I don't know how to say "flag" in French. You?
If you’re serious about learning French, go to college. Because the most sensible way to learn anything is to find an expert who will meet with you daily to assign homework, collect assignments, administer tests, and write on the chalkboard in front of you. That’s why [...]
Judgment in a Box.
On July 2, my husband and I and our two kids will be traveling to France, and we will be hanging out in France for a whole month. The tickets have been bought, the various reservations have been made, and the bicycle box has been acquired. We are committed. But here is an [...]
What will you learn?
This is the beginning of a new four-week challenge here on Five Full Plates. The challenge is to learn something, and write about it. Now I recognize the temptation to learn something like “how to be a better parent” or “how to better clean the house” or “how to eat more [...]
Who are the Virginia Janes?
Here it is: Monster.
Before I had children, I used to write songs. Angsty songs about mean men and bad anger, about darkness and all the woe I was experiencing as a perfectly healthy 20 year old who came from a privileged childhood and had no problems. I wrote mostly slow, [...]
Way back in December, I promised a friend who was organizing a charity event that I would participate. I knew that the event was sometime in April, and that I would have to climb some stairs. This promise was built upon three things:
1. I needed a plot arc for our 10 week fitness challenge here [...]
Our photographer was my ten-year-old son Benny. Our studio was Kim’s living room. Our lighting was a clip-on directional desk lamp which Benny was holding in his left hand. Here’s the first one. I wore this shirt because the neckline goes right over my collarbone in an extremely rock-ish way, and yet somehow the way I was [...]
Our new challenge involves stepping outside our comfort zones and taking on projects that stretch the boundary between “No problem” and “No way.” We asked you, our friends and readers, to name this challenge, because nobody liked “The Aww Hell No Girl You Crazy Challenge.” You certainly came up with some! Well! You called [...]
I need one of these that makes food.
I’m interested in a lot of things: music, art, books, ideas, travel, dogs, and TV, for example. I’m wholly uninterested in a lot of things too: cleaning, decorating, cooking, writing lists of things down on lined paper, organizing, remembering dates, filing, knowing what to do if [...]
No Clorox, no plastic organizer crates for today. Just happy thoughts!
Joshilyn is having a week off to rest and take care of herself. Find out more by reading her husband’s updates on her blog, Faster Than Kudzu. Under the circumstances, she’s relieved from her obligation to clean and organize her garage and post extensive before/after pictures. For [...]
When I was contemplating this spring cleaning challenge, I anticipated I would have a lot of before and after pictures to post, but so far I haven’t managed it. Today, though, I have three sets of before and after to share.
Here we have the entry area of the house. Dumping ground for shoes, bags, instruments, [...]