Yeah, it was cold, and I’m a little crazy

Friday morning at work, the wind whistling angrily against our office windows, the following conversation took place: Coworker: What are your weekend plans? Me: Oh, I'm going camping. Coworker: ... Me: Yup. Coworker: It's supposed to be really cold this weekend. Are you crazy? Me: (briefly contemplates) Yup. One fateful day, when oldest was in... Continue Reading →

Second in Command’s BOOK BIRTHDAY!

Today is the day. Second in Command is officially in the world! I am excited -- and slightly terrified -- but mostly excited for friends and family to be able to read something I wrote, to be able to hold a book in their hands and say, hey, I know the chic who wrote this!... Continue Reading →

The art of letting go

One of the great contradictions of my personality: I want to be a minimalist, but I have difficulty letting things go. I also struggle to follow through on the ever popular resolution of being more organized. Nevertheless, it's a new year and once again I've committed to paring down and organizing the house. Inspired (as... Continue Reading →

Reflections

December 31, 2018. Tomorrow I will write the annual letter to my future self and set forth goals and intentions for the year to come. Today I reflect on the year behind us -- the good and the bad, accomplishments and setbacks, the things that fueled my soul and the things that made me cry.... Continue Reading →

Mixtapes in the modern age

Back in the 90's I was the queen of mixtapes*. If you were someone I cared about, you had a personalized mixtape, complete with decorated cover. I had have a notebook where I kept track of the songs on each tape. Yes, I still have the notebook. And a box full of mixes I made... Continue Reading →

Hall-uh-ween

Fall is my favorite season, and Halloween my favorite holiday. But this year, I haven't been feeling overly festive. Today is Halloween, and there isn't a single decoration outside. Well, except for the pumpkins, which were carved with limited enthusiasm. We're all feeling a bit un-fallish this year, I guess. Youngest went off to school... Continue Reading →

Weekend retreat

The idea of coming together with other writers -- some friends, some strangers -- for an entire weekend away from the stressful realities of life felt both exhilarating and terrifying. It is something I need: space to think, to read, to write, without distractions and in a place that promised inspiring scenery. At home, I... Continue Reading →

Summer book report

Ah, the lazy days of summer, the perfect time to curl up in the sun on your favorite lounge chair and get lost in the pages of a good book. I'll admit there weren't nearly enough of those moments this past summer, but I managed to devour a handful of delicious reads. Here are a... Continue Reading →

Time for an upgrade?

Twenty years. That's how long it's been since I graduated from college. My reunion was this past weekend, and I decided to skip all the formal stuff and attend the free, kid-friendly Fall Fest with my boys. Last year we went with my sister (graduate school, class of '08) but she had a race this... Continue Reading →

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