April 29, 2009 |  Category:   life


Do you ever feel like you’re just chugging along in life, playing catch up but never actually get ahead? This is how we’re feeling these days – trying to just get by and not fall behind. I think we’re both really tired and I might even be a little down, but I’m realizing that I’m craving a change in routine, scenery, or a shakeup in this little life that we’re in. I know, I know, be happy for what you have, but I’ve been so unmotivated lately, especially with my freelance projects which I’m having a hard time mustering any creativity and focus for. I also haven’t had the energy to invest in some new W&S projects that we want to get going. Surprisingly, the mini heat wave did change things up a bit and it was nice to put on all my favorite sandals and paint my toes a cheerful color. Since it’s unlikely that anything big will change around here, I’m focusing on little pleasures like bringing in these magnolia blossoms inside the house.

So, update on the travel plans since everyone made such lovely suggestions (and yes! Probably what we need is to get away). We did rent a beach house for a week out on the North Fork on Long Island in August, but I’m still undecided about our long weekend in June. I’ve priced out and fantasized about nearly every kind of vacation and was very close to booking something in either Cape Cod or Miami, but in the end, we are feeling guilted into the fact that what we probably should do is visit Mark’s Dad in upstate NY, who we don’t see very often. Not our first choice for a trip we’d like to be rejuvenating and relaxing, but…it would be the right thing to do. As a consolation of sorts (unless finances the second half of this year really dictate otherwise) I’ve decided that we’ll be going to Paris next year and after some thought, I’ve decided that I’d like to go with the kids. When I think about going to Paris, I really can’t imagine not going with Mia, who I know would soak in every bit of it.

I think this is what we need to shake ourselves out of the doldrums – something big to look forward to. I figure we’ll rent an apartment for a week to keep costs down so we can cook (eating out every single meal with the kids is close to my idea of hell anyway), but I’m thinking of starting a Paris fund so we can start saving for it now. Who knows where we’ll be in a year, but I’m hoping that we can keep this date that I’ve made.


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  • Lara April 29, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Oh la la! Tres bien.

  • modernemotive April 29, 2009 at 7:01 am

    I’ve certainly been where you are, and heck, go there regularly. It’s hard to shake yourself out of it, but I think the vacations goal is great. I hope it passes soon. Keep your chin up. 🙂

  • Bridgett April 29, 2009 at 7:32 am

    That sounds like a terrific plan and idea! I’m eager to follow your journey up to and through the trip. Fun!

  • Sarah April 29, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Well you’ve both been so crazy busy for the past few months, it’s no wonder you’re unmotivated. You definitely need a break and a change of atmosphere. Your summer plans sound lovely and I definitely think a Paris fund is the way to go. Even if it does take a year…

  • jennifer April 29, 2009 at 7:49 am

    And with a small business, it always feels like there is more you could be (should be) doing so we never will truly catch up. I think you’re right, just need something dreamy to get us through the ho hum days. I think I’ll start up a paris fund as well:)

  • unha April 29, 2009 at 9:28 am

    mm. paris funds sounds good. think i need to do that. do you that i tried to go to paris THREE times, changed our tickets and at the end, we never made it?? I’m still so heartbroken by the whole thing. this or next year is must for me. Funny thing is, Jinu who’s been watching Ratatoullie has been saying, “That’s Paris… I would like to go there someday.” hah.

  • Tumus April 29, 2009 at 9:32 am

    ^_^ Paris in the springtime! c’est magnific!

    I’m glad you have found your big thing to look forward too! How cool is that! And a big trip like that for such little kids omg what an adventure!!

  • Sandy April 29, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Good luck! I just started a travel fund for my family this month. We’re going to Switzerland/Italy for my 40th birthday with our two young children in 2011. They’ll be 4- and 7-years-old by then, and we think they will have a fabulous time. What kid doesn’t like chocolate and pasta?

  • nichole April 29, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Oh, you’ll LOVE it. Definitely cook a lot. We spend very little on food when we are there, believe it or not. Crepes, bread, pastries, fresh fruit, etc.

    So exciting!

  • Anna April 29, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Why don’t you try an apartment swap with a Parisian family to reduce the costs?

  • Stella April 29, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Start that Paris fund!
    I totally relate to this post. I’ve been feeling that constant catch up, unmotivated, and not starting new stuff both at my day job and with writing. I’m definitely craving change. I have a couple weekend trips and am going to Italy next month, so I’m excited and hope the freshness does me good.
    Oh, and please do bring the kids to Paris. I always wished my parents had taken me abroad when I was a kid.

  • Ari April 29, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Oh my, I can totally relate to you right now. I’ve also been feeling unmotivated and I’m in terrible need of a change of scenery. Been thinking of taking a trip to NY this summer for a couple of weeks to see family I haven’t seen in years, they have yet to meet my son and are anxious about it. That’s all a few months away…I need something NOW to get me out of this funk! Ugh.

    Hope you get out of yours soon! It can be such a drag…

  • Gabriel April 29, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    these pictures are beautiful.

    i have friends in the 8th who have a 2 bedroom if you want to contact them about an apartment swap – they know nyc well having lived all over america before. and their daughter is named mia!

  • Jenna April 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    man, you guys are awesome, and thanks to those who have emailed with contacts in Paris. Seriously, AWESOME!

  • Pauli April 29, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Hi, I like your photos, I have one question. What camera you use to take those pictures???
    please, I need to know ’cause I’m planning to buy one.

  • chern April 29, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    hello! just coming out of hiding to say that i totally know what you mean, am an undergrad who’s just written 6 essays in five weeks (26,000 words!) for final-year deadlines. there were points when it seemed like it would never, ever end .. plus the weather was getting warmer and sunnier here in the UK but i couldn’t go out to play :/ the deadline was today (yay!!!) but really my point is that the big upcoming holiday helps (and AHHH PARIS WOW) but yes it’s the littlest things that help you not to go mad in the meanwhile. even a ten-minute walk every day was a big deal for me. hang in there!

  • Annie From Seattle April 29, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Check out the home swap sites…since you have such a desirable location to swap you can do a Paris trip for far less than you think! I have many friends who’ve done loads of these swaps & been all over the place. The best swaps support with an independent website, which wouldn’t be a problem for you and your creative self. If you can secure a swap, you could do your trip for airfare from NY, plus a bit of grocery/museum money.
    And how wonderful it will be!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jenna April 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I use a canon G7. The newer model is a canon G10.

  • amy May 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    We just returned from a Paris trip and renting an apartment. We’ve gone there a a couple of times right around Easter – best time to go. It can be sunny & rainy but totally worth it. Kids are out everywhere playing in the parks and no lack of things to explore for families. We loved the apartment (it even had a washer & dryer) and a small, but full kitchen setup. We cooked all meals in and just purchased desserts for the evening everyday. We made up a list of food & wine places to pick up things and went to the farmers market for the week for nearly all of our groceries. We have a market list and a list of food places (mostly around the 6th right near Luxembourg gardens) we can send you as well. The Monoprix are great (small but have everything grocery stores) and there’s a huge hypermart that’s amazing on the edges of the city… Hope you enjoy as much as we do!!!!!

  • Pauli May 4, 2009 at 1:51 pm