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Life As We Know It


We are settling in and everything seems to be going smoothly. This has been our first week of our new “routine” and I think I really love it.

First day at my new job. I work @caleel 's house 3 days a week. Free childcare in exchange for one hour of work. Not a bad deal and I get to be near Bug if she needs me.

I have a “job” now. It’s not really a real job. I’m doing the same stuff I always do, working for myself. I just go to my friend and publisher, Calee’s house for three days a week and work there. In exchange for one hour of work for her, I get to use her nanny for four hours to watch Bug. It’s really cool because Bug can play with her friends while they are with their nanny and I can be near her if she needs me. So far they’ve gone to the park and gone swimming and done crafts together. I can’t think of a better set up. Such a deal for only one hour of work three times a week.


But the best part is that since I’m away from home and someone is around watching me work (Calee has a whole office set up in her house with one other employee) I am more accountable. I can’t just get up and mop my floor if I feel like it or bake a batch of cookies when I want to procrastinate. I have to actually sit there and work for hours on end. You wouldn’t believe how productive I’ve been. I’ve accomplished more in two days than I usually get done in a whole week. It makes me think my old working style was pretty pathetic. I’m really excited about this new set up.


Since I have to be there at eight in the morning it gets my day started early, which I like.


And then when I’m “off” work I can do things like go swimming!

Queen of the laundromat.

Or laundry! I love my new laundromat. It’s nice and quiet on week days.


We’re adjusting quite well.

The Gang

Bug is making friends…

The hood.

Fresh picked by Bug! I love our neighborhood.

Yesterday we walked across the street to the Farmer’s Market (it’s open every day!) and picked strawberries and then we walked back across the street and got Thai iced tea at our favorite pho restaurant.


Life is sweet. I have a lot to be thankful for. Thank you, sweet readers, for convincing me that this could happen. Now if I can just make it stick!


  • A different Elizabeth

    What a wonderful new life you have built for yourself and Bug! I am so happy that you are settling in so well, making friends, getting lots of work done but still taking time to savor the beauties of life. You go, girls!

  • Kathryn S

    Hi, I’ve been reading your blog for years and I was really rooting for you and this move. I’m so happy for you. It looks wonderful and is really getting my mind thinking about my own living situation and how it could improve. All the best to you and bug!

  • Amy

    You have a farmers’ market across the street that is open every day!?!?! That is so completely wonderful.

    I’m in La Jolla right now on vacation and I can’t even get over this climate and gorgeous landscape. You are in this general area of the country, right? You get to experience this every day?! (Well, probably not the lounging on the beach all day part.) I live in Maine–predictably good weather and long growing seasons are NOT my reality!

  • Melissa

    Every time I see your pictures, I can’t believe how long Bug’s legs and arms are getting! She’s beautiful. You are too!

  • Mrs. Wilson

    So great to hear you’re doing well! And that you have work! And that Bug has friends! And I also agree with OMSH’s advice. It’s really the only way to do it. :)

  • Sophie

    You can make it stick, you can! I’m also a long time reader and have been rooting for you and will continue to root for you and bug – I’m so happy for you both!

  • Cathy

    Happy for you and Bug – I have faith that you’ll make it stick! So envious of that so close every day farmer’s market – the strawberries look amazing. Yay for you!

  • TexasLea

    I totally agree with OMSH. You do that and you got it made!

    It is so AWESOME to hear so much happiness coming through your posts!

  • Susan:)

    Sounds great all around! Great work/ childcare arrangement, great location with farmers markets and all that!

  • Kuky

    Wow it all sounds great! I’d love to walk across to a farmer’s market whenever I want. Oh wait…we probably wake up too late in the day. :-D