Links for Your Weekend: Hometown Edition

Several times when our kids were little, Tom and I celebrated our anniversary by lining up my parents to watch the kids, booking a hotel room, and treating ourselves to an anniversary staycation of shopping, movies, and dinners out. I can’t say for sure how many times we did it, maybe it was only once or […]

Links for Your Weekend: Miami Edition

I missed putting up this post last Friday because I was on a plane headed home from Miami. Tom and I were there for four days of a business convention that was much more play than work. Our goal was to make this a complete relaxation vacation, and we succeeded. We ate at Joe’s Stone Crab, […]

Links for Your Weekend

Happy Friday! Are you hosting something this summer? If you are (or think you might like to) let me call your attention to this post by Myquillyn Smith (better known as The Nester). She writes about hosting a summer gathering in a way that’s less Pinterest perfect and more get the big stuff right and then let it happen.  […]

Quotable Friday and Weekend Links: Santa Monica, NYC, and Little Rock Edition

“Our house really is the 6th member of our family. Similar to the generous tree in Shel Silverstein’s classic book The Giving Tree, our home has unselfishly given of itself so that we could fullfil our dreams.” – Brooke Giannetti That quote came from this post at Brooke’s blog, about the Santa Monica house they were […]

Quotable Friday and Weekend Links: Nancy Meyers Edition

That quote came from this Elle Decor article about Nancy Meyers, the writer/director responsible for some of your favorite movies: Father of the Bride, The Holiday, The Parent Trap, Private Benjamin, Something’s Gotta Give, and It’s Complicated, among others. I’m not opposed to watching a movie for the interiors alone, but with a Nancy Meyers […]

Quotable Friday and Weekend Links: Editing Edition

I’ve been considering lately what it means to be a “house person” and also someone who wants to simplify, because those two things can be at odds with each other. It would be easier, I’ve decided, if I were a minimalist. If I didn’t like dishes and books and artwork and throw pillows. If I didn’t enjoy […]

Quotable Friday and Weekend Links: Julia Child Edition

Until I saw the movie Julie and Julia, I thought of Julia Child only as the quirky lady with the high-pitched voice on public television. But that movie, and Meryl Streep’s uncanny portrayal of her (she was Julia Child), transformed her – for me – from a charicature to the delightful but compelling person she actually was. […]

Quotable Friday and Weekend Links: Love Your Life Edition

Each Friday I share a quote I love and some things I’ve found interesting from around the web. Here’s what I’ve bookmarked this week: A Breath of French Air is a new-ish blog that lets you stow away as a pair of married Midwesterners leave behind their IT and architecture jobs to become expats in France. And […]

Quotable Friday & Weekend Links: Anna Quindlen Edition

Love this from Anna Quindlen. Here are some other things from around the web I found worth bookmarking: In her informative, entertaining TED Talk, Kelly Corrigan explains why we should read more, and also helps us with what to read: “read personal narrative, read poetry, read op-ed, read Doris Kerns Goodwin, and Louisa May Alcott, and Captain Underpants.” Trying […]

Quotable Friday and Weekend Links: Judi Dench and Mary Carol Garrity Edition

How do you feel about bucket lists? I’ve started one a time or two, but it wasn’t fun to me. It felt like making an overwhelming to-do list. I do love what (the fabulous) Judi Dench says here about new opportunities. The quote came from this article about Judi and fellow actor Bill Nighy (you’ll recognize him), which was […]