The Ideal Life Round-Up: Parenting

Here we were, 5:00 on Christmas morning, and I was almost 100% sure I knew how this was going to go down. I knew for a fact that my boys would see all the bounty under the tree, and that even before they would start opening their presents, that my eldest would cry about somethingContinue reading “The Ideal Life Round-Up: Parenting”

The Ideal Life Round-Up: Work

“Angelica…Eliza! (And Peggy.)” So, so, so, so sorry that I got that in your head. Maybe it will stop cycling through mine now, though. No endless diatribe on this theme. It is what it is: the Ideal Life theme of Work is what it takes to make ends meet. In my Ideal Life, I amContinue reading “The Ideal Life Round-Up: Work”

The Ideal Life Round-Up Contentment

Similar to the Ideal Life Theme of “Gravitas”, “Contentment” is quite idiosyncratic. If “Gravitas” is part of my Ideal Life, it is because I have always felt as though, for some reason, I never properly grew up into an adult. If “Contentment” is part of my Ideal Life, it is because I have never beenContinue reading “The Ideal Life Round-Up Contentment”

The Ideal Life Round-Up: Gravitas

Gravitas, you silly creature. Gravitas, as I went into detail about in an article earlier this year, is a word to describe what I imagine growing up might look like. This desire to grow-up is something that has been part of me for as long as I can remember. I have yet to grow up.Continue reading “The Ideal Life Round-Up: Gravitas”

The Toy Catalog

I mentioned yesterday that I have been having deep thoughts lately about coveting. Notably, I have been second-guessing the premise of my entire year-long challenge. Have I, for perhaps my entire life, been confusing the idea of appreciating something I don’t have for coveting something I don’t have? The definition of “covet” is yearning toContinue reading “The Toy Catalog”

Challenge Update: Week 49

Three more weeks to go! Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet I bought nothing. Yay me. On the other hand, I have been having deep, deep, deep thoughts about the idea of coveting: what is the line between appreciating and coveting? Is wanting what we don’t have inherently wrong? Under what circumstances does aspirationalContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 49”

Gift Giving Gone Awry

A while back, I wrote a series about gift-giving, and some characteristics to consider about the gift-receiver as we began the holiday season. I called them “Gift-Receiver Templates” (I’ll put links to the articles at the end, if you’re interested.) Well. Let’s put this anecdote into the “I should have known better” category, shall we?Continue reading “Gift Giving Gone Awry”

Thankfulness Week, Day Three: Useful Things

My scalawags eat enough apples to keep the doctor away from our entire neighborhood. I’m talking like, four apples a day. Each. I love it that they love apples, but, goodness gracious that’s a lot of peeling and cutting. In our kitchen, I have a little apple cutting station. (Not the kind of thing IContinue reading “Thankfulness Week, Day Three: Useful Things”

Thankfulness Week, Day Two: Unexpected Outcomes

“Hey now, Lil!” you might be saying. “I thought you hated surprises! What is this about being thankful for the unexpected?” I know, I know. But where would the fun be if there wasn’t a little contradiction now and then to keep life interesting? But let me explain: Anticipation is fantastic. I swear by anticipation.Continue reading “Thankfulness Week, Day Two: Unexpected Outcomes”

Ideal Life Progress: Commitment

It was September 22 when the idea struck me. That is, September 22, five days before my birthday, that I somehow got bitten by a little bug that would, mid-November, be occupying my every minute. Our children attend a bi-lingual French/English elementary school. If you are anglophone and reading this, it may seem perfectly logicalContinue reading “Ideal Life Progress: Commitment”