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Today’s Agenda: forgot to bake edition

So I’m heading to Buffalo with the kids later today. It occurred to me about five minutes ago that when my mom donated to my charity bake sale I mentioned that I would bring her baked goods when I came to visit. Which I then promptly forgot about. I totally could’ve whipped out some sourdough […]

The sights and smells of Cape May

The first thing I noticed when I got off of our bus in Cape May earlier this month was the smell. Clean. Ocean-y. Clean. (Sorry, I live in NYC – I have to mention the clean smell twice.) Even when you’re in town a few blocks from the waterfront you can still smell it. I […]

Today’s agenda: diva edition

The first half of this day promises to be lazy…at least for the kids. It’s their first day of summer vacation so I’m going to ask nothing of them except basic hygiene. Later, though, we head to Fiona’s big singing performance! She was in an after-school chorus this year, and the director, Ian Jones, thought […]

Rats! Or, um, rat.

In the thirteen years I’ve lived in the NYC area I’ve seen plenty of rats. But never on the subway platform, right in front of me. The kids and I just stepped off of a C train at Canal Street and I almost stepped ON it! I was just about to take a picture of […]

My continuing war on mosquitos

I purchased the Stinger Indoor Insect Trap on Amazon.com for $24.99 (free two-day shipping with the totally worth-it Amazon Prime) and set it up five days ago. The instructions said to put it in a dark place, about three to six feet off the ground. Since our front hallway is hidden from windows and seems […]

The rich history of Congress Hall

“Rich history” could refer to either Congress Hall itself, or the man now running it. The Big House The original building, called simply “The Big House” was built in 1816 by Thomas Hughes. When Hughes was elected to congress twelve years later the summer boarding house became known as Congress Hall. It burned to the […]

The drool-worthy food of Cape May

As a vegetarian I’m used to compromising a little bit on blogger trips. I genuinely enjoy side dishes, usually more than whatever special vegetarian concoction is whipped up in my honor. So I try to stay quiet about it, and am always happy if I have more than one main dish to choose from on […]

Today’s agenda: spoiled milk edition

Well I’m not sure how much more excitement I can handle today because I’ve already had so much. I didn’t do the dishes last night before going to bed (actually, “going to couch” would be more accurate since I once again fell asleep on the couch and almost dropped my laptop), and as payment I […]

The woman on the corner

So for the first three years we lived in this house, walking around my neighborhood was usually uneventful. Then, a couple of years ago, a woman appeared on a stoop about two blocks from me. And reappeared every day that had reasonable weather. All day. If I take my normal route to almost everywhere I […]

Congress Hall in Cape May: The part of New Jersey I didn’t know existed

I lived in New Jersey for four years. Four terrible years, in an annoying building in a nothing neighborhood across the Hudson from the west 90s. I often worked in northern New Jersey, hosting “Mad Science” birthday parties for rich brats in giant Tony Soprano-esque houses, so I knew about that part. And I knew […]