now that my office dress code is, shall we say, casual, i am really into t-shirts. here are three of my faves.

days of the week (jcrew) / floral skull (brooklyn industries) / chipotle addict (etsy)



tonight i got homesick for chicago

i could picture exactly what sunday evenings look like now, and i wanted to be there so badly, walking into the apartment together from an afternoon of exploring to a chorus of cat hellos, preparing something to eat on the dining table that we finally own after nearly ten years of cohabitation.

but i also i got homesick for a time that doesn’t exist anymore, a time when after leaving brunch with my girlfriends or dinner with my sister, i would be heading home to warren street, to throw open the windows to spring time in new york. while i am glad to get to come back here so often for work, it also makes it hard to let go, to feel fully moved on, and this perfect spring weekend - that reminded me of so many of the best moments this city can offer - has made it all the more difficult.

what a life we had in new york. (what a life we have, will have in chicago.) i’m just ready for a new season.  


today is my mother’s birthday. this woman is the most important one in the world to me, and i hope that someday when i reach her age, i have at least some of her spirit, wisdom, interest in the world outside her door, sense of humor, way with words, patience and grace, and baking skills. and that she is there to celebrate me. (and since the brubaker ladies tend to live a long, long time, i have a feeling there is a lot of celebrating in our future.) 
i love, love, love you mama, and i cannot wait to see you again soon!

today is my mother’s birthday. this woman is the most important one in the world to me, and i hope that someday when i reach her age, i have at least some of her spirit, wisdom, interest in the world outside her door, sense of humor, way with words, patience and grace, and baking skills. and that she is there to celebrate me. (and since the brubaker ladies tend to live a long, long time, i have a feeling there is a lot of celebrating in our future.)

i love, love, love you mama, and i cannot wait to see you again soon!


also these faces. i really, really love these faces.

also these faces. i really, really love these faces.


balancing.

there are benefits to working from home, i suppose. yesterday, at 3:30pm i could start the chili that simmered until i wrapped up my work at 6pm and stephen came home for dinner. i’ve perfected the art of doing laundry and dishes around conference calls and research projects. if i don’t feel like washing my hair until after my workout class, no one will know but darby. (and though i showered in between, i am wearing the same soft clothes i wore yesterday. this is the first time that’s happened, i swear.)

i am sure that when i go back to an office at some point in the future, i will wish i could return to some of this. but for now, i miss getting dressed up each day for the office. i need people to talk to face to face, not just over the phone. i want a reason to leave the house each day that is not just running errands.

i’ll be back in nyc for two events this coming week, and while i am sad to be away from my husband and the cat and our domestic routines for a whole week, i could not be more excited to be back in the office. it will be a full few days, with a lot of work to do, but i am looking forward to it. (also i might have some free time so if you want to see me, just let me know…)


When a board meeting starts on time, gets through the agenda, and ends on time

workingatanonprofit:

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this is hilarious to me.


we celebrated miss darby’s one-year adoptiversary yesterday. (we bought her some cat grass - which she loved - and she got all the cat catching she wanted, and an extra serving of ocean fish greenies. what a life.)
we love this tiny cat more than i think either of us thought we would. she has the best little personality, and is funny and charming and adorable and clearly feels at home here, content in a way that i think is extra-rewarding in rescue pets. we’re so glad to have her, and we hope she sticks around for many more years.

we celebrated miss darby’s one-year adoptiversary yesterday. (we bought her some cat grass - which she loved - and she got all the cat catching she wanted, and an extra serving of ocean fish greenies. what a life.)

we love this tiny cat more than i think either of us thought we would. she has the best little personality, and is funny and charming and adorable and clearly feels at home here, content in a way that i think is extra-rewarding in rescue pets. we’re so glad to have her, and we hope she sticks around for many more years.


flying solo since monday

(and i hate it.) i can’t wait for stephen to come home and see how much embarrassing tv i watched.

i’m really looking forward to my dinner dates tonight and tomorrow. i need to get out of the house.


1. Witty and Charming.
2. Rich and Powerful.
3. Benevolent.
4. Clairvoyant.
5. Fuck Dinner.
6. Patriotic.
7. Crank Up the Enola Gay.
8. Witty and Charming, Part II.
9. Invisible.
10. Bulletproof.