My grandmother passed away last Thursday. We knew it was coming — she had been in steady decline since my grandfather died several months ago. Over the past few weeks, she became non-responsive, and we knew it was just a matter of time. Like everything with Grandma, it was both too fast and too slow…Read more Grandma
In June 2005, when my husband was away at Clarion West, my grandparents took a road-trip. They came to visit me in California, and for the first time in my life I had them to myself. Our family is pretty large, and events are often crowded with familiar faces. I’d never had a moment when…Read more Grandpa
When Lambert was about 3 months old, Lisa nicknamed her “The Phantom Menace.” Even though she was only a few pounds back then, Lambert would pounce into our laps to demand attention. She has grown up so fast, in the way that kittens do. At the vet last week, her weight came to nearly eight…Read more This kitten is trying to kill me.
I decided to give up social media for Lent again this year. It was (once again) a hell of a time to do it. I suppose it will always be a hell of a time — FOMO can be hard to navigate. I didn’t completely give it up, full disclosure. I kept up a bit…Read more Easing back into things.
On Sundays, I try to block out some time to just get ready for the week ahead, do some planning, take a look back, track goal progress. I call it Selfish Sundays, because I spend a few hours so that Future Me isn't quite as freaked out and panicked. Some weekends work out better than…Read more Selfish Sundays, Sales and Snails
[ update: I made up my mind at the last possible moment. Decision at end of the post. ] I’ve been trying to decide something. Not anything important, mind you. Something silly and trivial, but it’s vexing me. I’m trying to decide if I should call it quits on my NY Times Crossword puzzle streak.…Read more It took willpower to create this habit. But maybe I should let it go.
Yesterday, I turned 45. If I'm very lucky, this means I'm halfway through my life. My grandparents have lived into their 90's, and their parents before them did the same, so it's quite possible that I'll make it into my 90's as well. Still, the idea that there's pretty much zero way to avoid thinking…Read more Halfway.
She's so cute. But also such an asshole. I love her.
Yeah, yeah. I know I said I don't do NY resolutions (esp not on 1 January). But I'm so inspired by Cate's 2018 Liberation list! So here's mine: Stop allowing myself to be dragged into conversations I really don't want to be part of. This usually happens on FB (where else?) and sometimes Slack, and usually…Read more The #2018Liberation List
I am bad at personal retrospectives. While I’d like to say it's because I generally don't do them until my birthday (vs. at end-of-year like most people), that's not the entire story. It doesn't matter if it's late December or late January — I'm just bad at them. In possibly related news, I'm also bad…Read more It wasn’t all bad.