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“There are no safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now, a
 

Woman With A Plan

September 7 · Issue #39 · View online
Weekly thoughts, ideas, and information from one woman to another.

“There are no safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien

Oh Happy Day
After the longest summer of my life, this week finally marked the start of school. Halle-fricking-lujah. Our youngest began bilingual Kindergarten (the local term for daycare), while the older boys started public school… in German. Austrian primary school officially begins in first grade, a milestone celebrated with a Schultüte, a large paper cone filled with school supplies and treats. Our 6-year-old already passed the hurdle of starting grade school last year, but he gladly took advantage of this charming tradition. Austrian kids also remain with the same class and teacher for the first four years, making our 8-year-old an especially new kid in 3rd grade. Per usual, I’ve been a ball of nerves, suppressing enough anxiety to kill a small animal. Sending our kids to school in a foreign language seemed so adventurous before we moved. Now that the moment has arrived, it feels batshit crazy. Will they be completely lost? Will they be emotionally scarred? How can I be a good mom when I need Google Translate to interpret their homework? Despite my fears, I have to admit the first week has been surprisingly excellent. The schedule was a gentle transition from an hour on Monday to a whopping four hours by Friday. Our teachers are terrific, patiently explaining school procedures (like changing into hausschuhe!) and partnering our kids with other English-speaking students. Most importantly, our boys seem happy and practically oblivious to the language barrier. All kids seem to speak the universal language of horsing around. Now, the question becomes what to do with all my free time. Appropriately enough, this week also marked the start of school for mommy… in German. I’ve had two lessons and I’m already feeling more confident. I don’t want to count my Hühner, but we may not be using Google Translate for long.
Here we go!
Media Diet
How noble. Should have gone with this headline instead.
None of this disturbing evidence comes as any surprise, but the fight must go on. Be sure to check out Whip The Vote and this super helpful Google doc to see where your Senators stand.
Bravo to Geoffrey Owens, a professional actor recently photographed while working at Trader Joe’s. This is how to turn an attempt at shaming into a teachable moment.
Thank you to Nike for restoring our faith in humanity. Who else is buying a new pair of sneakers this week?
I think about this issue all the time, though it’s not quite as bad as my pet peeve of addressing grown women as ‘girls.’
Living abroad definitely makes me appreciate the striking nuances from one city to the next, something seen far less often in the US.
True story: In 2001, I worked for a large toy company and put together a launch event for the official Destiny’s Child doll collection. This is exactly what it was like. I was completely star struck, but they were super sweet and Kelly said she loved my bangs. 💁‍♀️
Oh Krasinski, you’ll always be Jim to us.
via @newyorkercartoons
Open Tabs
What a perfect looking trench coat (with a hood!). Also love the color combo of this plaid skirt and purple sweater (and bravo to Zara for a very unphotoshopped Carmen Kass.)
How cute are these pajamas?
Hmm… something tells me Gwyneth never stepped foot in a CB2 until now.
Just finished Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, a shameless (and totally fulfilling) retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I also loved her most recent book of short stories, You Think It, I’ll Say It. Trying to decide which of her other novels to read next - any recommendations?
Glossier has launched a new stick for blemishes and the results are impressive.
A friend of mine raved about this toner recently. I’m torn between trying it out or going back to good old P50.
I love this pink corduroy suit from H&M, but it doesn’t appear to be available in Austria. Go for it, you lucky Americans!
I think it went well?
Have a Relaxing Weekend
Woman With A Plan is a newsletter by Sarah Richey, an American expat living in Vienna, and mom of three feminists in the making.
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