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Archive for November, 2010

I purchased a Swiffer Sweeper Vac from Target and it is my go-to product now.  If my son drops food or if I want to clean around his high chair, I just bring it out and it quickly cleans the area.  I don’t have to lug out a big vacuum for the smaller jobs.  It also “dusts” so I am getting the small amounts of dirt that are on the ground too.  Don’t get me wrong, this is not a replacement for a good vacuum but it is great for in-between times.  They are a bit pricey but Swiffer always offers coupons so you should not have to pay full price.  Thank you, Swiffer for your entire line of products but this one is genius.

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I miss New York or at least a part of me misses it.  I am loving my quiet, suburban life here in PA but a part of me yearns for the city every now and then.  I think that it may have to do with the change in weather.  I LOVE the fall weather and all the changes that occur.  My last autumn in NYC was while pregnant and I have very fond memories of that time since I walked everywhere.  I even walked 20+ blocks the day before having my son and I was already having contractions!

I think that I also miss having so many restaurants to choose from for dinner.  Toward the end of my pregnancy, we (re) found a great Thai restaurant, Land, that had the best skirt steak entree around and their chicken curry puffs were so tasty.  It is an experience that most would miss, I think.

I have to add that I miss my manicure/pedicure place and my hair salon.  It takes a while to find a great hair salon and I found mine.  It is Rare salon located in Tribeca.  They are wonderful and so skilled.  The owner, Ruth, is on the floor cutting hair and always smiling at those around her.  It is worth noting that they are priced way below Manhattan standards but provide a cut that rivals the pricey ones.  And I used to go to Bloomie Nails in midtown and Dashing Diva on the UWS to get my nails done.  I could always trust that their stuff was clean and the technicians were skilled at providing manicures and pedicures.  Their manicures and pedicures would last for weeks!!

I have to admit that Central Park was never my “thing”.  I always worried that I would get lost and followed the same exact path that I knew inside and out.  I never explored the park and for good reason.  I was meeting a friend for lunch at the boat basin.  Now this place is a straight shot from the 72nd Street entrance.  Count on me to make it more difficult than necessary.  I was supposed to look for the fountain and meet him down at the restaurant.  Well, I did find a fountain, it just wasn’t the correct one.  I got lost going straight through Central Park, that is why I never explored.  But I do miss walking through the areas that I knew.  The leaves have probably changed and the air is crisp with fall smells and I am imagining a leisurely stroll with my son in his stroller.

All in all though I am happy in PA.  I love my house and my son is thriving being around family.  It makes up for the little things that I am missing in NYC.  I can always visit and probably am a better visitor than resident.

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When my son was 3 months old, I left my NYC life and headed to the suburbs.  My marriage was not working and it was brought to light even more so by the infant I cared for day in and day out.  I was able to retreat to my parent’s home in suburban PA, for which I am eternally grateful.  I bought a house of my own, 4 houses down from my parents, in May 2010.  I encountered some problems and was not able to move in until September 2010.  Since then, I have loved having my own space.  It has been liberating to put things where I want and to care for my son day to day by myself.  However, there are times that it hits me how isolated from the world that I have become.  It took a good friend to really point out to me that I need to do what I want now and not wait until tomorrow.  We live our lives so much thinking that we will do something in (fill in the blank) years.  Well, why not do it now?  I really want to meet new people down here and haven’t thought about how I would go about doing it.  I think I will investigate taking a class or two at the local community college.  Perhaps I will be able to find a Mommy & Me class in the area.  However it turns out I will be grateful to my friend for seeing things in me that I didn’t see in myself before, even if wasn’t the best thing.

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I would like to claim that I run my household with an iron fist and I keep my son in line. I would be lying if I did though and laugh at such a statement. The reason is that my son is so completely in charge. He determines most of our day. Don’t get me wrong, he takes naps and eats at designated times and usually complies without much complaint. However, he calls the shots in most other areas. A perfect example would be today. I was changing his diaper but he wanted nothing to do with laying down. My solution was to change his diaper with him standing up. I figure he needs a diaper change and it gets done without tears. I would love to hear your stories about your child(ren) showing you who is boss.

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