Run, Michael, Run!

Back in December I wasn’t very happy with myself. I not only was feeling a bit old after turning thirty-seven, but I’d gained ten pounds after eating more holiday cookies than Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. It was in the midst of this stupor that Tia Leah (the family’s resident marathon runner) mentioned she was…

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Ham Like Me

You’ve probably realized this by now, but Annabel is kind of a ham. She comes by it genetically. Hams? Us? Mike and I were both outgoing kids who didn’t shy away from crowds. We liked making the people around us laugh. Annie is exactly like us, and right now she has an easy audience in…

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Android Annie

All of a sudden Annie is all about robots. This likely has a lot to do with the fact she learned “the robot dance” in her dance class, but I’m sure it didn’t hurt that her Bampa gave her a wind-up robot toy (or that her favorite Yo Gabba Gabba character is Plex). I mention…

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Head Case

Thank you all so much for all of your suggestions for my migraines. I am writing this in a room with the lights off and my computer on the lowest brightness setting. Hopefully I can type all this out myself, but Mike has offered to take dictation for me, because he is awesome like that….

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The Vacuum Blues

There’s a running joke in one of the great comedies from the Eighties, “Mr. Mom,” about how a little boy around Annie’s age is absolutely terrified of the family vacuum. Whenever his Dad (“Mr. Mom”) tries to vacuum the house, the little boys loses it. It’s funny stuff, but I always assumed it was pure…

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