Time Management

The childcare dilemma: Working from home (or not) with minimal coverage

I worked from home today in the way that I know many parents do regularly. I had preschool hours, potentially nap time, and what I could squeeze in. It wasn’t a bad day, but it reminded me why I don’t attempt this more regularly.
Our nanny is on vacation this week. My parents had been here to cover while my husband and I were both traveling, but then they left. Th… read more »

What is the right amount to sleep?

I’ve been trying to figure out lately how much sleep I need. I used to assume I needed the standard 8 hours per night, but after tracking my time for multiple weeks over the years, I’ve realized that’s not the case. It tends to average out around 7.5 hours/day over a week (so 52.5 hours or so). I probably wake up every other night to go to the bathroom in the mid… read more »

Travel fun

When air travel is good, it is very good. My flight from Philly to Indy last Thursday took off at 8:04 a.m. and by 10:20 a.m. I was in my sister-in-law’s minivan. But the trip home was not so wonderful. They dropped me off around 9:15 a.m. for a 10:45 a.m. flight — a wee bit early, but I figured I’d get a few things done. Little did I know I’d be in that termi… read more »

Real Simple and the laundry

Real Simple magazine has been around for about 15 years, and there are only so many aspects of daily life to be simplified. So the magazine turned its attention to laundry, again, for its August 2014 issue. The advice is perfectly reasonable and helpful: you probably need less detergent! But I’ll admit that I was a bit puzzled by Kristin van Ogtrop’s edito… read more »

Can’t is a strong word

Grumpy Rumblings (of the formerly untenured) ran a post this week on “Things I want but can’t have until my children are older.” The list reflects things that will certainly be easier when children are older (like sleeping in, and owning nice china), and is pretty light-hearted, which is why the blogger didn’t want a lecture on life optimization, pe… read more »