Motherhood gives me whiplash

Justin and Ethan left for basketball practice and Alex was hunkered down doing homework so the girls and I decided to run to Costco to find the necessities we didn’t need. We were cold and bundled up in our hats and cozy coats. We blasted the heat and Taylor Swift to warm up our toes and our souls. My girls, always listening and trying to figure out the world, questioned some of the lyrics to Blank Space. Eva wanted to know if boys really only wanted love if it was torture. Scores of my own mistakes flashed through my head … Read more…

Moon chasing

I chased the moon last night. I was driving home from dance when I caught my first glimpse. It was on fire. It ripped my breath right out of my chest. When I got home I ran in and made the twins and Justin jump in the car for a better view. We drove through our neighborhood and down toward the river following it as it moved behind the trees. And I realized this is what I want from 2015…I want to chase the moon on cold winter nights wearing my cozy hat surrounded by the ones who make my … Read more…

Oh 2014…

Where did you go? I swear it was just June and I was celebrating having a summer off from packing lunches. I used to hear the clock ticking as each second passed while I sat in European History in tenth grade and now I blink and the whole day has disappeared. I watched Taylor Swift singing on New Year’s Eve and then counted down as the ball dropped at midnight. I know it’s 2015 but I’m not quite sure where 2014 went… But in this new year, I have ideas about what I want and what I want to do. … Read more…

Annie

To me, Annie’s not just a movie. I have so much of my childhood invested in those catchy tunes. I remember wearing my pink and white tank sundress and going to Broadway to see the play with my dad after a lunch at Tavern on the Green. I remember playing the record over and over and over again and then singing “Tomorrow” while I showered, rode my bike, and ran around the neighborhood. I remember seeing the movie and not liking it nearly as much as I liked the theatre production but still holding a soft spot for it. My … Read more…

Trying to capture moments

It’s that busy time of year. Who am I kidding? I say that all the time. June is the new December. Back-to-school shopping is more hectic than Christmas shopping. It’s all busy…or at least we make it busy. But during this time of year instead of running to and fro in my dreaded Honda Odyssey with my head filled with a mighty to do list, I try to be filled with intent and a little extra joy. Does it happen? Not always and sometimes it feels like not at all. But over the last few years, I’ve tried to shift … Read more…

Four years ago today…

Four years ago tonight, I said goodbye to my dad. I’d said goodbye to him many other times, like when he moved into his own house when I was in second grade and when he left New York for California while I was still in high school. Even though those felt like earth shattering moments, I really just said so long…farewell…I’ll see you soon. But as my aunt held the phone up to my dad’s ear for the last time four years ago, I said my final goodbye and it wasn’t eloquent. His box of journals and letters still sits … Read more…

Things I could do if I didn’t drink Starbucks

If I stick to my regular, every day venti iced nonfat chai, I will spend $1635.20 on Starbucks this year. More than likely I’ll end up back at Starbucks later in the day telling myself I deserve a reward in a less calorie laden form costing somewhere around $4. If I do that a third of the year, approximately 122 days, I’ll spend another $488 and that’s assuming I am not with a Farley child who may be clamoring for a treat. Now I’ve raised my Starbucks yearly total to $2123.20. I guarantee(but I’m not checking) that it’s greater than … Read more…

Time…

It’s November already. Pictures of snow are popping up on my Facebook wall. I’m wearing my old Uggs slippers instead of my flip-flops.We’re inundated with Christmas commercials and my kids are starting to make their Christmas lists. It’s the month that’s supposed to be filled with gratitude and turkeys. And I’m still stuck in August. If I try hard enough I bet I can still find sand in my suitcase from our beach vacation. I’m certain there’s something in my house that still has the faint smell of chlorine or suntan lotion left on it. I’m not sure how time’s … Read more…

The Heiress of Santorini

I feel so fortunate to be able to work with so many great authors at Booktrope. I’ve only met Angel virtually, although I might need to head to Greece to meet her in person one of these days, but she is kind-hearted and generous. I cannot wait to dig into all of her books! Angel Sefer’s third mystery romance, The Heiress of Santorini, was just published! Her first novel was a #1 best seller and Rone Award finalist. Her second novel just got a rave review in San Francisco Book Review Magazine. I think we can suspect great things from … Read more…

Expectations

When I signed with my publisher, I expected the sun to shine a little brighter. I expected my bathroom to clean itself and the laundry to disappear. I expected my kids to stop talking back to their mother, the published author. Oh and I for sure thought I would never have to plunge another toilet. Lo and behold, none of those things happened. I still tell people way too many times a day to get their hands out of their pants. I burn cookies and mess up dinner in the crockpot. My life changed for half a second when I … Read more…