- Paris, France
- December 31
- Writer, copy editor, translator, travel planner. Head servant to my cat.
- A reader, a writer, a fingernail biter, a cat person, a traveller, a cookie inhaler, an immigrant, a dreamer. …And now, self-employed! If you like my blog and if you're looking for sparkling writing, painstaking proofreading, nimble French-English translation, or personalized travel planning, feel free to check out www.alysasalzberg.com.
MY RECENT POSTS
- A new mom's impossible(?)
July 22, 2014 11:51AM
- Sword stuff - for Gerald
July 19, 2014 07:08PM
- Where have all the guillotines
July 13, 2014 09:24AM
- Julien's first three months (+
July 02, 2014 01:01PM
- Marilyn's Open Call: 10 Things
I wish I could say
June 24, 2014 04:46AM
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didn't see your comment
before. Now I
have, and I am
July 22, 2014 04:01PM
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reading. We actually have two
(we bought one
July 22, 2014 03:52PM
- “I thought I was the only
mom in the world who'd admit
letting my kid(s)
July 22, 2014 10:39AM
- “This is a really
interesting idea. Thanks for
putting it so
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A few weeks back, I started reading to Julien. One of his favorite authors is Dr. Seuss. Well, at least as far as the illustrations go, because although his grandparents say he's a baby genius, and I find myself totally agreeing with them, at four months… Read full post »
A few days ago, I posted a piece about my search for real Revolution-era guillotines in French museums. OSer and all-around good guy Gerald Andersen commented that the post made him think about an old sword he'd bought at an auction as a preteen. He commented that he was inspired to s… Read full post »
One of my favorite photos of Julien, taken when he was about a week and a half old. The heart behind him wasn’t planned – it’s on a cover we use for his changing mattress – and when I saw him there with it above his head, I started taking… Read full post »
Well, life is still busy - and Julien's just woken up from an unexpected nap - so off I go, but I'll be back soon - hopefully. I can't wait to read you guys' answers - and thanks so much, Marilyn , for a great OC!
Here they are, 10 things I wish… Read full post »
My labor was easy, and not as long as I’d thought it would be, from the horror stories other people had told me. But after nine hours, I guess my head was a little light; as we got to the end, I couldn’t understand the two midwives who were telling me… Read full post »
Not everyone knows or cares about The Eurovision Song Contest, an annual competition to which each European country sends a musical act, and viewers give points to their favorites (with the exception of the act from their own country) via text message. While it sounds like it could… Read full post »
When I was young, I thought the moon was following me. From the back seat of my parents’ car, I’d watch as it seemed to glide along a parallel road in the sky. Or maybe I thought it bobbed beside us like a ghost? I only have the recollections of… Read full post »
I’m not sure exactly when it was that my dad started referring to babies as “creatures”. He likes to say things that stir up trouble sometimes, so I chalked it up to that and nothing more. Then, I had a baby of my own.
Since giving birth, it&r… Read full post »
Last Saturday, a week before my due date, I felt a little strange – and not just because I had a pressing urge to vacuum, my least favorite household task. By 11 pm, we’d decided to head to the hospital, suspecting that my water had broken. It turns out it… Read full post »
If all goes according to plan (not that it always does), in nine days I’ll be having a baby.
As my due date approaches, I find myself getting increasingly terrified.
I’ve heard this is normal for first-time moms, and when you think about it, that makes perfect sense:… Read full post »
There are lots of articles out there called or dealing with “What not to say to pregnant women”. Sadly, like many of the commenters on this recent XOJane post about just that, I have to say that despite the subject’s ubiquity, there are still some people who just don… Read full post »
Rue de Constantine, Paris, ca. 1865 by Charles Marville
That man – do you see him there, on the lower right? – is still standing in his doorway today, looking out at the comings and goings of the street where his shop is found.
It’s n… Read full post »
A few weeks ago, my friend A. died unexpectedly in her sleep. A heart condition she’d had all her life had finally caught up to her.
“The walls have ears.” That’s what my mother used to say when other adults were around who were about to say something that she didn’t want me or my siblings to hear. But I wonder if she knew that, apparently, we were already listening in the womb?
Today, it&rsquo… Read full post »
A week ago today, I read an email that made me scream.
My friend A., my best friend here in Paris, my friend of nine years, had died in her sleep.
Despite my scream, despite the disbelief that made me ask my boyfriend to read the email to… Read full post »
I'm not a big news person. I feel like watching or reading about current events is a way to shave years off your life from stress…usually over things you have little or no control over.
But lately I’ve been hearing about this whole end of net neutrality in… Read full post »
I get it – some people just don’t like cats. Or animals in general, for that matter.
But when you’re pregnant, it seems like even folks who’d simply tell you they’re not “cat people” under normal circumsta… Read full post »
So, I have this cool gig blogging for a company called aiaTranslations. Last week, Molly Naughton, the company president (who, like the gig, is also very cool), laughingly told me about a device that's in development that will supposedly translate dogs' thoughts into human words.
I'm allowed to… Read full post »
The holidays have come and gone, and it’s hard for me to let them go. I didn’t have a particularly good or bad holiday season, but I always feel a sense of warmth at this time of year, I guess. I know the world isn’t perfect, and I know… Read full post »
Over the past few days, a story has been making the rounds in various online news sources: Beautiful Existence (that’s really her legal name, this Buzzfeed article helpfully tells us) is a blogger and communications expert who decided to eat all of her meals at Starbucks for an… Read full post »
The beef smelled delicious, its perfectly seasoned perfume making my mouth water as I gratefully took my plate and set it down in front of me. My portion was red inside, and swimming in traces of blood – just like I like it.
Normally. But this… Read full post »
When we were planning our trip to the US, we weren’t sure if we’d be able to do a big meet-up like the one I went to in New York last year. My increasingly reduced mobility, due to the baby’s love of dancing on one of my nerves, pretty… Read full post »
Around three o’clock this morning, I woke up yelping and writhing in pain. I wrote the other day about how the baby is leaning on (at least) one of my nerves; this is now the second time that I’ve felt the consequences when lying in bed.
The pain was incredible.… Read full post »
Well, I’m back from our trip to the States, and one thing I can say is, this baby I’m growing is on my nerves…literally!
A few days before we left for the US, I started to get a pain in my side if I walked for a while. As with… Read full post »