Unstyled Life

I’m going to try and return the Unstyled Life posts to the format I originally intended: unstyled images of beauty around the house and home with little accompanying text. It started as a way for me to not fret so much about the “work in progress” status of our home. Over time, the posts morphed into essays on life, both… Read More

Unstyled Life

On Wednesday afternoon I danced along the fine edge of parenthood we all have, the one that separates the parent you can be from the fallible adult you are. I do a fair job keeping my foibles and neuroses from affecting the way I parent. Like almost everyone else, I keep out that which I don’t want them to model… Read More

Unstyled Life

For several days in a row, the sunset stretched like taffy across our suburban skies. Blues, purples, pinks, and oranges melting into each other, one after another, until they blended into dark.  Picture after picture after picture, I clamored for more each evening around 5:00pm. I never got tired of the spectacle, not once. Like the Kardashians for T.M.Z., it… Read More

Unstyled Life

When my brothers and I were children, our parents would buy us a flimsy piece of cardboard with punch-out chocolate of suspect quality and call it Advent. I can’t speak for my brothers, but I know I never did manage to eat only one chocolate per day. I was always midway through Advent by December 3rd. Then all us over-achieving… Read More

Unstyled Life

Last week I turned 39 years old. I didn’t say much about it for several reasons. One, I’m uncomfortable being the center of attention. My last official birthday party was around age 7. I had slumber parties here and there with a handful of close girlfriends, but nothing more. One time, my dad called my friends on my 23rd birthday… Read More

Unstyled Life

I devoted a ridiculous amount of time over the last two weeks deciding between a real or artificial Christmas tree. I researched, polled, and surveyed. I priced checked, measured, and consulted with die-hard fans of each. Only the Due Process Clause has received more extensive analysis. Eco friendly versus cost effective versus aesthetics, it boiled down to whether I could… Read More