31 December 2010

Ringing In

We ring in 2011 the same way we rang in 2010:  at the home of our dear friends John and Susan in New London, New Hampshire.  New London is the home of Colby-Sawyer College, a lovely little yarn shop called Knit New London, the late great restaurant Peter Christian's, and, just down the road apiece, Mount Sunapee Ski Resort.  We spent our first two days here skiing at the resort, but we are taking today off and just relaxing in John and Susan's house.  The kids are Facebooking, reading, and working on crafts.  Susan just came in from the supermarket with provisions for our little New Year's celebration (ice cream and prosecco).  Sam is reading and going through mail.

I have spent most of the day knitting and doing knitting-related tasks, such as untangling a huge skein of sock yarn.  Susan knits too, and she is working on a beautiful baby blanket for her first grandchild, who is expected in April.  It is such a glorious luxury to spend a day doing anything, or nothing at all.

Happy New Year to everyone out there from everyone in here.  I'll be back in 2011 with more posts and plenty of fun pictures.

26 November 2010

Welcome To My Blog

I thought it would be appropriate, for my first blog post, to tell you something about myself.  After forty-something years of being alive, though, I wouldn’t know where to begin.  There are so many things to say, about who I am and what I like to do, that I could fill screens and screens with my narcissistic observations.

Let’s start with the reason I am starting this blog.  I am a 44-year-old wife, mother, and lawyer living in the suburbs of New York City.  I commute every day to a less-than-creative existence as a corporate lawyer for an investment fund in midtown Manhattan.  Ever since I was a small girl, though, I have wanted to be a writer.  Not a writer of legal briefs and contracts, but a real writer.  A creative writer.  My husband has finally convinced me to silence my inner critic, take pen in hand (or keyboard, actually), and sit down and write something.  This blog is the beginning of that effort.

My favorite job, and the one that suited me best, was stay-at-home mom.  I held that position for seven years, until the family finances compelled me to find something more lucrative.  During that time, however, I accomplished a great deal.  I became a decent cook.  I pulled a toddler back from the brink of autism.  I read voraciously.  I learned to play the guitar, and I led a Girl Scout troop so that I had someone to play for.  I served on the board of trustees of my local public library, and I convinced the library to open on Sundays (which is now its busiest day).  I became active in a local church.  I have known how to knit since I was a small child, thanks to a talented and patient grandma, but while I was a stay-at-home mom I became a bona fide expert knitter.  This hobby has stayed with me and now borders on obsession.  It is a wonderful creative outlet.  I now knit constantly, while commuting, while chatting with my husband, while helping my children do their homework.  Everyone in my family has a couple of pairs of homemade socks, and no one is allowed to buy a store-bought hat.  Instead, they tell me what they want, and I make it for them.  I hope to share some of my knitting adventures in this blog.

While I was at home, I got to know my three children, who, I might add with a touch of immodesty, are some of the most fascinating people on the planet.  I will share a little bit about them too, mindful of the fact that they will probably hate me someday if I share too much.  I also lost two wonderful canine companions to the ravages of old age, and, after a brutal year of doglessness, I rescued two new puppies and spent some time training them.  I learned all about the people in my neighborhood and made some great friends who live only steps from my door.  I lost and then quickly regained about 30 pounds on Weight Watchers.  (I’m still trying to lose those pounds again.)  I lost a couple of friends, and I gained some others.

I made a lot of mistakes and spent some time figuring out how to fix them.

I am guessing that all these experiences will give me enough ideas to fill up a reasonably interesting blog.  Please stay tuned.  Your suggestions and feedback are welcome as I learn to do the thing I have always dreamed of doing.