Summer wins & fails- so far

Suzy Jasper backyard

Chicago Public School kids are officially done with their first month of summer vacation- and it was a looong time in the making. (Looking at you, everyone else who was frolicking in sprinklers by, like, May 12th.) I’m usually pretty hard on myself in terms of idealizing summer and then smacking that right up against Actual, Humans With Children Summer. But once we got the kitchen up and running again and all three children firmly home, it seemed…easier, somehow, to {Read More}

The key to happiness*

suzy happiness

(*…is something I do not have, sorry.) I consider myself a decently happy person. It’s true. I mean, is the world an increasingly frightening place in which to bring up my children and is the list of my chronic pain, fatigue, and immuno-related illnesses piling up like some barely insurable Dagwood sandwich for which I’ll need way more than a handful of napkins (proving, yet again, that not only am I part of the problem, I might actually BE the {Read More}