18Oct

I’m a Netflix Binge-Watcher

bingewatcher

  According to Wikipedia, binge-watching, also called binge-viewing, is the practice of watching television for longer time spans than usual, usually of a single television show. Binge-watching as an observed cultural phenomenon has become popular with the rise of online media services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime with which the viewer can watch television shows and movies on-demand. We've been Netflix members for about a year and recently joined the Apple TV universe and now I am an official binge viewer. First, let me say that I've Read More

18Oct

An Irish Family Vacation Part 3

ireland

Our recent Irish Family Vacation was a one of a kind.  For the first few days, we were tourists and for the second half of our trip, we stayed with friends which took the trip to a completely different level. If you haven’t experienced a family trip that involves staying with another family who are close friends, I highly recommend it. Besides the fact that it’s highly economical (you eat out less, for one thing, and you save money on accommodations), it’s also a far more enjoyable experience with familiarity, comfort and companionship. It also presents Read More

01Oct

Mom Gone Wild

Mom Gone Wild

I found this video about a WAHM on my friend, Ilana's, blog tonight. It was inspired by a young woman who quits her job via video dancing around the office she decidedly spent a year of slavery in to the tune of Gone by Kanye West. In the domesticated version (video above), a mom dances around the house she's expected to clean, in addition to keeping up her work responsibilities. She dances in front of piles of dishes. Trash. Unmade beds.  Flotsam in the sink. And so, like her predecessor , she decides to leave. Only it's to get milk. Oddly enough, in Read More

23Sep

A Return to the Land of the Living

workhomebalance

When I left my full time job after my first daughter was born, I don’t think I was fully functioning.  Call it post partum.  Call it temporary insanity.  I don’t know what you would call it.  All I know is that within days after my departure, I felt a hole in my gut and I knew I had made the wrong decision.  I had looked to stay-at-home moms with a tinge of jealousy before leaving the work-force and I really wanted to be home with my daughter.  Then I got pregnant and had two babies at home, and I knew it was wrong. For me, anyway (please don't read this Read More

20Sep

A Homemade Sukkah and Challah

challah

Raising my kids with Jewish tradition in their lives has always been a priority for me, but it's something that I've had to teach myself.  I wasn't raised observing all of the Jewish holidays, just the major ones. But when I joined a conservative shul as an adult, I immediately felt a pull toward a lot of the traditions and I've embraced them...in my own way. I wouldn't call my family observant at all, and I often wish I could do more, but I do know that my kids know who they are, where they came from and that they will take what we do through their Read More

18Sep

When Do Working Moms Sleep?

When Do Working Moms Sleep?

Working Moms. Hmmmm. I've recently gone back to work in an office after working from home for the last year, and it's quite a change.  Granted, my kids are no longer young.  But there is a lot of activities to keep up with and I think they kind of got used to me being around.  However, when I call to check in late in the day, they sound pretty happy and our mornings are actually much more sane and civilized than they've been in a long time.  My kids are more punctual than ever before and are giving us enough time to walk to school, now that I have to Read More

15Sep

Teaching Kids at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

jewishheritage

On a recent afternoon, I took my children to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in downtown NYC.  Located in the center of Battery Park City, the mission of the Museum is to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the broad tapestry of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries—before, during, and after the Holocaust. While I personally have a deep-rooted interest in the Holocaust, I wondered if the museum would appeal to my two young children and I feared that the exhibit’s content would be too provocative for them. Fortunately, the museum offers Read More

10Sep

An Irish Family Vacation, Part 1

Ireland

When close friends recently invited us to spend a few days with them in Ireland where one of them grew up, I gently nudged my husband until he agreed to go.  The two of us have stayed with friends in exotic places many times over the years, and we know how much fun it is to stay with natives.  It’s a unique experience and a sure-fire way to get to know the destination on a truly intimate way, directly through the eyes of a local.  We broke up our trip up into a stay with them and a bit of sightseeing en route, to give our kids a taste of the country and Read More

09Sep

This is the Year I Stop Procrastinating.

This is the Year I Stop Procrastinating.

This is the year I stop procrastinating. You may (or not!) have been wondering about my whereabouts these last few weeks as it's been rather quiet here.  I've been on a family trip to Ireland and England, where we spent time with close family and friends. While I did think about blogging, I chose not to write for the few weeks while I was away.  I took copious notes and have lots to talk about, but now that I'm back, where do I start? Perhaps about my trip around Ireland with the kids and our visits to several important castles, about fishing in the Read More

03Sep

Disconnected in 5774

5774

I've been quiet here lately, posting the odd theater ticket giveaway or twitter update.  There are several reasons for this but the main one being that I've been traveling with my family in the country where my husband was born.  All of my children's first cousins are here in England and we've been visiting their uncles, aunts and grandmother. We also have family coming in from a great distance to spend the Jewish New Year with us. We spent a glorious week in Ireland before  coming here, which definitely gave me food for fodder, and I will be writing Read More