All new, happy, the semester ended- what a year. #new #summerbreak #lifeofaprofessor #river #nature
You love… You kiss… You climb… You fly higher than the birds.
One of the best hikes in Northern Virginia: Buzzard Rock Trail. Do not forget the bear horn and bear spray. #hiking #outdoors #northernvirginia #virginia #virginiaisforlovers #singlemom #BuzzardRockTrail #mountains
Now I am one of these crazy soccer moms who screams at the field and texts everyone they know when their child scores in a seven year olds’ game. But it feels sooooo goooood, it’s freaking awesome 💥💥😍😍😍🤣🤣🤣 #soccer #parenting #sports #outdoors #weekend #singlemom #crazy
The Math notes, the Virginia wine, the pink laptop, and the White House vine #Sunday #cool #work #singlemom #lifeofaprofessor #photography
It is official. My life is crazy. My daughter can’t keep up with my life, my boyfriend can’t keep up with my life, my guests can’t keep up with my life, my ex husband can’t keep up with my life, my family can’t keep up with my life, my friends can’t keep up with my life, my life can’t keep up with my life. Oh well. It can’t be like this forever no? So here’s a smile 😊 💋 #singlemom #lifeofaprofessor #travel #selfie
Six O’clock, Ritz Carlton bar, vodka, work, pressure, strangers around, and blahhhh.. #singlemom #ritz #work #pressure #lifeofaprofessor
I love how my students’ papers make it to different states, planes, luggage 😳, each week #singlemom #lifeofaprofessor #travel #grading #life #fun
#march #snow #ski #Liberty #Pennsylvania #singlemom #outdoors #sports #LibertySkiResort
and I look back at the board and see a mermaid 🧜♀️ #singlemom #lifeofaprofessor #math
#weather #march #singlemom
Most important meal of the day
#wholewheat #toast #morning #breakfast #healthy #singlemom
Keep scrolling down.
Can you spot the same photo?
In a different season?
#outdoors #virginia #seasons
Good morning #carnations #industrial
There is someone in my life who is so special. Makes me laugh. My heart jumps.
He is tough.
Yet soft. Sensitive. Perceptive. Attractive. Attentive. Passionate.
Trustworthy. Loving. Happy.
Makes me miss him. When I am in New York.
A year ago my heart beat again.
I love how he makes my heart feel.
So yes dear blog, my heart beats.
On a train to New York. With a storm and lots of snow. A news reporter asked about train cancellations, a lot of them are, but not this one. Go on. Train. Move.
When the ex drops a bomb on you…
And you lay at night awake…
And you remember the times…
Alone in a strange place with a little girl…
Baby no it’s not the same…
she’s grown and it’s easier now…
so my ex it’s ok…
You can stay away from her again…
Because we have a long life ahead…
Places to see stories to tell…
Things to do people to meet…
And she is grown…
Picture: Belagio- Vegas
Our annual musical theatre tradition:
The Secret Garden
Meet me in St. Louis
They’re adding up 🎭<<<<
ical #singlemom #thingstodo #tradition
So…. mmmmm…. ahmmmm… somehow we ended up in #Vegas
I loved this property, the story, the audio tour, the tavern, and the winery #biltmore #Ashville
There’s a song I listened to when I was a teenager…
‘I walk away from you, and our story is more beautiful,
than April’s return,
My one love, no do not cry,
For your tears sculpt into my existence,
I own nothing in this world,
But your eyes, and my tragedy,
Do I travel without you, my night,
Oh shadow of the divine, in my eyes,
My green summer, my sun,
My brightest brightest colors…’
Asked Lu to snap a picture right before heading to school OOOOOOHHH it was so cold ❄️❄️
We’re marking off Virginia vineyards. 300 or so more to go…
This weekend was perfect 😊.
What? A winter storm is coming?! And school is closed 😳😩😱? And work is not closed?
Morning News Disasters #singlemom
We hiked through #Frederick and #Annapolis. It’s cold. And I have a new appreciation for #Maryland.
Breakfast: Oatmeal, blackberries, dried cranberries, walnuts, brown sugar, coffee #morning #healthy
Gym in the afternoon, because it’s cold.
Work from home, because it’s cold.
I ❤️ the cold ❄️❄️
A purple heart 💜 and a blue light. In love with colors. Staring off into a distant dream. Pursuing for years. Shaping the dream again and again. But it stays, and says, soon…
First hike of 2018 #jan1 #icy
We started Whole30 program, which eliminates carbs, added sugars, legumes, dairy and alcohol from our diet for 30 days, then slowly reintroduces them later. We will pair it with one daily activity: running, hiking, yoga, or weights at the gym. I will update you on how we feel as time progresses.
Last night, I slept so so so well!
Happy New 2018 everyone 😘
Now how did I come back from this sun to a fourteen degree weather? 😳 A seventy degree drop in one flight?!
A cruise ship docked in Progresso this morning and I went on a three mile run in a town full of cruisers. Foreigners always recognize each other in different countries 😊🏃♀️ #Mexico #Progresso
We’re gonna wish you A Merry Christmas
We’re gonna wish you A Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
And the sun rays spoke,
Do not leave,
Bathe in me some more,
Soak in my warmth,
Oh my sun I can be with you forever,
Like when I was a child,
But now I go…
When I was young,
I did not know,
I had so much,
In my future,
And my greatest desire,
To be home,
Like steps in the sand,
Right before the wave,
Comes and takes it all.
When the snow is blowing at you… #NYC
Homemade chicken liver spread
We woke up early to watch #NASA launch the #OA-8 #CRS mission 🚀 from #Wallops Island in VA. Then, at the very last couple minutes, the launch was aborted due to an aircraft in restricted area. So, try again tomorrow @7:14am. Dress warm, find a good spot, hot choclate, warm apple cider, and look in the sky for a space launch.
Good morning. Work. Fall. Cold. Boots.
At the top a hiker told us we were being stalked by a bear 🐻
Riding, punching, subduing the bulls in Texas #dallas #texas #travel #💪🏻
She’s seven already?! How did this happen?! 😳🎂🎁🎊❤️😍
My friend is a #Lufthansa flight attendant. She landed in DC and I got a break from work, mothering, stress, rushing, running, teaching, meetings, writing reports, driving, applying for promotion 😱😳, and had a beautiful morning ☀️
And the swing…
It’s that time of the year again.
Someone woke up not feeling like a vegetable 🥒 and started working.
I woke up to a manuscript rejection. It’s fixable. But it can wait. For now. I dance in a vineyard.
A coffee shop, coffee mug, nail polish, gay flag, walking mall, and downtown #winchester
Why is it that people always insist on ultra-independence that they seem to have forgotten how to love each other, live true to their deepest desires, and feel attachment to other people? Did we lose trust in ‘others’ so much that we can’t possibly trust anyone but ourselves?.
I met this wonderful woman on the street in NYC. I live for these moments, and many others 😌💋❤️.
This is the last day in New York… then home. How do the months pass. And why?
After a long day at work… #fountain #pier25 #relaxation
I wanted to spend the summer in New York, so I decided to teach a summer session at NYU. Don’t we luck out with our decisions sometimes?!…
Today I am just being. It feels good to be. #walking #nyc #stMarks
I have worked every single day of this summer. Including the weekends. 😫1 more month to go.
I wanna shelter you…
I’ve got blisters 😭
Good morning New York ❤️.
First coffee of the next month and a half #NYC
….and I drive….. #the-road
#homemade #healthy #food #cooking #singlemom
Grateful that my job lets me work from someone’s backyard in some random city while I watch my daughter play outside. She’s on summer break and I can be both with her and working. She still drives me crazy but that’s just how it is with six year olds. But this moment, right now, is peaceful, productive, relaxed, and fulfilling. #single mom
‘I want to look like a pirate!’ #pirateship #playmobil
Good morning 😘. We braved the rapids. Didn’t hit any bridges 💃🏻🎉
I used to have to hire a babysitter to be able to go running on the trails. Today, she went running with me. The whole four miles. #childrengrow #singlemom
How to integrate new people into our life? Without feeling vulnerable, scared, uncertain, or wanting to hold time still and think it all out… I guess it doesn’t matter, since we are never really certain, not scared, not vulnerable, or not wondering about the future and how it’s going to look like. We stream along, and if we find someone worth entering our lives, we let them in, and again, feel vulnerable, scared, uncertain, and wanting to think it all out, but with them in our lives now.
#thoughts #fashion #AnnArbor #michigan
This weekend I flew to DC and got Lu back to Michigan. Lu’s like: mom can we get ‘ground sick’ (as in ‘home sick’ but for being too much in a plane away from the ground 🤣)? Now we’re at the pool relaxing and working.
Ann Arbor #fashion #summer
#coffeeshop #work #travel
Why is life so busy? My goal for this summer is to #catch #up
I like this floor #restaurant #work
In Ann Arbor for the month… but I’ll still hop on a plane. Twice.
She got two awards while I was on the road… her teacher asked her to bring a parent. Her father went.
Travel+school+homeschool+her= awards 😘
When the heart beats again…
#breakfast #homemade #food
Good morning ☀️
We are in #Frankfurt. Airports and waiting 😩🙃🙃
Lu loves her mom’s mountains.
When you’re left alone with three crying kids… paint your nails, go back in time, and pretend you didn’t really volunteer for that situation. #AmAnAunt
Overseas sun and smiles 💋
Back in time #olive #oil #lebanese #countryside
Her life… 😘😘😘
Us with our Boeing… overseas bound.
Lu’s Mother’s Day gift this morning… the morning we travel overseas.
Birthday kisses 😘
The semester is almost over. The last few weeks of Spring semester leave us so wiped out! Until we go for a hike.
#healthy #homemade #brunch #food
Happy weekend 😘
A peaceful morning. Mountains and bears.
Prepping talk and watching daughter play in the front yard. Then dressing up. Then giving talk with daughter in the audience.
When you’re a mathematician and shopping for the perfect purse, it’s the topology that matters. #verabradley
One of my favorite coffee shops in New York #mille
So the woman who always blogs about how healthy she eats goes to New York and orders home fries.
I woke up at three in the morning to catch a terribly bumpy flight from Iowa to New York City. I checked into my #airbnb and went to an open mic bar with P.’s sister. The singers were great and inspiring… they reminded me of why I love New York so much. The stand up comedians were awful. They also reminded me of why I love NYC. After that we went for Mexican food at #fonda. I am so picky about Mexican food, but this place is authentic. Their tortillas are hand pressed and that’s very rare to find in the States. We ended the night at the rotating #view lounge on top of the #Marriott. I’ll blog about today, tonight :). Meanwhile happy Sunday 😘.
Food, bars, and of course, grading in #DesMoines
A lone wanderer, again, in this world.
Do you know what happens on the Lebanese ski slopes when it’s all so white and cold? A lingerie photoshoot.
And— we got #snow.
It was crazy fun, painful cold, and God how much we laughed.
She clung to me in bed last night crying that she doesn’t have friends at school and that no one likes her. I told her to find the good people in her classroom and talk to them, to tell the mean children that she doesn’t like them, and every time she feels sad to think of the people whom she loves in her life, to think that these children are mean because they do not know any better, and have so much beyond their little world that they do not know and have not seen.
But I also told her that am not friends with anyone I went to elementary school with.
I will be in New York in the summer, teaching. The years roll by and I find myself heading to the city again. I have missed you so. When I left I was pregnant with Lu, now she is six, and she loves the city as much as me.
Lu’s friend: my boyfriend is going to be homeschooled and am never going to see him again. I won’t have a boyfriend anymore 😭!
Lu: you can use mine!
#deck #lunch #sun #virginia
This morning :).