Cha cha changes

Cha cha changes: Swoon 57 Before March 2020, did you know that it was impossible to work from home? It could not be done. Kids interrupting, dogs barking, the sound of a dishwasher in the background…these atrocities were hard proof to in-office colleagues that you were clearly NOT working. Have you noticed lately that onContinue reading “Cha cha changes”

You Never Know

You Never Know: Swoon 53 As a planner, a lister, a figure-it-out-before-it-happens-er, it is puzzling that I also say “you never know” as much as I do. In my head it sounds more like “ya neva no” (my head still has a Queens accent). It’s a powerful tool to move forward or stay safe. ShouldContinue reading “You Never Know”

Full Circle

Full Circle: Swoon 52 We lived in Manhattan, worked full time, had two kids and knew they were not going to thrive in large classrooms…we could not afford private schools… so we started to get used to the idea that we would leave our city and look for a house. Moving in time for Kindergarten,Continue reading “Full Circle”

Driving

Driving: Swoon 51 I miss driving. Give me a traffic jam over public transportation any day. Driving across the country, no problem. Straight to Florida from Queens NY, bring it on. I love the little cocoon of goodness…family, music, games, coffee, treats, the adventure ahead. Just us. One of my mom’s favorite childhood memories wasContinue reading “Driving”

Living Like Spiro

Living Like Spiro: Swoon 50 (woot woot) Growing up we had a cat named Spiro (after Spiro Agnew, he meowed a lot). Spiro liked being outside, and my sister…and that was it. Crossing paths you might try and pet him or say hi, he would respond with an eye roll, because he was a cat.Continue reading “Living Like Spiro”

Lipstick and Earrings

Lipstick and Earrings: Swoon 49 It’s been a week since I swooned. Down about not being able to celebrate Easter the way I have done for 52 years…family, large dinners, egg hunts, Armenian egg cracking game, basket searches, hugs, food, church festivities… I was not so swoonie. Determined to make it feel like an almostContinue reading “Lipstick and Earrings”

Tent Land

Tent Land: Swoon 48 I was part of the “go entertain yourself” generation. Saturday cartoons were over by noon, all day sports weren’t yet a thing (especially for girls) and museum or zoo outings were special occasions. We filled our time figuring out how to fill our time. We arranged our own playdates and plannedContinue reading “Tent Land”

Family Stories

Family Stories: Swoon 47 Does your family have certain stories that get told and retold? Lore that is based on some bit of fact…but who knows how much is true. There are a few tales I heard again and again growing up. Some have photographic evidence, which makes them a bit more accountable, but allContinue reading “Family Stories”

You’ve Got Mail

You’ve Got Mail: Swoon 44 Growing up being the first to retrieve the mail was a treat. Discovering it on the entryway floor, sorting on my trip to “mail table”. Seeing who got what. There were actual letters (with actual news), vacation postcards, birthday cards (hopefully containing a five dollar bill), and Dad mail (bills).Continue reading “You’ve Got Mail”