My husband bought me my first pair of red cowboy boots in Austin, Texas in 2011. I wasn’t with him. He got the size, style and color exactly right. He knew I needed red cowboy boots before I did. He’s good like that. Sometimes too good. Almost immediately, it was love.
I wear those boots whenever I can – they make me feel like I can do anything, and that when I do it, I’ll rock it. That may or may not happen, depending on the day and also if it’s raining – cowboy boots do not do well in the rain. My red boots represent the part of me that does not love being a stay-at-home mom, the part that longs for solitude and serenity even while living the frenzy, the part that wants to wander, explore and discover… and that sometimes does get to do all of that – in real life, and on the page.
South African by chance and Californian by choice, I live in the Bay Area with my husband, Ryan, and our four kids. Four kids, three schools. Mornings are busy. So are afternoons and evenings! We live in the East Bay, just across the gleaming white Bay Bridge to San Francisco.
As a reluctant yet full-time, barely-at-home mom, writer, avid reader, country music lover and wannabe surf diva, I write to keep perspective about it all. With tears, humor, skepticism, love, pain and truth. Trying to keep it real for me. And hopefully for you too.
My most popular posts are in the sidebar on the right-hand side of the Home page, along with my most recent tweets. I contribute a monthly parenting column to the J., Northern California’s Jewish news weekly, and I write for other sites like The Huffington Post, Kveller and Mamalode. My essay about my college anorexia is on The NYT Motherlode. Please let me know what you think of any of these pieces, and comments on the blog are always appreciated – I love to connect!
Thank you for joining me as I wander.
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This blog site is dedicated to my sister, Tania. The wittiest, wiliest woman I know.
Thank you Jenn Fox for photographing me and my red boots www.jenn-fox.com