Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Love, Dad

We're sending letters to Bob while he's gone at camp - with baseball cards enclosed. Today's letter was written by Mr. Rosenberg.

Hi There Super-Buddy!
Hope you are having an excellent time. Mom and I are spending most of our time dressing Teddy up like you and trying to get him to play baseball. It's not working very well! We love you and miss you tremendously! Please say hello to Adam and Caleb (and Todd.)

P.S. (Happy Face Saying 'Fart.' A copy of the picture Bob often likes using to sign off his letters.)

Camp Bus Driver and Counselor Todd.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Headed to Camp

Bob said goodbye to Teddy before leaving for sleep-away camp yesterday morning. He'll be gone for six days - five days longer than he's ever been away from us. He was nervous-excited-worried he wouldn't be able to fall asleep. Mr. Rosenberg and I were also nervous-excited-worried we wouldn't be able to fall asleep.

Night one went fine with no distress calls from camp to home, or home to camp. We saw a happy photo of him on the camp website today. Tonight Mr. R and I went out to dinner, just the two of us.

I think we're all going to do just fine.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Smacksy Sunday Links

The guys headed to climbing camp.  Photo by Trina Jaconi-Biery

Simple habits for daily mindfulness.

Ways to spread love.

Susan Sontag on storytelling and what it means to be a moral human being.

According to scientists, this is the ultimate US road trip.

And a bird riding a moving handrail.

Happy Sunday.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Are You Ready?

When Bob was taking a bath last night, he tried to turn off the cold water but the knob was stripped and just turned and turned in his hand. We had to turn off the water for the whole house to get it to stop. (I filled up the coffee machine with water before turning it off, obviously.) The plumber came in the morning and all is fixed now but last night I had a disturbing realization.

There was no other water. 

No jugs in the fridge or bottled water hanging out on the counter. The water in the earthquake kit was old. I am not prepared for an emergency. I haven't changed out the preparedness kit since before we moved into this place two and a half-years-ago. I always like to know we're ready for anything so this was unsettling. 

I've written about earthquake preparedness before. I know how important it is. I know the supplies that are needed and how to acquire them. I just haven't done it in much too long. Our crappy water faucet was sending me a message and the message was, "Get it together, woman." 

I'm getting it together. Are you guys ready?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


"Did you find everything you were looking for today?"

"Yes, thanks."

"Will that be debit or credit?"


"Anything big going on for you today?"

"Well, I just had the air conditioner in my car fixed which is pretty big since with this weather I've felt like I'm driving around my own sauna."

"Yeah, I take three buses to get here and it's gross."

"I bet."

"And I live in a room I rent in a lady's house and she won't turn on the air conditioner and I'm on the third floor."


"It makes me really happy to get to work."