Meredith Phillips

Meredith Phillips
Brooklyn, New York, USA
November 21
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DECEMBER 21, 2011 5:44PM

Emotional Manipulation

Today I picked up my son from playschool. I felt guilty because I was late, and it’s not like it was the first time. When am I not late, lately?

I am the teacher liaison, so if the teacher needs to complain about a parent, to whom does she come to… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 14, 2011 11:09AM

Browsing Pepper Grinders

I lost my sister to ALS a year ago in November.

The anniversary of Beth’s death was November 5th. I thought I’d write about it then, because I was at least theoretically aware of the difficulties that anniversaries of deaths can bring. But actually, on the anniversary itself, I felt compa… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2011 2:03PM

Pregnancy Redux Part 1: Water

Here we go again.

There is a condition of pregnancy called hyperemesis gravidarum, where women sometimes cannot move their eyes without vomiting, they are so dizzy and sick. It’s terrible and dispiriting, even to hear about. I don’t have this, THANK GOD, and strength and cleaning lad/Read full post »

1. Wow. I have taken an uncharacteristically long and unplanned break from posting.

2. Big things have been happening. And they’re good ones, mostly!

3. The first is that I’ve been away on vacation, staying on a lake and staying on an organic farm, with nearly no connectivity. In casRead full post »

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JUNE 15, 2011 10:58AM

"Our Milk"

The de facto topic of the weekend seemed to be milk. A neighborhood friend with a brand new baby texted me on and off about her challenges. A friend on Facebook was lamenting her supply; she offered to make a deal with the devil to have more food for her baby.Read full post »

MARCH 4, 2011 9:58AM

Birthday Cards from Beyond

I’ve written a bit about the recent cake exploits in relation to my swirl of possibly sugar-fueled depression.

You never really need a reason for cake but we’ve had quite a few, and this is a story about one of the reasons, though it does not star cake.

A… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 27, 2011 10:48PM

Rocky Climb

If you are a regular reader, you know that I lost my sister to ALS on November 5th, a little less than four months ago.

People ask me how my sister’s kids are doing. How her husband is doing. How my parents are doing, and how I am doing. I… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2011 8:55PM

Baby Trashes Bar

I know, I’ve been posting not at all. I’m busier than I can handle this week. You’ll forgive my silence when you see this, from the trailer to a short film called Las Palmas, directed by Johannes Nyholm.

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FEBRUARY 15, 2011 11:39AM

On This, Your Last Night of Being One

You can’t stand carrots, but you’ll pretend not to see little cubes of them if I shove them in your quesadilla, and then we shove the quesadilla in your mouth, together.

You are just learning about colors, and only know orange and blue. Arj. Boo.

You love hearts. It’s… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2011 2:49PM

Valentine Reflections and Advice

A hundred and seventy five thousand ago today, my great-grandfather John Drake was born. Eleven years ago today, my cat was born. Four years ago today, I got engaged. Two year’s ago today, I dragged my whalelike self into a Duane Reade, checked my blood pressure, and realized… Read full post »

During the current sleep regression of Henry, we turn to this regressive, old-fashioned cocktail.

DD — not darling daughter, silly: Don Draper — makes his with rye.
We do bourbon.

Old Fashioned Cocktail


Shake bitters (Angostura) over the sugar cubes. My husband uses one
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FEBRUARY 10, 2011 2:07PM

A Burned Bittman Chicken

Many people love Mark Bittman recipes; I do not stand in solidarity.

What if I said that How to Cook Everything were the Walmart of cookbooks—seemingly utilitarian, and you can always find a version of what you need, but that the goods do not stand up?

Mark Bittman, lest… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2011 4:38PM

A Burgeoning Empire

Next week I’m introducing a new feature. It’s an advice column. If you’ve got a question you’d like to see answered on the blog, a question whose answer I may or may not know, send it to churchchomp [at] gmail [dot] com. Don’t be shy! I won’t reveal… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2011 9:45AM

Bunny Eating Parsley

This bunny either likes parsley a lot more than I do, or he is trying to make a point.

I think it’s more likely the latter.

 I can't figure out how to embed a video here. Hmm. So here is the link.

I don’t know enough… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2011 11:37AM

A Horse Named Bill

After I wrote about Pete Seeger last summer, the charming, delightful, thoughtful, and generous Alexis from Knot Sew Crafty sent me a fantastic CD.

It’s by a guy named Sam Hinton. It has upped the joy level for Henry, for his dad, and for me on so many car rides.… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 7, 2011 3:38PM

At Least I’m Not Buzz

I bought pull-ups.

It’s too soon for Henry to even be faking the wearing of the underwear, but I bought a small bag of them to avoid carrying a huge box of diapers over the skinny ice path that leads from the grocery store to my home.

The… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 3, 2011 3:49PM

The Parenting App

For years, I couldn't deal with iTunes. There had been a large technological revolution and because I couldn't remember my password, or manage to get my operating system upgraded, I couldn't participate. I mean, I even had an iPhone and couldn't manage to knuckle down enough to… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2011 9:20PM


Top five things I hate about lettuce:

1. washing it

2. drying it

3. when someone else hasn’t dried it and so it is wet; I find this to be barbaric and ruinous to my potentially considerable enjoyment of a salad

4. when the pieces aren’t small enough to… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2011 11:01PM

Winter Zoo Trip

We made out like bandits for Christmas, but one of the best gifts we got was a family membership to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

With this pass, we can go to any zoo or aquarium we want for free. We can go every single day if we want: these… Read full post »

JANUARY 30, 2011 11:57PM

Tiny Assemblages

I went to college with a guy named Scott Rolfe. For one year or maybe two, we both lived on the quiet floor, in one of the nicer dorms.

Scott is pretty quiet. I suspect that sometimes I was quieter than I was at other times. I had an… Read full post »

JANUARY 28, 2011 12:33AM

The Road to Beer Batter Bread

This is why there is no food in our house:

Last week, I decided not to grocery shop, because we would be going out of town on Friday. Yay! Out of town! We were going to see great old friends. We were going to celebrate a milestone birthday of… Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2011 12:05AM

Interim Update

Hi giraffe. Hi readers.

I have a small flu problem that keeps me from being able to do anything but farm out my child to outside caretakers and sit quietly on the couch.

Yesterday I used all spare brain wattage to figure out how, during the sole hour… Read full post »

JANUARY 20, 2011 8:58PM

Horse and Ernie

I’ve been dangling Henry’s birthday party over him, rather like a carrot—or an apricot—when things get rough in the evening.

Things are getting rough in the evening. We have been on what i like to think of Hawaii time. We go to bed soooooooper late, and get up sooooooper… Read full post »

JANUARY 18, 2011 2:44PM

Impending Disney

It has been suggested that I go to Disney. And you know, I might sell some organs and do just that.

Our kid is 1.917 years old. He doesn’t know about Mickey Mouse yet, and wow, would it be great if he didn’t, um, ever, but he loves to do… Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2011 4:52PM

Short Rib Season

I love short ribs. If you don’t, it’s either because you don’t eat animals, or because you haven’t gotten around to trying them yet.

(Animals? Short ribs? That “them” up there seems to refer to the trying of animals. I guess those reasons are sort of the same, ar… Read full post »