Despite phrases I catch myself saying like “pre-pandemic” or “before the pandemic” — we are still very much in said pandemic. It’s more like “before I was vaccinated" and while I’m grateful for my shot and continued scientific advancements,...
In honor of Father’s Day, and after an extra-long year of pandemic parenting together, I want to talk about all the reasons why my husband is not a goofy, bumbling caricature dad like you see in commercials, TV shows,...
As you can imagine, over the course of the last year I participated in fewer coffee dates and practically zero lunches with dear friends. I didn’t grab brunch with my work bestie. I didn’t have playdates with friends from...
I am crying over a Google commercial. I guess this is where I'm at in life. I am sitting at the dinner table, fork full of food, gaping mouth, crying over a Google commercial. If you've seen it, you probably...
I am about to be two-weeks out from my second shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. I am counting down the days until I am fully immunized. I’ve got a list to check off of the things I can’t...
When work initially shut down in March 2020 (henceforth referred to as the "days of yore"), I was confident we would be back in the office in a matter of weeks. My colleagues and I would squeeze in around...
Prior to March 2020, I kept my days and evenings pretty full. Between an office job, school pickup, and evening activities, by the time the day was winding down I pretty much had an hour or so to try...
“525,600 minutes. 525,600 minutes. How do you measure a year in the life?” A year. One whole year since our lives changed forever. The song “Seasons of Love” takes on a whole new meaning since I first heard it...
Beginning March 8, 2021, in Iowa, vaccine providers started providing the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals under age 65 with certain underlying health conditions. (Check the CDC's list to see if you qualify.) Many more of us are now eligible,...
Well, here we go. It’s been a year since the world started to shut down. Did we imagine that all of this — the social distancing, the wariness — would still be ongoing a year later? Maybe we did,...

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An Open Love Letter to Hawkeye Basketball

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Long before Iowa City Moms began, long before I was a wife and a mom, even long before I was a student at the...