My mom passed away unexpectedly a few months ago and I'm still struggling with the grief process. I know that grief is not a linear process, yet for some dumb reason, I expected things to slowly get better without sliding back into the heavy and dark emotions of those initial days and weeks. And for … Continue reading Grief
Berlin on New Year’s Eve
My daughter and I took a trip to Berlin at the very end of 2022 into the first week of the year and we had a great time! For once, I was the person tagging along and not working, which made for a nice change, since she was there to do research at a local … Continue reading Berlin on New Year’s Eve
Avoiding “stuffocation” this holiday season
I've had a link to this article, "Buy less, do more: 5 reasons why experiences make us happier than things" sitting in my post drafts for quite some time and thought that with the holiday season upon us, it's timely. Also I'm a sucker for a fun portmanteau, and "stuffocation" fits the bill nicely. 🙂 … Continue reading Avoiding “stuffocation” this holiday season
Went to a new local park today and spotted this critter casually sunning itself despite the number of people walking by. I didn't see any of its friends, but no doubt they're in the water there somewhere.
1000 day streak
A while back, I wrote about a taking French lessons - first as part of some upcoming planned travel to France, then as a pandemic project. It's been a long road since then (in so many ways) but lookee here - I'm on a streak! While I can't credit Duolingo for taking me from A1 … Continue reading 1000 day streak
Obstacles to blogging
Here are some of mine: Fear of criticism Fear of being judged incorrectly Being a person who likes privacy yet posting in a wide open public space Figuring out what topic to even write about Caught between wanting to dash off a quick thought and feeling like your post draft has to be perfect to … Continue reading Obstacles to blogging
Living with an invisible chronic disease
There's a part of me that feels like it's self-indulgent to say I have a chronic autoimmune disease since that sounds so serious and dramatic. But there's another part of me that recognizes that it's rather ridiculous to feel this way because it happens to be true.
Un nuage de lait
Clouds in my coffee
Love is a verb
As I mentioned in my last post, we recently moved our kids back to college. For my husband and I, this was a given. We have helped move both of our kids in and out of dorm rooms and apartments since their freshmen years. It's not that we enjoy carrying stuff up and down stairs, … Continue reading Love is a verb
Anyone have dueling hurricanes on their 2020 bingo card?
It's 2020, so I guess two hurricanes tag-teaming the Gulf Coast should come as no surprise.