Tag - Life

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Money Talks …
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Shopping With Littles
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Like A Cat Treading Water
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Wordless Wednesday — Burr It’s Getting Cold Outside
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It’s Chili Baby
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Cloudy With A Chance Of Toilet Water Rain
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Want To Get ‘Er Done? Make Yourself Unavailable

Shopping With Littles

  Some days I’d rather walk the plank than bring my kids shopping with me. I freely admit to having low mojo days when, if possible, I leave my youngest at home or bring her along, but strap her securely into the shopping cart, with a snack and my iphone. Does she enjoy being confined to the cart? Not for long. Once her snack runs out, she stages a loud and wriggly protest. The iphone apps don’t amuse her for long either. In fact, once when my attention was focussed on label reading, she “misplaced” my phone. I contemplated having customer service put out a loudspeaker call to find it, but instead I retraced our cart tracks and found my phone on a shelf in the bread section. I don’t have to tell you that left me feeling a little crusty. However, bringing along a pint-sized shopping sidekick doesn’t always have to spell disaster.   Here are ten points to consider when shopping with Littles: Give yourself more time than you think you’ll need. Shopping in a hurry with a child in tow is a recipe for frustration. Never attempt to shop when your child is tired or hungry. Never attempt to[…]

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Like A Cat Treading Water

My problem–I’m aware that I have several, but I shall focus on this one for now–is that like many of us I take on too much with a complete disregard for how many hours there are in an actual day. Sleep? Whatever. Lunch? A chocolate pudding and a handful of Goldfish crackers at my desk. Somehow I never did master the art of saying no. And I also must have missed the lesson on “how to stay focussed.” Last night while researching a story I literally got lost on the internet. I fell down that slippery slope and slid so deep into the web that by the time I dug myself out, hours had passed and I was left dazed and confused.   The pressure builds until finally something sets me off. Like say my poor husband innocently calling up to my office to ask how hungry I was for dinner. I snapped. “Dinner? DINNER?! Like I even have time to EAT! Do you even know how busy I am?” *I may have dropped an f-bomb in there somewhere too* But there’s just so much to do (and so many hilarious Youtube videos to watch) that there really aren’t enough[…]

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It’s Chili Baby

    I’m no spring chicken. Plus I have my hands and heart full with these two children of ours. But lately when I hear a baby cry coo I feel a pang of longing and a twinge of self doubt and I ask myself, “Did we make the right choice?” And, “Do they sell a DIY reverse vasectomy kit on the Shopping Channel?”   Mother nature makes babies all cute and sweet smelling on purpose; they’re nearly impossible to resist.    I remember my son’s first movement; that flutter of a baby’s tiny feet announcing its presence to his mother from the inside out. I was in the car listening to Gowan. When the song suddenly exploded into a drum beat (hello “Criminal Mind”), I felt my son jolt–either from fear or the kid digs Gowan. Either way, I felt him and the feeling was indescribable; joy and amazement and “Holy hell, there’s a person in there!!”   I felt that again today. And for a moment, fleeting as it was, I was hopeful. Could it be? Retrace actions… eyes dart to calendar…do the math…assess the probability… I was excited and hopeful. But hope gave way to the realization that post Grey[…]

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Toilet Water Rain

No matter what you do, or how “good” you are, sometimes you can’t escape the black cloud hanging over your head. Have you seen my house? It’s the one with the dark cumulus cloud hovering just above the roof line. Let me preface this by saying, life is good. It’s really good. Everyone gets caught in the rain now and then. Sometimes the bad luck comes down in torrents. Other times it’s just a quick spritz and you don’t even need to blow dry your bangs. It’s been a raining intermittently on us for a few weeks now. First my dad was in hospital. He’s fine. But it was stressful. Then my father-in-law was rushed to emergency. Twice. That scenario, though it ended well, was frightening and upsetting. Then only a few days before our trip to Disney World (our FIRST FAMILY VACATION EVER) my husband was in a car accident. I already had significant anxiety around my dear spouse commuting on the fast and narrow highway that connects our home in the burbs to his work in the city. Every morning I must say, (must as in, it’s a compulsion) “Drive carefully” as he leaves or I fear for his[…]

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Want To Get ‘Er Done? Make Yourself Unavailable

If you want me, you can pretty much have me, any time. I guess that makes me easy. Phone me, and I’ll answer. Send me an email and I’ll respond or at least read it pretty darn quick. Facebook me, tweet me, text me….any way you want it baby, I’m your beck and call girl.    But those days are coming to an end. There are just too many demands and too little time to fit it all in. Something has to go. After reading how Lifehacker Craig Jarrow makes it a point of being unreachable in order to be more productive, I’ve decided to try to emulate him. At least for a few weeks to see how it goes. For the record, I have answered the phone TWICE while writing this, answered THREE tweets, responded to a text and checked my email FIVE times. I am a hopeless case. Here are Craig Jarrow’s top tactics for limiting distractions: Don’t Answer That Phone: If it’s not important, don’t answer. That is what voicemail is for. Only Read the Important Email: Don’t check it so often. And when you do, make sure to read the important ones first. Delete the spam. Use Quick Forms[…]

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