RS: plagues and missing the point

Well. The HVAC folks determined that we needed to replace our gas line and alter our bathroom plumbing. HAD WE BEEN INFORMED ten weeks ago when the project began, this would have been simpler. But now we wait. (Do we do anything else?) Gas people showed up, said there’s no problemo, turned on our gas, […]

RS: in which hvac sparks a personal crisis

This heating system, if it’s our only solution, single-handedly blows our budget. For a brief, glimmering moment, we were businesspeople. We were wise; we were large and in charge; we had more than just enough. We’ve been pruning our budget, spending more time than money, stalking Craigslist’s free section (I can’t lie…it’s my home page). We just bought […]

the principle of small things

Last year, my husband walked into our floral shop and said, “What can I get for nine dollars?” This Valentine’s Day was better. Not because I got a third rose or because we’ve risen above poverty level (although I did, and we have), but because we’re at peace, mostly, with what we can’t have. We date in […]

cliff diving & chicken parm: a love story

My husband is amazingly confident. He walks like he knows where he wants to go and how to get there. And without tripping. When he questions himself, it’s a crisis. When I question myself, it’s Tuesday. If you ever should see the two of us together, this will become abundantly clear. He’ll be standing there, shoulders […]

making the most of what wasn’t flushed

My wallet took a kamikaze dive into the toilet. This was not just any wallet. This was my universe. Cash, cards, keys, chapstick, phone, license: everything essential to my daily existence. My cash was not in the wallet at the time – I removed it earlier that day because I needed coffee (to be unpacked later in […]