Tag: Inspiration

  • A Note on Vulnerability

    Last night Ben and I used a gift certificate to a fancy restaurant around the corner. It’s BYOB, and though I haven’t been drinking this month, I figured the glorious food was worth pairing with wine. But to say the least, after 4 solid gulps of Chardonnay, I was having a time. Not drinking for two weeks sure does make you a cheap date. Either way, I kept it together and eased back on the wine until desert time. By the time Ben got up to go to the bathroom, I was in a silly place. For some unknown reason, I blurted out, “It’s right downstairs.” And instantly collapsed into giggles as he walked away. Why? Because this is a tiny Montclair restaurant in the corner of a small brick apartment building. The dining room itself was a stones throw from one wall to the next, and there was literally one option of where the bathrooms could be, without walking into the kitchen. There were no steps. Anywhere. Why did I do this? I do not know, I was feeling crafty, and I blame the glass of wine.

  • Finding Your January Beach

    It is very chilly today in North Jersey and something funky is going on with our heat.  And by something funky I mean it isn’t turning on.  Fortunately, because it’s a super old house, the pipes that heat my upstairs neighbors run through our floor, and since those are incredibly hot, they warm our apartment at […]

  • The Day My Large Eyebrows Came Back Into Style

    My eyebrow relationship has been a bumpy uphill battle. It began around sixth grade when I was alerted that “No, my eye brows were not actually supposed to meet in the middle. ” It was the dreaded year I also learned about dressing “in fashion,” understanding makeup (and since it was the 90’s — this meant as much glitter as possible), and the realization that I could no longer wear my ten year old Bartman t-shirt. It was a rough year.

  • The Benefits of Being a Multi-Artist

    Feeling artistically stagnant and starved is something I didn’t understand when I was little.  If I was in a grouchy mood for days at a time, I was often told, “You just need a show!”  But I didn’t truly understand the validity of this until my twenties.  I did legitimately need to do something artistic, to […]

  • If the Whole World Took an Acting Class

    As an actor, I have spent my fair share of time laying on the floor and barking at the ceiling.  Okay, I’m not barking, per se, I am sending my voice through the space from the top of my head.  I have sat on the backs of classmates and been sat on by teachers, all for […]

  • An Unexpected Tale of Perseverance

    The story of my morning has three characters: a spider, the Quick Chek Man, and me. The Resilient Spider For the past week, a brown and black spotted spider, about the side of a nickel, has taken residence in our driver side mirror.  When he isn’t building his web, he crawls inside the casing, angrily taking […]

  • Backwards Budgeting: For National Blog Posting Month!

    In honor of NaBloPoMo (or National Blog Post Post Month) I took on Blogher’s challenge to write about something I feel I am an “expert” in.  To say I am an expert at budgeting is VERY far from the truth, but when it comes to somehow keeping our heads above water while freelancing, I have some experience.  So […]

  • The War Against Office Snacks

    A few days ago, my boss purchased a fun little candy dispenser from Costco.  We’ve been trying to make our office more welcoming for teachers to come work. So when she came across this awesome little candy machine, she went for it.  We filled it to the brim with Peanut M&M’s and mini Hershey bars and […]

  • The Tuesday Situation

    It’s been one of those mornings.  I woke up with a mysteriously sore jaw (probably from sinus problems, because the human body is strange), and so I haven’t been able to open my mouth more than about an inch.  It’s really attractive. Then I arrived early to work for a large event I’m helping run and […]

  • Monday Boost: An Ode to Schleppers

    I name this hot muggy Monday, National Schlepper* Appreciation Day!  It is for all the people who think delivery is lazy (or too expensive), who run the office errands, the family errands, the boring “I know the CVS pharmacy is going to take forever” errands, and everything in between.  We work several (usually strange) jobs, […]