Archive for November 2012

Round-up: The book fair fail

This week's drama was the book fair at my son's elementary school. I vaguely knew this was coming, but there are heaping helpings of mental load coming out of that school at the moment, and I've lost track of some of them. Plus, we don't have a shortage of books at our house. We just ordered 8 new Magic Tree House books from Amazon. I kind of figured the book fair was N… read more »

Win $500 million and still be happy!

The PowerBall jackpot has now hit $500 million. Such occasions bring the usual photos of people lining up outside gas stations, and a more curious modern tradition: news stories reminding people that winning the lottery can ruin your life. There is some actual research finding that, after an initial bit of glee, lottery winners revert to their old levels of… read more »

Uncontaminated free time

In my talks -- especially to professional women's groups with a 30- and 40-something demographic -- I've started throwing out a question: It's Saturday. Your husband (or partner, or parents) suddenly announces that he/she/they are going to take your kids on a field trip and will be back later that night. In other words, you have the day to yourself to do whate… read more »

Long weekend highlights

I'm gearing up for the launch of What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend on December 31. In the meantime, I'm trying to upgrade my weekends, or at least become more mindful of what I do with them. Here are some highlights from the past few days: I cooked a turkey. I massively overbought for the number of people we had (10 plus a baby) but despite the turkey'… read more »

October 1964

I head to our local library most Tuesday nights -- for a change of scenery, and to get a little more work done. My treat to myself is to wander the stacks before I settle in. As a result, I've been checking out all kinds of books that strike my fancy. For the past week, I've been absorbed in David Halberstam's October 1964. This is the tale of the 1964 baseball season,… read more »