- 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
- "Good" smells I hate: A
pointless but hopefully fun OC
November 13, 2014 07:14AM
- Looking for OS online:
October 31, 2014 10:30AM
- The tapestries that almost
came to life
October 29, 2014 07:22PM
- A time of goodbyes
October 23, 2014 06:13PM
- A delightful and disappointing
October 04, 2014 12:00PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Wow, this sounds so
cool! And you looked
November 20, 2014 07:33PM
- “I've been away from here
way too long. This is such
November 20, 2014 07:00PM
- “....er, actually, two. I
would love to herd cats, and I
also very, very
November 20, 2014 06:50PM
- “Aaargh!!!! How did I
miss this???? I am so excited
for you -
and even more so
November 20, 2014 06:49PM
- “I think that sounds like
a perfectly fair compromise. I
your prayers are
November 20, 2014 06:47PM
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- MY SHORT STORIES AND OTHER CREATIVE WRITING ON OS
Life has been busy, sad, hopeful, stressful, and just basically every other adjective that means I can’t find a chunk of time to get onto OS and read and comment. Including “took-a-break-for-a-few-days-and-went-to-in-laws’-house-but-forgot-my-tablet”. Although… Read full post »
I don't get a lot of time to check out OS these days, sadly, but over the past few days when I've had a stolen moment or two, I've certainly been doing so. A couple days ago, I noticed something weird: If I typed "Open Salon" (without quotes) into… Read full post »
If anyone knew what I did this afternoon, I’d tell them this was the culprit:
A few days ago, I was perusing Paris Mômes, a free magazine for parents in Paris, hoping to find an activity group Julien and I could go to, when I… Read full post »
When I found out I was pregnant, I thought there would be only one goodbye I’d have to say: to myself. I’d vowed a long time ago that I wouldn’t have children unless I absolutely, 100% wholeheartedly wanted to. But things didn’t turn out that way. Julien wasn… Read full post »
Two nights ago, Julien, the boyfriend, and I went to an OS
meet-up in Manhattan. It was a wonderful experience overall.
But there were a few things about it that were disappointing,
First, the wonderful things:
1. It happened. As a lot of you guys know, we got some… Read full post »
When you have a cat, you’re pretty likely to hear all sorts of horror stories about how they’ll be once your baby is born. When they found out I was pregnant, some people just said to us, “You’re getting rid of Ali, right?”
"Wha?… Read full post »
When I heard it I tried to keep my head above water. But two traitorous tears flowed from my eyes anyway.
This morning, it’s like a Cubist painting: I’m seeing it from your perspective and mine. I think of your coming death and how much I love you,&nb… Read full post »
Well, it's been a while, guys. I've had a crazy two weeks, and things now are so calm.... Julien is away at his grandparents' for a few days, and I find myself with time on my hands, time to do things I've been meaning to do. I wanted to start with… Read full post »
I wake up with ideas about how to approach articles I've got to write, assignments I've taken on. They float, bobbing in my mind as I play with Julien, as I give him his second morning bottle, his bath. When he's asleep - if he's asleep - I never know how… Read full post »
Visiting animal-related websites is a dangerous business. On the one hand, you’re bound to discover fascinating, heartwarming, and funny articles and videos. On the other, you’ll probably come across some soul-crushing reports of cruelty and neglect.
Still, I was brows… Read full post »
A few days ago, I got an email from one of my friends. Towards the end, she wrote: “Can I ask you a question – and you don’t have to answer – does being a mom ever get lonely?”
A lot of my friends have been weird about my becoming… Read full post »
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 »