This blog came about after friends on Facebook began to encourage me to share my stories with a larger audience. And while I have come to enjoy the challenge of relating a humorous tale concisely enough to fit in a Facebook status update, Facebook is not the best repository for stories that you might want to revisit from time to time.

I am a working woman, navigating this hectic life we’ve created with help from my high school sweetheart husband and our three children. The oldest, who I refer to in this blog as Jane, just turned 13 in October, just two days after her brothers, “Daryl” and “Hal”, turned 10 and 5 on their shared birthday. (updated October 2013)

We decided to give our children aliases rather than use their real names. When my mother-in-law suggested HAL for the youngest, after Dave’s argumentative computer friend in 2001: A Space Odyssey, we decided to go with computer names for all of them.

Jane is named after Ender Wiggin’s computer friend. She is aptly named because, like Jane, she is smart, strong willed, and bossy, as well as caring, loving, and helpful. Daryl is named after the 1985 cyborg D.A.R.Y.L. (“Data Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform”). Perhaps not to the same degree as the real Daryl, ours excels (or at least believes he does) at baseball and video games, and has a quick wit and the capacity to remember many details at a time.

This blog is primarily about our children and my reactions to many of the things that they do and say. Other humorous or meaningful events will find their way here as well. All together, they make up the bright spots in my life.

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