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how hot is it? if you have to ask…

It’s summer. We moved here last August and it was Very Hot. It’s June 1 today and already it’s hotter now than it was last August. How hot?  Really hot. For those of you thinking “it’s a dry heat, though, so it’s not that bad,” let me adjust your perceptions: the city perches on the edge of the Gulf, which creates a lovely swamp-like effect, similar to what you get …

Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend has never been a big deal for me. I do a mental “thank you” to the military and then go on with my business. I don’t like parades; I’ve never had a summer house that needs to be “opened” for the season; for most of my adult life I’ve never even had a backyard within which to barbecue, should the mood strike me. So mostly, Memorial Day …

Monday Listicle: (Not) The End of Summer

This week I remembered that it’s Monday! Stasha’s prompt is quite seasonal: the end of summer recap. But you know what? I can’t do it.  It’s 100 degrees out there, with a breeze blowing hot from the east and the air feels like soup. So…nope. No end of summer here.  I’m going to do the reverse of this prompt, I guess you could say: a list of what I’m NOT …

the mommy tree

Like I’ve been saying in these last few posts, our family has been spending a LOT of time together. Like, every waking hour, all day long, from July 6 (the day we moved out of our apartment in New York) until…well, right now. There were five precious mornings while we were in Long Beach Island where the boys went to soccer camp for a few hours, but even then–they were …

Hyde Park

Husband chides me for already thinking about what I’ll miss when we get to Abu Dhabi, but I can’t help it. Just as I like to fight with him about hypothetical situations–you know, just to mark out our positions in case the situation arises–I like to get myself worried about that which hasn’t happened yet. You know, borrow trouble and all that. What am I going to miss? Today, in …