• Five minutes

    So Raine had her first taste of impromptu speeches in her public speaking class. Get a blind topic and the clock starts ticking. She has 5 minutes to prepare for a 5 minute speech. I know it…

  • 2-ingredient Grilled Chicken

    Roast carrots and potatoes are the staples on the Hip menu. We’re always buying potatoes (usually russet) and we’re always running out of potatoes. Just yesterday, we had grilled chicken to go with those roast carrots and…

  • My daughter, the suit

    So we went shopping for a business suit. Not something we do every day but Raine has to give a speech in her Public Speaking class this week. Round 1 of parsing over the working women’s section:…

  • If I have to turn around one more time

    Some days are crazier than others around here. And yesterday was one of the crazier ones. I was running late sending Raine to college. She had a 10:00am class but by the time I pulled up at…

  • Backseat driver

    Some days, Raine hitches a ride home from classes with her girl friend from college. I do have my reservations though about her friend being a new driver and the fact that she drives her parents’ minivan…

  • Book adventures of a different kind

    So I drop in at the college library after class today to borrow a couple of books. Me in a library? Now that’s almost unheard of! These days, there’s nothing I can’t find on the net, right?…

  • Giddy up and back to the grind

    Three days into the new year and I’m still expecting it to be Christmas next week. I wish! Either the holidays went all too quick or my internal clock is running slow. Gah! The reality is that…

  • Sunday Shopping – Back to School Sales

    Dive Bomb OTW Tee, Boys Van Doren Backpack Old Skool V, Youth Boys When you purchase these Vans products and a ton of others, you enjoy free shipping on orders of $70 or more simply by using…

  • more homework please!

    I’m not a believer in tons of homework. With some of the kids I tutored, their moms would call and ask why I haven’t given them much homework. The whole point of homework is to reinforce learning,…