my first overnight

My first night away from Maelle was decidedly anticlimactic. Since becoming a mother, I’d assumed there would be tremendous dread and anxiety associated with that first trip away from my baby girl. I imagined tears–both hers and mine–shed as I drove off.

Nope. Instead, I got a half-hearted ‘bye mama’ as she pranced around in her jammies, ready to play with papa all day.

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Christmas and NYE recap

Last year’s Christmas build-up and celebration were a bit of a blur, as these things tend to be the older we get.  While I don’t aspire to be one of those women who are finished shopping by Dec. 1, I do dream of a day I’m not racing around Christmas Eve morning running errands.  There’s always next year… Continue reading “Christmas and NYE recap”

let me tell you ’bout my best friend (or, THP: Chapter Six)

(This is part six in a series about The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.  To start at the beginning, click here. )

One thing I can say with absolute certainty is that I am a good friend.  I’ve been told by more than a few people that one of my strengths is maintaining friendships, and I don’t disagree.  Sure, I have to send the occasional belated (gasp!) birthday card, and lately I’ve let too much time pass between phone calls, but I DO make conscious efforts to invest in my relationships.  Continue reading “let me tell you ’bout my best friend (or, THP: Chapter Six)”