I like to keep a clean and organized house. I also have a husband and two kids, a dog, a cat and a rabbit (although the rabbit is probably the neatest, cleanest creature in the house). I have alway refused to give up the daily battle with organization and cleanliness mainly because it's connected so closely with my own sense of well-being; I just can't let things go, I really can't. I know exactly how long I can make it before the spilled Legos, trail of discarded socks, and di
Apparently, I’ve managed to generate a bit of notoriety for myself. In the last couple of months, I’ve started getting (more or less) daily emails from people (and marketers) wanting me to try their stuff.
In the middle of the weekend, I received a text message from perhaps my last single (longtime) friend: “Have had the best weekend ever. She’s the one.” I wrote back asking if he meant, “The ONE, the one.” He affirmed.
The year before we started graduate school together my husband and I rented a small apartment in Maryland, not far from a metro station. I was working at National Public Radio (NPR) and Scott was finishing up his Master's degree at a school nearby--parenting was a distant spot on the horizon for us. The apartment was small but attractive--hardwood floors throughout and a tiny galley-style kitchen where we could make our small and increasingly ambitious meals.
I like to shop at thrift stores. I like thrift stores because you can find the most amazing and startling things there--and finding a small treasure amid trash is thrilling. A few weeks ago I found a wonderful robin's-egg-blue vase with a white daisy on it and if I hadn't looked closely at the shelf where it sat I'd have missed it because it was almost hidden by a tacky enormous china rabbit and a broken wire basket.
G forwarded me an email from Bravo! TV yesterday. Bravo! is apparently looking for dads (of all types) for a new reality series. The email reads:
Do you live a good life? Are you the "ultimate dad" and /or husband? Do you still make time for the guys? New documentary/reality series will feature a group of friends as they deal with balancing work, family and fatherhood!
Yesterday I sat in my third meeting of the week, next to a colleague in another department who is some months pregnant and showing. Her belly is rounded out just enough so that her sweater stretches taut over the curve of it, and throughout the meeting she kept running her hands over the bump in that characteristic way I found so familiar, and which filled me with a sudden pang of longing. I don't long to be pregnant again, but I do feel nostalgia from time to time for the pregn
G has gone back to work full-time at a hip, high-powered San Francisco advertising agency. She’s working with young, focused, creative and career-minded people who are truly living the dream. They work hard. They play harder. And, they get lots of free stuff.
Sometimes I feel as if one of my main missions in life these days is to grouch at the people around me about responsibility. At home both my husband and I are spending more and more time each day trying to curb T.'s newfound love for making messes everywhere she goes. Be responsible! Don't forget to clean up!
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