My awesome cousin Matthew is the father of twin toddlers. Adorable, bitable, squishy twin toddlers that will run you into the ground with their cuteness. If I were him, I’d be napping and/or sobbing softly in my free time, but instead he maintains two very frequently updated blogs.
Anyway, he asked me to do a guest post about fatherhood for his group site, The Blogfathers, and I was all, “Um. Matt? You know I’m a girl, right?” Conversation ensued that cleared up years of misunderstandings and shadowy family secrets, but in the end he wanted me to post anyway. Go see.
The first installment of my Thoughtful User Guide is up at The Morning News. It’s on iPod etiquette:
“Yes, we know you like music. We can see that it moves you. This is because youâ€™re always movingâ€”bopping your head, dancing, drumming, even singing along. Please, stop it. Otherwise, weâ€™re forced to feign interest in your childlike enthusiasm for a song we canâ€™t even hear. Itâ€™s exhausting.”
I have a brief piece up at Alpha Mom, go read it! Here’s how it starts:
I havenâ€™t even given birth yet, and already Iâ€™m a bad mother. Weâ€™re clearing out my beloved, light-dappled office to make room for a nursery, and Iâ€™m feeling a little blue. We remove my small desk with its floating drawers and woody scent, my dome lamp with the pink shade that makes everything rosy in the evenings, and my Japanese porcelain tea set. Dear, quiet little office how I loved theeâ€¦ Read the rest.
I just wrote Building a Library with Shelves Full of Memories for The Times. Please go read it.
Results are in for The Morning News Tournament of books! You can read my review of An Unfinished Season by Ward Just and The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat. The last round came down to Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell versus The Plot Against America by Philip Roth.
Last week was so hectic that I forgot to link to my latest At Auction piece for the Times, “Cocktail Sets the Rat Pack Would Love” it appeared in the Circuits section last Thursday.
I did another At Auction piece for the New York Times, “Warm Cookies Baked for Cold, Hard Cash.” Please go read it.