Monthly Archives: September 2015

furniture shopping

I’ve been feeling tired and kind of lousy all day, and one of my breasts has a sore spot.  I’m hoping it’s a clogged duct and not mastitis.  I don’t have a fever, so I’m thinking it’s most likely the former.

I’m excited for Sarah!  Every day I’ve been wondering when her baby will come, and finally it’s here.  I can’t wait to hear more about her.  I don’t know what it is with me and babies.  I am just so interested whenever anyone I know has a baby.  Then I see pictures and I simultaneously feel jealousy and relief that it’s not me with the new infant in arms.

In other news, I’m in the market for a new bedside table.  I currently use a bedside table from a furniture set my parents bought me probably twenty years ago.  The drawers do not open without intense effort, meaning that I’m limited to the top.  There is just not enough room there for water, tissues, eye-drops, my Kindle, nursing pads, and B’s nighttime books.  I’ve decided I’m looking for something with surface dimensions of at least 16″ x 26″.  Of course, if the drawers were functional, maybe I wouldn’t need it to be quite that big.

I like these two from Pottery Barn:

Clara Lattice Wide Bedside Table

Sofia Bedside Table

The top one is 18″ by 32″, and the bottom one is 18″ by 28″.  I can’t decide whether I like the fresher look of the top one or the more rustic look of the bottom one.  I also feel like I need to try and find cheaper options on Amazon.  I have found several possibilities on Wayfair.  I’ve never shopped on that site before, but it seems to have excellent selection but mixed quality.

Here’s an Amazon option for $100.  Can’t beat that, right?

On a side note, if I had money to burn, I love this chest from Neimann Marcus for an entryway:




giving it a go

I hate the way Marissa Meyer is being scrutinized and criticized for her decision not to take a lot of maternity leave.  Meyer has little or nothing in common with the average tech worker.  She is a CEO of a major corporation.  Who should take time off work after her children are born?  Her husband, of course!  Would anyone suggest her male colleagues, CEOs of say Google and Facebook, should take 3 or 6 months off after the birth of their children?  Will Zuckerberg be taking more than a couple of weeks paternity leave?

It should be obvious from my own life decisions that I am a big fan of taking time off after the birth of children.  However, above all, I’m in favor of choices for women and men.  I would like parents to have the option of taking a year off, of scaling back their hours after kids are born.  However, I would also like women to have the option to lean in and let their husbands step up in those early days if they so choose.  My father worked long hours when my sister and I were young; does that make him a bad parent?  If I were the CEO of Yahoo, I might choose to take minimal leave as well.

I’ll be returning to work in a couple of weeks at 50% time.  I’ll work Wednesday through Friday and take a half day on one of those days.  I had a chat with a couple of my bosses today, and after a lot of stress getting this all worked out, I’m optimistic and excited.  I think it’s going to go well.

It’s going to be rough leaving this little angel, though.

Seriously.  She said Mama tonight for the first time.

But I’ll give it a go.