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Three Things Heard Around The Clark House This Week

Grace upon watching me fold laundry: "Mommy, have you done laundry by yourself? Like without Daddy here to help? Without Daddy here to watch you? Wow!" She was dead serious. To be fair, Kenny usually does do the laundry - he pulls double duty on the weekends and folds...

Feet on a Plane (a.k.a. Just no.)

Feet on a Plane (a.k.a. Just no.)

Generally, I am OK with people getting comfortable on a long plane ride. But not if it means your stocking foot is so close to me I can feel the warmth of its recent tight shoe home radiating in my direction. (And sadly, I actually took that pic with my right arm from...

Who Decided Pumpkin Carving should be a Thing?

Who Decided Pumpkin Carving should be a Thing?

Ok, I have to know. Who the h-e-double-hockey-sticks decided that pumpkin carving should be a thing? And what in the world made us decide this would be the year we'd say yes to carving pumpkins after six years of successfully brainwashing convincing our kids that...

Still: One Small Word with Big Impact.

I recently decided that I should start being a more responsible adult and doing normal adult things like going to the doctor for annual check ups. So, I asked around and found a doctor that one of my friends had a good experience with. I scheduled my appointment. I...

And, these Portlanders are THREE!

This past weekend we marked three years in Portland. THREE YEARS....since we moved from Philadelphia to Portland, Oregon. I can't believe it. Most of the things I felt last year around this time still ring true. But, at the same time, a lot has changed since then. And...

You Know Dinner’s Gonna Be Good…

You Know Dinner’s Gonna Be Good…

...when you send that text to your spouse around the time when dinner should actually be done and your spouse should be strolling through the front door licking his or her chops. I apologize for the cursing and typos, but they actually punctuate my frame of mind quite...

“Mama Needs Some Wine”

“Mama Needs Some Wine”

We were wandering around Cost Plus World Market on Saturday because we happened to be in the area. If you've never been, it's an import store...kind of like a more affordable / cooler Pier 1? Hmmmm... I don't know if that's the best way to describe it. Regardless,...

Happy birthday, going west coastal!

Yay, this blog is three today! I find that crazy. Mostly because that means in just a few short weeks, we will have lived here in Portland for THREE YEARS. Wow. I am sure I will blubber about the past three years in an upcoming Portland anniversary post, so let's get...

National 9/11 Memorial Area in Photos

National 9/11 Memorial Area in Photos

In August, I was in New York City for work. Our office is located right across the street from the World Trade Center site, and over the years, I've watched that area transform from a recovery site to what it's becoming today - a poignant reflection and memorial area...

Ugh. It’s Packing School Lunch Season.

Every school year, Kenny and I start out thinking, "This year's gonna be different. We're going to go for wholesome, healthy lunches and minimal junk." (Ok, so it's only our third year going to this rodeo, but still, that's enough to try to successively better...