5 strategies for surviving survival mode

We made it through another week around here. The temperatures are in the single digits and the heater broke (it just got fixed – phew!). The baby is in peak fussy time (5 weeks). Everyone has colds. We had a snow day on Tuesday. My husband was traveling. It has dawned on me that I have another book coming out in 3.5 months. There have been low moments, like the… read more »

What’s getting me through winter

Groundhog’s Day is a winter milestone. We have made it this far. Even if spring is six weeks away, it’s only six weeks, right? Modern Mrs. Darcy used the occasion of yesterday’s holiday to blog about “what’s saving my life right now.” Winter doldrums make it easy to complain. But we can focus on the good instead, and not just the obvious biggie… read more »

Is it better than driving a taxi?

Every list has its charm and idiocy, and the US News annual list of the 100 best jobs is no exception. The list attempts to rank jobs according to some mix of demand, salary, and satisfaction. Hence nursing or being a physician’s assistant score very high, whereas writing does not. Indeed, while being a receptionist or a taxi driver make the list, becoming a w… read more »

12 days to a happier, more productive you

Laura’s note: This post reached newsletter subscribers as this year’s December missive. Since the 12 days of Christmas start tomorrow, I thought I’d re-post. Hope everyone is enjoying at least a little down time with family today.
12 Days To A Happier, More Productive You
I have never received two turtle doves or a partridge in a pear tre… read more »

Update on the 2014 holiday fun list

Back in November, I posted a short list of things I wanted to do to make this holiday season memorable. I’ve been trying to strike the right balance between wanting to rush through it (because I am really tired of being pregnant) and trying to enjoy this season.
I wrote that I was “intrigued by the idea of a literary Advent calendar.” I decided to go for it. I… read more »