We made the leap

Yes, we bought a mini-van. A 2014 Toyota Sienna, and yes, the kids love it. They love the sliding doors. They love the video screen. My 4-year-old likes being able to walk to the back row through the center of the car (for some reason, probably having to do with his more easy-going personality, he always gets the back row). I had resisted this for a while, but given… read more »

In praise of name tags

I had a lovely time at an event the other night — Lindsey Pollak’s book launch party for Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders. It was a good group, and a nice venue in the Lower East Side. But I had a “near miss” on a conversation that I’ve been thinking about.
I was standing near the cheese table during the toasts (it’s a c… read more »

Michael’s and Pokemon

In preparation for my brood expanding, I’m trying to build the habit of spending one-on-one time with each kid. The idea is to do something that the kid wants to do. Today happened to be a day I budgeted time with both boys. It was interesting to see what they picked.
My 4-year-old finally starts school tomorrow. Since our nanny has a class on Tuesday and Thursd… read more »

Spotted at the York County Fair…

This pumpkin. It was a full 826 lbs. I don’t think this photo quite captures the glory. At least one other topped 700 lbs. I am enjoying my backyard garden, but I don’t think I will ever pull this off. I kind of wonder what they do with them afterwards…… read more »

The day the Fitbit battery died

Batteries do not last forever. They die sooner if you use them a lot, and that’s the case with my Fitbit Zip (a step counter), which I got in May and wore religiously. I tapped the screen many, many times per day as well. The battery died late last week. Consequently, I spent this weekend without my constant companion of the past 4 months.
The experience gave me a… read more »