Happy 2021, everyone. We all know 2020 was a mess of a year, but for me, it was not without its bright spots. I spent quality time with my husband and my dog. I officiated my best friend’s wedding. I finally learned to bake. I started this blog. Quarantine would have been much, much harder … Continue reading Happy New Year!
2020 was a strange Christmas. It was all set to be a bummer— separated from family, unable to make my annual pilgrimage to my sister’s home in Oregon, you get it. We’re all in the same boat. Then, in a whirlwind, my dearest friend decided to get married at her mother's home in Wisconsin on … Continue reading Walking a Mile in My Pocketless Pajama Pants
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love Hallmark movies. I’m a year-round Hallmark viewer, but Hallmark Christmas movie season is the ultimate. The settings are festive, the meet-cutes adorable, and the first kiss— in the movie’s final frames— is perfectly lit as fake snow falls on 90s stars. It’s everything a … Continue reading For Christmas in 2020, Hallmark Gets with the Times (Finally)
It was grocery day— again. I was planning our dinners for the week— again. I love to eat, so I’ve learned to love to cook, but slowly, over the past few years, grocery day has begun filling me with dread. Not because I have some sort of problem with the actual grocery shopping. I like … Continue reading Hey hon, what’s for dinner?
My dearest friend, Collette, is getting married on Christmas Eve. We’ve known each other since college. Once, when she was in a fit of being twenty and seriously considering a mohawk, I gave her an Edie Sedgwick pixie cut with kitchen scissors. At twenty-three, I drove from Illinois to Minnesota to visit her for a … Continue reading Operation Whatever Collette Needs
The holiday season is upon us. Halloween is in our rearview mirror. Thanksgiving leftovers are in our fridges. We’re in it now. It’s time to buy Christmas gifts. My husband was a Thanksgiving baby, so actually, at my house, the gift-giving frenzy really begins around mid-November. Every year, a flurry of calls and texts come … Continue reading What should I get Tony for his birthday? Inquiring minds want to know.
“What does she even do?” “I don’t know. She has a mommy blog?” I’ll be honest: I don’t remember which half of that dialogue is me, but I remember the conversation. The conversations, really, because there was a time when mommy blogs were a thing I made fun of. A lot. Because I was a … Continue reading I Was Late to the Glennon Doyle Party
“I, too, am ever baffled and enraged by the culture that consistently and completely silences my identity as an ambitious, accomplished woman once I assumed the title “Mrs.” What’s truly astonishing is that this kind of violence is more often than not perpetuated by women themselves.” -Hyejin Lee, ArtStoryLab That comment was posted months ago, … Continue reading These Acts of Violence
Guys.* I was on a podcast. It's called Best Book Ever, and it's the best podcast ever. Okay, I can't prove that, but it is a great one, and I honestly do listen every single week. I can't stop, won't stop listening to BBE, and I'm thrilled to have gone on the best podcast ever … Continue reading Talking Pride & Prejudice with the Best Book Ever podcast
Gloria Steinem. August 27, 1970. (Photo by Jerry Engel/New York Post Archives /(c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images) This week, I don’t know what to say. The world is big, and likely to change dramatically in the coming days— for better or for worse, we don’t yet know. I don’t have it in me … Continue reading When You Don’t Know What to Say or Think, Turn to People Smarter than You and Read