Though the pandemic parenting has been very, very, ultra, super hard....my kids have been coping like absolute gold-medal champions. Not sure if it's their ages (8, 6); their demeanor (go with the flow); and/or their lack of life experience thus far (so they're not knowing what they're missing out on?). But, all good things usually come to an end. I've been watching my kids come increasingly undone. And it's heartbreaking. Of course, they have been confused on what's happening, in … [Read more...] about Helpless, hopeless?
"Mommy, did you have a bad dream?" I don't really know how to answer since she's only 4, and my crying woke her up. To her, a bad dream is the only explanation. So I tell her yes, and it's just a dream and to go back to sleep. What's funny, like funny in the odd sense and not the ha-ha sense, is that in a way, she's exactly right. I am struggling with my dreams. As in how to make them happen. I always struggle at New Years. For some reason I find myself standing at the starting line for each … [Read more...] about A Bad Dream
Yesterday I was all wrapped up in how down in the dumps we sometimes get about the job market. Today, I think the universe must have heard me because lookee here: The Experts the Ebola Response May Need: Anthropologists One day, the job market looks like total crap. The next it looks like...well, there may soon be tons of anthropologists in need. For a reason that's not. at. all. depressing. Sigh. … [Read more...] about A sad, sad silver lining
I am devastated to hear of Adam Yauch's death. The Beastie Boys have always been one of my all-time favorite bands. They were my gateway to hip hop, Licensed to Ill was the soundtrack of 6th grade, and the rest of their albums have been the soundtrack of my life ever since. I had tickets to see them with my high school BFF in 2000, but that was the summer they canceled because Mike D broke his shoulder, so I never got to see them then. And now I will never get to see them, at least all of them … [Read more...] about RIP, MCA
Today was my first day back to work after having a baby. It sucked. It was so unbelievably difficult to leave my little infant at daycare, and reaffirmed to me that I need to figure out a way to work for myself. Since we moved here in 2006, I worked in museums (well, and one private art gallery) for four years, making the best of the local museum scene (which ain't much, by the way) before fully abandoning museum work slash getting laid off last fall. Once I was laid off, I had to scramble to … [Read more...] about Recommitting to a New Career