Hello! if you are a procrastinator, this is your home.
My name is Mithra, and my foremost skill is procrastination. Actually, it's a gift. If you subscribe to this blog, you will reap the benefit of my daily avoidance-of-work exercise. Every Friday, I send out links to the best writing, funny memes, even the coolest, vintage Ebay and Etsy finds that I come across in the vast reaches of the Internet. Thousands subscribe.
i know a lot of cool women whose stories will enchant you
I travel a lot and have a knack for finding interesting women. (Another kind of antiquing, I guess.) I befriend these women and convince them to let me profile them here, on the blog. Then, I art direct the photo shoot, conceiving wildly ambitious sets and costumes, which eventually get scaled back to normal non-Annie Leibowitz levels even though I have a husband who is willing to help me with ANYTHING.
I’m obsessed with antiquing and will dig through trash, especially French trash
I'm an interiors stylist, which is a fancy way of saying I’m a tszujer. You know, a fluffer of pillows, an arranger of candlesticks, a hanger of collages. People pay me money to do this work, and honestly, I’m very very good at it. Your home is your castle until it’s your Grey Gardens.
I don’t sell the best of what I find. It is beautifully organized in an accessory closet that would make Iris Apfel cry. I hoard dishes and tiny brass animals. My sons live in apartments well-outfitted with all the great things I’ve been gifting them since they were eight. They are only beginning to appreciate my foresight.
I express strong opinions on boys and books.
I'm a recovering know-it-all mother of four sons. Back in 2014, as my house gradually emptied of children like a slow leak in a tire, I started this blog because I needed to be something besides a mother. Turns out, I was daring myself to write publicly. To hit 'publish' on a weekly basis. To be accountable to an audience. This has been a very valuable exercise.
I'm a voracious reader. I used to work in the fiction room of a library. I ran a book group for years. I write gooey fan letters to authors -- Ann Patchett, Michael Perry, Elinor Lipman, for example. (But not Jonathan Franzen, even though I love him.) Book recs are a regular feature on this blog.
P.S. About the name. It's Persian, pronounced mee-thra. I used to wish my name was Elizabeth or Kitty - any of the Jane Austen characters, actually. Of course I've grown to appreciate my unique name. People remember it, which is helpful in this blogging business.