Archive for August 2017

Books read in August

I feel like this month I achieved a breakthrough as a reader. I tackled a few long and extremely challenging books, and found that I could stick with a narrative for a while. I spent a lot of time reading, but I didn't spend all my time reading. By using small bits of time, coupled with larger chunks (2-year-old's nap, an hour before bed), I could get through some su… read more »

It’s late August. Here’s how we did on the summer fun list.

Summer is not officially over until Labor Day (right?) but the soon-to-be changing month seems like a good enough time to revisit the summer fun list. Every year, I make a list of things I would like to do before the end of summer. You can read my 2017 list here (and 2016, and 2015). Here's how I did on the list. See Brad Paisley in concert. Did this in late May. My husb… read more »

Best of Both Worlds Episode 4: Childcare — what we wish we knew starting out

Thanks to everyone who has listened to Best of Both Worlds, the new podcast I co-host with physician and blogger Sarah Hart-Unger. We are thrilled to see thousands of downloads, plus reviews and ratings! We will be releasing new episodes every Tuesday. Since today is Tuesday, episode 4 is now live! (That link goes to the Libsyn site where it's hosted; iTune… read more »

Lobster, oysters, and 13 years

My husband and I got married on Sept. 4, 2004. Since the 13th anniversary isn't exactly a milestone one, we didn't plan anything huge, but we did manage to convince G (nanny) to stay overnight with our kids on Sunday night. We took off in the afternoon for Cape May, NJ, for a 24-hour adults-only trip. Not all went perfectly. For instance, I thought I had booked a ho… read more »

Bonus summer days

We are home from our last official vacation. School starts soon, but it does not start yet, not until after Labor Day. So we are in the middle of two summer weeks that feel like bonus time. The leaves are full on the trees. The crepe myrtles are blooming, as are the roses (still!) The tomato plants have finally ripened into full fecundity. I have been eating tomato… read more »