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Woman With A Plan - Issue #33

"Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away! You have brains

Woman With A Plan

June 29 · Issue #33 · View online
Weekly thoughts, ideas, and information from one woman to another.

“Congratulations! Today is your day. 
You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! 
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. 
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
― Dr. Suess

Hot Child in the City
Is it really the 4th of July next Wednesday? It’s hard to believe we’ve been living abroad for nearly a month. Reflecting on these first experiences, I’m realizing how little I was prepared for true city living. There’s no car; we walk or ride public transportation everywhere we go. As an adult, it’s ideal; Vienna is a wonderful city to explore on foot and the subway system in is incredibly efficient. For my suburban children, it’s a huge adjustment. I finally caved and bought a stroller for our weary three-year-old, otherwise we’d never make it out of the neighborhood. On the plus side, it doubles as a grocery cart, a necessity now that we’re lugging everything home. Our daily excursions are always accompanied by a trip to the supermarket to restock the pantry. Gone are the weekly Target runs and buying in bulk. The refrigerator in our apartment is only slightly bigger than the one I had in my dorm room. We have plenty of living space otherwise in a beautifully restored building. The neighbors are friendly and gracious, though I’ve been frantically buying rugs to muffle the sound of our children hollering from room to room. They’ve never lived in a building with shared walls. The biggest highlight for them by far is the elevator. Augie plays bellhop and takes requests, the three of them bursting into giggles as we stop on every. single. floor. (Thankfully, we never encounter other passengers). I’m always keeping an eye out for children their age, wondering how quickly mine will adapt to city life. Will they zip to school on a scooter by September? Will they ride public transportation alone someday? Will they ever speak at a normal decibel level? Our neighbors have a five and seven-year-old and I watch in envy as they leave the building on bicycles or politely follow their parents down the street. Like most Austrian kids, they appear perfectly composed. Though every once in a while, if the noise dies down in our own apartment, I can sometimes hear the sound of a complete meltdown and reader, it is music to my ears.
Living just enough for the city
Media Diet
It was a barnburner of a week in Supreme Court victories for he-who-must-not-be-named, from upholding the travel ban to protecting anti-abortion clinics in California, a landmark anti-union ruling, and now a vacant seat during the most dangerous time in our modern democracy. Bracing myself for the Eye of Sauron to open on July 4th and obliterate the Statue of Liberty.
Wow! I’m still in awe of the huge primary upset by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York. The status quo clearly isn’t cutting it anymore - may this be a sign of things to come. #novemberiscoming
Bravo to InStyle on the inaugural Badass Women issue. If you haven’t been reading this magazine lately, be sure to check out the refreshing changes led by Editor in Chief Laura Brown.
This profile of Johnny Depp is one of the saddest things I’ve read in a while. He’s like the popular guy from high school who still thinks he’s going to make it with his band.
Jon Snow + Ygritte 4ever! 💞
Loved this series on children around the world and their toy collections by photographer Gabriele Galimberti. Ours would feature a mountain of Legos.
Dios mio, not again! (NY Times)
This may come in handy right about now. 
I’ve been struggling with the idea of celebrating America in light of recent events. Maybe that’s all the more reason to show how much we care about our country this Independence Day? I’m curious what other have planned…. Fireworks? A protest? Last minute trip to Canada?
People for the American Way, 1991 by Robert Rauschenberg
Open Tabs
Lots of beauty products on my wishlist this week…
Summer weather calls for a multitude of sunscreens, and this powder version is perfect for reapplying throughout the day.
I keep hearing great things about this body cream that leaves a subtle tint without staining clothes, perfect for masking bangs and bruises after chasing three active boys all day.
I never met a multi-purpose product I didn’t like, and I’m curious to try this Glow Butter and Multi-Benne Stain for lips, cheeks, or eyes.
Great deal on my favorite kids’ backpack (in graphite/blue). 
I might die if I don’t get a pair of high-waisted wide leg crop jeans this summer, and these could be the one.
I recently discovered one of the downsides to moving abroad - import duty fees. I used a store credit with international shipping, only to get hit with a bill for € 129 when it arrived. 😲 Looks like I’ll be exploring my Austrian fashion options sooner than later.
Hang in there, baby
Have a Wonderful Weekend ☀️🥧🎆🇺🇸✊
Woman With A Plan is a newsletter by Sarah Richey, an American expat living in Vienna, Austria, and mom of three feminists in the making.
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