Posts Categorized: The Baird Facts

A Tuesday to Remember

By Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript March 26, 2014

The astute Regular Reader who managed not to scratch their skin off after my last column, will have picked up on the fact that, since we last met, I have turned 40.


My birthday fell last Tuesday, and we all know there’s no sparkle on a Tuesday. Birthdays that fall on Thursdays through Sundays can easily be made to feel festive. But if you land on a Monday through a Wednesday you are out of luck. In my case, all the luck o’ the Irish is used up the day before, since my birthday falls on March 18th….
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A Pox Upon Your House

Originally Published in the Tri-Town Transcript

It started with a stiff neck – I couldn’t turn my head, and it’s hard to be Mommy when you can only move like Batman. I did the standard things: Advil, a massage, and physical therapy before I finally gave up and went to my doctor admitting, “I need drugs.”…
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Sew Much Fun

TBy Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript February 12, 2014

When our eldest daughter was a toddler, we transferred to Australia for six months. Regular Readers may recall that is where, The Baird Facts, began. What they may not know is that while there, I took my daughter to a Mommy-and-Me music class. Australia was full of weird words and so when we sang the song, “Wind the bobbin up, wind the bobbin up, pull pull, wrap wrap wrap.” I just thought a bobbin was like a kookaburra or a bobby-dazzler or a bluey. They were a crazy people with crazy words.
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Getting Better at Winter

By Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript January 30, 2014

Look, I get that we live north of Boston. The weather is exactly as it should be. And I am trying very hard to be cool with that. Someday it will be May and I will walk Blue Ears without dressing like I’m at McMurdo Station. Someday I will complain about bugs again. But for now it’s tundra season and we’ve decided, like many of you Regular Readers, to embrace winter as The Family Who Skis….
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The Fish Who Lived

By Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript January 17, 2014

Regular Readers may have caught the line in my last column about a fish tank a certain unprepared parent purchased for her daughter at Christmas. I’d done just enough reading about fish tanks, and the crazy nitrogen cycling process, to know that it’d be easier to launch myself to the moon, with a bucket on my head for air supply, than it would be for a fish to survive the rigors of unexperienced owners.
So we prepped our first grade daughter accordingly….
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[Road] Tripping Into Winter

By Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript January 1, 2014

Well it’s January. The lights are still twinkling on many houses, but the Christmas trees are yellowed and the stores are onto Valentine’s Day. The reason for sequins, holiday cookies, and sugar-rimmed cocktails has vanished into the winter mist.
The New Year stares at us full of gym memberships, carrot sticks and nights spent wondering why we bought our daughter a glow in the dark fish tank….
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Tuning Up for Christmas

By Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript December 20, 2013

So we have this piano. It came with our house. Technically, we asked if it could stay, and in a back-saving move, the owner said yes. I’d wanted a piano so that our two daughters could learn to play and read music. Everybody knows that music magically wires children’s brains so that they become musical prodigies, or Nobel prize winners, or the first person to go to Mars. I’d enjoy the fruits of their labor as their mother: the one who made them take piano lessons….
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Meet Me at the Bonfire

By Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript December 6, 2013

I’ll admit I’m the queen of early Christmas crazy, but even I have lines drawn in the decorative cotton snow that I will not cross. Sending out Christmas cards before Thanksgiving is one of them. I think we can all agree that’s just a bit much.

Cue my laid back friend who arrives to things when she’s ready, who enjoys the actual moment she’s in, who prefers to linger with people instead of rushing . . . who sent out her card pre-Turkey. The world was upside down! What was a Type A Christmas maniac like me to do!? …
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Just Keep Creeping My Way

By Esther C. Baird/Tri-Town Transcript columnist
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript November 20, 2013

November. I’m not a fan. You know what I am a fan of? The so called ‘holiday creep’ that has occurred. The media likes to make a big fuss about retailers and their early sales or their crazy decorations, but let’s be honest, November needs a little sprucing up. Guns-N-Roses didn’t pen that little ditty, Cold November Rain, for nothing.

We plunge into darkness at 4:30 pm. The leaves are mostly gone. Pumpkins and hay rides are a distant memory of warmer October days, and I for one, will take anything cheerful creeping my way….
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Let the Heating Wars Begin

By Esther C. Baird/tritown@wickedlocal.com.
First Published in the Tri-Town Transcript October 24, 2013

Boxford Topsfield Middleton —
Oh, New England. You plague me so. Just when things get lovely, just when I think there is no place this beautiful, just when walking Blue Ears becomes magical and not full body combat against bugs . . . it gets cold.
Don’t go and get your L.L. Bean long johns in a knot, I don’t mean like winter cold. I don’t mean frozen drifts trapping me in my house cold, or the torturous packing of an extra bag of snow gear to go to school each day with the girls cold.

But that’s the problem. It’s cold, just not cold enough . . . to turn on the heat….
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