How’s that ambivalence coming along?

I entered parenthood with a great deal of ambivalence. I never was a fan of babies, and I had a love/hate relationship with children. The love part was that I know they are the future: teach them well and bla-bla-bla. The hate part was the irrationality, the ungratefulness, the noise… My only real experience withContinue reading “How’s that ambivalence coming along?”

It’s been a summer

School starts today. Yesterday, I took my boys for one last “hoorah” to our favorite little theme park, amid a million other little errands. I got them a frozen treat (a blue slushy is for one, strawberry ice cream cone for the other). I asked, “So what was the highlight of your summer?” And inContinue reading “It’s been a summer”

Week 25: Smelly Cat, Keeping Quiet, Tracking Fails

This year, I set myself 22 little goals to pursue throughout the year. I call them the 22 in 22. Each Saturday, I take a few minutes to check my progress on a few of my goals. #3 Scoop the kitty litter as an act of love Since our beloved Titi left us for thatContinue reading “Week 25: Smelly Cat, Keeping Quiet, Tracking Fails”

Week 24: Dashboards, Joy Deserts and Planners.

This year, I set myself 22 little goals to pursue throughout the year. I call them the 22 in 22. Each Saturday, I take a few minutes to check my progress on a few of my goals. #6 Create a dashboard for progress on creative projects As I said last week, I really like toContinue reading “Week 24: Dashboards, Joy Deserts and Planners.”

Week 23: Rainbows and Reinventing the (Spinning) Wheel

This year, I set myself 22 little goals to pursue throughout the year. I call them the 22 in 22. Each Saturday, I take a few minutes to check my progress on a few of my goals. #20 Practice Mindfulness: articulate the good moments I actually have “mindfulness” twice on my 22 in 22. OneContinue reading “Week 23: Rainbows and Reinventing the (Spinning) Wheel”

Week 22: No Pretense but a lot of wool

This year, I set myself 22 little goals to pursue throughout the year. I call them the 22 in 22. They may all seem a bit random, but they were important to me at the time I made my New Year’s Resolution. Each Saturday, I take a few minutes to check my progress on aContinue reading “Week 22: No Pretense but a lot of wool”

Week 21: All About Connection

This year, I set myself 22 little goals to pursue throughout the year. I call them the 22 in 22. They may all seem a bit random, but they were important to me at the time I made my New Year’s Resolution. Each Saturday, I take a few minutes to check my progress on aContinue reading “Week 21: All About Connection”

Week 20: Plug-Incompatible Activities

This year, I set myself 22 little goals to pursue throughout the year. I call them the 22 in 22. They may all seem a bit random, but they were important to me at the time I made my New Year’s Resolution. Each Saturday, I take a few minutes to check my progress on aContinue reading “Week 20: Plug-Incompatible Activities”

Week 19: A Week of No Progress

This year, I set myself 22 little goals to pursue throughout the year. I call them the 22 in 22. They may all seem a bit random, but they were important to me at the time I made my New Year’s Resolution. Each Saturday, I take a few minutes to check my progress on aContinue reading “Week 19: A Week of No Progress”

The Instrument Carousel

Where I grew up, we had the opportunity to start playing a stringed instrument in fourth grade. Anyone who wanted to play a band instrument had to wait until fifth grade. When I think about it, the fact that in fourth grade, in a public school, we had the opportunity to learn an instrument…it bogglesContinue reading “The Instrument Carousel”