Author Archives: Shoes

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.

Simple Sunday – Into Pieces and Back Again

Husband did some research and then a seven dollar part and a couple hours later my computer was back. This was my laptop on Thursday. It had been acting up – randomly making chargers unusable (yes, more than one), slowing … Continue reading

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Back in the Summer of ’95

A couple weeks ago during one of our dinner conversations, the question of whether cats have bellybuttons came up. I started telling a story of the momma cat who had her litter of kittens in the closet of a housemate … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – So much can be conveyed in a look

You know when your cat comes over and lays down next to you wanting to nap, but he is so cute that you can’t stop petting him? That happened to James today. Poor baby James.

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Spreading Cheer One Cookie at a Time

Carter ran from door to door around our cul-de-sac, bags of freshly baked cookies clutched in his fist. He respected social distancing, knocking, putting the cookies down, and stepping away to wait and see if someone answered. If they did … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – Celebrations Big and Small

Celebrations, big and small. We awoke to unexpected rain. Here in the desert, bonus rain is always something to celebrate. Husband and I walked the dogs while the boys road their bikes ahead of us. The cloudy weather made the … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – Just a Bunch of Characters

Carter created these, one for each member of our family (pets included, of course). Top row: Husband, Haley, yours truly Middle row: Chloe, Sasha, James Bottom row: Carter*, Leia, Cody** *And no, we don’t let Carter smoke in real life. … Continue reading

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Simple Sunday – Sigh

It has been thirty-seven days since we left the house as a family to go somewhere, actually getting out of the car. (I’m not counting going for a sanity drive, as going somewhere, nor am I counting walks.) I’m feeling … Continue reading

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Am I Married to He Who Must Not Be Named?

Last weekend as I was focused on cleaning the garage, Husband shaved his facial hair. Without warning. The last time this happened was about ten years ago. Basically, Cody and Carter do not know of a time when he did … Continue reading

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The 90’s had a Smell and I Found it in my Garage

Our garage. It is a turmoil of stuff – stuff we need, stuff we don’t need, stuff we don’t even know we have and don’t need (or do we?).? Plainly, just too much stuff if you ask me. If you … Continue reading

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Unexpected Moments in Teaching Remotely

Working from home as a third grade teacher can lead to some unexpected moments.

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