Category: Happiness

What would you save?

A woman wrote me recently with an interesting story, one that I've been pondering. She was at the beach (a few summers ago) when she got a late night phone call from a neighbor. Her house had been struck by lightning, and part of the roof had caught fire. The firefighters were there, and had gotten the dog out. The fire was relatively contained, but there would pro… read more »

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 »

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 »

What I’m into (June edition)

A few things on my mind right now… The camp spreadsheet. I made a spreadsheet covering what the three big kids are all doing for the summer. It has their names along the top and the weeks of summer along the left. I am quite proud of this document. I printed up copies for G (nanny) and my husband. It is a living document, as we decided that the 5-year-old could do an a… read more »

Starting on the summer fun list

Memorial Day is the official start of summer, and I have been starting to make progress on my Summer Fun list. As noted in the previous post, I spoke at my high school's commencement ceremony this past Saturday. Having a cappuccino at The Cup (the current iteration of my favorite coffee shop -- it used to be the "MT Cup") and perusing the stacks at the White Rabbit… read more »