Can a new mascara change your life?

“This new mascara routine will change your life,” the salesgirl assures me as she slips a couple of shiny tubes into pink tissue paper and into a tiny glossy shopping bag. I had just spent the past 45 minutes with her, applying, removing, and then reapplying lipstick until we found the shade and texture that…

Alone

It’s one of those weeks: Drew is gone so Sam and I are by ourselves for a couple of days. We all get along when it’s the three of us, but when it’s just me and Sam, somehow we fall into a different rhythm: slower, quieter, more… something. We stayed in our PJs all morning…

Life goes on

The fact that life goes on is both a blessing and just a strange, strange, unfortunate thing. Several times last week I thought that surely I will be dead by morning — from physical and emotional exhaustion, from being cracked open and turned inside-out, from questioning everything that I knew about my life to be…

Waiting

Oh, how I hate to wait. Hate. It. And I am so bad at it. So very, very bad. My parents taught me that in life you don’t get everything you want, right when you want it, but I think it’s something I never learned. I. WANT. IT. NOW. As I am getting older I…

Sturmfrei

Sturmfrei (adj.) Origin: Germany Lit. “stormfree”; the freedom of not being watched by a parent or superior; being alone at a place and having the ability to do what you want   Well, it’s not my parents or “superiors” that watch me, but still, I will be without supervision next week and wow, I am…

Packing

Considering that I travel quite a bit, I am really, really bad at packing. But really,  the problem starts way before I put my suitcase on my bed — a week or two, sometime even a month before a trip when I start to think about where I’m going, what I’m going to be doing, and…

I’ve Never Gone Through a Breakup (And I Wish I Had)

I’ve never gone through a breakup with a boyfriend. I’ve had a few of them — five, to be exact. The sixth guy I dated ended up being my husband. But I’ve never had a breakup, not a real one, not one where you both decide that things are not working out, or where one…

Americaversary

I meant to do this yesterday, on my true Americaversary, but you know how it goes… We spent the past two days in NYC and by the time I had a moment to sit with my thoughts when we got home, I was too tired to put finger to keyboard. But I feel like I…

Notes from Budapest

A couple of bits and pieces from my notebook: May 12, 2014 So this is Sam’s fourth trip to Budapest and my first without my parents or any other relatives being here. Once you are not greeted by family at the airport you really do become and feel like a tourist in your own country….