Miscellany

Why Expectations Are The Worst

We’ve all been there, right? Starting a new job, marking a major life event (marriage, children, making aliyah), or even pursuing a hobby more seriously. We have ideas of how it might go. And then reality steps in and things are, well, different than we thought they might be. While sometimes these unmet expectations can… Continue reading Why Expectations Are The Worst

Miscellany

What I Learned From A Month With My Bullet Journal

Like many people, I do so much better when there are tangible goals that I have written down and have some level of accountability to. It reminds me of the time that I was in Rabbi Nivin’s Chabura, I was wildly productive then. Also like many people, I often feel like I do not have… Continue reading What I Learned From A Month With My Bullet Journal

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

A Little Chanukah Miracle

A Freilichen Chanukah to everyone who’s celebrating! It’s been a delightful whirlwind over here. Today is the last day of Chanukah vacation, so we’re soaking it up. I’m still in my pajamas as I type this. It’s glorious! Today over on Hevria, I wrote about my constantly evolving Chanukah experience, and how my expectations for… Continue reading A Little Chanukah Miracle

Miscellany

Two Things On Thanksgiving

Hello! Gobble Gobble! I hope you are all having a good day, for whatever it means to you. I have a full house right now and have another guest coming later today and am very much looking forward to the delicious smell of Thanksgiving food filling my house as I embark on our annual Thanksgiving-food-for-Shabbos… Continue reading Two Things On Thanksgiving

Miscellany

Joy Through Hard Work

A Gut Moed! We’re in the middle of the holiday of Sukkos (Sukkot, whatever you prefer), which is also known as zman simchaseinu, the time of our joy. Maybe you don’t typically associate hard work with joy, but I wrote a piece for Hevria about that exact thing, and why I think that working hard… Continue reading Joy Through Hard Work

Music

Joy Through Music

I meant to post this last week, but then things got busy, and then, with yesterday, a lot of the joy (and, thus, motivation) got sucked right out of me. BUT Life moved forward, regardless of what horrors are occurring, or what joys. We’re approaching Zman Simchaseinu, the time of our joy, Sukkos, a happy, happy… Continue reading Joy Through Music

guest post · Miscellany

An Escape Room With A Jewish Flavor

It was a pleasure to receive this fascinating post about an unusual and interesting Jewish entertainment venue that Gamliel Beyderman sent me late this summer. I would love to do this someday! You can check out his Facebook page here. Wishing you all a ksiva v’chasima tovah, a good and sweet new year, full of… Continue reading An Escape Room With A Jewish Flavor

Motherhood

What Should My Kids Bring For School Snack?

Growing up, my mother was very conscientious about what she fed me. Snacks in my house were fruit leather, delicious whole-wheat muffins with applesauce and cheerios, and we had water with every meal. My house was the house no one wanted to do school projects at because we didn’t have “good” snacks. While I, unsurprisingly,… Continue reading What Should My Kids Bring For School Snack?

Miscellany

Advice I Would Give Myself Before Heading Off To College

Looking back at the young, naïve girl I was as I made my way to the small midwestern university and remembering the incredibly tumultuous time I had, it’s tempting to tell my former self to do so, so many things differently. Practically everything. But at the same time, I can recognize that: a) I wouldn’t… Continue reading Advice I Would Give Myself Before Heading Off To College

Motherhood

Alternatives To Cereal For Dinner

A frequent permissive point I make about living the life of a creative mother is that choosing to serve cereal for dinner is a perfectly valid option. It’s a sort of battle cry for overwhelmed mothers of small children. We are tired, we are beleaguered, we don’t have neither the time nor energy to make… Continue reading Alternatives To Cereal For Dinner