Clothing, Simplified

For most of my life, I would have declared proudly that I couldn’t give a damn about fashion.

And yet… I did care very deeply about the aesthetics of an outfit, and would sacrifice practicality for something I loved, such as dresses that required a particular slip, skirts that matched no shirts that I currently owned, or sandals that rubbed blisters onto the back of my feet. Once I owned these, even as I resented the impracticality, they latched onto me emotionally saying “love me, love me, KEEP ME,” and I did.

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_______ is Harder with a Toddler. Significantly harder.

Now that we have a child, camping is different: we pick campsites that are a brief walk to our car, our hikes are shorter, and we more carefully plan activities and food, whereas before we were a bit more adventurous and spontaneous. When we camp, we try to keep the same rhythm of meals, snacks, and naps, even when they are occurring at picnic tables and in tents instead of at home.


Theo’s first camping trip – he is 3 months old and didn’t act quite as terrified as he looks.

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Letting Go of My Expectations and Being in the Moment: Flying (and Waiting) with a Toddler

Theo and I recently flew to Ohio to visit family. On our flight back, we had a four-hour layover, and I’d imagined grabbing dinner and letting Theo run around the airport before hopping onto a late evening flight where Theo would sleep. The flight to Ohio (my first time flying alone with Theo) had been intense, but manageable, so I was optimistic about this one as well.

(Please feel free to insert jokes about Greek gods and hubris here.)

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Advice Please! Where Should We Go?


Our plans for our trip so far are:

  • Fly into Dublin, Ireland and spend two days teaching Theo about time changes.
  • Settle in a cottage near Skibbereen, Ireland and take lots of walks with sheep.
  • Take the ferry to France, and spend a week trotting around Paris.
  • Settle into Lyon for a month, making frequent trips to Parc de la Tete d’Or.
  • Possibly spend another month or so in rural France. We’d like to make the most of the perfect French skills we will have developed while staying in Paris and Lyon. (Hah.)

After that? Who knows. Our plan is make our decisions based on what we learn in the first few months.

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Other People Have Marbles!

We spent a lot of the weekend getting rid of stuff: some via Craiglist sales, but mostly by just putting stuff out on the curb. We tried to teach Theo our “imagine how happy someone else will be with this (insert item)” purging technique and it seems to have mostly worked. Here, watch him chanting “Other people have marbles, other people have marbles” as he gathers items to give away.

On a semi-related note, someone graffiti tagged our free box last night! Oh, Oakland.