Poor Princess and her husband, The Scientist, have three kids: LL, Cool J, and Baby MoFo. When PP was on mat leave with Baby MoFo, The Scientist took a postdoc at a fancy university in a princely town.

What inspired this blog was the move to this princely town: Poor Princess wanted a way to let her close friends she was leaving behind to know what she was up to (aka she wanted a chance to whine). One friend had asked a question that made Poor Princess realize that perhaps a whole blog was in order to explain her new life. Upon hearing The Scientist’s salary–$50,000/year–the friend asked if she (Poor Princess) would be making up the necessary difference in the family’s income.

“WHAT?” asked my friend who has 7 or so 50″ flat screen TVs including one over the tub. “He’s only going to earn FIFTY?? Are you going to earn the other THREE HUNDRED?” We both laughed. A little. I would not. So here’s how it goes: How a spoiled family of 5 attempts to survive on 50 grand in a princely town near NYC.

Please send your questions and comments to poorprincessdiaries [at] gmail.com .


7 responses »

  1. No dear, you are not a princess; you are a queen! A spectacular, glamorous, lovely and loving queen!

    PS: I noticed not a single thing on your list makes an appearance in my life, well, except for the sushi, and that’s only cause sushi over here is the equivalent of the slice from the corner store over there; got me thinking again about cultural differences, what we think of as matter of fact or as _basic_, how different living standards and cultural practices shape our criteria for determining what is essential, decent, privileged and/or deprived, and ordinary, not to mention normative. I look forward to reading your analyses of these as you embark on your new adventures in “prince town,” delivered in your very own bubbly, passionate, tongue-in-cheek prose! Have fun with this, Queen !

  2. Dear Poor Princess,

    I came across your blog via The Sisterhood on the Forward website and was immediately struck by our similarities. I, too, graduated from a Jewish day school in Canada (Eastern, non-French speaking province) and came to New York for graduate school. I stopped with an MA, but every so often threaten to do a PhD and struggled to find work before my student visa ran out. I met an American boy and after we were married, I finally got a green card so now I’m no longer a “non-resident alien.” I live near New York City and have two small children. And just a few weeks ago I saw someone wearing a Peekaru and almost got one! I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    • Thanks so much for writing, Susan. Are you sure it wasn’t me, in Central Park, this past Saturday, with the peekaru?! I was the only mom there sans Bugaboo, so I was quite noticeable!

      Be grateful to your younger self for having stopped where you stopped in your education. It’s not that I didn’t love the learning, it’s just that academia is not a viable career track for most graduates of doctoral programs. I am trying to think of ways to reinvent myself now, which is not such an easy thing to do after so many years of envisioning myself in front of a classroom of eager 20-year olds just dying to discuss The Sun Also Rises.

      Thanks for reading–maybe we’ll meet one of these days! Maybe we’ve already met! Maybe we went to school together! It wouldn’t be THAT shocking . . .


  3. Hi,

    My name is KC Owens, I’m a college student and I love to travel! While cruising the Internet, I found your site and really enjoyed reading your posts. I have been to countries all over Europe with just my backpack and a camera. Since I am a college student and I have significant bills, it can be difficult to find ways to travel the world. However, I have done this several times, with less than ten pounds of luggage and while on a college dime!

    I was hoping that you would allow me to write a post for your site to share my tips and tricks with your readers. I put a lot of time into my traveling, it is my biggest passion and I would love to inspire others by sharing my stories, mistakes and triumphs. I look forward to hearing from you!


    KC Owens

    • Hi KC, Sounds like you have lots of great things to write about! Would you like to send me a sample of your writing? Pls. send to poorprincessdiaries [at] gmail [dot] com. I would be more than happy to read it to see if it fits with this blog. Best, PP

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