Not done yet….

We are (sadly) still busily unpacking here at Caterpickles Central. Using my former metric of ignoring all the boxes of things that I’ve decided what to do with (but haven’t quite done yet), we have 23 boxes to go.

Only a couple dozen boxes down from my last status report doesn’t seem like much progress, and if you were to walk through my house, it wouldn’t look like much progress either. On the other hand, I have managed to *mostly* reinstate the fundamental organizational principle of any decent home library. See if you can guess what it is.

(Photo: Shala Howell)

(Photo: Shala Howell)

Still, I can’t shake the feeling that I’d be done by now if I hadn’t become so distracted by summer. I confess. I got tired of looking through my window at all these lovely cool Chicago days, and allowed The Seven-Year-Old to lure me outside.

Crabapple picking was totally worth it, though. So were the road trip to Wisconsin and the days at the zoos and museums and public gardens and playgrounds and pools. I love summer. Can’t bear to miss any more of it.

Even if I do only have 23 boxes to go.

(Photo: Shala Howell)

(Photo: Shala Howell)

Catch you in the fall.

~ shala

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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