Broken


In the book An Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, the author lists the things around her home that are broken. For some reason, it was an entry I really liked. It made her seem more real and endearing. And since I would LOVE to seem more real and endearing, I am going to do the same.

Things that are broken:
1. My sewing machine. I pretty much killed it while sewing the things for the boys’ room. I feel like it only needs a minor repair, but getting it to the place that repairs sewing machines, seems like a major undertaking.
2. One of my camera lenses. One night, while Isaac was in a particularly wild mood, he pulled my camera off of the kitchen counter and the lens broke. Luckily, the camera body was fine. Luckily, it was my least expensive lens. And luckily, after thinking long and hard, in the end I did decide that I love Isaac more than my camera. But it was really, really close.
3. The keyboard to our desktop. Again Isaac. This time he knocked my coffee over onto the keyboard, so I am also at fault here. UPS is trying to deliver the new one…but…
4. The doorbell. The doorbell is broken. And that is a pain in the rear. We’ve had all kinds of doorbell troubles in this apartment. I never think about the doorbell at all, until it doesn’t work. And then I can’t believe how much I need the doorbell to work!
5. Many of the zippers of many of my bags. This weekend I traveled across the country with pricey electronics in bags that were falling apart. Classy.

These things are not broken, but need some attention:
1. The walls of the kitchen need painting, now more than ever since we tried touching up an area with the wrong color.
2. The boys and I both have more pants with holes in the knee than pants without holes.
3. Our internet keeps going down. We are not sure why. I don’t like that.

So…what do you think? Endearing? or sort of pathetic?


This is beer bread. Super yummy. Great, soft texture. And it used up some of the beer Dave bought the night I got home and the night he told me “tonight I just want to drink DVDs and watch a beer”.


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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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7 Responses to Broken

  1. Miss Vicki says:

    1. There is a sewing machine repair shop in StJ. You could have taken mine home as a loaner.
    2. You could also have “borrowed” any number of large bags w/ intact zippers while you were here.
    3. Doorbell-can’t help with-but I do know that hardware stores have them that are easily installed.
    4. Be glad it was your keyboard and not mine=)
    5. LOVED the blog.
    6. Was Isaac at the Bronx Zoo last weekend-a baby cobra is missing.

  2. Miss Vicki says:

    Oh, I forgot, I would rather watch a beer than drink it!!

  3. Mama V says:

    Miss Vicki’s #6 made me chuckle aloud!

    For years we made a pizza dough that called for a bottle of beer, and now almost every time I eat a slice of pizza (which is often here in Brooklyn, yes?!), I expect the beer taste and feel just slightly disappointed!

    Dave, you are a trooper!

  4. Ruth says:

    I think your list/life sounds exactly right. No-one has the “perfect” set-up and if they say they do, then they’re telling great big porkies.
    Laughed at the suggestion that young Master I. had a hand in the missing Cobra incident. That story is in the press here and I thought of you guys and hoped that it didn’t suddenly appear in the toilet bowl in the middle of the night. That happened here when a snake went missing a few years ago! Now I’ve probably put the fear of God into you …

  5. Jiw says:

    I loved that book! But I don’t remember that part at all. Isn’t it funny– what sticks with us?

  6. Wendy says:

    Phwew! I’m so glad you are still blogging! I was deep in the middle of our move to a new house when you evicted us from your old blog and I didn’t see the message to come over here. For the last couple weeks I’ve been thinking, “Now where is that Robyn and why isn’t she posting?” every time I look at my Google reader. I’m glad to have solved *that* mystery.

    Most of our little boy pants have holes in the knees too.

  7. I love beer bread!

    Our outside lights are broken & have been for going on 9 years now, which gives me no hope for the repair of anything more recently broken, like the trim boards in our bathroom & the closet door in the boys’ room.

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