Thursday, March 21, 2013


I just sent an email to my son's teacher to complain about an article that he was asked to read for a "Current World Issues" high school class.  The article contained fairly graphic descriptions of a sexual assault, including the term "digital penetration."  I hypothesized that the teacher either didn't read the article himself or he thinks the term has something to do with an iPad app.

I hope I didn't really say that in the email.  But somebody should!

Monday, March 18, 2013


Quinn is fifteen years old today.  Tomorrow we will go to the DMV to get his driver's permit.  Today he is lounging in the living room watching this episode of Looney Tunes.  And giggling.
I love that kid.
Happy birthday, big guy.

Sunday, March 17, 2013


I am a pretty good speller, so my chiropractor was a bit shocked that I didn't understand his question the other day.  You see, I've been dealing with tailbone pain for about ten months and he was ticking down a list of questions:  any problems with bowel?  bladder?  leg pain?  numbness?  tingling?

He said that he was curious about possible involvement of S2 or pedandal nerve or sacroilliac joint or . . .

Then he asked, "Any problems with 'esseyex?'"

"What's the 'esseyex?'" I asked.  I had no idea what he was talking about.

His eyes got big, he almost blushed, then he asked, "Are you messing with me?"

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Top the Rock

Rachel snapped a picture from The Top of the Rock - an observation deck at the summit of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Fifth Avenue

Rachel and friends at Rockefeller.  She and Mike near Fifth Avenue.  Or is that the Rock again?  Anyway, I'm sure whatever is in that shopping bag must be for me.

Not Impressed

Rachel was not impressed with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.  But, she sent me a picture of a painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Maybe she misses me - just a little bit?


Mike and Rachel dressed up for dinner at BB Kings in NYC.  And the word is that Newsies was spectacular.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Cathedral Performance

The CHS Advanced Choir performed today at St. John the Divine.  I hear the music was magnificent!

Later, in Time Square, there was the Naked Cowboy sighting.  I'm uncertain about the rhinestones.
After dinner at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, the group is off to the theater district to catch a Broadway show of Newsies.

Friday, March 08, 2013

I Heard

I heard my phone receive a text message at 12:31 am this morning.  It was Mike to let me know the relief bus driver was good on the straight roads, but "jerky" on curves.  They were well into WV and headed through the Appalachians.  I felt nauseous for them all. 

Rachel sent this picture about 7:00 am.  She hadn't done much sleeping and couldn't find her toothbrush and some guy took 35 minutes in one of the two changing rooms at the hotel in NJ.
Mike texted at about 10:00 am to let me know they were waiting in blizzard-like conditions for their one-hour harbor cruise.  I apologized for taking his winter gloves out of his coat.  Here are a couple pictures of Brooklyn Bridge and Lady Liberty.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Choir Departure

Rachel is the blonde waaay in the back on the right.  Exactly where I told her not to sit - next to the latrine.  Mike is in the front seat behind the camera.  I guess the choir director knows she ought to keep an eye on him.

Question:  I'm following the trip through Mike's FB page.  I don't have one of my own.  How funny would it be for me to post, "Has anyone seen Danny?  Seems we lost him at the stop for supper."

She's Back!

I have a friend with a blog titled "Life Gets in the Way of Living."  For me, life has certainly gotten in the way of blogging.  Working full time (albeit an academic schedule) is kicking my butt!  Rachel has moved from basketball to soccer.  Quinn is on the tennis team.  I volunteered Mike to chaperone the Advanced Choir trip to New York City.  He and Rachel just left a couple hours ago and now I don't know who's going to wash dishes for the next five days.  Crunch time is on the horizon at work, with annual IEP meetings breathing down my neck.  Quinn had some mysterious rash for about seven days with the only possible antecedent being the trying on of a wool coat with stray cat hairs.  Also, I think his left lateral incisor has shifted somewhat since the removal of his braces in May.  Rachel is on a 2-week break from running since having significant pain in both knees at the end of bball season (go figure).  The follow-up with the orthopedic surgeon is Tuesday, immediately following her EKG, which is to determine whether or not her body could tolerate methylphetadine (or something like that) for the treatment of possible attention issues.  Of course she has attention deficit!  Just take a gander at her family . . . and her room . . . and her mother's stream-of-consciousness blogging!

I'm looking forward to receiving pictures from Rachel soon.   That was part of the deal when we made the purchase of a new smart phone for her yesterday.  I figure with 54 people on the charter bus for the next 15 hours, she ought to  meet someone who can teach her how to use it!