5 years old!

Happy 5th birthday to “S” — kid #2. I went to his class today to bring cupcakes and read a story (How to Train Your Train — a surprising but endearing Target find). Every year in this class they trace him on his birthday. Now we will have side-by-side comparisons of S at 3, 4, and 5. He is getting big!
I do not feel like it was just yesterday that he was… read more »

Battling time warriors: What strategies do you suggest?

A reader describes a situation: He works for a company that talks a good game on flexibility and diversity (it makes various magazine lists). It’s also full of competitive, over-achieving types. This reader would like to have a full life outside of work. But he can’t shake the suspicion that some of his colleagues are deliberately competing with time. F… read more »

Have you ever done an X-day challenge (Whole30, Lent, etc.)?

I’ve been watching the launch of the 100 Days of Real Food book with interest. There are also 100 days left in the year, and some resolutions associated with that. Taking on an “X-day” challenge for a short period of time is a popular concept. I know many people who’ve tried “Whole30” (basically, eating Paleo for 30 days). Gretchen Rubin’s 21-d… read more »

24 hours on the last day of summer

Since this blog has become my journal, I’m doing another day-in-the-life post. Here’s how I spent the 24 hours between 7 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday:
Our babysitter came at 7 p.m., and my husband and I finished getting ready for the welcome-back-to-school parents’ party for our younger two’s preschool. We had a good time catching up with people.… read more »

Thoughts from airport magazine reading

I’m writing this on Friday night at O’Hare (ed. note: Sept 12). I have a longer layover here than I would like but, alas, such is the nature of flying in the Midwest.  
I find it hard to work on Friday nights. So I’ve been reading through magazines that I either subscribe to or bought in the book store (Also spotted at the book store: What the Most Successful… read more »