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The family hike: A survival guide

My husband and I like to hike. We did a multi-day backpacking trip in Vermont's Green Mountains, and also in Yellowstone pre-kids. This summer when we got a last minute long weekend away, we hiked several trails in Acadia National Park. This is something we'd like to continue to do with our kids. So we've been sticking our toes in with family hiking adventures.… read more »

Free agents, casual earners, reluctants, and adventures in the independent economy

Life is varied in the 1099 world. In the so-called independent economy, some people work for themselves, full-time, doing such soloist gigs as writing or designing websites. Some people are mostly (and happily) caregivers, but maintain an Etsy store for a few hours per week while their kids are at school. Other people would dearly love a full time job, but ca… read more »

Life with little ones right now

I started tracking my time continuously in April of 2015. That means I am coming up on 18 months of knowing where the time really goes. Since I use half-hour blocked spreadsheets, the process is relatively painless. Broad blocks, however, lose some of their detail. So, in part to help me remember, here are a few of the ongoing story lines about life with little o… read more »

The weekend mix

This weekend was fairly full, but still felt relatively relaxing. I think it was because I was not responsible for the toddler for big chunks of the time! On Friday, I took the 2:32 Acela into NYC. I walked to my hotel on 28th street, right smack in the middle of the flower district. All the stores on this street just have shelves and pots of flowers lining the sidew… read more »

Adventures in work/life integration

On Monday, I did two seemingly contradictory things. First, since my kids had the day off school (we get the major Jewish holidays off in our district), I took much of the time they would have been in school off work. Second, I worked close to a full day. This was possible through the miracle of work/life integration. In the morning, after I did about half an hour o… read more »