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 i… 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 — a… read more »

The childcare dilemma: Working from home (or not) with minimal coverage

I worked from home today in the way that I know many parents do regularly. I had preschool hours, potentially nap time, and what I could squeeze in. It wasn’t a bad day, but it reminded me why I don’t attempt this more regularly.
Our nanny is on vacation this week. My parents had been here to cover while my husband and I were both traveling, but then they left. Th… read more »

What is the right amount to sleep?

I’ve been trying to figure out lately how much sleep I need. I used to assume I needed the standard 8 hours per night, but after tracking my time for multiple weeks over the years, I’ve realized that’s not the case. It tends to average out around 7.5 hours/day over a week (so 52.5 hours or so). I probably wake up every other night to go to the bathroom in the mid… read more »

Subtitling — help, please

I’m reading — again! — through my first draft of Mosaic. It needs to be in to my editor by August 1. My 7-year-old and I have been discussing the idea of drafts, and that first versions are seldom as good as the final copy will be. So when he saw me scrolling through the manuscript, he said “Mommy, is that the bad version?” Thanks ki… read more »