• Life

    Mothers and Daughters

    I’ve been thinking of my mother a lot lately. She died in September of 2017, just before I was married. It was heartbreaking to have the wedding without her. It’s been so difficult to be a mother myself when I don’t have mine any more. My mother’s death was a surprise to me. For the two years before she died she went downhill and uphill again. There were times, three of them at least, when we were sure she was going to die. She received the Last Rites more times than I can count. I was lucky to have been there for her. When I was a teenager, in high…

  • Parenting

    Motherhood at 9 Months

    I haven’t done one of these reflection posts in a long time. But life has been busy! (I hate that excuse, but it’s true.) While I love and value working from home four days a week, in some ways it is easier on the one day a week I go into the office because it provides a clear break between my work and home lives. When my husband or mother-in-law are watching my son, I feel as though I have to do work constantly, but I also work while he’s napping, so it’s difficult to find that separation. That being said, I wouldn’t change my ability to work from home…

  • Life

    Week in Review, Vol. 27

    I can’t believe it’s the end of 2018! In some ways this year has gone by in a flash but in others it’s definitely dragged on. I wanted to bring this series back before the calendars flip over to 2019! This is an old Humans of New York post but it breaks my heart every time I think about it. We’ve come a long way but not nearly far enough. My son loves to listen to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Judy Collins, so I can’t believe I just found out about this album. It’s been on repeat today! I would love and support any of these amazing women…

  • New Year's Menu
    Food

    New Year’s Menus

    As we’re not going out this year for New Year’s, I want to make a very special meal to mark the occasion. Honestly, it’s difficult to go out when you have to drive home, as that kind of defeats the purpose of being able to have champagne on New Year’s. As well, Ubers on the North Shore are rare and the cabs are exorbitant, so it just makes sense to stay at home! I’m looking forward to making a nice dinner and buying a bottle or two of champagne. Here’s the menu I’m thinking of: My favorite potato galette, seasoned with herbes de Provence and using gruy√®re instead of Old…

  • Resolutions
    Life

    Resolutions

    I haven’t necessarily been successful in keeping up my New Year’s resolutions. In fact I think a lot of people are unsuccessful because they try to do too much all at once–like making a resolution to go to the gym every day when they hadn’t been going at all. My resolutions this year, therefore, are striving to be more realistic and hopefully habit-forming. I’m hoping to keep myself accountable here! Below are my resolutions for 2019: Buy and use a paper planner I’ve been using my phone’s reminder feature and Gmail’s new Tasks feature to try to keep myself organized, but I haven’t found it to be too successful, except…