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I was so sad yesterday to hear of Robin Williams' death, and especially sad to hear that he'd been suffering from serious depression and that his death was the result of an apparent suicide. I can't say I know what it feels like to have serious depression or to battle lifelong mental health issues, but [...]

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Parents Just Want to Have Fun

Last week POPSUGAR Love syndicated my post about 30 Things That Will (Probably) Happen to Your in Your 30s and a commenter wrote: "This is written in a really "non-mom" tone. I only relate to about half of these," which I thought was kind of interesting since I am, in fact, a mom and I [...]

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It’s Personal: Riding the Path

In the next couple of months, several friends are moving away, a couple of friends are having babies (and several more are trying to get pregnant), and most of us who became close when our babies were still actually babies will be sending our kids off to preschool (Jackson starts school two months from today, [...]

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The other day I got an email from DW reader Veritek33 that inspired this question: If you could go back in time to ten years ago, what advice would you give your younger self? Ten years ago I was 27 (that's me in the photo exactly ten years ago), living alone in Chicago, going to [...]

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite days of the year because: 1) margaritas!; 2) my mama's birthday (that's her on the right, and that's my sweet Grandma on the left, and me in the middle with Jackson during his second holiday season, 2012)!; 3) it's the day I met Drew, eight years ago!; [...]

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How Did You Spend Your Wedding Night?

My wedding night was lots of fun, but not in the, ahem, traditional sense. We got married earlier in the day and had a subdued lunchtime reception at a Manhattan restaurant a few blocks from our place. Afterward, we went home, changed out of our wedding attire, read some of our wedding cards, took a [...]

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Book Recommendation: “Calling In The One”

This Sunday marks eight years since Drew and I were put in touch — over the phone — by our mutual friend, Meg. I was talking about the list of things I was looking for in a guy when suddenly something clicked in her head, and she immediately picked up the phone and called Drew, [...]

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Jumping Off The Fence

Next Wednesday, Drew turns 44 and Jackson turns 2 1/2. In September, I will be 38. Thirty-eight!! How did I get here already? This year marks twenty years since I graduated from high school  — twenty years since I started college! I look at my friends whom I met when I was 17, 18, 19, [...]

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A Time for Every Season

It's been over two months since I wrote this post about feeling unloved, or at least unliked, by Jackson. Intellectually, I knew it was a phase, but it was a phase that had been going on so long, especially relative to Jackson's young age, that it was hard to truly imagine a time when he [...]

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I’m So Tired of the Winter Blues

I got back from Chicago yesterday afternoon. I had three whole days away, from Friday night until early Tuesday morning. I thought it would be just what I needed to crawl out of this winter funk I've been in since December — not because the weather is any better in Chicago, because of course it's [...]

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Five Years After the Proposal

Five years ago today, Drew asked me to marry him. I've told the proposal story a bunch of times, but for those who can't get enough (or, you know, haven't heard it before): pre-Jackson, we always had a Friday evening tradition of meeting up after work and getting shit-faced at Happy Hour somewhere and then [...]

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And then my heart exploded

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7bO9xF_lEY Speaking of the "L" word...

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The Secret To Happy Relationships: Don’t Have Kids?

A brand new study involving interviews and surveys with more than 5,000 people of all ages, statuses and sexual orientations over a two-year period, discovered that couples who reported being happiest of all are... those without kids. This finding doesn't surprise me too much. I would say I was probably happier in my marriage before [...]

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It's the second week of January, traditionally a depressing time of year for many of us. The holidays are over, it's cold and dark out, our pants are tight, and the light at the end of the tunnel (AKA April) seems so very far away. I'm experiencing the usual seasonal depression I get every January, [...]

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Happy Boxing Day!

I'm starting the day with an espresso — my second of the morning — from my brand new Nespresso espresso maker, which I love and highly recommend. We had a lovely Christmas in Brooklyn yesterday, the first that Jackson had any sort of understanding what was happening. Presents! Food! More presents! And the first Christmas [...]

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