Vanity's Fair: My Quest for Cute Running Shoes

Vanity’s Fair: My Quest for Cute Running Shoes

I got new running shoes yesterday. This is a big deal for me. I average only 10-12 miles a week, so I can get away with just one new pair a year. I always look forward to going to the…

"Free Money," "Having a 30," and other shopping lessons my mother taught me

“Free Money,” “Having a 30,” and other shopping lessons my mother taught me

It’s been a week since my last post. It’s been hard not to write – I’ve cooked a bunch of stuff I want to tell you about – but I’ve been distracted. First, the kids are on spring break, so…

Update: January spending freeze (in which I shift all my emotional energy from furniture to frozen yogurt)

Update: January spending freeze (in which I shift all my emotional energy from furniture to frozen yogurt)

January is halfway over, so I thought I’d update you on my January spending freeze. The good news is that so far I’ve kept my resolution. It has not been without temptation. First, we took down our Christmas decorations last weekend….

2014 Resolution #1: The Big Freeze (or, stopping the shopping)

2014 Resolution #1: The Big Freeze (or, stopping the shopping)

It’s January 5, pretty late for a post about New Year’s resolutions. What can I say? I got a late start to the new year. After all, I’m still working on my Christmas cards. So this will have to do….

The Cult of the Clearance Rack (or, if you can't have the thing you love, love the thing you're with)

The Cult of the Clearance Rack (or, if you can’t have the thing you love, love the thing you’re with)

Rory on a rug hunt at the store I had to leave in cheapskate shame. I bought a rug Saturday night. After two hours scrolling through the endless selection on Overstock.com, I reached the point where sleep could no longer…

"Worse than the Holocaust": decorating, home-making and other things that are never as bad as I expect

“Worse than the Holocaust”: decorating, home-making and other things that are never as bad as I expect

So, last week I was agonizing over first-world problems like not being able to find rugs for our new house and sucking at holiday things. Now, look. I get that these things are trivial. And don’t worry: when I get too dramatic, Pat is quick…

Scenes from a Move

Scenes from a Move

We’re moving on Thursday. I finally had some time to write about the last week’s adventures while I was waiting at the new house for the painters. So here it is: Moving, in three acts. Act 1: Breaking, Bad In…

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…