Let me start by saying I understand this pandemic has hit everyone in different ways. As for me, and many teachers L.A. County, it has meant teaching remotely for going on a year now (while having your little ones at home!). I have many times thought, “How can I do this?” Finally this past week… Continue reading Pandemic Routines
I had two weeks off, which was wonderful. When you are working from home & you aren’t going anywhere for the holidays a “vacation” seems a little odd. OK, so I don’t have to log onto Zoom. OK, I don’t have to check my emails. What’s the big difference? Ugh, major difference. I need another… Continue reading How I Spent My Vacation
I usually write a “top 10” end of the year list, which feels more than a little tone deaf this year. But my long history of self-help books and Oprah shows have taught me to be grateful NO MATTER WHAT, so here is a list of nine things (tried to get to 10) that have… Continue reading Top 9 Things Keeping Me Sane This Year
It rarely thunderstorms here. I mean, in the past 7 or so years–it hardly even rains. I was celebrating at midnight when the wind and rain and thunder woke me up (also Huxley, who was terrified). After a morning bike ride where Kenzy insisted on riding in slow motion through every single puddle she saw,… Continue reading Thunderstorms in L.A.
I’ve been jogging with Kenzy, Huxley and our Thule jogging stroller for over three years now. It’s been my savior on most days, but I have to admit it’s wearing on me. Kenzy is a little giant, and pushing her while keeping track of Huxley is not the feeling of the solo run I had… Continue reading Flat Tire.
It’s 8:17am and Kenzy is staring intently at the gifts under the tree. It is going to be a very very long day for her. “Is it Christmas YET?!?!” I have only broken down into tears once so far this morning. Oh also, I started doubting stocking contents, so I placed an Instacart order from… Continue reading Merry Christmas Eve
We drove through a “snow village” last night in our tour of lights experience. It was “snowing” some sort of weird bubble-like texture, and I was loving it. “IT’S SNOWING!!!” To which Kenzy replied, “It’s just a machine, Mom.” How is my 3yr old already a sullen teenager? Who is this girl? She is already… Continue reading “It’s just a machine, Mom.”
Christmas 2020. It’s me actively ignoring the devastation I feel every time I watch the news, or hear of a friend or family member actively suffering from Covid–or even more horrific, this morning waking up to find out on Facebook that an old college friend has lost his life to it. My college memory is… Continue reading Santa Zooms and Drive Thru Lights
I moved to Los Angeles in September of 2000 when I was 22 years old. The twenty-two year old me was absolutely clueless and ridiculous and hopeful. I found an apartment to rent in Glendale for myself and my best friend Chuck who moved in a few weeks later. I would start my master’s program… Continue reading 20 years
I’m on vacation! I mean, “on vacation” makes it sound like I’m on an island somewhere. No, I’m still in a super small back house in Culver City with a Stay at Home order in place. But I don’t have to work for 2 weeks! I don’t have to do a work Zoom for TWO… Continue reading Holiday Gift Recommendations