Collected Writings

Be Good-at-Minnie

With a mom who is somewhat against things, Little L gets by on three cups. I’m sure we’ll get her more someday, especially once she stops using bottles, but for now she has three, one of which was a gift.  And so when the purple Minnie Mouse cup (the coolest cup and obviously the one … Read More »

Be Good-at-Humor

Little L received her first parking ticket last Friday. After a tiring week, finding the parking violation made my evening.  Right away I texted Dana and Jon to see if they were the traffic enforcers. They don’t live on our floor of the building, but perhaps they had been up here for humor’s sake? “I … Read More »

Be Good-at-Keeping-Track

The University of Minnesota has a snazzy new medical center. And they don’t want you to pay them.  “Would it be possible to pay my copay?” I ask the “concierge” who is checking me in. I feel like I’m at a hotel, attaching my green beeper to my jumper so that my provider can come … Read More »

Be Good-at-Heat

Anyone who has spent a toasty summer day with me knows that I don’t take the heat very well.  “Are you hot?” Axel asks me on the way home from the Farmer’s Market as I snap at him for walking too slow. There was a lot of heat-induced crabbiness during the four-day stint this summer … Read More »

Be Good-at-Finally

When we moved into our condo about five years ago, a small square contraption with two metal pieces sticking out its sides was affixed to the window in the living room.  “What is that?” new visitors often ask.  “Maybe it’s a spy-cam,” we joke. “Or a cell signal.”  We have no idea what it is. … Read More »

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