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  • Space Dust
    There comes a time in everyone’s life when you can’t take a breath without knowing you don’t deserve the air you breathe,when you feel you are at the lowest you can be,when you’ve hit rock bottom.But if you think, for one second, that life…
    - 8 Mar 19, 5:36pm -
  • To Gillian on her 18th Birthday
    And then with one thing or another, 18 years went by.Have you ever been to the batting cages when the pitching machine was set just a little too fast for your abilities but only just a little? You could catch a piece of most of the balls but never ha…
    - 22 Oct 18, 1:09am -
  • To Gillian on Her 16th Birthday

    To Gillian on Her 16th Birthday

    I've been taking a break from this blog for a number of reasons.  I'm not saying I'm not writing anymore; I'm not promising more regular posts from here on out because both of those things seem cliche to me.  It's just that these days, I feel torn…
    - 22 Oct 18, 12:17am -
  • To Gillian on Her 17th Birthday

    To Gillian on Her 17th Birthday

    When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I will no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors. I can accept the idea of my own demise, bu…
    - 22 Oct 18, 12:17am -
  • Messengers of Peace and Love
    It's been awhile, poor, neglected blog.  This year has seen lots of change and happenings both good and bad. I'd like to wrap it all up at some point with a quick overview of our travels through the world.  Maybe I'll get to that before the end of…
    - 21 Dec 17, 12:40pm -
  • Paint!


    Hey, here's my cat, surveying the Christmas aftermath and saying, "Don't look at me, I didn't do it."I adore this picture.On to other things.There was some, shall we say, "overlap" between purchasing the house we are living in now and selling the old…
    - 6 Jan 17, 2:23am -

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  • Mrs. Peacock's Piano

    Mrs. Peacock's Piano

    Hello, 2017.  May you be a damn sight better than the old year.  You kind of have to be.When we first saw this house at the open house weekend, there was an old painted red upright piano in the basement.  It was there for inspection and every time…
    - 4 Jan 17, 11:11pm -
  • Then Rang the Bells More Loud and Deep

    Then Rang the Bells More Loud and Deep

    About five years ago, I purchased a string of these Jonathan Adler ornament/lights to put in a bowl as a Christmas decoration because they each slowly fade and turn colors, but in no particular order so it doesn't look like most "twinkling" tree ligh…
    - 25 Dec 16, 1:10am -
  • Christmas 2016

    Christmas 2016

    Good gravy, will this year never end?*sigh*I suppose I should document our Christmas cards this year.Outside:  Inside:We had the most fun staging this photo, because it's not often that you get to drop a giant tree on your children and then tell th…
    - 22 Dec 16, 3:23pm -
  • Am I Angry?
    Tuesday's election in the U.S. has devastated me like few other things have. Am I angry? Yeah, I'm angry. The night before the election was also the night before I was getting on a plane to go to a week long conference.  I participated in early vot…
    - 18 Nov 16, 1:21pm -
  • Nature's Way

    - 30 Jun 16, 2:47pm -
  • Minutiae - Caterpillar edition

    Minutiae - Caterpillar edition

    I'm not doing so so hot with the keeping up on the blog thingy this year.  It seems every time I get ready to jump back into the regular, some tragedy happens and then I fall off the wagon again.  But that doesn't mean I haven't been documenting my…
    - 19 Jun 16, 12:35pm -
  • More Poetry
    I know, I know, "Who cares about your kids' poems? No one, that's who!" Just the same, I want to keep them and the scraps of paper they get written on aren't really archival material. Hence, poetry entries. The Dormouse participated in a School-Spo…
    - 10 May 16, 9:02pm -
  • dad
    No I haven't forgotten about you, blog. Just too much... too many... ugh, just too.My dad died.Those have been the words I've avoided writing here for weeks now.Not that it would be any more real if I wrote it down or any easier, or more difficult fo…
    - 4 May 16, 9:48pm -
  • This Could Also Be a Syndrome When You Think About It
    The Caterpillar came home one day this week, telling me about the different kids in her group at school. One of whom, she says, randomly yells out the word, "vagina" in class sometimes when it's quiet... "Then he gets in trouble," she says. "Well, t…
    - 4 May 16, 9:22pm -
  • Alice's Tea Party

    Alice's Tea Party

    - 26 Apr 16, 8:30pm -
  • The Awakening

    The Awakening

    One of the first art installations I remember ever seeing in D.C. was the sculpture, The Awakening.  We visited long before I moved here - I was a kid - and how my father knew to drive (or did we ride bicycles?) out to Hains Point and look at it is…
    - 23 Feb 16, 8:14pm -
  • Snowing... Again

    Snowing... Again

    We're on day number five, six, eight, I've totally forgotten, of No School due to "someone saw a snowflake" this year.  I thought we were doing okay until after like the seventh day in a row of kids home from school, I heard screaming from the bath…
    - 16 Feb 16, 10:20pm -
  • They're Love Balls

    They're Love Balls

    We bought these ridiculous Christmas decorations years ago for this project, fully intending to toss them out immediately afterwards, but never got around to that part.  They've been kicking around in the attic ever since.  This year we moved every…
    - 3 Feb 16, 9:21pm -
  • Hairy Ice Balls

    Hairy Ice Balls

    I know, I know.  I'm a 14 year old boy at heart.Looks like someone stayed out too long in the snow.
    - 2 Feb 16, 9:08pm -
  • Now Are the Foxes

    Now Are the Foxes

    One night when we were coming home in the car late last November, we turned the corner to find a group of three or four deer gamboling through the neighborhood. And when I say "gambol,"  I use that not to be pretentious, but because that's the only…
    - 1 Feb 16, 7:57pm -
  • Winter Seating Arrangements

    Winter Seating Arrangements

    Despite it getting pretty cold here in D.C., the living room stays pretty warm because of a large window wall.  But that doesn't mean there isn't significant pushing and shoving to get the last warm spot.Oh good, someone put the cat away.And then th…
    - 31 Jan 16, 8:01pm -
  • My New Favorite Shakespeare

    My New Favorite Shakespeare

    Last month we went to the Folger Shakespeare Library (they do some amazing stuff there, cannot recommend highly enough) and saw Pericles and it was amazing. And not just because The KoH got us seats so close I could put my feet up on the stage and ge…
    - 31 Jan 16, 8:00pm -
  • Noir Morning Routine

    Noir Morning Routine

    Came out of the shower the other morning to find Humphrey Beargart interrogating Lauren Bearcall with the bedside lamp and small child voicing the parts with, "Where were you on the night of January 16th?"There are so many things I love about this mo…
    - 30 Jan 16, 3:10pm -
  • Wondering


    I almost forgot until I was cleaning off my phone that we attended the reopening of the Renwick Gallery on New Year's weekend.  This is the first building built specifically to be the nation's art museum. It used to house the Corcoran Gallery before…
    - 28 Jan 16, 2:28pm -



  • Immunology for Plane Travel

    Immunology for Plane Travel

    Fomites: objects that pathogens hang out on, waiting to get into your body. Vectors: all the other people on the Continue reading →
    - 15 Oct 12, 11:10pm -
  • The Burrito Cycle of Jetlag

    The Burrito Cycle of Jetlag

    Jetlag turns me into a mewling Maslow monster. Some times I will arrive in a city and, knowing in the Continue reading →
    - 15 Oct 12, 12:19pm -


Night Kitchener

  • Now is the Winter of Our Discontent (February)
    It didn’t stop. February, it snowed. And snowed. And snowed some more.Then we went on vacation and it snowed there too. (And boy was it cold.) February, we built fires, we baked cookies and brownies and other things to get you through the latest sn…
    - 11 Mar 15, 11:45am -
  • Heart of Darkness (January)
    Oh January! How naïve we were, bundled up as winter did it’s thing, dreaming of spring not so far off, getting excited about a few inches of weekend snow. January is as good a time as ever for comfort food. It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s hard to…
    - 4 Mar 15, 12:44pm -
  • Failure, Relaunch, Resolution

    Failure, Relaunch, Resolution

    FailureWell guys, I failed, miserably, at keeping up the blog last year. Outside of one month of productive posting, which, WTH?, didn't include any picture or mention of our adventures in Scandinavia and dinner at NoMa (yea we did!) it was a slow ye…
    - 18 Jan 15, 3:02pm -
  • Sweet Sunday in Chesnut Hill Square

    Sweet Sunday in Chesnut Hill Square

    Two Sundays ago (was it that long ago?) I got to hang out with a fun group of Boston Brunchers in Chestnut Hill Square. I was pretty excited when I saw Renee post this event because (a) I miss Sweetgreen and (b) this was the only weekend I was home t…
    - 23 Aug 14, 11:01pm -
  • Old Bay Crispix Mix

    Old Bay Crispix Mix

    Holy OMG Batman. This Crispix mix is out of control. I always dreamed of making Crispix Mix (yes, really) and never got around to it. I have been eating too much of it for breakfast most days, and since I finally found the spice to end all other spic…
    - 4 Apr 14, 12:00pm -
  • Stacked Donuts Pop Up

    Stacked Donuts Pop Up

    Boston-based Top Chef competitor Stephanie Cmar has been popping up around Boston on the weekends with her Stacked Donuts. I've heard good things on twitter, blogs, and other internets, so when eventbrite posted that she was doing a pop up in Somervi…
    - 2 Apr 14, 11:00am -
  • Coming Out of Hibernation

    Coming Out of Hibernation

    Well, blog, it looks like I've been in hibernation throughout the winter. I'm putting together several posts to help us all get through the next few weeks of winter. With any luck they will make you feel warmer and cozier and generally of a good disp…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:56pm -
  • Puritan & Company Brunch with The Boston Brunchers

    Puritan & Company Brunch with The Boston Brunchers

    Last weekend I got to see the Boston Brunchers again, this time at Puritan & Company. I was very excited to get to Puritan & Company for brunch. We've been there for dinner a handful of times and I was always impressed! Chef Will Gilson has an amazin…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:56pm -
  • Pretzel Bites

    Pretzel Bites

    The Superbowl was a big waste of time this year, but I found an awesome new sports snack recipe to make for it. I am a Big Fan of the soft pretzel, and occasionally make big soft pretzels, but came across this pretzel bites recipe on King Arthur Flou…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:55pm -
  • A Bit of a Rut
    We've moved (!!!) and our kitchen is still a work in progress. We're not redoing anything, just trying to unpack. Unfortunately, we're going from a kitchen with tons of cabinet space, to one with next to none! And the cabinets we have, well, they're…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:55pm -
  • Flashback: November 2013

    Flashback: November 2013

    Oh November. Back when the days were warm(er) and you could actually see the ground! As a result of Thanksgiving, I did a lot of cooking and eating in November. I also finally got out of Albany and down to Brooklyn for work. Soft Pretzels! (Told you…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:54pm -
  • Flashback: December 2013

    Flashback: December 2013

    Oh December, we had no idea that three months later it would still be cold and miserable and snowy!We held our annual dinner party. This is a photo of the test recipe, found in Real Simple (…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:54pm -
  • Brunching at Foundry on Elm

    Brunching at Foundry on Elm

    Wow, so the Boston Brunchers made it back out to the Davis Square neighborhood and went to brunch at Foundry.Admittedly, this is not my first time at Foundry. It opened right about the time we moved to the Davis area and we go here a lot. As in, my D…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:53pm -
  • Coconut Banana Bread

    Coconut Banana Bread

    Banana bread is one of those things that you'll do crazy things for, like buying green bananas and leaving them out to get overripe and brown while fruit flies start to invade your kitchen.This banana coconut bread combined one part crazy with one pa…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:52pm -
  • Apple Rosemary Pies

    Apple Rosemary Pies

    Sometime around a few months ago, we had some holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas... About a year and a half ago, I actually wrote this post and I only just found as a saved draft. The recipe was good, so I made the pies again this year. Also, y…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:51pm -
  • Christmas Cookies and Cats

    Christmas Cookies and Cats

    One of my favorite Christmas traditions is taking excessive amounts of photos of cats cooking with my mom. We make a very traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner of borscht and pierogi. The pierogi requires A LOT of work – make the dough, make the…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:51pm -
  • Cranberry Almond Coconut Granola plus a Greek Yogurt Review

    Cranberry Almond Coconut Granola plus a Greek Yogurt Review

    Gosh, as a food blogger, I was seriously missing the Greek yogurt post, so never fear, I'm going to tell you about my favorite one... but first, granola! After a Whole Foods purchase of cranberry-almond granola that was pretty darn crunchy, I asked…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:51pm -
  • The One Where I Fix My Ugly Dresser

    The One Where I Fix My Ugly Dresser

    Have you ever googled for Ikea Hacks? People do some pretty neat stuff! Like this and these.I finally got fed up with my ugly choice of Ikea dresser (fun fact, the tall dresser on the left was a craigslist find in 2005, the one on the right I purchas…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:50pm -
  • Cozy up to this: Snowstorm and Scones

    Cozy up to this: Snowstorm and Scones

    Last month, Boston finally got the snow that never came last winter. We had an enormous snowstorm, complete with driving bans and houses washing out to sea and super duper elevated French Toast Alerts. Thursday night I walked into the Porter Square S…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:50pm -
  • More Somerville Brunching: Ball Square Cafe

    More Somerville Brunching: Ball Square Cafe

    This month, Boston Brunchers descended on the Ball Square neighborhood (yay! more Somerville!!) for brunch at Ball Square Cafe. The owner, Mike, made everyone feel incredibly welcome, plying us with shots of hot chocolate and plates of sweet deliciou…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:50pm -
  • Half bath (if that)

    Half bath (if that)

    Suggestions on inexpensive ways to improve this funky little half bath? I'm thinking a full length mirror where the "medicine cabinet" is and maybe a linen chest behind the toilet. Or a garden? 
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:50pm -
  • Pi Day

    Pi Day

    Is it not our favorite day, here in the night kitchen?It's Pi Day of course! A holiday combining pi and math, who could say no? (Not me.)For previous pie posts, go here: favorite pie is the apple ro…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:49pm -
  • Birthdays Galore!

    Birthdays Galore!

    Or just one birthday, that we celebrated for three days! Why? Because we could we had friends visiting, made big dinner plans, etc.But more importantly, I made red velvet cupcakes. This is new - brand new. I'm not a huge red velvet fan, but the husb…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:48pm -
  • Where We Eat
    I had the opportunity lately to do a lot of restaurant eating. This is not necessarily a good thing (for my wallet), but it has been a fun experience exploring and tasting new things. As is often the case, I usually forget to take pictures of what I'…
    - 1 Apr 14, 6:48pm -
  • Halloween Recap

    Halloween Recap

    Just before Halloween, I came across this recipe from Bon Appetit for Halloween Peanut Butter and Toffee Bark. Hold on to your insulin guys, this thing is outrageous!This recipe calls for 2 Heath bars, 3 Butterfingers, 8 Reese's cups, a pound of choc…
    - 15 Nov 12, 4:30pm -


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