• Here’s my wish for us in 2022:

    Even. More. Hugs. More late night conversation around the fire pit. Companionable gossip over the phone while doing chores. Seeing more whole faces. Posting more selfies so your friends can tell you how gorgeous/fierce/glorious you are. More telling our people we love them and not caring if it’s awkward. More letting our people love us […]

  • It’s almost never “just a tragic accident.”

    Two weeks ago today, a few blocks from my home, a 5 year old girl named Allison was riding her bike through a crosswalk behind her father when she was killed by a driver. You can read her obituary here, and see a photo of her tiny ghost bike here. In the time since, there […]

  • COVID vaccines and the high-availability websites that distribute them

    Here in DC, members of the general public who want a COVID vaccine register for one on a website where appointments are made available in batches. Eligibility has recently expanded to include people under 65 with certain high-risk medical conditions, which means a larger group than ever is attempting to book one of the 4000 […]

  • “So, what’s DC like right now?”

    …you mean like, after an armed insurrection at the Capitol? The week of the inauguration? SO GLAD YOU ASKED. There are 25,000 National Guard troops deployed to DC right now. That’s more American troops than are currently deployed to Afghanistan (note: the low numbers of troops in Afghanistan is a GOOD thing, don’t get it […]

  • Sustaining the unsustainable.

    Now that we’ve been in physical distancing mode for a few weeks, I’m trying to get out of bunker mentality and figure out how to live like this for a while. Depending on who you ask and which theory of the the testing numbers they subscribe to, we could be doing this straight through for […]

  • Preparing for Pandemic Parenting Pandemonium

    While state and local governments are scrambling to limit the effects of COVID-19 in their communities, there’s a lot of talk about how to handle being suddenly forced into remote work. Since I work at Automattic, I’m already working remotely and my job will remain largely the same. But I’m anticipating that my 6 year […]

  • Tonight I learned that They Might Be Giants is doing a tour next year for the 30th anniversary of Flood. My delight at this news was tempered by the way I crumbled into dust when I realized that album will indeed be 30 years old next year. It’s hard to overstate the importance of Flood […]

  • Who is cleaning the juicer?

    Who is cleaning the juicer?

    It’s not a new observation, but I’m pretty well done reading articles about productivity and “morning routines to help you win your day” (is my day a competition?) from wealthy dudes* who do not have caregiving responsibilities. Like, you can get up at 5 AM and go for a run in the park and then […]

  • Playgroup Strong

    Playgroup Strong

    Our neighborhood playgroup got an email this morning from one of the parents on it, breaking the news that they have been diagnosed with a medical condition that will require a grueling course of treatment that will likely last months, but also expressing gratitude for the way they knew they could count on us to […]

  • This post was originally a Twitter thread, but I delete my tweets after three months. So I’m preserving it here. A while back, after feeling shamed by– of all things– an XKCD cartoon, I started adopting a posture of delight when someone tells me they haven’t seen/heard/read some bit of culture that I consider essential […]