Tag Archives: Carmen

Knowing When to Give Up

27 Oct

Halloween Costume Parenting Pony Twilight Sparkle

I may be reserved and nice, but I’m also surprisingly stubborn. As in, so stubborn that my husband once joked I could have a C-section without anesthetics, if I got it in my head to do so.

Stubborn plus parenting doesn’t always mix, let me tell ya.

It’s been a bumpy road, but I’m slowing learning the art of knowing when to give up—and that it’s not always a bad thing.

Case in point…

For those of you who’ve been following my escapades for a while now (if so—thank you!), you know that my daughter’s Halloween costumes have been kind of a big deal.

It started when Szaba was a mere four months old. My mother-in-law, Sue, was coming to visit. Her cancer had taken a turn for the worse, and I wanted something to cheer us both up. So I asked Sue to come up with Szaba’s costume.

I only had one rule: something aspirational, no princess girly nonsense.

Sue came through in spades with an incredible Amelia Earhart costume.

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Strong Females in Literature Costumes: Carmen

31 Oct

Strong Females in Literature Costumes Year 1For my daughter’s first Halloween, Sue set the bar very high with Amelia Earhart.

Once the torch was handed to me, I continued the theme of Inspiring Women in History costumes. In 2011 there was Marie Curie, and the next year we finished the trio with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. (Appropriately enough, it was an election year. And, yes, that was by design.)

In 2013, I wanted to somehow continue the tradition Sue started, but was ready to change my theme a bit.

How about… strong females in literature costumes?!

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Sevilla

23 Sep

SevillaPlaza

On a dreary Seattle day, I escape to memories of Sevilla.

Watercolor corridors, geometric plazas, the smell of orange trees, hamhocks in windows, the distant clap-clack of the Flamenco …

Never been? I have one word for you: GO. Here’s what you need to know.
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