Mar
12
2014

For 311 to see our very bad sidewalk conditions.  

For 311 to see our very bad sidewalk conditions.  

Jun
14
2012

I’ve tried, but it’s often been the last thing on my mind to keep up a blog, or even a tumblr nowadays. And more than half of the things in my head, sparked by the snow-globe-like shake my life has taken with a baby and a new job, probably aren’t for public broadcast anyway.  So, just wanted to announce that I am quitting this thing.  I am hoping to look at it not as a failure but as a relief, one less thing that became a chore. 

I’ve tried, but it’s often been the last thing on my mind to keep up a blog, or even a tumblr nowadays. And more than half of the things in my head, sparked by the snow-globe-like shake my life has taken with a baby and a new job, probably aren’t for public broadcast anyway.  So, just wanted to announce that I am quitting this thing.  I am hoping to look at it not as a failure but as a relief, one less thing that became a chore. 

Jun
13
2012

I do try to live by the clean-closet rule of asking:
1. Do I love it?
2. Do I wear it?
And if the answer to either is no, the piece of clothing or pair of shoes is a likely candidate for the Salvation Army bag.  However, I agree with this post wholeheartedly that sometimes I run across something that I bought years ago that has suddenly arrived on-trend.  “I’m so glad I didn’t throw this away!” I think…and then the tossing out becomes that much harder.  
I confess that I make a broad exception for jewelry after discovering that so many of my Mom’s pieces have come back again and again.  Never get rid of jewelry, even the cheap costume stuff! Even if you don’t like it, wait a year or two and it’ll become the rage in the fashion magazines and suddenly it will seem much more likeable.
(I have practically these same shoes in yellow.)

I do try to live by the clean-closet rule of asking:

1. Do I love it?

2. Do I wear it?

And if the answer to either is no, the piece of clothing or pair of shoes is a likely candidate for the Salvation Army bag.  However, I agree with this post wholeheartedly that sometimes I run across something that I bought years ago that has suddenly arrived on-trend.  “I’m so glad I didn’t throw this away!” I think…and then the tossing out becomes that much harder.  

I confess that I make a broad exception for jewelry after discovering that so many of my Mom’s pieces have come back again and again.  Never get rid of jewelry, even the cheap costume stuff! Even if you don’t like it, wait a year or two and it’ll become the rage in the fashion magazines and suddenly it will seem much more likeable.

(I have practically these same shoes in yellow.)

Jun
7
2012

How is this possible? Two of my favorites in one place!  Hello Kitty & Liberty of London. Though $32 a yard for silk which I probably couldn’t even figure out how to manage in a sewing machine is a waste.   But it can make my heart happy that this exists in the world.

How is this possible? Two of my favorites in one place!  Hello Kitty & Liberty of London. Though $32 a yard for silk which I probably couldn’t even figure out how to manage in a sewing machine is a waste.   But it can make my heart happy that this exists in the world.

Jun
1
2012

Next week I leave for Berlin, Germay…for a week. As much as I love travel, this trip will be so tough as it will be both the longest distance and time that I’ve spent away from baby. (And traveling as a nursing mother, is such a pain!) But I hope to make the most of it. They say “baby changes everything” and indeed it does.

Next week I leave for Berlin, Germay…for a week. As much as I love travel, this trip will be so tough as it will be both the longest distance and time that I’ve spent away from baby. (And traveling as a nursing mother, is such a pain!) But I hope to make the most of it. They say “baby changes everything” and indeed it does.

May
26
2012

I really need to remember to read online product reviews. Twice this week I ordered something only to find a flaw in its design or operation. Going online to process my unhappy return I saw the reviews… Many complaining of the same issue I had discovered. Like the Fisher Price toy phone that promises to teach Calvin the alphabet and numbers, but you can hardly hear it at all! *sigh* I guess his mother will have to teach him these things. And also teach him of the value of those product reviews!

May
22
2012

It’s funny the little things that remind me of people, both here and gone.  Mom’s espadrilles.  A shoe I didn’t really understand when I was little.  (The sole looks like rope and I was too young and naive to understand a wedge heel.)  They seemed like a quirky Mom shoe, but now that they are being sold for $128 a pair at J. Crew I may have to revise my opinion. 

It’s funny the little things that remind me of people, both here and gone.  Mom’s espadrilles.  A shoe I didn’t really understand when I was little.  (The sole looks like rope and I was too young and naive to understand a wedge heel.)  They seemed like a quirky Mom shoe, but now that they are being sold for $128 a pair at J. Crew I may have to revise my opinion. 

May
17
2012

It’s time to think about the balcony gardening again! Gardening on the balcony is a nice manageable amount of space, and no lawn to mow.  Here’s my Pinterest board with some of the components for this year’s plan.  This year I’m thinking of marigolds.  They remind me of Dad, maybe because we seemed to have so many in our garden growing up, planted by him.
Now I just have to figure out how to schedule the work ahead around Calvin’s naps! 

It’s time to think about the balcony gardening again! Gardening on the balcony is a nice manageable amount of space, and no lawn to mow.  Here’s my Pinterest board with some of the components for this year’s plan.  This year I’m thinking of marigolds.  They remind me of Dad, maybe because we seemed to have so many in our garden growing up, planted by him.

Now I just have to figure out how to schedule the work ahead around Calvin’s naps! 

May
14
2012

If you’re in the mommy circuit, or even if you are not, you have seen the recent TIME magazine cover featuring a mom breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. They are (untraditionally) both standing and staring unabashedly at camera.  As a breastfeeding mom myself, I’ve read a lot of the commentary on the provocative cover story on “attachment parenting.” I share the views expressed in this article, that TIME’s depiction of breastfeeding is an extreme. It’s frustrating because at eight months (and even earlier) when I’d mention that I am breastfeeding I get the response, “STILL?!” and accompanying commentary or innuedo that I am abnormally babying my son or over-attached.  I have to diplomatically reply that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding until 12 months.
The criticism also makes me mad because for a lot of moms breastfeeding is far from easy. It takes learning technique, sleepless nights, worries about adequate “supply” to nourish baby and —for a working mom like me— a lot of accomodations and excuses in terms of schedule and routines.  I could add a lot more on the stress of business travel. (I’m talking to you, Doubletree Hotel and your inability to provide a mini fridge to someone who requested it over a week in advance!)  Evidence of its challenges…

About 44 percent of U.S. moms do at least some breast-feeding for six months. But only 15 percent follow advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics that babies receive breast milk alone for that time span. And fewer still stick with breast-feeding for a year, also recommended by the academy.

So this TIME magazine cover may be successful in its ability to generate chatter and magazine sales, but it depresses me in my effort to be relatively ordinary and care for my baby the way doctors reasonably recommend. It makes breastfeeding seem like an extreme practice, which it’s not.  It’s the most natural thing in the world. That image just isn’t what it’s really about.
(Image: Mother and Child by Enoch Wood Perry Jr, 1831 – 1915)

If you’re in the mommy circuit, or even if you are not, you have seen the recent TIME magazine cover featuring a mom breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. They are (untraditionally) both standing and staring unabashedly at camera.  As a breastfeeding mom myself, I’ve read a lot of the commentary on the provocative cover story on “attachment parenting.” I share the views expressed in this article, that TIME’s depiction of breastfeeding is an extreme. It’s frustrating because at eight months (and even earlier) when I’d mention that I am breastfeeding I get the response, “STILL?!” and accompanying commentary or innuedo that I am abnormally babying my son or over-attached.  I have to diplomatically reply that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding until 12 months.

The criticism also makes me mad because for a lot of moms breastfeeding is far from easy. It takes learning technique, sleepless nights, worries about adequate “supply” to nourish baby and —for a working mom like me— a lot of accomodations and excuses in terms of schedule and routines.  I could add a lot more on the stress of business travel. (I’m talking to you, Doubletree Hotel and your inability to provide a mini fridge to someone who requested it over a week in advance!)  Evidence of its challenges…

About 44 percent of U.S. moms do at least some breast-feeding for six months. But only 15 percent follow advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics that babies receive breast milk alone for that time span. And fewer still stick with breast-feeding for a year, also recommended by the academy.

So this TIME magazine cover may be successful in its ability to generate chatter and magazine sales, but it depresses me in my effort to be relatively ordinary and care for my baby the way doctors reasonably recommend. It makes breastfeeding seem like an extreme practice, which it’s not.  It’s the most natural thing in the world. That image just isn’t what it’s really about.

(Image: Mother and Child by Enoch Wood Perry Jr, 1831 – 1915)

May
10
2012

After seeing this tag toy on pinterest, I made this one for Calvin! (Front and back pictured.)  It’s not quite the same as the instructions called for (no time for fabric paint and templates) but I had some cute flannel left over from burp cloth making and a lot of ribbon.  Calvin is definitely keen to find the tag on any toy, so I think this may be appealing.  There are a few details that reveal its homespun origins - like seams that go a little this way, then that way.  A cleaned up Zone Bar wrapper inside makes it crinkly. I’d have to practice more before this could become another go-to baby gift for others, but I’m sure Calvin will overlook his mom’s minor errors. 

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