Photo by Olena Bohovyk I'm making my way through Dry January 2.0 -mandated for healthy baby brain development, not any sort of health improvement initiative. Now with some experience from the first trip, I've had enough exposure to be able to name some favorites. The Shopping Upgrade Back in 2020 when I was first pregnant, … Continue reading Dry January 2.0
I never finished my "Best Book Ever" showdown, and I've mostly stopped giving book updates too. But when the whim of creative effort actually strikes my lethargic pregnant body, why not ride it out? In 2022, I read 47 books. As I reflected on my catalog, I noticed a pattern. I would put books on … Continue reading Book Review 2022
Photo by @pablomerchanm A new bar, the Rosecomb opened in Chattanooga. Heavy on cocktails and a “neighborhood tavern” vibe, it boasted a a fresh and fun menu (with just the best deviled eggs). After months indoors, first for pandemic and then for a fragile newborn, it seemed like the perfect place for a date night. … Continue reading Fine Dining for Families?
In an increasingly digital era, what does the future of memorabilia look like?
Like most my age, I've flirted with removing myself from Facebook. So far, I hadn't taken the plunge. I'm a journaler. Having a running record of my life is precisely the kind of thing I’m interested in. Even if I may cringe sometimes, more often, I smile at the memories which pass by every year. … Continue reading Facebook “Friends”: A Missive on Social Media
Photo by Our Ampersand Photography Several year ago, back when I more actively pursued a writing career, I wrote for the No Filter blog. Focused on life as a modern woman, many of the contributors were mothers with motherhood being a popular topic. Although not yet a Mom myself, I planned to become one so … Continue reading I Asked for a Demotion to Become a Mom
As you can expect, we've been rather busy getting things ready for the upcoming babe (less than 1 month to go!). I haven't caught up with this as much as I thought I would, but thanks to being an over-planning, overachiever, I sit here at 36 weeks with everything done. At least, as best as … Continue reading Pregnancy Products
If you've come here before, you well know I enjoy a drink or two. Whereas it used to be a way to carouse in revelry, drinking morphed into another way to explore taste and culture. Pairing profiles, exploring a country a la its flavor palate -appreciating a good drink is on par with appreciating Van … Continue reading Non-Alcoholic Drinking
The Weekend Ritual For at least a decade, I've held a certain weekend ritual. Not every weekend, but most of the routine ones. And during that blissful period I worked a schedule of 10-6 in college. Mon dieu! I miss my mornings. The ritual goes like this. I wake up, I make coffee, I read … Continue reading Morning Rituals & Magazines
What goes on in the mind of a brilliant man? I knew this round would be hard -how could a mass media paperback classic compare to a cerebral history lesson -but as you'll notice, these two novels share same Goodreads score down to the hundredth. Will a rumination on death win against serial killers study? … Continue reading Best Book Ever: Lincoln in the Bardo vs. Hannibal