An Open Letter to My Sister-Daughter

Journal Entry: the mixed feelings of having to raise your sister. Remember when I used to blast my music and you would open your bedroom door to listen? Remember when I used to swindle you out of your candy by 'sharing' or convincing you that we should trade? Remember how we used to wait for …

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Lost in the Country: The Cliffs of Moher

We booked our excursion to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher along the Wild Atlantic Way with Wild Rover Tours via Viator for $57 per person. Viator is a great way to connect with local tours and attractions, but beware--while they have tickets for just about everything, not all will actually save you money. For …

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Restaurant Guide: The Orchard & the Green Man

By way of Grantchester Meadows, we walked to The Orchard Tea Garden for a leisurely brunch after our outing to London the previous day. The Orchard is practically a right of passage to all Cambridge students and rightly so. Famous visitors include: Stephen Hawking (portrayed by Eddie Redmayne in The Theory ofEverything), Alan Turing (portrayed by Benedict …

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Lost in the Country: Grantchester Meadows

Grantchester Meadows is probably the second-most breathtaking natural landscape I've ever been privy to. (The first being the Cliffs of Moher.) Somehow I imagined that England, being much smaller than even the state of Georgia and much older, would be clustered and cramped. But Grantchester was wide open, clean, and wild in the most indescribably thrilling …

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Guide to Cambridge (Town)

Cambridge is the mother of all college towns. It's ancient--as exhibited by the round church (pictured below). It's bustling--there were about a million Chinese tourists clogging the streets. It's jam-packed with things to do, see, and eat. Founded in 1209 and granted a royal charter by King Henry III in 1231, Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the …

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I Heart Daycare (and some ramblings about feminism)

I am so happy Sharon– author of Becoming Mother –said this! I have suffered so much guilt from dropping my daughter off. I even project that guilt onto my daughter’s teachers, making me think they hate me for daring to send her to school. I’ve often felt that the only societally justifiable jobs to forgo being a STAHM are nurse or teacher, but I try to remind myself that it’s (mostly) all in my head.

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Becoming Mother

Some women tear up as they leave their children at daycare for the first time.

I practically skip inside.

Grin from ear to ear.

I. LOVE. DAYCARE.

Last Monday was Henry’s first day of daycare. Another daycare mom saw me taking him inside and asked if it was his first day. After I nodded, she jumped out of her van and gave me the biggest hug and said, “Isn’t it great!”

“YESSS!!!” I yelled.

“With the first one, you’re bawling about it and then the second, you’re just like ‘have fun!'”

She gets it.

It’s true. The first time we started daycare was much more involved and made me a little nervous. We spent about 20 minutes going through the list of critical bits of information that the infant teacher needed to know to feed, change, and soothe our baby to sleep.

She likes to be rocked to sleep while…

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