My Road Not Traveled

Today’s post is part of the From Left to Write online book club. The idea of this book club is not to write a book review, per se, but rather to write a post in which the blogger connects that month’s book to an experience from his or her own life. April’s book is Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes, a memoir written by Elizabeth … [Read more...]

One Is Up, the Other One Down

When my husband was in college, he and his best friend had a theory that things could only be going well for one of them at a time. If one was up, the other was inevitably down. Who knew that was also true with children? Since turning four at the beginning of 2011, J.R. has been a new kid. Gone are the intense rages over some trivial … [Read more...]

Putting on my Game Face

As of right now, I have plans to attend three -- count 'em, three -- blogging conferences this summer: the Brands and Bloggers Summit '11, Bloggy Boot Camp Chicago and, of course, the mother ship, BlogHer '11. Now I know that some of you are snorting derisively at the idea of blogging conferences wondering what these conferences will be like and … [Read more...]

What the Leprechaun Brought

"Mom, you've got to come see this!" Zuzu yelled down the stairs. "What is it?" I replied a little too innocently. "Look what the leprechaun brought me! A book about rocks and minerals. And some new earrings! And a Pez for my collection!" "It looks like they left a big mess," I said, pointing at the little green footprints. "And what's this doing … [Read more...]

A Very British Book Club Meeting

My new book club had its third meeting last week. I am very excited to be part of a book club again after several years off. I had been part of a wonderful book group during the years of my life that I went from "young bride" to "first-time mom."  That group was full of interesting, smart women and we read just the kind of books I like: serious … [Read more...]

Creminelli Artisan Salumi Tasting

When I was five months pregnant with Zuzu, my husband and I went on a babymoon to Italy. We spent a few days in Rome, just the two of us, and then met up with my parents and my brother and future sister-in-law in Tuscany, where my parents had rented a house for a week. As you might imagine, it was a fabulous trip. We saw amazing art, architecture … [Read more...]

Weeknight Dinner Solution: Fish Stew

My husband doesn't eat fish. Seriously, if it grows or lives under water, he's not having any of it, thank you very much. (My husband also doesn't eat pork, mushrooms, eggplant, bananas, avocado, mayonnaise, sour cream -- should I go on?)  I, on the other hand, quite like fish and interestingly, so does Zuzu. She lists salmon as one of her favorite … [Read more...]

From Left to Write: Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English

Today’s post is part of the From Left to Write online book club. The idea of this book club is not to write a book review, per se, but rather to write a post in which the blogger connects that month’s book to an experience from his or her own life. March's book is Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English, a novel written by Natasha Solomons. Today I … [Read more...]