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So every night Rick and I put the kids to bed by 8 pm and then four minutes later, it’s midnight.

It’s stunning how fast time can go when you’re just peacefully tidying up your home or sacked out on your couch, watching “Gossip Girl” and wondering what is up with Jenny Humphrey’s crazy, Joan Jett inspired eyeliner?!

She used to be so sweet and pretty and innocent.

So each night I promise myself that I will go to bed earlier but, of course, I absolutely never do.

And then I saw this sign in my neighborhood….

Now the solution is so obvious. I don’t need more sleep. Just more caffeine!  Perfect! I can definitely drink more caffeine.  Way more simple than trying to get more rest. I mean, what a waste of time that would be.

Oh wait, maybe I shouldn’t be taking advice from someone who can’t spell “deprivation.”

The person who wrote this can’t exactly be a genius. Or maybe they are just very very tired.

I recently met a gal who seems to have plenty of energy… Marianne Mancusi.  Beth Feldman of Role Mommy connected us.  30-something Mancusi has written 12 books. Wow. I’m starting to think she doesn’t waste her time watching “Gossip Girl” and critiquing Jenny Humphrey’s eyeliner. Although she is currently focusing on teen novels, so maybe she does.

And when she’s not writing, Mancusi is also a producer for BETTER, a national syndicated lifestyle show. She interviewed me about the stress of holiday gifts and tipping during this troubling economic downturn.

Stress?! You want to hear about stress? Well, let me tell you about my daughter’s pooping addiction at Whole Foods. And the school admission process in New York City. And trying to decide whether we should flee to the suburbs. And just trying to keep the kids from destroying the apartment until after this interview. And–

Oh, you don’t want to talk about that? Ok, let’s stick to the holiday season.

I don’t know when the piece is airing but I’ll link to it when it’s available.

By the way, I just heard  Jingle Bells on the radio and Starbucks has transitioned to their festive red cups so I think the holiday season is full on.

22 Responses to sleepless in new york city

  • Robyn says:

    Isn’t the time warp thing funny? While the kids are awake, every minute is longer. Once asleep, time just speeds up on you. So unfair.

    Aren’t you the media queen? Congrats (and your place looks great)! Off to brew some more coffee…

  • kristen says:

    i personally am not enjoying the christmas decorations up already. i like to keep my holidays in order!!

    little j’s clothes are fun, so is her haircut, but the eye makeup is too day of the dead.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    It’s in the 80’s here in N. Cal. and Xmas ‘stuff’ has been displayed for sale since August. It’s not about giving ‘stuff’ to people who don’t need or want it; it’s about Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Man…we can all get behind that; even the non-Christians.

  • tracey says:

    Yup. It’s the holiday season…

    So, did you erase the misspelled letter? I couldn’t handle that. I HAVE TO FIX ENGLISH MISTAKES!! The worst is when I hit “enter” for a comment, only to realize I made a big grammatical or spelling error. I start to twitch…

    Her make up may be wacked, but I like the sweater thingy…

  • feener says:

    funny, i just made myself another cup of ICE t which is my caf. drink – no coffee for me but i can not live wihtout my ice t. i was laughing as i read your post about more caf. YEP that is what i am trying. are you going to the NJ launch party sat. night ?

  • johanna says:

    I hear you- as soon as my little one is asleep the clock just whips forward and “my” time is gone!
    Maybe we should submit Jenny to Carmindy on What Not to Wear for a softer makeup lesson and Nick could move her bangs out of her eyes. She’s just not the rocker chick type. Onto the holidays already…

  • Allison T. says:

    Okay, seriously, are your girls duct taped in a corner which is how you were able to make your home spotless and seemingly child-free for this interview? I’m not judging or accusing or anything….just jealous, as usual.

  • merlotmom says:

    The trick is to get into bed with a book or mag – DO NOT WATCH TV repeat DO NOT WATCH TV. THen you’ll be asleep in no time. (Not that I ever listen to that advice but I know it’s true.) Good luck.

  • Anna Lefler says:

    Yes – the little red Starbucks cups are freaking me out! They appeared right around Labor Day, right? Or was it 4th of July?

    * sigh *

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting today – your blog is awesome!

    :^) Anna

  • Michelle says:

    I hear what you’re saying about being sleep deprived. I told my husband last year that if we just got another tivo for our room, I would sooo go to bed earlier. Yeah, no. So I fall asleep on the couch midway through The Daily Show I wake up because I hear my husband taking the dog out for his last potty break. I then drag my sorry butt upstairs in time to see a few minutes of Colbert and then I’m out…..Only to wake up at 5:45 / 6:00 AM to a baby monitor calling me! lol I wouldn’t trade it for the world! (I would however welcome a short vacation and some ambien)

  • Tully's Mama says:

    I am a sleep believer. Less than 7 hours and I am little miss snappy pants. I never know if my toddler will wake up and disturb my slumber so I go down early with my hubby. Love the apt and can’t wait for the interview!

  • Cathy says:

    I’m impressed you stay up until midnight. I’d be a zombie the next day, even with 3 cups of coffee. I’ve been trying to make more of my time and get more done. It hasn’t happened yet.

    Looking forward to the interview!

  • Shay says:

    I must be getting old. I’ve found myself passign out while reading stories to the girls at 8. I sometime get up again but whew….

    I’m blamming it on the bootcamp.

    I think it must be a bad sign that I’m not stressed about the holiday yet. I think I’m in denial or something.

  • Gray Matter says:

    Answer: Yes, definitely you should move up to the suburbs! Then me and you and Beth (I wonder if we met this summer at her gathering) could braid each other’s hair and tell ghost stories. Oh, what? That’s a sleepover, well, move up anyway the city has plenty of wickedly funny women, I need some near me. What? You don’t give a crap what I think? Ok. I’m just sayin’…

  • Kim says:

    Seriously, what is with Jenny’s entire new look.. blah…I am not a fan..

    And again, I am bummed.. my starbucks is just lame..we still have the uber lame white cups.. bring me some jingle you silly $5 cup of coffee.. 🙂

    And congrats on the TV interview thing.. stess during the holidays.. did you laugh? I hope you laughed..lol

  • Lanie says:

    If you are taking votes (I know that you like to watch the polls) I like Jenny’s old look better. Yes, holidays are here – how did it get to be the end of Nov. again?

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