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Woman With A Plan - Issue #31

"This is Major Tom to Ground ControlI'm stepping through the doorAnd I'm floating in a most peculiar

Woman With A Plan

June 15 · Issue #31 · View online
Weekly thoughts, ideas, and information from one woman to another.

“This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today.”
― David Bowie

Looks Like We Made It
Hallo aus Vienna! We’re here, at last! We set off from Seattle last week with a total of 12 bags and arrived after a miraculously smooth journey. Turns out stressing over preparations for two months totally pays off. Our time in Vienna thus far has been a whirlwind of highs and lows, from our beautiful new apartment and stunning city attractions to an epic FIVE hour trip to IKEA and an unexpected family bout of strep throat. The biggest challenge by far (aside from jetlagged children) has been adjusting to life as a stay at home mom. My husband started his new job last Monday and by Wednesday I was sending out resumes. This is so hard. Navigating a small army through a foreign city, one child marching ahead while another lags two blocks behind (the smallest in my arms after staging a walking strike). In my mind, I imagined us gleefully skipping from one palace to the next. In reality, we’re barely making it past the three-block perimeter of our apartment building. On the upside, we’ve successfully managed at least one big excursion per day - an incredible playground, the city pool, another trip to IKEA. We’re also getting pretty good at using local transportation (though my kids scatter like pinballs every time they enter a subway station). Each day is better than the last as we adapt to our new home. And tomorrow is our first German lesson! We’ll be waltzing through the city in no time.
Ready to take on Vienna... after a serious nap. 😴😴😴
Media Diet
Man, what a rough couple weeks with the loss of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, two people so many of us greatly admired. These back-to-back episodes of suicide are leading many to reflect upon personal experiences of depression, including this beautiful piece in the NY Times. If there’s any silver lining, maybe it’s that sharing these stories will reassure us we’re not as alone as it often seems.
Among his many accomplishments, Anthony Bourdain had become an outspoken advocate of the #metoo movement, an aspect that makes his loss particularly crushing. Thank goodness we still have Stephen Colbert. ✊
Speaking of good guys, check out these great tips from the NY Times on raising boys in the #metoo era.
Loved this discussion between two of my heroes, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Hillary Clinton. 
Oh my gosh, do you remember this? My elementary school once held a Balloon Day where every student attached a laminated card to their balloon with their name, age, and HOME ADDRESS in hopes of finding a pen pal. 😳 #thingswewillneverdoagain
World Cup mania has hit Europe and my husband couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait for the big matchup between Spain and Portugal (I’m talking about the hairstyles, obviously). 
Refreshing news just in time for Father’s Day. 
Sending love to all the incredible dads out there this weekend. This one goes out to mine. 😘
3 kids, 4 cart, 5 hours in IKEA #crushedit 👊
Open Tabs
Since I’m basically running a summer camp, I might as well start dressing like it.
There’s something I love about this retro-ish tote bag. Reminds me of cool 8th graders with perms.
Speaking of retro gear, I want to scoop up everything in this amazing vintage shop on Etsy.
Love this modern take on classic chinos. 
My last purchase in the US was a birthday splurge on this practical outfit from Madewell, but man oh man, why am I only seeing this top now??
I’ve been wearing a pair of these inexpensive waterproof Birkenstocks NONSTOP since we moved. They are super comfy, lightweight and washable - perfect for a day of trekking all over the city. 
Visiting Strauss in Stadtpark
Have a Lovely Weekend
Woman With A Plan is a newsletter by Sarah Richey, a Vienna based expat and mom of three feminists in the making.
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