The 10-Hour Brunch

Maybe the tires weren’t actually screeching out of the driveway, but they felt that way when I got in the car by myself (what, now?) to make the drive to Brooklyn. It was just a Saturday brunch, for a few hours maybe. But it was long-planned. And canceled. And rescheduled. And highly anticipated. It was […]

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The Third Child Will Be Mellow, And Other Lies People Tell

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while. Hell, I’ve been wanting to write any post at all for a while. But I have to make it quick, because I have a very limited window before my 19 month-old attempts any of the following: Pulling discarded food out of the trash for snack time […]

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Lessons Learned Over Winter Break

Greetings from the ongoing wreckage of Hurricane Christmas! If all goes according to schedule, I should have all remnants of this holiday cleaned up just in time for July 4th. I used to think that today — the first “real world” day of back to school, work, etc. — was the most depressing day of […]

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Tidings of Discomfort (and Joy)

Turns out there’s a fine line between thriving and cracking under pressure. I truly love Christmas. I do. But I am willing to admit, with 15 days to go, that I maaaaaay have taken on a tad more than I can handle. Am I excited to have 25 people over on Christmas Day? Yes! Honestly, I […]

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Not Quite the Break I Had in Mind

Time for a pop quiz. Of my three children, which would you deem the most likely to suffer a broken leg? A) The seven year-old boy who spends his days replicating ninja moves and Star Wars battles? B) The five year-old girl who spends her days attempting overly dramatic ballet and gymnastics maneuvers? C) The one […]

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Past Lives

Although you’d never know it by looking at me in my minivan, the soul of a city girl lurks beneath my suburban life. Over the course of 16 years in my 20s and 30s, I lived in four of the five boroughs of New York City (sorry, Queens). In seven different apartments. I got my […]

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500+ Days of Sleep Deprivation

I’m just going to take a few minutes to gush about my 16 month-old, if nobody minds. This guy, right here.   He has a giant personality. Though his actual words are few, he looks you in the eye as he wildly babbles and almost convinces you that you can understand exactly what he’s saying. And […]

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It’s October, For the Win

I usually don’t realize how much I’m enjoying something until it’s just about over. {Note: Except for wine or chocolate. I’m pretty much enamored from the beginning.} But yesterday I came to a strange realization: October is my favorite month. This was, somehow, news to me. 27 days in. OK, 40+ years and 27 days […]

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Renovation Meets Hyperventilation

I need you guys to promise me something. It’s not a difficult task, but it’s a critical one. Kindly take note. If I ever, ever in my lifetime try to purchase another 100 year-old house, I want you to slap me. OK? Thanks. Some of you have been following the blog long enough to remember […]

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So, You’re Considering the Corn Maze

You love fall, right? The crisp air. The produce. Boots. Jeans. All of it. I do too. And that’s precisely how people like us end up in corn mazes. It starts with the innocent trip to the apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Because parental amnesia is a real thing and you fail to remember every […]

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