Archive for June 2017

Books read in June

I am somewhat surprised by the number of books I read this month. A few of these were quite long, though others were short, so I guess it evens out! Here's what I got through in June: (PS. Do you want more book recommendations? Check out my ready-made TBR lists for ambitious readers here!) Also, this may be my last blog post for a while. I'm on vacation the week of Jul… read more »

The sightseeing run

One side effect of my attempt at a running streak is that I take my running shoes and clothes with me when I travel. And often, that means I wind up exploring some interesting places. Not always -- I have seen the insides of a lot of hotel gyms -- but I've also been able to turn business travel into something with a bit more sightseeing. On Wednesday, I gave two talks i… read more »

Report on Mommy Day #2

We staggered the camp schedules this week. The 7-year-old and 5-year-old are occupied during the day; the 10-year-old is not. So he and I elected to do our Mommy Day on Monday. During the summer, I take a day to go do something fun with each of my three big kids. The 5-year-old had her day at Hersheypark a few weeks ago. Monday, the 10-year-old and I went to Dutch Won… read more »

7 productivity tips I really use (because they really work)

The internet is full of tips for making people more efficient. You could procrastinate for weeks by reading such articles, or books on how to be more productive. Since I write about these topics, I've waded through a lot of the literature. Some is...eh. But these are the strategies I actually use in my life, over and over again -- because I find they make life s… read more »

The longest day

Eleven years ago, my husband and I spent late June in northern Norway. In particular, I remember a night in Trondheim, right around the solstice. The sky turned a deep blue around midnight, but it was never truly dark, and the sun was up by about 2 a.m. People responded as one might expect -- with a sort of frenzied energy out on the streets as 10 p.m. was as light as a… read more »