The Tragic Optimist

Author Archive: Ann Z

on the care and feeding of academic library staplers

(Edited: Update at the very end, also some minor edits, I should have proofread before posting.  I also wanted to note that I cannot take credit for the ideas here.  They all came from our library department, I’m just documenting.  Ann Z) So those who know me on Facebook have probably noticed that many of …

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Voting

Voter #633 at my polling place, ballot cast at 9:30 am. Chris went shortly after the polls open and found a long line, but our polling place is pretty efficient and he got through quickly.  We had a conference for Hazel this morning (she’s all good), and I went after that and found no line …

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6 and 2

I’m a bit late here … the girls turned 6 and 2 in the middle of October. Zoe’s now 6, and full in to being a Kindergartner.  It’s astounding how much she’s learning now, though she’s exhausted by the end of most days.  She brings home books from school and slowly works through them, working …

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quiet

I was cleaning up after lunch and Hazel was happily and quietly entertaining herself.  A little too quietly, come to think of it.  I stepped around the corner to find this.

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teaching life lessons in Pre-K: You’re doing it wrong

It’s Thursday evening at the dinner table, I ask Zoe about her day. Me: What did you do at school today, Zoe? Zoe: Well, our teacher brought us lemons.  But we didn’t make lemonade.

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So how is Hazel?

Ah the poor, neglected second child.  You know how they joke that a first child has lots of photos and the second, not so much?  It’s grounded in just a bit of truth here.  And I’m pretty clearly not too good at keeping this place updated as much as I used to either.  Heck, I …

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Haiku

Sweet, sick girl of mine, Who sleeps only in my lap, How, then, do I sleep?

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quick bit of Costco love

Last year, I bought prescription sunglasses for Zoe and I at Costco. On Friday, I wore them out and about while running errands. I couldn’t find them on Saturday. On Sunday, I noticed a crumpled black object by my car’s back tire.  My heart fell before I event picked it up.  I knew immediately what …

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the birds and the bees and the doctors

We got the question at dinner tonight.  You know the one.  We were talking about women having babies and then Zoe asks the obvious next question, “how do you get a baby?”  I wanted to leave it at a woman gets pregnant, Chris tried to make a joke, but Zoe was having none of it, …

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cool vs pretty

Spring has come early this year.  In fact, it feels like winter hardly had a chance.  So we had our first dinner outside.  Nothing fancy: chicken, cauliflower, frozen blueberries that left our fingers purple-stained. In between handfuls of blueberries, Zoe pipes up: “P [a boy at daycare] told me today about the difference between boy …

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