The 2014 Chronicle Books #GiveBooks Pledge

This holiday season, instead of eating yourself into a ham coma, I encourage you to participate in the free Give Books Campaign (click it!) sponsored by Chronicle Books. I suppose those aren’t mutually exclusive. One could, technically, gorge on festive meats and share his or her love of literacy with those less fortunate. I can’t tell you how to live your life, but if you’re in the bizarre predicament of having to choose between a ham coma and giving books, I think you know


This Thanksgiving, Let’s Toast to…

This is an odd time of year. Women begin to inexplicably place gourds throughout the house and the Internet is abuzz with demands that we put flightless birds in seasoning socks and roast them upside down. It’s also a stressful time of year. I can hear the entire country yelling, “I thought we had a gravy boat!” and “Apparently aunt Jackie is bringing uncle Walt with her. Can you check if CVS carries hemorrhoid donuts?” All the chaos makes it


Day 321: Thanksgiving by Trader Joe’s

The only thing Lindsay and I do really well in the kitchen is eat. Neither of us has any confidence in ourselves or each other to create anything edible. The idea of cooking more than one thing at a time gives us both heart palpitations. Since Thanksgiving this year is mostly up to us, and we’re inept and severely handicapped by children wanting to “help,” the only thing we’re actually cooking is the turkey. The rest comes from a variety


A Bonus Clip Show

For those of you that recently started reading 365, here’s a curated list of 10 of my favorite entries about kids/family. Also, thanks for joining the “fan” page. Enjoy. Texts From Last Night Bubonicness And, They’re Asleep Dad, What’s Your Policy on Machine Guns? Stop Crying! Do You Need a Break? Scared Straight Scooby Doo

Day 224: You’re dead to me, beach.

I went to the beach today for the last time in my life. I’ve given beaches plenty of chances not to suck and they always fail. After 5 minutes, I’m sweaty, salty, and stingy. That’s not even remotely tolerable when you’re alone, but when you also have 2 genetically unprepared children with you complaining about heat exhaustion and butts full of moist sand, it can result in a psychotic break. You ever try to get wet sand out of a


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