My husband’s birthday

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Happy Birthday to the love of my life! Je t’aime mon amour! 

We celebrated my husband’s birthday on the 11th of October and I am glad he was here with us. The biggest birthday gift for him was that we could be all together and healthy and celebrate as a family. So of course I made an awesome chocolate cake the night before and it was served in the morning. Our son was so excited to blow out the candles with my husband. We had to re-lit these little candles twice. It was so cute to watch him being all determined and focused that it was even more exciting for us then for him. 

On the morning we woke up and had a nice breakfast/brunch/my cake at home as my husband wanted to. We drove to Chocopologie to get some of their awesome coffee and macarons.

The weather was great. Sun, sun and more sun so after my husband made all the birthday phone calls and answered emails we went to the beach. 

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We spent the entire afternoon at Calf Pasture Beach’s beach and playground which was simply awesome. To see my son go down the slides and back up – climbing everything it made us so happy to watch. We got hungry and had a late lunch at Ripkas Beach Cafe. We had the lobster roll, the lobster bisque and of course some fries for the little guy. It was delicious.

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There was even more  magic when the sun changed the color of the ocean and the leaves in the afternoon at the beach. We collected shells, stones and built sandcastles enjoying the sun and being together. We sat at the beach with our son. With. our. son! How awesome to even type this! All the adventures we have already lived, the journeys that are coming up are all just happy thoughts to this amazing life. It is not just us anymore when we celebrate our birthdays. Our son is celebrating right here with us. Our world has become a bigger, better place. As we all sat together at the beach it had become all so clear and made sense. 

It was a happy birthday indeed. We left the beach to do some shopping and drove back home to make dinner and end the night with a great movie. 

We have been together for almost four years now and these birthdays are getting better and better my love. <3 

My take on: Jackson Pollock

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“When I’m painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It’s only after a get acquainted period that I see what I’ve been about. I’ve no fears about making changes for the painting has a life of its own.” – Jackson Pollock

Let’s get lost in the World of Art shall we? If you follow me on Facebook you might have seen a couple of art-links I share; usually from the Whitney Museum, MET or MOMA which are my favorite museums in New York. I love to walk around in museums for hours and read on all the artists that I admire. Usually before I go to a museum; especially the Met, I do a little research online where I want to go exactly and what I want to see given that this particular museum is just breathtakingly huge and you could literally walk for days and still have not seen it all.

I fell in love with Jackson Pollock and his paining after seeing this documentaryI was hooked and wanted to find out everything about him and see all his paintings displayed in museums all over the U.S. The painting shown above is called “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” and is currently at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. If you like abstract expressionists  you will love Jackson Pollock (1912-1956). He was a very influential American painter and is now considered the leading force of the expressionist movement. Pollock was well known for his very special type of drip painting technique on canvas. 

Jackson Pollock studied at the Students’ League in New York and met and worked with Thomas Hart Benton. (Awesome!). Pollock was influenced by Surrealism and Diego Rivera but created his own style nonetheless.  If you watch the documentary you will find out that he was famous; however, his very reclusive and unstable personality mixed with his struggle with alcoholism weren’t the best combination. He kept drinking heavily even though he married the artist Lee Krasner in 1945, who tried to make him stop drinking that much and  who was a very important influence on his career. Jackson Pollock was only 44 years old when he died in a car accident while driving himself under the influence of alcohol. He became very famous after his death with many exhibits all over the world. 

“Jackson Pollock’s greatness lies in developing one of the most radical abstract styles in the history of modern art, detaching line from color, redefining the categories of drawing and painting, and finding new means to describe pictorial space.”

 Most of his painting are huge canvases and were painted on the floor or hung on a wall. He used a this special style of letting the paint drip from the paint can. He usually never used paint brush but instead wooden sticks, knives, towels, you name it. This style is very unique and makes his artwork stick out. I love that his art totally avoids any specific or clear points and structure but it all makes sense when you look at it. Or when I look at it. 🙂 

“There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was.” – Jackson Pollock

After 1951, he started painting mostly in darker colors, or just in black. This period in his life is called “Black pourings” but he did not sell any paintings. He started using color again afterwards. If you enjoy Pollocks’ work, you might also like paintings by Arshile Gorky, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko or Willem de Kooning which are all on my top ten Abstract Expressionists list. 

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!'” – Jackson Pollock

Thank you for reading and maybe you plan a museum visit to see the Abstract Expressionists. 

On dressing like a halfway hipster (Part I – Style)

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal.” – Paulo Coelho 

I would call myself a halfway-hipster just because I like that expression. Do you know what a hipster is? Do you know how a hipster dresses and what the lifestyle entails?  First I want to share with you the overall description from wikipedia on what a hipster is. 

“The hipster subculture is one of affluent or middle class young Bohemians who reside in gentrifying neighborhoods, broadly associated with indie and alternative music, a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility (including vintage and thrift store-bought clothes), generally progressive political views, organic and artisanal foods, and alternative lifestyles.”

How does this apply to my style and life? Fashion was at some point very important to me but this was years ago. I needed the to wear the latest fashion all the time and was sucked into consumerism. Now, all I need are the essentials that never go out of style and more importantly to buy things that last for a long time. Being a halfway hipster I love to shop in vintage/thrift stores or flee markets. What I try to avoid is walking around like a billboard or have any expensive labels showing on my clothes. I love to buy my things from local fashion stores instead of going to a mall. As a matter of fact I hate malls. I love to wear skinny jeans (1) but also high-wasted pants. They hide things at the right places. 🙂  Unfortunately I do need glasses and I am rarely seen without. I am basically blind when it comes to driving at night, reading or watching TV without them. I purchases a pair of Ray Ban’s just because I like the style and I haven’t found another brand with my preferred shape. I don’t get however how some wear glasses if they don’t need them just to be hip. Honestly, I would rather live without them. 

When it comes to tops, I do love tank tops in any color as well as simple black or white t-shirts. I have a couple of shirts as well; my favorite being a plaid shirt. I have a couple of t-shirts with book covers printed of them which I love and wear. I also own several cardigans that go with all my tank tops or t-shirts. I love cardigans as well as fitted hoodies. 

The right footwear is key. My husband would say that, “I always wear the wrong shoes” but I think this is not true of course.  I love to wear TOMS and they go with almost everything and are super comfortable. Besides that, I wear flats in all colors and range as well as boots. I used to wear Converse for the longest time but haven’t done so lately. 

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Accessories I rarely use. I do love to use nail polish here and there and sometimes nice pins or belts. I used to have “tunnels” and several plugs but I removed them because I simply did not like them anymore. One gets older too hahahah. My hair is usually up in a bun or straight down with bangs. I like it simple and casual and the messy hairdos are fine. Read my hair routine here.  I do have a Longchamp Le Pliage purse (medium size) that I have had forever and use now for my son’s things (diapers, wipes, snacks etc.). For myself I have a vintage leather purse that holds all my writing implements and usually a book (or two). It is big enough to even hold my laptop. 

Thank you for reading. Part II – My Hipster Lifestyle coming soon. 

Parenting 101 – or I don’t know what I am doing either.


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“Parenting isn’t a practice. It’s a learning experience.”

Do you have the feeling sometimes that you are doing this parenting thing all wrong? I talked to parents and some said  they don’t know what they are doing either which makes me feel instantly better. Sometimes however I lay awake in bed and think it all over and wonder if I am doing a good job with my son. All the stuff I am preaching here – I mean, is it all enough? Then there are other days when I think that I have it all figured out. I am doing it and I am doing a great job! This happens here and there. My son is almost two years old now – and as he is learning to be a two year old I am learning to be a mom of a two year old. And yes, everybody on the playground keeps on telling me about the “Terrible Two’s!” And how difficult this will be… and I have to deal with so much from now on especially in stores. Well, we are both learning. He is my first child so I am experiencing all these things together with him and I believe it is all a learning process. 

Parenting is an awesome fascinating thing. My husband and I made this little munchkin and I feel in awe that we created him and he has so many qualities from both of us. Sometimes I worry because he has a quick temper at points – as I have. Or that he has too many emotions and it seems he is thinking and analyzing everything all the time. But this is what it is all about. We see ourselves in the children we raise. We learn from them and maybe become a better person ourselves. 

It is so weird because I feel that I was meant to be a parent my entire life. I never wanted to have kids but this is definitely my thing. Whenever I look back to my life before it feels that it was okay but something was missing all along. These past two years with my son were the best time of my life. They felt like a million bucks but they are gone in just an instant too. Isn’t it just amazing to grow these tiny humans, form them, teach them and be in this position to call them “yours”? 

Not every day is happy sunshine and I have to admit that some days really suck. Sometimes my son gets up on the wrong foot – as we all do at points. These little guys have bad days too. So I am aware of it. Every day is unique.  You think you have it all down? Well, guess what? Tomorrow life throws you another curveball. This is just how it is. I enjoy the wonderful days – they are magic. And I try to remember them when times get rough. These magical days are what keeps me going; these special days when I curl up with my son on the couch and we watch Disney Channel at night covered up with a blanket before he goes to bed. Or being all snuggled while reading. When he kisses me good night and tells me he loves me makes my heart melt no matter how bad the day was.  I guess we have to have these hard tough days sometimes to get us back to the magic. So we sort of don’t kill them. 😉 We simply keep learning and keep it all going – and we stumble and get back up. Day in and day out. All we can do is adjust our little sails and continue. And what else do our kids teach us? That we are all here for the first time and try to figure it all out. Exactly like them. And if we just do the things we love that everything will be just a-okay in the end. 

Five Things.

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It is Friday again and my son and I were pretty busy during the week. The most important thing however is that my husband is finally back home! He made it safe and sound and we picked him up at JFK Airport on Thursday evening. Now the world is a-okay again! My son and I were busy cleaning the house, doing laundry and went food shopping so I can cook something nice for my family. I just wanted everything to be perfect when he is back. It was the best feeling to be at the airport to pick him up. My son ran towards him and was so excited. I usually hate airports because there is always this weird mixture of anxiety, sadness and happiness that is present at ever corner. (“Valley of tears” – Frankfurt Airport). This anticipation when you stand in the arrival hall and wait and wait and people-watch and then out of a sudden the person you are waiting for comes out – priceless. Especially if it is my husband after all this time. Here are my five things I want to share. 

Thinking about: The other day I was at Calf Pasture Beach with my son. We spent almost five hours there because it was nice and warm and he had a blast with a bunch of other kids building sandcastles and collecting shells. Ripka’s Beach Cafe just closed when my son asked for “Pommes bitte” so I needed to find some food fast.”Fast food” 🙂 My first thought was our favorite diner in Norwalk – The Post Road Diner. which never let us down. So we had been seated and waited for our food as an elderly well dressed woman walked in. The waiter directed her to her seat which was right behind us. She walked by and smiled at us; kept on walking and came back and stared at us. When I asked her if I can help her she started to cry and said that my son looks exactly like her son who died 20+ years ago. I told her to sit down with us and talk a bit. She ended up telling me the entire story always staring at my son. Then she got up and said: “Good bye Ben, I will see you again on the other side”. Definitely my weirdest time at the diner. 

Watching: The woman at the diner recommended to watch the movie: “Heaven is for Real” which I did and cried my eyeballs out. Very sad story about a near death experience of a little boy and you guessed right – he looks like my son. My mom recommended a movie on ARTE – “Zuhause in der Wildnis” which I loved. It is about a German woman who married a Native American. They have four kids and live in the wild of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in which seems total isolation and seclusion. The movie is in English/German but also available in French. 

Reading: The usual. A ton. Now that three book houses started sending me books to review I am constantly seen reading. I love it so it is all good. Here are the books.


Order the books here: “If I fall, If I die” by Michael Christie,  “American Housewife” by Helen Ellis (only pre-order. The book will be released in January 2016 and “M Train” by Patti Smith. 

Enjoying: Life and my family. 

Traveling: To Cananda next week. There is this really nice place in Quebec; quite some miles away from Montreal but sooooo worth it. Here is the link. The owners are renting completely furnished cottages at the waterfront. We spent the first couple of days there after my son was born. Yes, he is Canadian. 🙂 We stayed at the “Piccolo Cottage” which was an awesome experience. There is plenty to do here in Connecticut but to spend a couple of days at this beautiful place in Canada beats is all! 

We stayed at the “Two Pines Cottage” when our son was five days old and woke up to this view every morning. 

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend. 

Tips on how to survive a road trip with a toddler.

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“I was surprised, as always, be how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.”  ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

The writer in me I guess chose a quote by Jack Kerouac’s great novel “On the Road” to start this post. If you have never read it I highly recommend that you do. Let’s get to the bottom of this road trip story I want to share. A couple of days ago my son (almost two years old) and I needed to drive to a garage to get our car checked out. It turned out that this specific garage was approximately 64 miles away. One way no less – so it is a mini road trip. My family totally is into long road trips driving all the way up to Canada but these tips I will share work well for any road trip – even smaller ones. My son loves being in the car and does not mind long road trips; however, he can get pretty annoying at points when he is bored, hungry, wet or all of the above. I want to share a couple of tricks and tips how I survive a road trip with my son and make it as comfortable as possible for everybody in the car. 

For us, timing is important. My son loves loves loves to sleep. He sleep currently from 8:30pm until 10:00am without waking up and crying once. (Lucky me for the time being, right?!) So I try not to schedule anything for before 10:00am obviously. The key is to make your child as comfortable as possible – meaning if you can avoid it, let them sleep and schedule the appointments in the afternoon for example. This way they are not fuzzy and getting up on the wrong side of the bed. Then again, if your baby sleeps well in the car simply plan your time with their regular nap time or sleeping cycle. For the road trip to the garage I left two hours earlier simply because of all the traffic, stops, diaper changes etc. You never know. Plan accordingly and keep in mind that you need to stop and make a break. I can drive easily four hours straight without stopping whenever I am alone. My son needs to walk a bit and stretch his legs after driving for 2 hours. 

I always change my son’s diaper before we leave. On this note, make sure to bring enough diapers and wipes!!!! Nothing worse than to run out of wipes!!!  I don’t need a changing table for him while on the road. I simply change him on the backseat which works fine for us. If you do need a changing table, make sure you plan ahead and see where the rest areas are with somewhat clean bathroom and available changing tables. Also bring a set of extra clothing for the baby. Bring some garbage bags or ziploc bags for diapers, dirty clothing etc. 

Make sure you bring enough snacks. My son is into apple juice for quite some time now so I bought these from Trader Joe’s:

They come with a little straw and he loves them. So I always bring a couple of those and keep them in the car just if you are stuck somewhere longer than expected. You should also have at least two bottles of water in the car at all times and some snacks for yourself (Road Safety 101 my husband would say!) As far as snacks, I usually bring sliced apples and some crackers/pretzels in a ziploc for him to nibble on. When he gets really hungry I have to stop obviously. 

I always make sure I take some toys. He has toys that he loves and one stuffed little fox that he takes wherever we go (My sisters’s son Pauli has a stuffed clown called “Siffi” that needed to come along at all times as well!) I never thought I would ever do this but we bought an iPad headrest mount. My son loves to watch Peppa Pig and Maisy Mouse, and lately anything Disney Channel, so I downloaded some of the episodes and I put it on for him whenever he does not know what else to do anymore. Usually he is fine just looking outside the window. (yeah, my son is pretty awesome!) 

This is all we take on a small road trip and so far we had no problems. Is there anything else you would take? Feel free to share in the comment box below. I would love to know how you handle road trips with your toddler(s). 

Safe and sane travels. 

My take on: Diane Arbus.

“You see someone on the street, and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw. ” –  Diane Arbus

There are so many great photographers out there and I wish I knew a little more about what I am doing with my camera so I will sign up for photo classes. One of the photographers I admire is Diane Arbus. I saw one exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art a long time ago and ever since I wanted to know everything about her. I read “Diane Arbus: A Biography” by Patricia Bosworth which was a great way to gain more inside on how Diane lived, felt and worked back in her days. I also purchases “Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph” by Marvin Israel and Doon Arbus (Diane’s daughter) This book is just a great collection of some of her artwork which I love to look at. Have you ever heard anything of Diane Arbus? I will give you a little insight so you can get a picture (ha!) of what she is about. 

Diane (pronounced Dee-ann) Arbus was born in 1923 (Diane Nemerov) to a wealthy Jewish family. She was raised with her two siblings in the rich neighborhood on Central Park West and stated once in an interview that “I grew up feeling immune and exempt from circumstance. One of the things I suffered from was that I never felt adversity. I was confirmed in a sense of unreality.” Her mother suffered from depression and her father was never at home due to a very busy working schedule. When Diane was 13 years old she met Allan Arbus who was an employee in their parents’ store. They fell in love and married as soon as she turned 18 years old.  Allan studied photography to become a fashion photographer while Diane stayed at home with their two daughters Doon and Yolanda. Upon his graduation he started his business and Diane helped him style the models and was more in the background supporting him. Diane grew more and more unhappy with this position in her life and Allan bought her a camera. She was bored by fashion photography and fashion for that matter and left her husbands’ business to start looking for something else to photograph. First they separated professionally and then also decided to separate personally. They remained friends however. 

She took little jobs here and there and found what she loved to do the most – to take pictures that nobody else did before.Pictures of anything that was seen surreal or ugly by general society. Arbus stayed at a nudist camp for example to take pictures, transgender people, giants and dwarfs or disabled people. What I love the most is that she would spend hours talking to these people to make them comfortable and then take their pictures usually at their home. She never changed or arranged anything. The way they presented themselves to her naturally –  this is the picture she took. From this point on she became famous quickly and had exhibits in several museums throughout the country. She did not care too much about her fame however. Diane suffered from severe depression (like her mother) and committed suicide in July 1971 at the young age of 48 years old. 

Once you get familiar with Arbus’ photography you will recognize her art whenever you see pictures by her. Another famous photograph is called “A Jewish giant at home with his parents” that I really like: 

I believe all her art is simply amazing to look at. Sometimes I wonder why all these people let her do this. Why did they let her go home with them and take these sometimes very private pictures? She took many pictures of retarded and otherwise mentally disturbed people in mental institutions at points. Who let her take those and why? I guess we won’t find an answer. 

“Arbus waits for the moment of fullest expression of disability: she shows people who are slack-jawed, vacant, drooling, uncoordinated, uncontrolled, demented-looking. She does not flinch from the truth that difference is different, and therefore frightening, threatening, disgusting. She does not put herself above us — she implicates herself in the accusation.”

There is also a great movie about her life called “Fur” which is very well done and gives you more insight of her life. Go check it out! In a way she was a freak herself. Her life, her depression and her suicide but oh so great at the same time. Let me know if you know her and what you think. Also if you decide to study her further. Thank you for reading. 

What examples do you set?

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“Children close their ears to advice but open their eyes to example.” 

I do not know much about parenting but I know that this statement above is very true. My son is almost two years old now and he copies whatever he sees I do. But listening to what I tell him, fuhgeddaboudit. I know that my husband and I have to prepare him for life from the minute he was born. I do love to have this opportunity in my life to teach him right from wrong and all these valuable lessons I once had been taught. My son soaks up all these values we live by; how we work, how we clean, what we do on a daily basis and most importantly we serve as an example in his life that he can trust us unconditionally. 

To teach him that the little things in life are important and not materialistic possessions is key for us. We teach him that it is not important to have the coolest, hippest clothes; that there are other values in life which are way more important than what he wears. He will know that the key to happiness is not how much you own and we will teach him the pursuit of happiness. However, there will be a time when he will be out there exploring, wanting things but if we lead by example in living a content life with less possessions and more happiness because of it he will see that it is possible to do without X,Y and Z. I hear all the time from friends that the kids throw tantrums in the store, scream and cry because they want to get something. My son is good so far. No tantrums yet and I hope it stays that way. He does not have many toys; he has enough let’s say but loves to play outside with dirt. Go figure. 

We are in control of our lives and we most certainly don’t have to live like everybody else. My son is not old enough yet to understand all this but he will realize that things are different in our family and home. Our lifestyle allows him to travel the world but to live minimalistic so to speak. He travels with his little suitcase and explores with us as long as is able to before school starts; this way he can enjoy being a globetrotter together with his parents from a very young age on. I think these are great examples to set. It is not complicated to take him anywhere at this point. He is an awesome travel companion. 

I want to lead by example in showing him that we do not need to buy everything we see or like. I want to teach him later on that we still don’t buy certain things even though we do have the money. A lot of stuff we purchase is  useless if you really think about it. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t let my son run around in garbage bags and let him play with two sticks and a rock. 😀 Now that we go to the playgrounds regularly I think it is important that he learns to share things with others. He has to learn that it is not all about him and if he has two apples he can give one to the other kid. I want him to grow up in a clean environment and not a dirty messy house. So every evening when we ate dinner we play for a bit longer and clean up together before I bring him to bed. It works fine so far; sometimes he even starts to clean on his own. 

Lastly I want to emphasize how important it is to spend time with my son. Just to BE with him you know. Not on the phone, not doing something else, just listen to him and give him my undivided attention. Of course this is not possible all the time and I do love my new iPhone but just think about it while watching this video. “Sometimes we have to disconnect”. Thank you for reading. 

The environment my son grows up in.

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“I knew that when I met you, an adventure was going to happen.” – Winnie the Pooh. 

We are big on exploring these days. Nothing is safe basically -we try it all. My title picture has been taken in Canada and the land you see is ours. We purchased it a couple of months ago and will start building on it soon. Projects over projects but I am very excited about it and maybe will even share bits and pieces here. 

Today we ran some errands in the city of Norwalk’s “business district”. Well, the police department is there, banks, the main library and whatnot but it is also a nice area with a park that stretches all the way down to the river. There you can find little cafés and bistros to grab a quick bite which we did; walking and exploring all day gets you hungry. We stopped at “Chocopologie” . I would recommend this place highly for a nice romantic Sunday Brunch because of the variety of food choices they offer especially for breakfast/brunch. Of course I ate the French Onion Soup. My son had a portion of fries which were not greasy but nice and crunchy. There were some chocolate samples on display that made our eyes sparkle. We sat at the window to people-watch which we both love. For some reason people seemed happier than usual, more content and less stressed out. It might be due to the change of season that is imminent now that everybody steps on too many leaves on the ground. 

Just about before our lunch arrived an elderly couple walked by. Hand in hand and the man made sure that his wife did not walk too close to the road. This made me think how lucky I am, hoping that I will walk with my husband side by side all the way till the end. There was so much more to see. A dog walking a woman, people talking loud on the phone and then our food arrived and we ate. For dessert I had a coffee which tasted awesome (good coffee machine at the café) and we shared a brownie. To die for! 

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We walked through another park to the Norwalk Public Library.  Before we entered my son needed to climb up some statues in the park. He is terrified by these performing artists with their customs on who sit still for hours and as soon as you drop a coin in the hat they suddenly move and sometimes make weird noises. Terrified! Well this was just a real stone statue that he touched almost to make sure it is not moving. We do go to museums as well even though he is not two years old yet. If I want to go and see an exhibit he comes along. Simple as that. He grows up with art (all over, in the parks, streets, on walls but also occasionally in museums) and I am happy to be able to raise him like this. I don’t try to force him in any direction, this also goes for reading. He sees me with books constantly so he picks up books and “reads” next to me. We go to libraries and bookstores together and he loves it. I try to emphasize his creativity simply by giving him the options. Whatever he does with it later on is up to him. My son grows up in a place where he can witness all these examples of what this unconditional love is that I have for his father and he will be able to explore without fear for himself what this all means when the time comes. Isn’t it just a beautiful amazing thing? Just again, one of those perfect days. 

Five Things.

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Hello there and happy Friday. Can you believe it is already October? There were still some days with really warm decent weather this week but you can feel change is in the air. I actually turned the heater on in the kitchen because it is just uncomfortably chilly this evening. The nights are getting colder and I find myself more comfortable with a cup of tea and my book on the couch than anywhere else really.  It is all okay though. Change is good right? And fall brings new exciting things for us. Like pumpkin spice lattes! 🙂 yum! After all, didn’t we all anticipate this change of season for so long? I have this feeling in the mornings that I want to stay in bed a bit longer because it is even cozier all wrapped up in my blankets when looking outside and seeing a bunch of grey and rain lately. The breezy air in the evening yesterday made us run home from the playground to a  nice hot bowl of soup. This is the time when you need to pay attention and listen to your body to not get sick. Make sure you have this comfortable cozy sweater handy. This is what we have been up to this week. 

Working: On this website a lot. I knew it was not going to be easy to set up my own website but I did not know how much time is actually involved if you want to make it look nice. It is a lot of work indeed! Besides writing daily (which was my goal from the beginning) to updating, improving and maintaining this website it is all fun and I love it so I stop complaining. As soon as my son is in bed, this is my time to work in peace and quiet. I tried to work during the day a bit but it is too much distraction. My son is all over the place, typing, deleting so I spend the time with him and focus on my work at night. Check out my website logo! You like it? 

Enjoying: My new MacBook Air. My 2010 MacBook Air died on me the other day. Well not entirely died but it began to crash and was just too slow in uploading images etc. so it was time for a change. This new one makes everything so much easier. Thank you my love. 

Listening to: These days I am listening to podcasts quite a lot. I am a huge fan of This American Life  and follow their stream for years now. It is free and easy to download on iTunes. (My favorite episode is still and for all “Break-up”) The other day I discovered Spilled MilkThis podcast is about food, cooking and is just really funny because of the hosts; the writer/comedians Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton. As they state on their website “We start with a food-related topic, from apples to winter squash, and run with it as far as they can go—and, regrettably, sometimes further”. 

Reading: I am excited to announce that I will be reviewing books for five book companies in the near future posting the reviews on my blog (or parts of the review as far as I am allowed to) with links to their websites. They will be sending me books to review in the mail starting October 1st and then I have a month to read and write about them. This is literally a dream come true for me. Stay tuned for some great new book reviews coming up. Besides all that I am about to start “Furiously Happy” by Jenny Lawson to see what all the hype is about. 🙂 

Loving: My husband who supports me and never doubted this whole website blogging adventure. There were times when I thought “Why am I doing all this and nobody will ever read this”! He encouraged me to continue writing and to put my articles out there. He always says that I have nothing to lose but only to gain from this experience. So here I type along. 

Enjoy your weekend. And do what makes you happy. Always!