Archive for July 2014

Old laundry bags, frugality, and nice stuff

When should we splurge, and when should we save? Money Saving Mom recently ran a guest post from Abby at Mother on a Mission about how she’d wanted to buy a nice laundry hamper years ago. But she realized it was a want, not a need, and she’s survived just fine with her husband’s old dorm-style laundry bag. It’s a standard frugal story, though as Abby answe… read more »

Letting ’em all sleep together

When my 2-year-old climbed out of her crib a few months ago, we took off the “foot” side. Now she can get in or out safely on her own. However, it’s pretty clear that she’s old enough for a big girl bed. We have a bed that’s a perfect size: the trundle bed in our 4-year-old’s room. One solution would be to move that trundle out of his room and into our daugh… read more »

My salad days

In my quest to eat better -- including more veggies -- I’ve been trying to incorporate lunch salads into the mix. I like the southwestern steak salad I occasionally throw together (with leftover steak, peppers, corn, and chipotle ranch dressing). Other ideas seem more boring. But then during my week alone I started visiting a salad shop that made some inte… read more »

The Overwhelmed Review

My review of Brigid Schulte's book, Overwhelmed, ran over at City Journal's website this past weekend. The gist is that this is a perfectly sensible Big Idea book, written by a very good reporter. The problem is that Schulte spends too much time making this a book about herself. We're supposed to believe her life is a mess, which it really isn't. In the end she re… read more »

What I’m working on: Sitting less, splitting shifts, AC horror stories

I had limited ambitions for this past weekend. I wanted to sort the mail pile, and that happened. I wanted to go for a run, and I did. A few other things did not pan out quite as intended, but more on that in my monthly newsletter essay (out near the start of August). I’m working on a few stories for a few different outlets right now that I’d love help with -- anecdo… read more »