My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

In the late 90’s/early aughts, Volkswagen had an ad campaign with the tagline, “Drivers Wanted.” Even in my early 20’s I was a jaded consumer of advertising. I knew I was being manipulated by marketing, but I would watch the commercials and think, “I’m a driver.” And I bought a Volkswagen. I mean, I spentContinue reading “My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh”

Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 8

Tucson, Arizona (where we took a morning hike at Saguaro National Park, pictured below) to San Diego, California, our destination for this road trip. Distance: 417 miles (3,198 of 3,198 total miles (100% of the total trip)) Driving Time: 6 hours Temperature Range: 47°F to 77°F (then back down to 63°F and foggy by theContinue reading “Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 8”

Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 7

Las Cruces, New Mexico (where we took a morning hike at Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, pictured below) to Tucson, Arizona (where we met up with one of my friends I haven’t seen since junior high and her partner) Distance: 279 miles (2,781 of 3,198 total miles (87.0% of the total trip)) Driving Time: 4Continue reading “Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 7”

Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 6

Abilene, Texas, to Las Cruces, New Mexico (where chilies are a very popular ingredient and where they also have cool public sculpture, like “Eagle Man” pictured below) Distance: 497 miles (2502 of 3,198* total miles (78.2% of the total trip)) Driving Time: 7 hours Temperature Range: 30°F to 55°F Where we ate: Dragonfly Miles Remaining:Continue reading “Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 6”

Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 5

Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Abilene, Texas (which is the Storybook Capital of America and in the downtown of which we visited a variety of fairy-tale-inspired sculptures (Goldilocks and the Three Bears are pictured below)) Distance: 477 miles (2005 of 3,156 total miles (63.5% of the total trip)) Driving Time: 7 hours Temperature Range: 19°F toContinue reading “Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 5”

Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 4

Jackson, Tennessee to Hot Springs, Arkansas (where we visited Hot Springs National Park) Distance: 273 miles (1,528 of 3,156 total miles (48.4% of the total trip)) Driving Time: 4 hours Temperature Range: 5°F to 25°F Where we ate: Bubba Brew’s Brewing Company Spa City Taproom Miles Remaining: 1,628

Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 3

Northeast Ohio to Jackson, Tennessee (where we had catfish, po’boys, and steak for dinner) Distance: 634 miles (1,255 of 3,156 total miles (39.8% of the total trip)) Driving Time: 10 hours (including two rest stops) Temperature Range: -2°F to 26°F Where we ate: Redbone’s Grill and Bar Miles Remaining: 1,901

Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 1

Central Massachusetts to Northeast Ohio (via Pennsylvania, pictured below) Distance: 621 miles of 3,156 total miles (19.6%) Driving Time: 12 hours (should have been closer to 9.5) Temperature Range: -1°F to 23°F Miles remaining: 2,535 For those who might have missed our previous cross-country road trip, here’s Day One of our move from Utah toContinue reading “Corner-to-Corner Road Trip: Day 1”

Crying in the Library of Congress

My family are library super-users. We manage holds, checkouts, renewals, and returns with a carefully balanced choreography. We love libraries so much that when my children go to bookstores, my daughter spends an hour reading portions of books, taking note of the titles she wants to check out from the library, even when we’re thereContinue reading “Crying in the Library of Congress”