Free Time

How can I achieve my personal goals when I commute and work long hours?

I had another great question come in from a reader this week. I’d like to address reader questions more frequently, so please, send them in! This reader is in his early 30s and would like to figure out his long-term career path. He currently supervises counselors who work with children with special needs. The challenge is that these kids and counselors are i… read more »

24 hours on the last day of summer

Since this blog has become my journal, I’m doing another day-in-the-life post. Here’s how I spent the 24 hours between 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday:
Our babysitter came at 7 p.m., and my husband and I finished getting ready for the welcome-back-to-school parents’ party for our younger two’s preschool. We had a good time catching up with people.… read more »

Thoughts from airport magazine reading

I’m writing this on Friday night at O’Hare (ed. note: Sept 12). I have a longer layover here than I would like but, alas, such is the nature of flying in the Midwest.  
I find it hard to work on Friday nights. So I’ve been reading through magazines that I either subscribe to or bought in the book store (Also spotted at the book store: What the Most Successful… read more »

We made the leap

Yes, we bought a mini-van. A 2014 Toyota Sienna, and yes, the kids love it. They love the sliding doors. They love the video screen. My 4-year-old likes being able to walk to the back row through the center of the car (for some reason, probably having to do with his more easy-going personality, he always gets the back row). I had resisted this for a while, but given… read more »

Spotted at the York County Fair…

This pumpkin. It was a full 826 lbs. I don’t think this photo quite captures the glory. At least one other topped 700 lbs. I am enjoying my backyard garden, but I don’t think I will ever pull this off. I kind of wonder what they do with them afterwards…… read more »