So much to come back to after this long layoff. Apologies to all of you for how long that turned out to be. Thursday night featured Patrick’s last freshman band concert: a fine concert given by three of his school’s many musical groups. I thought about it briefly after his band finished their part of … Read moreReturns


Just some odds and ends to clean up as we head toward the weekend… Thanks for the notes on the cat. Tonight, she’s feeling frisky and was eating (and actually stole a chicken nugget from the table in front of Zoe). So I have no idea what it was…Just some moment of weakness or sickness … Read moreCleanup


It was a big day yesterday for Minnesota’s new favorite son. The timing was right, the day was gorgeous, and it was the perfect opportunity for our very own T-Paw to declare his candidacy for the presidency…In Iowa, not his home state. Yes, America, like pestilence or an STD, the leadership of Tim Pawlenty is … Read moreDeclaration

Grass up to here

We came out of the storms over the weekend fine–very wet, but fine. Really, just about all it did here at the ol’ Lathrop homestead is rain all weekend, with periods of heavy rain, and a few patches of extremely heavy rain. The winds never really came up much, and honestly, it didn’t even thunder … Read moreGrass up to here


Sometimes, I think that the only thing worse than taking care of kids is taking care of pets. Pippin went into one of her near-death periods on Saturday. She goes through times of throwing up everything she eats about once or twice a month, and she had been throwing up pretty regularly for three days … Read moreDeathwatch


It’s about 9:30 p.m. and, with the exception of the storms rumbling through the state (but not here) all is quiet. The world is still here, most people are still here, and all is moving on. In the meantime, we had our small family celebration for the girls’ birthday. Gifts were opened this morning, followed … Read moreCelebrating


It’s hard to figure out how to tie these two items together in any sensible fashion, so I’ll just spit it out for you. The splints are out. Gone. No longer residing in my nasal passages. I can smell better, breathe better, and according to the pathology report, the polyps and papillomas were benign. It … Read moreGone


It’s always with mixed feelings that I return to work after a break. On the one hand, it is the job, which provides the money and benefits that the family lives off of. But rattling around the house worry free also feels pretty good. It’s the job stresses and office politics…oh, and the having to … Read moreBack

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