Back to Work, Not quite back to reality

Back to Work, Not quite back to reality

Last Monday started like any other day. Our alarm went off at 7:00. I woke Noah at 7:10 and sent him, eyes still half-closed, downstairs for frozen waffles. I got Rory out of his crib, changed his diaper, and watched…

When I Grow Up (or, to find where you should be, go back to the beginning)

When I Grow Up (or, to find where you should be, go back to the beginning)

On the way to church yesterday, Noah said, “Mom, I have something to tell you.” If you have kids, you know the sentence after this one could go 1,000 different ways. We had barely made it out the door in…

The adoration of the SAHM: reflections of a dual-star parent

The adoration of the SAHM: reflections of a dual-star parent

I attended a baby shower over the weekend with some women I used to work with. As usual, I was late. My departure was delayed by Noah stretching himself in front of the door yelling “No, you can’t go! Don’t…

Decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions

It was a big week for big decisions. – I had two conversations about possible job opportunities. – Our childcare provider, Kelly, who had been on an extended “vacation” while I determined if I was going to work again full…

Opting out, leaning in and searching for something in between

Opting out, leaning in and searching for something in between

This, again, already? That was my first reaction when I saw the New York Times article “The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In.” It seems like only yesterday that I was intrigued by the original article about “The Opt-Out Revolution,” But…

Like sands through the hourglass, this is Beach, Part 2

Like sands through the hourglass, this is Beach, Part 2

Today, in the second part of my report on our beach trip, I get pretty sappy for someone who usually rolls her eyes at the advice to “enjoy every minute, time goes so fast!” You’d better read it before I…

Happiness Commandment #2: Get Sweaty (Or, Happiness is a Warm Run)

Happiness Commandment #2: Get Sweaty (Or, Happiness is a Warm Run)

I’m back, and it feels good to be back!  First, I’m back online, typing on the very first computer I have ever owned. I kid you not. For the last 17+ years, all computing has been done at the mercy…

Last day of work jitters: confessions of a Maxxinista

Last day of work jitters: confessions of a Maxxinista

So. Tomorrow is my last day. And I’m freaking out. I’ve had two months to prepare for this. And I have not been lying; I do feel good about it, it’s a blessing in disguise and an opportunity and so…

Sometimes a girl just needs to get laid off.

Sometimes a girl just needs to get laid off.

After two years and as many attempts, I finally finished Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project”.  Don’t get me wrong; I found the book to be an easy, engaging read from the start. I immediately identified with the author. I just…