What I’m working on: Over-used business case studies

This has been a good week. I took a break from Mosaic editing after devoting 60+ hours to it last week. I needed to step back a bit before doing the “final” round (that is, before sending it to my editor as a first draft). In that space, I’ve been doing some pitching. I had a phone call with an editor I’m excited to work with again. My column… 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 »

Random Wednesday thoughts

First, we finally have power again. A strong thunderstorm last night knocked down a bunch of trees and power lines. We lost power around 8 pm and got it back at 2:45 pm. That’s a little better than the 7 pm to 4:30 pm outage last week, but still, two overnight outages in one week seems a little steep. Ice cream does not improve in multiple thawings and freezin… read more »

Total playroom entropy

So I did not do much housework while the family was out of the house over the last week. However, I felt I could do a few hours, especially when I had no power for close to 24 hours and my computer was out of juice. I decided to tackle the basement playroom. This was quite an undertaking.
At some point in the course of 3 children and their friends playing with a complex v… read more »

That post-vacay plunge

So I didn’t wind up taking a vacation away from home last week, though since it was a vacation from normal family responsibilities, there has been some transitioning involved. If you’ve gone away for a week (or two!) then you’re often coming home to a deluge of work.
How do you handle it?
I’m writing a short piece on handling that post-vacation plunge a… read more »