Happiness

Repost: 5 reasons I’m not simplifying Christmas

(Laura’s note: This post ran in November, 2012, and remains an audience favorite. Please see the note, below, for another related piece, “Think You’re Too Busy for the Holidays? You’re Not.”)
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It’s that time of year again — time for a round of blog posts, ebooks and… read more »

A 25-hour day, and other nice little things

A few midweek musings on little things that make me smile:
I got my hair cut today. I had a $50 gift certificate from the silent auction last spring. I brought it to the register to pay afterwards and the cashier got a puzzled look on her face. Apparently, the card was for $85, even though it said $50. I got a free cut with money left over for next time!
My backyard is a r… read more »

Running on faith

I became a runner ten years ago. I had tried here and there before, but never effectively. Then I watched Paula Radcliffe win the 2004 New York City Marathon. It was a hard fought victory, coming down to a mere 3 seconds after 26.2 miles, and there was something so inspiring about it, and the thousands of other runners crossing the finish line behind her, that I kn… read more »

Leisure time and sunk costs (aka update on my silent auction items)

I wrote last spring that I’d kind of outdone myself at our preschool’s silent auction. I had high hopes that my plethora of gift certificates would force me to schedule in and make time for things I wanted to do. After all, once I’d paid out the cash, it wasn’t just about making time for fun. The frugal part of my brain would kick in and make sure I wasn’t s… read more »

Some days require sundaes

On Tuesday, the fish died. She’d been around for a while, and then while attempting to go to the hardware store this weekend, my husband and kids got the idea to go to Petco and get new fish. Our old fish did not like the interlopers. Or they didn’t like her. Not sure. Either way, the old fish wound up dead. It all feels a bit murderous to me.
My doctor visit in the m… read more »