Creativity

My own personal Turkey Trot

The Thanksgiving holiday started a wee bit early in my house. The 5- and 3-year-old were off of school Wednesday, and our nanny was driving to visit extended family several states away. My husband was on his way back from Europe and experiencing various travel and weather delays. So I was manning the fort solo.
I got the 7-year-old on the bus and then tried to con… read more »

Holiday magic

I’ve been feeling “meh” today. I’ve reached that point of pregnancy where I’m tired of the whole thing. I am tired of being huge, of not being able to run anywhere near as fast and far as I’d like. I had a doctor’s appointment today and had to wait in the exam room for 30 minutes. That was long enough that I got caught in a rush hour traffic jam on the way… read more »

I crossed the NaNoWriMo finish line

In late April, 2010, I ran my first (and perhaps only) marathon. It was something I had wanted to do since becoming a runner about 5.5 years prior. You read enough running magazines and blogs and everyone talks about doing a marathon. So I figured I should do one too. I was also anticipating the launch of 168 Hours at that point, and thought it would be fun to talk ab… read more »

Time confetti and NaNoWriMo

There are 168 hours in a week. Even if you work 40-plus hours, sleep 56, and spend a reasonable chunk of time on housework and family responsibilities, there will still be time leftover.
However, a lot of this time seems to come in bits and pieces. There are nooks and crannies everywhere: while you’re waiting for water to boil so you can throw the pasta in. When… read more »

Hooray for a Happy Halloween

I have a column in today’s USA Today called “Hooray for a Happy Halloween.” (That link will take you there). I have a particular soft spot for Halloween. It’s not that I’m into dressing up; I may have managed 1 or 2 costumes in my adult life. I love snack-sized candy bars, but who doesn’t? No, instead the upside is the slig… read more »