My Other Half

A few weeks ago we were hanging out with a group of newish friends, and I was reminded of the importance of having newish friends as I listened to Simon describe the general character of our relationship–a thing that doesn’t often happen with oldish friends, who have seen the relationship in action enough they’ve no need for the soundbite version, a sad thing indeed when your favorite thing to talk about is yourself (hello blog! I’ve missed you!)). “I think our relationship works,” he said, “because I’m completely predictable and she’s a total mystery ....more

Goodness on the Go with GoGo squeez (sponsored + sweepstakes)

Never do I feel like a more competent mother than when I can produce from my purse just the right thing at just the right moment. Got a boo-boo? I have a selection of whimsical bandages at your disposal ....more

Goodness on the Go with GoGo squeeZ (sponsored)

Got a boo-boo? I have a selection of whimsical bandages at your disposal. Need to jot down a note? Take your pick of regular pencil, red pencil, pen (colors vary), marker, and random crayon of the month. Thingamabobs? I've got twenty! As for snacks, I fancy myself a one-woman traveling smorgasbord of healthy, kid-friendly nibbles, and when I'm on my game, it's a truly glorious thing....more

Weight Watchers: Friday Night Fever Edition (sponsored + sweepstakes!)

Minus the withering look from Blossom’s stepmother at the beginning, this is an accurate dramatization of my first week using the Weight Watchers app: I was measuring, I was tracking, I was meeting all my goals, I was king of the disco floor. I was so confident of my inevitable success that I spent some time reimagining my wardrobe made entirely of spandex. At the end of that first week, I was strutting into the weekend with 15 extra points to spare and feelin’ pret-ty groovy ....more

Weight Watchers: Friday Night Fever Edition

At the end of that first week, I was strutting into the weekend with 15 extra points to spare and feelin' pret-ty groovy. Aaaaand, then I woke up on Friday morning and realized my counter had reset for the week (surprise, my Weight Watchers week is Friday to Friday, not Sunday to Sunday), meaning I wasn't doing as well as I'd thought given that those 49 "extra" points in my weekly allowance had yet to encounter their arch nemesis: the Weekend....more

Down by the Bay

Don’t let that photo fool you. Right now, sitting in my house with the fire on full roar, I’m wearing a scarf so big I could use it as a queen-sized top sheet, and in the last three hours I’ve changed my socks two times because there’s some sort of physics-twisting microclimate inside my slippers that causes my toes to sweat so much they freeze. #science This time of year, our house stays in the shadow of the tall one next door (Jack London’s daughter built the top story so her father would have a writing studio when he stayed with her; have I ever told you that?), and this means we spend a good chunk of the year huddled in layers while outside it’s practically spring ....more

The Skinny on Weight Watchers

Now that I'm well into my Weight Watchers journey experience adventure lifestyle-changeapalooza, I thought I'd write about the actual mechanics of making the transition from following a free-for-all "see-food" diet to being more mindful about what I'm eating (and when and why)....more

The Skinny on Weight Watchers (sponsored + sweepstakes!)

Now that I’m well into my Weight Watchers journey experience adventure lifestyle-changeapalooza, I thought I’d write about the actual mechanics of making the transition from following a free-for-all “see-food” diet to being more mindful about what I’m eating (and when and why). To be blunt, it’s… not easy. But it’s also not terrible, provided I regularly remind myself that I’m playing a long game rather than following the Brat Diet, which, I don’t know what you’ve heard, but it does not actually stand for “bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast.” It means adhering to the Veruca Salt Code of Behavior, i.e., I want what I want when I want it ....more

Week 1 on Weight Watchers

“If you kinda do it, it kinda works. If you really do it, it really works.” That’s the quote I see when I log in to my Weight Watchers Personal Coaching dashboard. I got to pick it from about ten others — from cheesy to take-no-prisoners-warrior-woman — as I was filling out my baseline assessment (age, height, current weight, weight-loss goal, special challenges, favorite Beatle (no), etc.) so my coach would know what she was getting herself into ....more

Week 1 on Weight Watchers (sponsored)

My coach (hi, Betsy!) works in branding, seemed down to earth, and has not only lost weight and kept it off using Weight Watchers but has also been a WW leader at local meetings, which put my mind at ease since I was a little afraid my coach was going to be more of a cheerleader than a resource, if that makes sense. So far she's been a little bit of both, and in good proportion....more