On Because Doing 1 Thing Feels GREAT (Afterwards)

Ester, I saw an op-ed weighing the pros and cons of cloth versus disposable which made me think of you. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-cloth-diapers-might-not-be-the-greener-choice-after-all/2015/05/08/32b2d8dc-f43a-11e4-bcc4-e8141e5eb0c9_story.html Compared to this earlier piece from Slate: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/the_green_lantern/2008/03/should_my_baby_wear_huggies.html Not sure that one takes the production of the cloth diapers into account. I'm still using a cloth service, it's amazingly easy, and I love it, but now I feel like I have to dig into all the studies to see whether this op-ed bears up under scrutiny. Totally interested in your findings on which ones work best, once you go disposable! My 1 thing is to return the crappy leased modem/router combo from Time Warner we were forced to sign up for a year or two ago and which we've since replaced.

Posted on May 14, 2015 at 11:53 am 0

On Traveling Lighter

With 4 month old baby my packing habits have gone in the opposite direction. :( Free checked bag is starting to mean a lot more. p.s. Say hi to @meaghano!!!

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 11:58 pm 0

On Do Do That 1 Thing That You Do So Well

1 thing! I am in my childhood home, sitting on my bed right now, in fact. My parents want to sell the house this year so I am tasked with cleaning out my closet. It includes the red power blazer I used to wear to model United Nations and notes I took in basically all of my college classes and, of course, gobs of hilariously bad photos. Also a heart shaped box from my HS boyfriend with hand written vouchers for things like "1 night of popcorn and chick flicks." My baby is meeting her greatgrandmother for the first time, my younger sister is having an engagement party, and in general it is a v emotional weekend. But my 1 thing is to do it, to clean out this closet.

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 6:12 pm 1

On Do 1 Thing, Which if You're Me Probably Has Something to Do With Taxes

I am glad that do 1 thing is still being done! My 1 thing last Thursday was to buy plane tickets for a trip to visit friends Memorial Day weekend - my husband, our baby, and I are all going to Chicago! Very happily had enough frequent flyer miles to cover it. Other things that got done other days last week: scanned in and sent off all tax documents to accountant, resubmitted a paper to an academic journal, mailed two thank you notes.

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 12:12 pm 0

On The Cost of Things: Pregnancy

These are all good tips! Buying maternity clothes felt like a big bummer to me; maybe for everybody. My birthday came in my first trimester and my mom sent me a check for clothes so I would feel less bad about it. The consignment shop worked for Ester, but the parenting listserve in LA worked for me. Source of three pairs of jeans, one pair of work trousers, and one extremely comfy dress, twenty bucks each. And I felt connected enough to the seller I'm even following up on her day care recommendation. I guess it's hit or miss. If you don't happen to live in a high-density area, I think ebay can really provide for you. If you pick selectively, Old Navy has some decent maternity offerings. A maxi dress, a tunic top. They are not crazy high quality but they fit well enough and they lasted me through the pregnancy. I also had to add some extra things piecemeal for special occasions. I got through probably six fancy dinners, two weddings, and one work presentation! Also, this Fast Company piece by Emily Gould really resonated with me: http://www.fastcompany.com/3041328/body-week/why-being-pregnant-ruined-shopping

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm 0

On January Is The Cruelest Month -- For Layoffs

didn't Mike write about the hiring story on Backchannel? Am I going crazy?

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 4:26 pm 0

On The Cost of Feeding Myself On Travel

SILVER OWL NECKLACE.

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm 2

On Shopping, Travel-Wise: Are You An Ester Or A Nicole?

@HelloTheFuture @ronswansonluva "One stuffed animal on the bed, because I am at my core a monogamist."

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm 0

On Shopping, Travel-Wise: Are You An Ester Or A Nicole?

I LOVE that Nicole has multiple owl necklaces in different colors. You should all read her "Talking to Yourself with Owls," which I only just discovered. And her owl motif gave me all kinds of warm fuzzies because my newborn daughter has the initials OWL. My husband and I thought that was awesome because owls are cute and fierce and the symbol of Athena. It does bring rather an onslaught of owl-themed baby gifts from loved ones. But, I mean, they're adorable so why not. Back to one of the points from the conversation: I do plan outfits for long trips, but then I always make compromises in the interest of packing lighter and regret it when I bring the less comfortable more fashionable shoes or vice versa. Really a girl needs like 6 pairs of shoes on any trip longer than 48 hours. How does one avoid the Baby Industrial Complex? I feel like we are spending less money than we budgeted but only because we budgeted too much when we were told that Babies Are Expensive. In actuality pretty much any new problem comes along and I order something online. Heat not working? Order more blankets. Hate washing bottles in the office sink? Order extra parts. Our food spending is way down, though, even with having groceries delivered. We are going on a warm-weather trip in three weeks so I guess we'll test whether or not I buy a whole bunch of new stuff just for that.

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 6:07 pm 0

On One Is The Loneliest Number But Also An Okay Number Maybe

@xtinamartinson HUGS.

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 6:08 pm 0