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You Left and I Missed You

I went to tutor last night, after a long day out and about and I didn’t want to leave. Sully wanted to come with me, he even told me he could come. I told him what I was going to do was like work and I couldn’t take him.

When I got back, he told me that I left and that he missed me. He’s so articulate and sweet lately. I thought about next week when I leave to go to a conference and I don’t want to leave the kids. They are so loving and happy, it’s going to be sad to go.


I enjoy teaching. I have been a tutor in the past and really enjoyed it. I’ve helped a 1st grader with her math, a 6th grader with her math, a high school student prepare to retake the ACT and many others. Most of them, if they are willing to learn, get a lot of value from our time together. My satisfaction comes from looking for ways to explain and demonstrate something that clicks with someone. Then, with repeated practice, they start to improve which helps their confidence and it all snowballs from there.

Tired kids

The upside of daycare is that my kids are worn out by the time they come home. They are ready for bed almost an hour earlier! That’s also because they are waking up earlier too. We have been through two days of daycare and I think it has been a really positive experience for both of them. They are getting used to all of their teachers. Sully is learning how to navigate the different aspects of his day – he can even go and see Cece in her classroom if he wants to.

Beat the Bearcats

Today I’ll go to the game with a credential, maybe my last time ever. I’m excited to go and soak it all in. Should be a gorgeous day.

Friday before Gameday

I walked around campus today at lunch to see what the energy was like before the first home game. It was a bit chilly and I went to get a coffee beforehand. There diag was packed with students, visiting parents and the usual random Ann Arbor colorful people. 

The sun was shining through the fading green trees and there was a slight breeze. I saw that the union was having their poster sale which took me back to loving on South quad, when Jordan and I would go to the union to fit out our special room on 6th Bush. 


We almost need the heat turned on, our house didn’t get above 66 degrees today. Is it really that time of year already? I think I’ll make sure the windows are closed tight and then have my kids run around instead of firing up the furnace already.

Driving home on Labor Day

Today, we pack up the car and drive home with the end of summer in mind. Summer doesn’t actually end until Sept 21, but Labor Day is the unofficial end, much like Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning.

To avoid the traffic backups on I-75, we’ll be trying to leave early and watching our Google Maps closely for alternate routes should we need them.

We’ll be back in the fall sometime to winterize the cottage and maybe enjoy some of the fall colors, but we won’t be back en masse until the winter when it’s time to ice skate, snowmobile and play in the snow.


Michigan Wins

Michigan beat Florida to open the season yesterday. They had some miscues in the first half, but the defense held them to only 3 points throughout the entire game. The offense steamrolled Florida’s defense. It was a satisfying game to watch. I hope there are many more of those to come this season. Happy football season!

Fall is back

The students are moving in. I watched college football last night. It’s chilly if I leave the windows open at night. It’s back. The best season of the year.

It’s fleeting though, so enjoy it while you have it.

Craigslist is great

We moved in March of this year. Since March, I have had no dresser. In our old house, my ¬†bedroom was so small that we couldn’t fit anything besides a bed, so we kept all of our clothes in a closet.

My current closet is too small to fit everything and our master bedroom is huge, so I would like to use a dresser.

After much research across many, many stores, we settled back on Ikea. We picked a color and style we like and we bought the first one, a low dresser for Jess. We picked it up and assembled it and we like it a lot.

Next would be my dresser, a tall version of the same dresser. But, it’s so popular that it’s never in stock. So I waited, and waited and waited… Read On…