Category: Free Time

Beach, no salt

We just got back from vacation last night. We drove out to Indiana on Friday, June 30, and spent the week at two different houses on Lake Michigan, visiting with my husband's extended family. I mean just about everyone. All his three siblings and their families were there for the first part of the week (total: 12 grandchildren), and then over the next part of the… read more »

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 »

A list of abandoned books (plus an abandoned book give-away!)

No one likes layoffs. But in economics you learn that labor market flexibility is a two-way street. If employers know that they can cut jobs if they need to, they're more likely to hire people. If they can't cut jobs, they'll need to be really certain before they add people to the payroll, and the pace of hiring is slower than it might otherwise be. In my quest to re… read more »

Why 2-year-olds are cute

It's clearly a survival mechanism. I don't think the species would have survived without that adaptation. The 2-year-old spent big chunks of the weekend attempting to destroy things, or hurt himself or others. He is still waking up at 5:30 a.m. quite frequently, which is maddening (he did that Friday and Sunday, which were my days). We have put black-out s… read more »