I could do to be a better wife, even though, obviously, I’m pretty awesome already.

I Do Not Want My Daughter to Be ‘Nice’  Provocative title, no? I can see where this author is coming from, but I probably relate more to what one commenter said, “Being submissive is a problem. Being nice is a virtue. We should try to teach our children the difference.” I doubt anyone would mistake me for submissive, but nice, I sure hope people attach that descriptor to me! What do you guys think? Do you want your children (or yourself) to be “nice”? Or does that conjure baggage — wasted smiles, wasted energy, people pleasing — in your mind?



  1. It’s not really the right night for me to respond to your questions, but thanks for the links. From the last one, this line really spoke to me tonight: “Which is fine, because God help me if that girl ends up smiling through her entire life as if she is waitressing or pole-dancing or apologizing for some vague but enormous infraction, like the very fact of her own existence.” I am currently realizing that I have been guilty of apologizing for “some vague but enormous infraction, like the very fact of her own existence” in some key relationships in my life. I’m so done with that. I hope.

    Comment by Victoria — August 4, 2013 @ 3:50 am

  2. I can’t believe the move is so close!! Wow. And about niceness… Didn’t Laurel Thatcher Ulrich coin the phrase, “Well behaved women seldom make history.”?? I guess it’s what you want out of life.

    Comment by Audrey Bastian — August 5, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

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