Easter Passes Me Over

I have been off of work for the last week, as Baba’s day care has been closed for the Passover and Easter holidays.  Not being a Christian nor a Jew means that this mostly turns into another one of of those holidays where everyone seems to need to be somewhere, but I’m not entirely certain […]

Dublin Airport Time

The flights to America leave from Terminal 2 in Dublin.  There was a time when this was a relaxing part of the trip home.  It was a last chance to sit at O’Brien’s and have one last authentic fry-up, one last cup of well-brewed Barry’s tea before stuffing a real scone in my bag and heading back to the land of hot dogs and coffee.

So Many Miles to Go Before I Sleep

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” I know that I am grieving, because poetry keeps running through my head.  A fragment here, a stanza there.  It […]

Was I Ever So Young?

This is the time to remember Cause it will not last forever These are the days To hold on to But we won’t Although we’ll want to (Billy Joel — “This is the Time”) I’ve been doing some organizational work with my computing lately, as long-time readers of the blog may have noticed.  As part […]

The First Goodbye

Today I said goodbye to an old friend, my beloved convertible Tux, which seems a remarkably appropriate thing to be doing at this time of year.  December always seems a little early for end of year reflections, as usually the weather has not turned enough to make me feel that the seasons are really changing.  […]

Les Grandes Vacances

The suitcases that we have been living out of for the last two weeks are large and blue, made of the durable canvas that all suitcases seem to be constructed from. We bought them for our wedding two years ago, when I was stuffing dresses and suits and cuff links and fashion tape into them. […]

2011 Holidays

Christmas was a quiet affair filled with good friends and family, which is what it’s all about. I made out with some very thoughtful loot and ate slightly more than my body weight in cookies. But I have prevailed; the cookies are all dead. In my belly. I enjoy the week between Christmas and New […]

Weddings for Feminists

I am clearly not a stereotypical bride. In the three weeks in which I have been engaged, I’ve started doing some research in wedding planning that is driving me nuts. This began with signing up for theknot.com so that I could access their checklists. The Knot presents you with a nearly 200 item checklist that […]

Family Changes

What a month! About a month ago, I took my kid brother into my house and set about the business of raising a teenager. Although strange at first, this has gone surprisingly well, and it’s been just delightful having a young mind around the house. I really enjoy his different perspective. Even if the spaghetti […]