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Does This Mean We’re Grownups?

Husband and I, we are a rental people.  Or we were, until last week. While friends were working on a second house, or a vacation house, or a condo somewhere spiffy, we were renting an apartment in Manhattan (which we moved out of when we left for Abu Dhabi: now we got nuthin’).   We felt vaguely smug about it, too: instead of lying awake at night wondering which creak or …

the invisible labor of vacation

Our vacation in the Maldives a few weeks ago was perfect, and that’s all I’m going to say about that. It seemed as if we were in a natural paradise…but “natural,” these days, isn’t always what it seems: There were no mosquitoes: The beaches were clean and smooth: There were lovely palm frond shelters around the pool and along the beach: Someone walked around almost every evening at dusk and …

Thoughts from the Flight Deck

Pre-flight:  
We got to the airport at 8PM for our 10PM flight. A family of four, with one medium suitcase, and two small duffel bags, which isn’t that bad, given that we’re going to be gone for a week. (And yes, each of us had a carry-on bag, but still, it’s not that bad.) We also have: 4 laptops, 1 iPad, 4 or 5 iPhones, and 2 iPods. I can’t …