So, it's been an age since I last wrote. Life got away with me. (Also known as being the parent of a rambunctious 10 month old with a full-time job and a husband who is gone 12 hours a day trying to have some semblance of a creative life outside of work.)
Needless to say, I feel horrible about it.
The good news? I just started writing again. The so-so news? I decided to host it somewhere else in order to reach more people with common interests. If you haven't checked out Medium yet, go do that now. For those of us who are a little older, think of it as a bigger, better, more connected and less emo version of Livejournal.
So, come find me on Medium here and let's be friends!
I'd love to have a dialogue instead of writing into a void, hoping that someone's reading.
P.S. I'm leaving my blog live for now because...well, why not?
So, you're thinking about having a baby...or just wondering about having a baby...
Now, some women know when they're ready. They get super-serious about it and are very much "NOW IS THE TIME FOR PREGNANCY!"
I was not one of those people.
Charles and I had one scare a few years back that got the wheels turning...it was one of those "well, if I was pregnant, what would we do?" moments. Turned out I wasn't, but it got us thinking about the concept of creating a small human and having that human be the center of our universe forever after.
I think initial feelings were "life isn't going to be fun anymore" along with "we don't have the money to do that" with a dash of "but I still feel like a kid!"
Cut to a few years later: 2015. We decided we should probably get going on this baby thing because we weren't getting any younger and there really wasn't going to be a "good" time. People raised children with much less in worse circumstances and we were also really curious about the scientific experiment we were about to try. The idea of smashing genetics together is crazy. I know the entire world has been doing it for millions of years and all but...well, it's still crazy.
So, these are my steps to getting pregnant. I will not say that this will work for everybody, but it's just how I went about it. If you're thinking about creating life, consider these steps.
So, if you read my last post, you're well aware that I'm preggo. I'm 28 weeks at this point and my lungs and stomach are crushed so far up my torso, it's amazing I can eat or breathe.
Oh, the joys of pregnancy.
And along with the squashing of internal organs, the magical belly-button-disappearing act, odd weight gain, swollen digits, and an indescribable and vicious hunger for everything sweet, salty, carby, and comforting...along with all that magic, there's also my skin.
Fashion Week is on the horizon, folks. You know what that means? I go missing for about 10 days and work crazy hours. (I get the flu after almost every season, but I'm hoping to avoid that this time.) This would also explain why I didn't get a chance to post this past week. (Was in NYC for work...go back Thursday...back on a plane to NYC on Wednesday - oy.)
Meanwhile, my goal this season is to pack as little as possible but still look good. I just don't have the patience to pack a billion things. (I've broken off enough luggage handles at this point...I'd like to avoid that happening again.)
So, sadly, today isn't going to be a particularly relaxing Sunday for me. I'm hoppin' on a plane again to head back east for work and am trying to mentally prepare myself for the freezing temps, snow, sleet, wind, and darkness that await me.
The exciting part of it all? This is my first flight ever in sweatpants.
Ahoy there! I'm back to regale you with more tales about products, people, and things I've been using (ok, I haven't been using the people, but you get what I'm saying) and my top 5 picks in all categories. This round I'm talking skin care which I finally feel like I've got a handle on. (Took me long enough.)
So, let's cut to the chase, shall we? What were my favorite products of 2014?
Here we go!
Ok, people. If you know me, you know I work NY hours which means weekends are a challenge in terms of trying to have any kind of social life because I start getting sleepy around 9:30pm. Pathetic, I know.
But it was Charles' birthday yesterday and I wasn't about to not organize a celebration in his honor. That being said, I also know that we're all busy and have brunches and dinners and other parties to attend, so we decided to host a very casual "come meet up with us at this rooftop beer garden between 9pm and midnight" shindig at a local spot.
So, I'm assuming you've read about those 36 questions. The 36 questions (and the 4 minute staring contest) that will magically make even strangers fall in love. If you haven't read about it, this is what I'm talking about.
Of course I was completely fascinated by this whole idea, but wasn't looking to fall in love with a stranger especially since I'm married and happily in love already thankyouverymuch...but something about it made me wonder, "could this make me fall even more in love with my husband?"
To be fair, I actually call it "standing in love" now (a reference from one of my favorite books, The Art of Loving.) I've already fallen in love. Now, I stand in it...and standing in it, I think for a lot of people, is much more challenging.
Naturally, I brought up this magical list of questions to Charles and we decided over the long weekend that we would give it a go and see what happens.
Now that I've thoroughly decompressed over the holiday, made some realistic resolutions and gotten back to life and work and all that fun stuff, it's time to take a look back at 2014...
But not to worry. I'm not about to barrage you with a collage of all the events that went on in my life during the past year. You don't need to see that. If you've been reading, I've kept you up-to-date with the more important things. You don't need to see a photo of me having a mimosa with someone at a random brunch or a pair of awesome pants I bought 6 months ago.
No, I'm going to try to be much more useful to you...which is why, over the next few weeks, I'll be dishing out my favorite products of 2014 (which I'm gingerly using at the start of 2015 as well) to let you know how I'm getting by on little sleep, lots of bi-coastal travel, and not enough hours in the day. As it turns out, it takes some effort...I definitely don't have the resilience I did in high school, so let's get started.
This round, I'm going to let you in on my favorite hair products of 2014. This one is especially interesting because this past year was the year I went blonde, so my hair routine changed dramatically.
Ok, here we go: