Tuesday, September 17, 2013


We don't have any more babies. As I type this, former baby Toth is at his five-day-a-week preschool, and the girls won't be home from elementary school for hours.

Because I take all my emotional guidance from Grey's Anatomy, let me sum up the feeling of watching your kids happily dance off to a day that doesn't involve me with the following paraphrased quote: "When someone lets go of your hand, you get it back."

Sure, I'm a little sad that I don't have babies anymore, especially when I see one squirming and unfurling in a car seat and I'm reminded that I'll never again breastfeed or feel a fetus move in my abdomen. But most of the time, I'm excited about the work my newly independent kids are letting me get to. I've been freelancing like crazy for the past year, with publications in San Francisco magazine as well as my old standbys like The San Francisco Chronicle,  The Chicago Tribune and WiseBread.

But! Not only that! Epu and I will soon be traveling again. We're currently planning a two week (you read that right! TWO. WEEK.) trip to Southwest France, just the two of us, to celebrate my 40th birthday. And we're cooking up ideas for trips we can do with the kids as well.

We're supposed to be relaxing. On vacation. But of course, in the back of my mind, I'm thinking, what can I write about this trip? For whom?

Those of you out there who are also writers, I'd love to hear your suggestions for publications that might be interested in some quick-and-dirty travel essays, blog posts or articles on Southwest France. So far, these are the things I've uncovered myself: