Category Exercises in not taking myself too seriously

Stolen!

At 10am today I unloaded groceries from my car. At 12:30pm I went back k down into the garage to leave for a wedding—only to find, well, nothing; an empty stall (that’s mine in the middle) and no car to be found! So I called the police to start the process of filing the stolen […]

Solstice!

Shortest day of the year. Is it mystical? Ummm… maybe to some. For me, no. Most years I find the darkness fascinating and almost wish it would continue to Nordic levels. But this year it’s just been dark and grey and hard to get up in the morning. I’m really happy to be on the […]

My bedroom is so famous

Look what Ashley found on Pinterest! A pirated photo of my bedroom with “bird wall art” photoshopped onto the wall by Etsy craftspersons. As a lawyer, I’m supposed to be indignant at the infringement of my copyright. As a designer, I question the adulteration of my ensemble with uninvited decor. But as a human being […]

Kidney stones!

I’m going to start with gratitude. For the emergency room doctors, nurses, and technicians who took care of me; for the ambulance drivers who took me to them and made empathetic small talk on the way; for my dad who answered my early anxious phone call and encouraged me to seek care right away in […]

A new set of wheels

After three great years of living car-free in London, I find myself back in the Land of the Free where cars are king and I need one. I had intended to buy a car that first week after my return, but I put it lower on my list of priorities than unpacking my ceramics and […]

Roses!

Now that I’m a gardener of roses I get to do glamorous things like accidentally break several branches while planting and then make the best of it by putting the blossoms in a pretty vase on my dining room table and feeling joy every time I look at them.

Two good things

We’ve been on lockdown now for four weeks now, and I’ve been working 16-18 hour days for most of that, weekends included. The two things are related and there’s no end in sight for either. But two other things help me feel a tiny bit human notwithstanding: First, I got a haircut today! After the […]

Just kidding! tonight is the last night in London

I was all set for one of those life moments, turning the page and opening a new chapter—only British Airways thought differently! My flight was delayed and delayed and delayed and then finally canceled. In classic airline fashion they were never very specific about the reasons; they said something about “operations” and claimed that “engineers” […]

Party in Luxembourg

I’ve been in Luxembourg all week for an EU business summit, which means many interesting-ish meetings and a massive themed costume party. Last year’s theme was The Great Gatsby, which meant I got to wear my tux (always a delight), but this year’s theme was The Future Is Now, which, I’m sorry, but what does […]

My sense of scale

It would seem my sense of scale could use a little fine-tuning. When I saw this piece hanging at the art fair yesterday (in a cavernous former agricultural hall), I would have described it as medium-sized, perhaps even on the smaller side of medium. But now that it’s in the flat, that doesn’t seem quite […]

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