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Table for 15

Table for 15 Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

Last night we had the pleasure of dinner with some friends of Chris’s from high school. Elizabeth and Geoff live in Seattle with their blended family (her son and daughter plus his three sons). Elizabeth’s sister was in visiting from Boston and another Boston to Seattle transplant [...]

Where did April go?

Wow, I’ve definitely been AWOL on the blog front for the last several months but April has to be the worst blog month in my history of blogging!

I suppose it all started back in 2008. Many things popped up to cause me stress and anxiety last year. There were multiple family health problems and [...]

What Your Kids Think of You

Thanks to Facebook, several of The Moms have done this with their kids. As I’m pondering issues of life, identity, mortality and the like, I gave it to Kate to get a glimpse of how she sees her ol’ mom. Here’s the result:

1. What is something mom always says to you? Come look at [...]

Breaking Hiatus

I’ve been on a blogging hiatus. Too much going on, most of it I can’t blog about because it’s grindingly mundane or just too damn personal to be spreading all over the internet, especially in light of the sorts of people who have been looking me up in recent weeks.

I may take the [...]

Orca Annual Fund

The Seattle School District is the largest public school system in Washington. It contains 97 schools and serves about 45,000 students. Unfortunately, every year the Parent-Teacher-Student Associations have to raise money on their own to keep programs, retain teachers and support staff, and safe-guard things once believed to be inextricably linked to proper public education, [...]

Two Years Makes A Difference

5-6-7 Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

First Day of Seventh Grade

First Day of Seventh Grade Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

As promised, Kate’s first day of school photo.


After a busy but very fun PAX schedule, I spent Labor Day laying low and doing little more than combing through recipe books and magazines so I could make out a menu plan and go grocery shopping once I get paid. Since Kate came back to Seattle two weeks early, needing school clothes and supplies [...]

Four Generations

Four Generations Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

I got to see my grandma last weekend. She refers to her brush with death in 2006, where she fell into a coma and wasn’t expected to live as “my little incident” and still seems as spunky and feisty as ever. She’s 81 now and is definitely feeling [...]

Rock Band Camp Finale

People have been asking how it went, so here’s a little clip that the school put up. I took video from a different angle of the whole performance (including Kate’s favorite, Back in Black) but this will give everyone who doesn’t have Mom-level devotion a taste.

Kate was scheduled to go back to Canada [...]