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Road trip: Ithaca, New York

2013 August 11
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We love hiking in the woods with Nora, so I went searching for a place with a lake, good hiking, and not too much driving distance, and I found Ithaca. We learned that Bemus Point is an excellent place to take a road trip break, that you should never take a 1-year-old out to dinner (but that takeout — especially bread pudding — can be amazing), and that throwing rocks in the river is always a good fall-back plan.

Here’s a shot of Nora at our rental house in the awesome evening light.

Pretty Ithaca:

Out the screen door:

Baby in a backpack running on 6-Mile-Creek Trail:


Baby at the beach:

Nora loved Cayuga Lake:

Lots of: moving, books, trees, and lots

2013 August 11

PACKING WITH A 1-YEAR OLD: This summer has been about saying goodbye to one home and hello to another. Here’s Nora helping pack The Books. I will blame the packing for my failure to post pictures for ALL OF JULY. Sorry.

FOREST CITY to FORESTED CITY: We weren’t sure if we wanted to move from Cleveland to Bay Village, but our Tremont place was getting a little too small, and we were suffering from yardlessness, so we decided to update the house we were renting in Bay and test out the waters here. This is my favorite room so far. It has a hand-blown glass light, new green paint on the door, and a welcome mat that says “I like you.” Come over, and I’ll bake you a cake!

LITERARY LOTS: I am IN LOVE with literary lots. City + books + whimsy?  We’ll pretend I just went because I thought Nora would like it.  A lady who lives in Ohio City is in charge, and she is making little-used or vacant city spaces into super magical literary spots. And they have a bunch of events there every day until next weekend. Here’s the link if you want to go to one: Literary Lots. They’re showing “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” next weekend. We went to the breakfast on Sunday. They had cereal, books, a little tea party area, and this amazingly beautiful mural.

THEY HAD AN OTTER BOOK: Take your kids. Or your dog.

LOT LOVE: Classic Snore face.


What We Do in June

2013 June 28

Sunrise coloring (in yellow, of course):

Morning hair is (in) the cat(‘s) pajamas:

Looking for buses and animals:

Lincoln Park after dinner:

Finding weird things in Tremont, like this arrangement of hundreds of little roses in the gazebo. A guy we don’t know stopped by and told us that kids from the church across the street made it. I like to imagine their hundreds of little fingers placing them there one at a time. So cool.

“A Father’s [Second] Spring”

2013 June 16

Nora and I are so lucky to have such great fathers in our lives. Hooray for Nora’s dad, my dad, Glen, and Tom, who are all very different, in a good way, for all the different and fantastic things they add to our lives.

I’m in love with this song on the Avett Brothers’ new album called “A Father’s First Spring.” Here’s a link to the video. And a few lines:

“Kiss of the wind in the hills,/The clearness, the morning, the late evening thrill/Blurry and grey like the roar/The wheels on the highway above them I soar./When I’m in my sweet daughter’s eyes/My heart is now ruined for the rest of all times/There’s no part of it left to give./There’s no part of it left to give./I never lived til I lived in your light” — A Father’s First Spring, Avett Brothers

Yesterday’s foot-kicking party on the way back from Lucky’s:

Adventure Day

2013 June 11

We were all over Cleveland on this day in late May. This is our stop at Edgewater. I love Nora’s ridiculous face in this shot:

Jazz hands:

We saw these gorgeous murals on an abandoned gas station in Detroit Shoreway, so, of course, we stopped to take pictures.

No. 2:

One more:


2013 June 11
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Sleepy girl

2013 June 11
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Nora parties it up at Julia’s graduation party:

Congratulations to Julia, valedictorian of her class!

Summer Vacation Commences!

2013 June 1

Nora takes a stroll in Lincoln Park’s Playground:

Fairwell, room 225!

2013 May 31
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I’ve been teaching in this room for most of my career, so it’s strange to imagine it won’t exist at all in a few days when they knock it down to finish the new high school.

This is actually the only thing I wish I could take with me:

One of my freshman took the clock, which has literally been on the wrong time for the entire time I’ve been in this room.

Spring winds up, summer starts to glow

2013 May 30
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We’ve been spending a few minutes hanging out in on our street before school. The stars are usually out when I start teaching, so it’s pretty fantastic to be able to see the sun coming up on the east end of Starkweather. We mostly hang out on the Wine & Design bench across the street. It’s amazing how different our street looks from the other side of the road.

Isn’t the light on the bricks pretty? We also play with shadows:

Tremont love: