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So the theme of Ian’s nursery has turned out to be Nature and City: this wasn’t intentional but this is how it evolved. And I suppose it’s not that surprising… For those of you who don’t know, Rob and I met when I was living in Manhattan and he was […]

cold day, warm salad

A blizzard blew through, dumping about a foot of snow. Fortunately, our bookgroup was still going to meet – in fact, our gathering was fast approaching and we were all supposed to bring some comfort food. (I didn’t read the book this time, which is a first, but I still […]

magical mobile

In honor of upcoming Valentine’s Day, I would like to share how much I heart this mobile we hung in Ian’s nursery. Rob picked it out on etsy. It’s by Sqrl & Bee Studio, the creations of Melissa Frueh. It’s colorful, whimsical, and made of sustainably farmed wool. When you […]

holly jollies

Let me start off this otherwise lighthearted holiday post by saying that I hope we can bring our baby boy (due Dec 26) up a country with less access to guns and more access to help for mental health. The news out of CT is gut-wrenching and my heart goes […]

we’re getting a roommate!

Well, it’s a crazy thing to do, especially at this age, and especially after not having any for so long, but we are getting a roommate! We don’t know much about him yet, but here’s what we do know: He’s moving in some time around Christmas. He promises to not […]

diy: gettin’ twiggy with it

Super Storm Sandy: Check. Power back on: Check (though it has flickered several times, in fact twice while I was trying to post this, and many in our area haven’t gotten it back AT ALL yet.) Internet, Phone and TV Service finally restored: Check, check and check. Price-gouged gas in […]

diy: confessions of a napkin addict

I have amassed an embarrassing number of paper napkins. A whole mountain of them, all with a different theme: holiday napkins, striped ones, napkins featuring cartoonish slices of watermelon. My collection once fit in a large bowl in our pantry, and having outgrown that container, they’re now overflowing from an […]

saturday scandal

I don’t know who is more at fault here: YOU (whoever you are) for thinking that this little decorative pumpkin trifecta was yours for the tasting, or ME, for assuming that you wouldn’t think this little decorative pumpkin trifecta was yours for the tasting. Either way, not cool. Just so […]

memo: to the groundhog

To: Groundhog From: Jocelyn and Rob We have been observing you for quite some time now. We see you across the street on our neighbor’s lawn. We’ve also seen you at various locations on our yard. But it wasn’t until a few days ago that our suspicions were finally confirmed […]

moon, meteorite or mushroom?

This Sunday, Rob and I had one of those days where we intended to get 50,000 house-related errands done and ended up staying home in our pajamas instead. Not that we were unproductive: I worked on various writing projects at the dining room table and he worked on his art […]

apron ambivalence

When I got married, several people in my life very kindly gave me aprons. I got some floral aprons and aprons with polka dots. Some had frills and one was covered in calico fish. I loved and appreciated every one of these gifts. And yet, every time I “tie one […]

some thoughts on ironing

1. Nope. 2. No thank you. 3. Yes, I know that my mother is a master and could win the World Ironing Championships in the categories of Competence and Thoroughness. Yes, I know she is a legend in her own time. Yes, she has been known to iron underwear. And, […]

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