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Team Tabu Updates: Nothing Major


I’m currently suffering from a brutal sinus infection, but thanks to [redacted], I am starting to feel a bit better. I spent half the weekend writing and revising a new bio. I’m on revision ten now, and I still don’t like it. It doesn’t capture the essence of me, nor does it convey the necessary info. Revision four is here, if you’d like to read it. I plan to work on it more next Sunday, because I have some design projects that I need to get done, and this is a very hands-on homeschool week.

Hannibal is job hunting, while being a journalist. He’s on his way to sing karaoke and do a few loads of socks, tutus, and spring dresses. Our dryer stopped drying things, so off to the laundromat he goes. Sometimes the old ways are best. I like when the laundry is done all at once.

Mooch is preparing to be the Impromptu Master at Speakers League this Wednesday. She was off to a good start memorizing her lines for Two Gentlemen of Verona, but she hasn’t had (or made) time to get through as many chunky monologues as she should have by this point. We’ll grind hard on it this Sunday for a couple of hours. She started the section of geometry that requires protractors this week. Fun!

Fuss’ behavior is both getting better and staying the same. She is more compassionate and considerate, but she still whines occasionally. I also think she really needs to still be taking naps. She’ll only do it if we’re in the car at the perfect moment. I’m always impressed with her academically. I still haven’t purchased any small chapter books for her, because I haven’t had time. She says she wants “bigger better stories like the ones Baba tells with his mouth at night.”

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Team Tabu Updates: Finding Joy in Movement

Fuss is testing Mooch at every turn. She’s also trying out some of the hitting she learned at the daycare while Mooch and I were overseas. I’ve been working on tools for Mooch to use to redirect her sister, get her to express her feelings another way, and divert her sisters attention. Sometimes it works. A lot of the time it doesn’t.

Pretending to be innocent

At the annual swap that Mooch’s school holds each year, she got something really awesome for her sister. The fact that she even thought of her sister when free stuff was involved is indicative of her character. Mooch is sweet. Well, after her sister hit her once every day for the past week, she decided to withhold the Melissa and Doug Pizza Party set that she got for her. When Fuss’ behavior towards her sister turns around, Mooch will give her the treat.

Since babysitting funds are in short supply, Hannibal and I have opted to go out separately a lot of the time. I took Mooch to see Fela while he put Fuss to bed. I went to Wives Club while he took the girls to ballet. Gosh, I went out a lot last weekend. I think it’s his turn this weekend. He has a lot of deadlines coming up, so he’d probably prefer to write.

Me and Mooch at Fela

I’ve confirmed that we are moving again, so that’s exciting, because I have no idea where we’re going. I started packing today. For some reason, when you’re having sex twice per day, none of the dumb shit bothers you. I’m joyful and hopeful and going with the flow.

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Team Tabu Updates: Homeschool, Pericles, and Other Stuff

We had a lovely weekend! Mooch starred as Pericles with Los Angeles Drama Club. She thoroughly enjoyed herself during both performances. After the show Saturday, we went out for frozen yogurt, and Sunday her school friends came to see the performance. Much pizza and laughter ensued for the following hour.

Performer Swag: Flowers, toys, and hair flowers

Friday was Staff Appreciation Day at Mooch’s school, so we had a visitor for homeschool. He was an absolute delight. We sang songs, learned about the weather, heard a story in Spanish, and did mat activities. After lunch and nap, a few hours at the nearby park tired them out.

Hannibal and I have been playing board games and watching our favorite shows to take our minds off of all the house hunting and paperwork we’ve been doing lately. I’ve also been researching unschooling more, and he’s been writing books and scripts non-stop.

This is our lives right now.

Oh, P.S. Guess who got me to put my tap shoes on? The only prospective student who could …

Tapping with Fuss

*No Tuesdays with Mooch & Fuss tomorrow. Mooch is shooting something in Sherman Oaks, so we won’t have time to film or edit.

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Team Tabu Updates: A Change is Gonna Come

My favorite thing to report is that intimacy is back in full swing. Our anniversary always seems to provide that extra boost (even with Hannibal’s fear of re-breaking my ankle during coitus). With work and exhaustion at night, the mornings continue to be our most consistent time. We definitely connect a couple of times per week at night as well, but the daily morning cuddle is as crucial as family affirmations for us.

Unfortunately, we’ve received a lot of news in the past two weeks — news that means changes for the fame. Fortunately, my second favorite thing to report is that we’ve been through much worse, and we are confident we’ll get through all of this. We just aren’t thrilled about it, and that’s real. Change means work. The first year of marriage was a lot of work, and years two and three we got progressively closer. Year four we coasted on the work we had done — finding comfort in ritual, finishing each other’s sentences, shouting out punchlines simultaneously, and supporting each other the best way we could at the time.

This fifth year will require more of us. We will probably moving within the next three months. Again! I still have three more weeks in a cast. My father’s time is running out, which means paperwork, lawyers, wills, trusts, etc. Hannibal has been stressed at work for over a year, and he’s doing extra at home.

On the bright side, the kids are both much older and quite helpful. Mooch makes breakfast every single morning. Steel oats, eggs, waffles, pancakes, omelets and hashbrowns are all things she is capable of preparing. Fuss does her laundry, sweeps the floor, makes her own snacks and sandwiches, cleans the sink, wipes her table, and dresses herself now. For all of these things, we are very grateful.

We’re trying to stop saying we’re tired all of the time, especially in front of the kids. Fuss is starting to say it, too, and that’s not good. It’s true though. We’re exhausted. I hope to report better news soon.

Here are some pictures of homeschool. For more homeschooling ideas and documentations, click here.

Smelling Bottles

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Team Tabu Updates: Fun, right?

Hannibal and I have been grinding our elbows off trying to keep up with bills piling up like the end of a Tetris game. He comes home early to help with dinner, since I broke my ankle. Then he works again from 9pm-11pm while I design. No cuddle time. No you-know-what. This is the ‘in the trenches’ part of marriage. It’s the ‘my kids want to try every sport and extracurricular they see’ part. Guess what, though? We’re still choosing joy. Bet your bottom dollar, the sex will come out tomorrow.

My week has been busy and fun, with intermittent tedium. I’ve been working with Mooch’s class on their auction project, which is a stained glass window. They’ve been studying the 1930s, and I thought it was apropos. It’s been fun getting to know some of the personalities in her class.

Hearing, “Your ankle is not THAT broken” from a grumpy near-eighty-year-old sick father, demanding that I hobble to Kaiser to pick up a prescription for him in the middle of dinner … yeah … that was the tedious part. Arriving to find he hadn’t called in the prescription (as he’d stated), and they didn’t even have the drug in stock, was just infuriating. He then added, “Well, can you pick up Depends on your way home?” Fun, right?

The highlight of my week was redesigning the classroom. I added more Reggio Emilia elements, but definitely kept a lot of Montessori, because it’s working. The room is so bright and cheery. It’s my new favorite spot in the house.

Color. Art. Shelves.


Book Nook

Fuss making a spiral


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