Sunday, April 27, 2008

Happy Easter! Is it my year?

The Red Eggs are back...Maybe this is my year.
Maybe not. Let's see:

T & C going big end to big end.

T & C going small end to small end with a prospective champion in the background.

HH and JS hanging back and ready to sneak up and crack everyone up.

Dragonfly and Mr. Wonderful still in the game!

In the end, we couldn't beat him...The reigning champion MJ!!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

happy birthday to the befrie baby!

i love this photo of happy mommy befrie!
happy birthday to you too!
Oh my...So cute and look at the pretty cake!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Birthdays and HLD

So, today is
Dad's Birthday!

And, today I got to see another friend of mine who's
expecting a few weeks after me. Here we are with our little girls getting ready to come into the world.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Thanks for the tickets Terry!
It was deliciously good to be at this event.

More on Cyana...

The most famous divers of antiquity were the Greek Scyllias and his daughter Cyana. The Persian King Xerxes commissioned them in the fifth century B.C., as treasure salvors during one of the numerous wars between the Persians and Greeks. Not wanting to lose this valued diving duo, Xerxes refused to allow them to return home after finishing their commission. Using reeds as breathing tubes to avoid detection, they slipped into the water under the cover of darkness and escaped. Years later, they destroyed one of Xerxes’ fleets by diving into a stormy sea and cutting the mooring lines of the vessels at anchor.

For their bravery, statues of Scyllias and Cyana were erected in the Greek city of Delphi. Parenthetically, one contemporary writer noted that Cyana’s diving experience proved that “young women may dive into the sea without fear of losing their virginity.” Until then, it was believed that the water pressure that could so easily break eardrums could in the same way compromise the virtue of young maidens.

Z&Z with Mom and Dad

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Here he is...All new and born and ready to take on the world!

The proud parents of little Grayson. Congrats you guys!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Certain Girls have arrived!

From one of my favorite authors...Just got the book yesterday so I haven't started it yet but I can't wait to read it.

Greetings from Philadelphia!

Not much to report from here. Nope. A nice, quiet, peaceful…oh, yeah! I had another baby!
I actually didn’t forget about her, but Phoebe Pearl, born November 30, 2007, is a remarkably low-key and unobtrusive baby, who is smiley and tranquil and can be amused for hours on end by her thumb (which I have to assume she gets from me…if you substitute Rock of Love for “her thumb,” we are basically the same person, only I’m much bigger, and with hair).In the year leading up to Phoebe’s birth, I was engaged in the act of prognostication, imagining what it would be like to be the mother of a thirteen-year-old daughter on the verge of her bat mitzvah. That’s the situation Cannie Shapiro of
GOOD IN BED finds herself experiencing in CERTAIN GIRLS, the sequel, which is hitting the stores today.

As a writer, the moments that interest me most are the moments of transition, the instant when a character’s life is on the verge of breaking apart, and then re-forming in a new and interesting way. I always knew I wanted to write a sequel to GOOD IN BED…and I always knew I didn’t want that sequel to pick up six weeks later and have Cannie dealing with slightly updated versions of the same woes that plagued her in the first book (another dating disaster, another diet).

I wanted to write about Cannie as a mother. I wanted to see what kind of girl Joy grew up to be; how the events of her birth and her mother’s history affected her. I wanted to write about a marriage, and have Cannie, through her husband’s prompting, have to answer the questions that you deal with not when you’re looking for Mr. Right but after you’ve found him: whose definition of happiness prevails in a partnership? At what point does comfort become stagnation? At what moment is holding still motivated less by contentment than by fear? If I had to describe CERTAIN GIRLS in a single phrase, I’d tell you that it’s a coming of age story. It’s the story of Joy preparing for her bat mitzvah and her entry into Jewish adulthood, while navigating the shoals of early adolescence; and it’s the story of Cannie, as she deals with her problematic past, her rebellious daughter, and the big question of what, exactly, her happy ending will look like.
On the lighter side, I also was lucky enough to attend a number of bar and bat mitzvahs as research, to see what the services and parties are like these days, and to meet some really delightful 13-year-olds and their families.

I enjoyed writing it. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it. I hope that, if you live in New York or Philadelphia, you’ll make it to one of my readings (I’m doing a little tiny tour this time, on account of the little tiny baby), and that you’ll continue to check back on my weblog for an ongoing account of the writing life, the baby stuff.

As always, thanks for reading…and enjoy CERTAIN GIRLS.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

I have learned...

"You should not have crazy friends...but sane and uplifting friends."
-- Anne Sexton

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Zola & Zahria are here!

(replaced photo the next day)
Twin baby girls are now theirs! Can't wait to meet them...Then, I'll actually have a better picture.
RoWi didn't want me to take a photo of her the other day when I visited her in the hospital.
Instead, we enjoyed our pre-baby Thai food lunch.