Lily, the Little Prince and the Fleece

“The proof that the little prince existed is that he was charming, that he laughed, and that he was looking for a sheep. If anybody wants a sheep, that is a proof that he exists.” Antoine de St Exupéry, The Little Prince Do you remember back in September, when I went on an over-excited rampage aboutContinue reading “Lily, the Little Prince and the Fleece”

Commitments: Why they don’t stick

Why is it so easy, under certain circumstances, to say, “I’m going to do this” and then we just do it, and under others, the thought escapes us, barely it has formed? There is research about this: research about how to set and pursue goals that hold. One of most idiot-proof explanations comes from theContinue reading “Commitments: Why they don’t stick”

Summer Challenge Check-in

Dana K. White, the slob’s hero, who is the driving force behind, what for me, was a life-saving perspective on all things homemaking, invented a term for plasticity of time that “people like us” (that is, creative types who really, truly suck at the every day ins and outs of homemaking) experience. She calls itContinue reading “Summer Challenge Check-in”

The Engineered Summer

Back in June, I was staring down the barrel of a summer that I frankly had no interest in seeing arrive. The prospect of summer meant that my obsessive search for progress and contentment was going to have to take backseat to those two little people who live with me and their indulgent father, who,Continue reading “The Engineered Summer”

Pearls, Pigs and Projects

My in-laws live out in the country, in the hill-country known as la Drome des Collines, on a little parcel of land nestled on one side by forest, truffle oaks (not theirs!) on another, farm and pastureland on all others. I have been visiting their house since 1997, when I met my indulgent husband, soContinue reading “Pearls, Pigs and Projects”

Challenge Update: Week 31

Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet This week was the week that it almost all fell apart, but it had nothing to do with coveting. This week, out of my last precious two pairs of summer socks that I had left, one sock went flying off the balcony in a storm and could notContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 31”

Challenge Update: Week 30

Oh my goodness, week thirty. Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet I bought no clothes, I coveted nothing. This was a welcome sigh of relief after a few weeks of feeling like I was questioning everything. Clearly, I still need to steer clear of stores, and for as long as it takes. That’s allContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 30”

Challenge Update: Week 29

Did not see that one go by. Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet After all of last week’s ruminations, this week was an absolute whirlwind. I didn’t have thirty seconds to think about buying anything, let alone put myself in circumstances to actually do it. The whole coveting thing remains an open question. WhenContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 29”

Challenge Update: Week 28

Tough week. Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet This week I ruminated about last week’s store adventures. I’m still unsure about how I feel about the whole thing. Many thoughts have crossed my mind, and they are all pointing at paradoxes: I have more clothes than I need, but I still managed to think,Continue reading “Challenge Update: Week 28”