Operation Get-the-Ball-Over-the-Net is on! Ann Arbor Rec-and-Ed has a tennis teacher named Gary who is awesome.
Michigan-themed pins are now for sale at The Eyrie in Ypsilanti! This adorable shop is down by Side Tracks and Ollie’s vegan-booyah and boozy milkshake Cafe. Got them there in time for Beerfest. You should go there!
We’re moving to co-housing!
Every night this week, Willa and I have read “Look Inside Space,” a highly recommended flap book, as part of our bedtime ritual. Every night, we call Dan into the bedroom so that Willa can say:
“Dad, there are gases swirling around uranus.”
with Susan and Sharon and Jody <3
This was so fun and relaxing, I felt like a little laughing Buddha swirling around in an inner tube.
Willa, 2, couldn’t get enough rounds on the wee water slide. Sploosh!
Thank you, Washtenaw County Parks!
Happy birthday to 5 little people who turn 3 this week.
Willa listened intently to seven chapters of Stuart Little (that’s 50 pages!) before she fell asleep tonight.
Remembering the bees in the lavender bush.
We took 2.5-year-old Willa to the Chabot Science and Space Museum. I’m pretty sure she thought the movie we saw in the planetarium took us to *actual* outer space. Here are the pictures that she drew on our trip, from left to right: (1) The Milky Way (appropriately spiral-shaped!); (2) “a supernova that’s a golazo” (World Cup week) and (3) The Big Bang, or as Willa titled it, “and then energy appeared.”
Oakland and Alameda: (1) Seagulls at the coliseum (2) Willa’s Kabbala phase (3) Bubbles are magical.
Ted Chapman told me this story from Tibetan Buddhism today. I think it is about compassion.
When does a hummingbird sit down and pose for a picture? When it’s in the chillaxingest paradise of Monte Rio, California.
We are deeply grateful to Danny Leshem and Jenny Williams for envisioning this adventure and plying us with gourmet vegan booya meals.
It was a tie! Congratulations to Jo Ann Colagiacomi and Jan Weichun for winning “Where in Jerz?” by correctly guessing the New Jersey vicinity in which today we landed. You have each won this Morristown pin should you choose to accept it.
Had a delicious vegan brunch at the cafe that sells our Inwood buttons
Staten Island, home to me forever.
Marina’s bakery and restaurant at 598 Richmond Rd., Staten Island is amazing!
Thanks, Jay, Jo, Prema & Amaya!
This is supposed to be Willa’s rainbow sprinkle cookie.
A button featuring our buttons, ilLUMENated.
Lulu tested positive for giardia. Today we will spend hours providing, mashing, and delivering four additional human and canine poop samples between doctor’s offices, veterinarians, and laboratories across Ann Arbor.
This button features a small “sample” of fecal illustrations from Google image search.
I love the orchid shape on its body!
In the early deep of the night I heard some vexing chirps and thumps. I discovered another clutch of frogs had fallen into our window well, which is plenty deeper than a frog-hop. One of them with its throat pulsing fast clung to the basement window and locked its eyes on me and I swear he communicated. “Come and help me. Don’t wait until morning.”
So I slumped over the well in the rain and coaxed four into a long net slowly. One at a time they hopped from net to pond and swam rapid laps of freedom.
Then one rescue hopped out and pasted itself at the foot of a sliding door. It peered in. It seemed like for real he was looking to find me.
On any regular day our pond frogs slip into the deep the moment they catch me watching them. But this little fellow let me pick him up with my bare hands. And said goodnight.
Willa quote of the day: “I’m just a baby supernova. I don’t know how to explode yet.”
Here is the supernova that Willa drew on a paper plate this week. My baby girl is a scientist!
Twenty-one years ago today, Dan and I and our good friends hiked up to a lake in Tilden Park in the utter dark. Gary fell in the lake. I fell in love.
(Sorry for forgetting our love-i-versary– er, ‘remembering it late’.)