Texas Book Festival

When Big Brother was Only Brother, we started going to the Texas Book Festival in Austin. He was 11 when I discovered it, so we went for the weekend and hung out at YA panels all day. My non-reader would actually read if he heard the author talk about the book. We went a couple […]

Review: When Life Gives You Pears by Jeannie Gaffigan

I hate that this is the third review I’m going to write about a book (although only the first here!) wherein I call a book about cancer/tumors funny, but there it is. When Life Gives You Pears is hilarious. I’m going to admit that I don’t know much about Jim Gaffigan besides someone I follow […]

Tech Shabbat

We did our first tech shabbat this weekend. Overall, I’d call it a success. We elected to try 7 PM Friday through 7 PM Saturday, so we turned off screens just in time to eat dinner and do the bedtime routine last night, so no one noticed but me. Big Brother was intentionally elsewhere this […]

Review: 24/6 by Tiffany Shlain

I listened to this as an audiobook ALC in my job as a bookseller. A note on the narrator: This book is narrated by the author. She’s good, and when she talks about things like her father passing, you can hear her choke up a bit. It adds some weight to the reading. I think […]

Review: Fuck, Now There Are Two of You by Adam Mansbach

Fans of Go the Fuck to Sleep, now there’s Fuck, Now There Are Two of You. To be more accurate, soon there will be. It’s due in October. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. In case you missed the previous two books in this series, which is totally okay, they’re picture […]

Patients

Thing I thought I’d never say: We put in a bid on the house. Sadly, so did someone else. So, now we wait. We’re up to the highest bid we’re comfortable with, and there’s nothing to do but wait for a call. People prepared me for all sorts of things about attempting to buy a […]

Plague House

Just kidding. We don’t have the plague. We don’t even have any infectious diseases. We just have the worst seasonal allergies of any family ever. Little Brother is actually fine. He sneezes about three times a day but isn’t bothered by it. He’s just napping because he’s a baby and he naps a lot. Big […]

Boys of Summer

We are in that portion of summer in southeast Texas where between 9 AM and 9 PM it is really too hot to have Little Brother outside. Middle Brother is in a big pretending to be wild animals phase, so he normally manages to wear himself out, anyway. Big Brother, of course, would be fine […]

Home

For the first time in my whole life, I went and viewed a house yesterday. If you’re not someone I know in real life, there’s a whole lot you still don’t know about me. I think I previously mentioned that I became a mom at 19, and there’s a whole lot more to that story […]

Review: Grown and Flown by Lisa Heffernan and Mary Dell Harrington

Big Brother is a sophomore in high school this year, and I think this is the perfect time to be reading Grown and Flown. If your child is older than that already, it’s still incredibly informative. This book breaks down common issues we face as our children are preparing for and then leaving our homes. […]