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hustle and roll

hustle and roll

August 3, 2012 |  Category:   life rambling the biz

Sometimes I think about what life before the business was like and I can’t quite remember anymore. I know on Mark’s end there was a lot less running around. His work day at the restaurant started around 5am and he would come home around 3pm and that was that. I’ve been freelancing for as long as I can remember so things hadn’t really changed on a day to day basis when we started the business except that we went from a one person freelance household to our whole income being variable. And then, of course, were the health (and now dental) insurance questions. We always had to fund our own retirement so that wasn’t a benefit we were missing. We’ve… CONTINUE READING

perfectionism and learning how to do nothing

perfectionism and learning how to do nothing

July 18, 2012 |  Category:   life rambling

I have 2 girls who approach making things very differently. Mia goes at something fearlessly and often without a plan. She wings it and works in broad strokes. She’s not the neatest, nor does she care. When she’s done, she’s done. Claudine is the more meticulous one. Despite being nearly 3 years younger than her older sister, she can color inside the lines more accurately and has done so for several years already. She labors over projects and can spend hours drawing tiny details. She is very focused. The difference between the two was never more apparent when I happened to find Claudine very focused with a pen and paper a while ago. She was concentrating on tracing a paragraph… CONTINUE READING

floating

floating

June 6, 2012 |  Category:   life me rambling

It’s true what they say, when women claim they become surprisingly emotional as soon as they become mothers. Or often even sooner, as soon as they become pregnant. I’ve certainly cried during enough sappy commercials during the heightened hormonal time of pregnancy. What took me by surprise is that this emotional vulnerability never really leaves. It’s been what, more than five years since I’ve had my last baby? But I can still get teary over looking up at a sunset trying to break through the clouds? Or stranger yet, over seemingly nothing? Who is this person? Certainly not the same person from 10 years ago.   I find that I’m often moving through life these days, half in the grounded… CONTINUE READING

tip toeing over to the dark side…or has hell frozen over?

tip toeing over to the dark side…or has hell frozen over?

May 16, 2012 |  Category:   life rambling the biz

Remember this post from last year about my internal struggle about ads? No, I’m not about to line the sidebar with 20 ads and I doubt that I ever will, but I have placed this seemingly innocuous graphic over there to the left called “Currently Obsessed” that I’m not sure you have noticed yet (ok, I only put it up last night – EDIT: I have since taken the graphic down). What is it? It will take you to a page full of products that I own and like or are currently thinking about purchasing and it works as affiliate or referral links if you ever decide to purchase those items. I usually comment on each item. One of the… 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

sometimes, fun is just…fun

sometimes, fun is just…fun

April 30, 2012 |  Category:   life nyc rambling

This is what we did on Saturday. What’s this, you ask? It’s a rainbow parade, of course! And it was as cheesy and fun as you’d expect a rainbow parade snaking through Dumbo and across the Brooklyn Bridge to be. So, I’m just going to ignore all the cynics who want to call this parade a self indulgent, pointless, narcissistic birthday party bash that was funded through Kickstarter. Technically, I guess you can say it was (so, I didn’t know about the Kickstarter part of it until after, but then again…hiring a 20 piece marching band and getting the necessary city permits and what have you costs money, I guess). You know what though? I don’t really care. I took… 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

recent purchases and thoughts on money

recent purchases and thoughts on money

March 7, 2012 |  Category:   happy purchases life rambling

I don’t often talk about shopping or things I buy on the blog. Other than the fact that I don’t want to focus on “stuff” here, the last time I talked money and shopping, the comments took on a life of its own and quickly veered toward the ridiculous till I had to shut the comments down. Long time readers may know this incident as “Paralegal-gate”. Truth is, bloggers often get judged on things they buy, the money they spend, the price point of products they post, or the perceived priorities that they place on their spending. I see it all the time. Even if it’s not said outright, you can bet somebody out there is thinking something. But we’re… 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

and it’s february already

and it’s february already

February 3, 2012 |  Category:   life rambling

I spruced up the blog a bit. It’s not really a redesign because I don’t have time for that, but sometimes you just get tired of looking at the same thing. I really do, however, have to redesign my portfolio because it’s just so outdated and in a state of stripped out mish-mash, but when you’re busy working on work that, if you weren’t busy you’d need the portfolio for to get more work, there isn’t any time and motivation for a redesign. If you know what I mean.   Speaking of work, I had an interesting 2 weeks of working on something that I thought I loathed. It was one of those projects where I heard myself say yes… CONTINUE READING

hello, motivation. where have you been?

hello, motivation. where have you been?

January 13, 2012 |  Category:   life rambling

Oh, did I say we were having a mild winter so far? Because it turned so unbelievably cold today, it shocked us back into reality. Sun, then hail, then clouds, then sun, then flurries, then sun. What a strange day. Lucky 13.   It’s mid-January already. Mid January!! And I’m only now feeling like I’m waking up from some kind of post-holiday slumber. I entered the New Year lethargic, out of sorts and without any goals for the year. I’ve never been very good at making a list of goals for the new year (unlike my mother who never wavers on this!), at least not on paper, but then again, I am not one to make lists at all. Is… 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

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