Of Interest – March


We’re moving tomorrow.  Tomorrow! So you’re probably not going to hear from me for a little while, because of all the things that are happening in the fairly immediate future.

In the event that you have free time (I can hear all my Pesach-preparaing friends laughing maniacally at that), or if you want to take a much-needed sanity break (always a good idea), here are some things from around the web that I found interesting:

This essay on how to make a marriage work

In college, I would spend hours and hours in a practice room, working out the trickier passages from whatever pieces I was working on. This piece touches on how to make the most of practice time.

Do you snap at your kids when you’re using your smartphone? If so, you’re not alone.

PSA for shopping with babies: Putting the car seat on the top on the seat area or sideways over the basket is not so safe. If your baby is in a carseat, the carseat should go in the basket. But, Rivki, where do my groceries go? If it’s a small trip (hahaha, small trip to the store), you can use the seat area (like in the picture). If I have to do a normal trip, I put the baby in one cart, and the groceries in another. Or I wear the baby. Kind of a hassle, bur way safer.


Green Acres is the place to be. Farm living is the life for me…and, more so, for Tova Kinderlehrer and Micah Simmons, who live on a Farm Schmarm. Yes, that’s its name, which I love as much as I love the concept of an agrarian Orthodox Jewish community.

I apparently won the internet the other day using these tactics.

Miriam Hendeles has some wise words, with a bit of tochachah, for the judgy judgers out there, as they reared their judgy heads following the extremely tragic fire which happened on Shabbos.

Finally, a friend has started an online business, BabyPinch.com, for baby products, green toys, teething necklaces, feeding stuff, baby welcome baskets, and more. She sent me a teething necklace  that I’ve gotten some compliments on (I paid a discounted rate for said necklace, full disclosure). And I made a video review (my baby helped out with that. He’s a helpful baby).

Look for a giveaway of a BabyPinch product sometime after Pesach!

Okay! See you after the whirlwind of the next month or so!

On Endings and Beginnings


Seventeen days

That’s all the time we have left in Charm City. The movers are coming on the 24th to pack all our possessions into boxes, and they will return on the 25th to load those boxes, and our furniture, into a big, probably enormous, truck. We’ll pack our children and immediately needed possessions into our cars and drive to Cleveland. Sometime in the following days our stuff should arrive.

We’ve been talking about moving for about a year. My husband looked for a job for six months before finding the one he accepted. His current job requested six months notice so they could find a replacement.

Six months is a considerable amount of time to get comfortable with the idea of moving. It was an unusual state of being, maintaining my normal routines of grocery shopping and making Shabbos, of checking out library books and DVDs and returning them (once they’ve finally been located in the black hole which is my house).

“We’re moving, just before Pesach,” I would tell people. But it was still months away, so it didn’t yet touch my life. The move existed only in the abstract.

“Have you started packing yet?” people started asking me recently. I hadn’t. I hadn’t even thought about it, actually. I’d been busy having a baby, and then getting a little sick, but, more honestly, the move still existed somewhere far, far in the future for me. It wasn’t real, not yet.


That’s a little over two weeks

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A Purim Experiment


Today I’m happy to introduce you to Revital, a mother of five boys who lives in Israel and blogs for Jewish Journal, as well as doing writing and creative work at aJudaica.com. She sent me an email back in January, and we’ve been in touch many times since then. Meeting people is one of my favorite parts of blogging, hands down. Blogging just makes the world so much smaller, in a good way.

Revital is sharing a little Purim experiment she and a friend did with their kids, and what she learned from it. Speaking of Purim, I also have a post up on Kveller about how my habit of calling Purim the “Jewish Halloween” does a disservice to Purim, and why Purim is so much better. Head over to read that when you’re done here.


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Selling a Home, Keeping my Sanity


Well, I didn’t post at all last week, for the first time in a while. And why is this? Oh, nothing big except we’re moving in less than two months and just put our house on the market.

Yep. We are moving back to Cleveland, city of warm Jewish community and cold, snowy winter. My husband found a job there and gave his notice to his job here and off we go! Our move date is late March, and so, despite the winter not being an auspicious time to sell our house, that’s what we’re doing. Continue reading

Of Interest


Sometimes it feels like everything on the internet flies by so quickly that even really interesting things get buried in the rush to post post post. In the hopes of at least remembering some of the interesting things that are going on around the web, here’s a post with some notable links, things that you may or may not be interested in. And some shameless self-promotion (hey, it is my blog, after all). Continue reading