it begins

This is the third week I’ve planned meals and I’m so happy we started doing that. No one asks me what’s for dinner now, they just go look. It’s the best ever. Being asked and telling eight people every day, sometimes then being met with sighs or discouraging words, really takes it out of you. No more of that. Now it’s written down and there it is for the week, like it or don’t and you can eat it or make a peanut butter sandwich or whatever. THE END.

Perry’s first birthday is almost here! We got him a board book about relativity, a stuffed bunny, and a blue toy car. He will like these things very much. He is ridiculously appealing. I hope he uses these cute powers for good, because we are smitten.

Clementine has figured out how to scale the baby gate and go upstairs. So now that means someone has to go upstairs with her because it’s full of all the things we didn’t want her to get into, you see. Nothing unsafe, just she could make A Big Mess. So that means, instead of the things I kinda had planned to do, I’ll be chasing her until the upstairs is Quine-proofed. Gonna be a busy week.

Latergram from St. Mary yesterday. Gilbert sat down and started playing Legend of Zelda songs on the piano in the parish hall and was immediately accosted by several small children. He continued playing on because that's what happens to him at home, too. …Lilting melody [PLONKPLINKPLONK] melod- [PLONK PLAANG] y…
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Pizza night

Homemade pizza tonight! Bede and Trixie are doing the toppings. #yum

We used to make this more often, but convenience and a bigger food budget kept us in takeout pizza for the last few years. Now that we’re on a shoestring we’re back to it. And it’s so good! Better than most takeout and take-and-bake. Here’s the crust I used for the wheat pizza and here’s the one for the no-grain low carb pizza.

I’d post an after picture but it all got et!


Math book is dead, long live math book

Gilbert finished this book today! He started it mid-March because he wanted to learn it. He’s worked though it with my encouragement, but no coercion, every weekday since. Next up is Saxon 76. This is one of the ways unschooling looks in our family.

Some of the kids are more structured than the others, and that changes for each kid as they grow, too. So far, so good.

Redesigning the Speculum

​When Stewart and her team set off to redesign the speculum, they knew what they were up against. Plus, Stewart says, “I hadn’t even seen a speculum.”
So before they started researching or sketching ideas out, Stewart and Kumar listed the things that had bothered them in gynecological exams. There was the noise (like a can opener), the temperature (freezing cold), the feeling inside (as if someone was stretching your insides like a rubber band). When they acquired a set of specula, one plastic and one metal, they realized they needed to change the aesthetics too. These things looked like medieval torture devices.