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Friday miscellany: Bereft of the phone

This week has been a doozy, as described in the birthday post. But I did manage to get my car battery and brakes replaced, and my cracked iPhone screen repaired. Apparently there's a whole chain of stores called iDropped Inc. that specialize in phone repair. The young man who was running the location I visited told me that Fridays were busy because people had be… read more »

Time masters have this skill — do you?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how not to make a to-do list. I'd found a hypothetical to-do list printed on the cover of a journal with such entries as run a marathon, run for office, etc. While the list was meant to be humorous, I noted that many people make similarly grandiose to-do lists. Then they lament that to-do lists don't work. That doesn't strike me as the o… read more »

Birthday thoughts

I may have celebrated a birthday this week. It was not a milestone birthday, though it is one leading me perilously close to a major milestone. Birthdays always make me introspective. As mine comes toward the end of the year, while everyone is running best-of-the-year lists and such, I tend to blend all this retrospection together. End of the year, plus I made… read more »

Podcast discussion thread: The “fifth” trimester – those first weeks back at work

You know about the first three trimesters -- how some people demarcate the 9 months babies spend in the womb. Some people refer to the "fourth trimester," which would be the first 12 weeks when newborns are still adjusting to life on the outside. They become a lot more alert after that...but of course that's when many women in the U.S. return to work. Enter the "f… read more »

A tale of two weekends

This weekend had its ups and downs. On the positive side, we did some fun holiday stuff, such as reading book selections from the literary Advent calendar. This included the Grinch, and I always love the Grinch. Even better, my 8-year-old decided to read the Grinch aloud to everyone! And the 10-year-old read The Night Before The Night Before Christmas. They a… read more »