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taking care of me

taking care of me

May 22, 2012 |  Category:   life me

Well, this has been a month of answers in regards to the health front so that has been a relief, though there is still one issue that will remain mysterious because my health insurance deemed it medically unnecessary to approve 1 of my 2 MRIs. It’s great how insurance companies are the ones to decide, yeah? Or, I can cough up the 2k or whatever MRIs cost to have peace of mind. I was sort of faced with that decision last Monday right before a procedure. I had realized that for each of my other procedures I had received a phone call from my insurance company letting me know that the pre-certification was approved, but hadn’t received it for this… CONTINUE READING

Getting old. Well yeah, it does kind of suck sometimes.

Getting old. Well yeah, it does kind of suck sometimes.

May 11, 2012 |  Category:   life me

Can we fast forward to next Friday?   I’ll be straight up and tell you that I’m scared and I want next week to be over with already. In the last few weeks, I don’t think I’ve seen as many doctors, specialists or had as many tests in the last 6 years (maybe ever? Aside from pregnancies?) put together for 3 unrelated health issues I’m dealing with right now. I’m getting probed and poked by lots of needles and other apparatuses and it hasn’t really been all that fun. It’s not even over. It’s like as soon as I turned 40, all sorts of things in my body started crapping out on me. I mean, I’m at an age where… CONTINUE READING

an 11 year collaboration

an 11 year collaboration

May 9, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life me

I know I don’t talk about my design work very often (ask my family; I think it drives them nuts that I don’t like to talk about the projects I’m working on). I often reference that I’m “busy with deadlines” or “I’m slammed with work”, but have never specifically talked about any of the client projects that keep me busy. The truth is, my freelance work takes up so much of my day – sometimes 15 hours a day if I’m double or triple booked on projects – that it’s the last thing I want to write or talk about, especially if it’s stressful, and often times it is. I’ve managed to keep it fairly separate from my personal life… CONTINUE READING

Raising Girls part 4 or Things I’m Afraid to Tell you

Raising Girls part 4 or Things I’m Afraid to Tell you

May 3, 2012 |  Category:   life me rambling

This post is part of an effort organized by Ez from Creature Comforts encouraging bloggers to open up today and write something about themselves that they might not normally share with their readers (head over to her site to see a list of participating blogs). It probably won’t come as any surprise that I wholeheartedly support more of this openness and it harks back to that post earlier this week about shutting out some of this internet chatter because it’s become so unrealistic to measure ourselves against everything and everyone out there. I remember talking once with a very talented designer whose work I really admired. You know, the kind of person who seemed like creative ideas just came easily… CONTINUE READING

cycles and the proverbial wheel

cycles and the proverbial wheel

March 27, 2012 |  Category:   life me rambling

Some days I have to remember that a lot of things in life revolve in cycles. Women deal with cycles with their bodies (man, do we ever). The business is somewhat cyclical through seasons – there are definitely slow months and busy months and after 4 years we can sort of predict now where they fall (but it doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t worry when sales slow down). Freelance work, well, that is sort of the wildcard.   When you’re in it though, when you’re down at the bottom of that cycle and you can’t seem to catch any momentum or when things slow down and make you nervous, it’s hard to remember that there’s an upswing at the next… CONTINUE READING

defining success and contentment

defining success and contentment

February 13, 2012 |  Category:   life me rambling

Does anyone know what kind of berries these purple ones are? Such a pretty color.   I’ve been thinking a lot about what “success” means. I’ve also been thinking a lot about what being content means. I get asked from time to time whether or not I realize all the things that I have achieved so far in my life whenever I lament about all the things I can be doing if I had more time. The answer is yes…and no. Learning how to be content is perhaps an art and a key to happiness, but I also don’t see anything wrong with always wanting to achieve more unless it makes you a miserable person in the process, of course.… CONTINUE READING

about that whole “getting old” thing, pt 2

about that whole “getting old” thing, pt 2

November 28, 2011 |  Category:   life me rambling

us, circa 1996. It’s pretty funny to have all these old photos of us together when we were much younger. It’s more interesting still to witness how we’re both aging over the years (why do guys in general look ok with the grays that come in? So unfair).   Friends, I had a much sobering moment over the weekend when my back started acting up. Though it’s not officially diagnosed, I suspect I have a possible herniated disc brewing back there. I have bouts of sciatica. My childhood scoliosis probably doesn’t help (yes, I wore an awful plastic back brace for 5 years). It’s never really terribly painful, but the pain is annoying and just there. I’ve managed to keep… CONTINUE READING

new haircut

new haircut

October 25, 2011 |  Category:   me rambling

Nah, it’s not really that short. It’s just pulled back, but sometimes I wonder if I should cut it short like this and then I remember how much maintenance it took all the times I had short hair, and I’ve had short hair probably half my life. I usually end up only getting a haircut twice a year. Making haircut appointments are about as painful as making dental appointments in the same way that both get pushed aside when I’m too busy, but I’m going to try and be better about that, particularly since I found a new stylist thanks to Anna (basically I’m just going to do whatever Anna tells me to do). The haircut actually looks like this:… CONTINUE READING

a flea market find

a flea market find

October 13, 2011 |  Category:   happy purchases me

Totally frivolous post today and sorry to bore the guys who read the blog – you know, all 5 of you – but boots! I’m never that girl anymore who finds that deal or flea market steal, mostly because I don’t have the leisure time to browse anymore (wish I did!), but the family and I were visiting our friends who sell at the Hester Street Market in the Lower East Side the other week and I spotted these boots for sale at a booth selling vintage clothing. And hey! Size 7, just my size. That hardly ever happens to me anymore. From what I could tell, they had never been worn and now I have a new pair of… CONTINUE READING

the supermom myth + follow up on breadwinners

the supermom myth + follow up on breadwinners

July 13, 2011 |  Category:   life me parenting the biz

I never thought there would be this kind of response to the “breadwinner” post, but it’s gotten the most comments of any other post on the blog so far (aside from the ones where we’re giving away free cookies) and I’ve enjoyed reading through them all. Your comments and emails have also helped me to sort through some tough rollercoaster feelings I’ve been having as I float through this summer with a lighter work schedule, though Mark reminded me yesterday that I am still working all the time because I still have to tend to matters of our W&S business on a daily basis (I don’t often think of that as “working”, why is that?). As I’ve mentioned before, my… CONTINUE READING

when you’re the breadwinner in the family

when you’re the breadwinner in the family

June 30, 2011 |  Category:   family favorite posts life me nyc rambling

Actually, it’s all I’ve ever known. My mom was always the breadwinner of our family and the one who made all the financial decisions. Maybe on the exterior it appeared like my dad was the head of the family, but in truth, my mom quietly ruled the household finances behind the scenes. It made for an uncomfortable dynamic, a reversal of roles in a culture where traditionally, the man is seen as the patriarch. It became even more magnified when my mom started earning big money when she switched careers to real estate from nursing. Nobody was fooled after that into thinking my mom wasn’t the money maker. As a girl growing up, my parents’ relationship was confusing and difficult… CONTINUE READING

transparency

transparency

June 24, 2011 |  Category:   life me parenting

This is a word that has been coming up a lot. I get asked every now and then if I mind sharing such personal details about my life on a public blog. The answer would be no. I wouldn’t write anything that I wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing. The other question I might get asked is “why?”. I often say that this blog is more for me than for any audience, but the “why” part of it did become a little more clear when I sat down a few weeks ago with Joanne Wilson who interviewed me for her Woman Entrepreneur Mondays series. We talked, among many things that morning over coffee, about how we were both in agreement that there… CONTINUE READING

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