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

Mesorah (Jewish stuff)

On Being a Non-Participant

This week was the much-publicized Great Challah Bake and Shabbos Project.  I was totally excited about both these events, but, much to my dismay, I didn’t participate in either!  What?!  Yes. The Challah Bake was scheduled on Thursday.  On Wednesday, I realized that my husband was scheduled to work the 2 pm to 1 am shift… Continue reading On Being a Non-Participant

Miscellany

Give Yourself the Credit You’re Due

I got this Facebook message a while back: “Now that I have three [kids] I have no idea how you look put together, write blog posts, practice music, buy groceries, eat, sleep, drink, etc. Any tips?” What a nice message to receive!  My ego got a sorely needed boost.  What’s that, you say?  Well, most of the… Continue reading Give Yourself the Credit You’re Due

Miscellany

Why I Don’t Like “How Are You?”

It seems like such a harmless question; people toss it around like it’s nothing.  Hi, how are you?  It’s basically just an extension of the greeting.  I say it myself all the time.  Hihowareyou?  The expected response is something like “fine,” or “good, thank you.”  When someone steps outside those parameters, there’s usually an awkward… Continue reading Why I Don’t Like “How Are You?”

Perspectives of Marriage

Perspectives of Marriage: Marrying Perfection

Growing up in today’s world, little girls are constantly bombarded by ideas of what a husband should be like. A husband should be Prince Charming who sweeps his wife off her feet (usually after rescuing her from death by poison fruit with a magical kiss), or he should surprise her with a candle-lit home-cooked gourmet… Continue reading Perspectives of Marriage: Marrying Perfection

Home stuff

The dream and the reality: our second car

We lasted over two years with one car.  If I needed to go anywhere, I would bundle up the baby and hoof it.  I went to the library, the grocery store, the butcher, the bookstore, the health food shop, basically, everywhere.  This arrangement worked out fairly well, except for a few notable occasions: Doctor’s appointments.… Continue reading The dream and the reality: our second car