There’s a confession I have to make, and it may startle some and confuse others. I’ve taken up knitting. That’s right, I’m a knitter. If you told me a year ago that I would be even remotely interested in knitting, I wouldn’t have believed it. I practically break out into hives when I enter [...]
Growing up, Thanksgiving morning was special because I was allowed to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade while still wearing my pajamas and enjoying the aroma of cooking turkey wafting through our home. My mom would wake up early to put the turkey in the oven because we usually ate our Thanksgiving dinner at around [...]
I’ve made a big change in my life. After careful consideration, lots of conversations, and a bit of soul searching, I quit my job to spend more time with my family and my writing. I’m so lucky to even have the option to quit, given how challenging the economy has been for so many families. [...]
Recently, we had the opportunity to interview Lesley Nicol, the talented actress who plays the high-strung and quick-tempered cook of Downton Abbey, Mrs. Patmore. If you are a Downton Abbey fan, we hope that this interview helps you cope with the wait until next season. If you aren’t a Downton Abbey fan, what are you [...]
There’s lots of advice out there about how to find a job that you love. To be clear, I’m not talking about a fantasy job. Let’s get real people. You have to work with what you’ve got from a skills perspective combined with many multi-related events and activities converging together to establish what is actually [...]
When I was in fifth grade, I received a homework assignment that I found very challenging at first: Write a three page essay about a favorite pet peeve. How was I supposed to write an essay about something that I didn’t have? I eventually found one, however, once my mother reminded me about how angry [...]
Every Thanksgiving before we begin our feast, we have a tradition that many families follow. We go around the table and each takes a turn saying what we are thankful for this year. I’m a rather sentimental type, so this inevitably makes me teary-eyed because it’s so touching to hear what my loved ones share. [...]
When I was a little girl, my hair was straight and glossy. Some time in high school – after my 80′s style perm had grown out – my straight and glossy hair went wavy on me. For many years after that, I fought the wave and usually lost. I’m not very skilled at using a [...]
When I was still getting zits in my mid-20′s I decided that something drastic had to be done. I mean, wasn’t I supposed to be finished with that phase of my life? I was no longer a teenager. I was eating healthy foods. I was even drinking enough water. Why did I keep getting pimples [...]
My alarm clock went off at 4:16 am this morning. It’s an ungodly hour to be awake. The sun hadn’t even risen and the house was freezing cold.Time for another business trip.I don’t call myself a road warrior. That label of distinction is something I reserve for the true travel die-hards who are on the [...]
My husband and I have jobs we love but that can be stressful at times. After a particularly busy and pressure-filled day at our respective offices, we went to see The Hangover, a movie that had been recommended by all of our friends who’d seen it. As is our usual M.O., when we are catching [...]
Give us your “Elevator” Speech as to who you are and what it is that you do for a living. And how should we “know” you? I am the eternal bridesmaid who decided to stop sulking “behind the seams” and write about it! Having been a bridesmaid eight times and a maid of honor four, [...]
As anyone who knows me well will attest, I am someone who gets lost easily when driving. Thanks to the advent of GPS, I’ve been able to get where I’m going much more quickly and with fewer wrong turns. When we moved to New Jersey a couple of years ago, my husband’s gift to me [...]
My daughter missed her best friend’s fourth birthday party. She didn’t miss it because we had a scheduling conflict. She didn’t miss it because she was sick. She missed it because we took a last minute trip down to Cape Cod to escape the heat and neither my husband nor I checked our family wall [...]
Several books and conversations converged for me this week on the topic of multitasking. Wikipedia defines human multitasking as, “The performance by an individual of appearing to handle more than one task at the same time.” I’d first heard the word multitasking in the context of computers and the ability to process more than one [...]
In February, I was notified that I’d been accepted as a MINI E Field Trial Participant. I was so excited that my application had been accepted. It meant that I’d have the opportunity to lease a MINI E, one of only 500 all electric cars that MINI was going to beta test over the period [...]
I managed to get through my heavy bridesmaid duty years unscathed. My brides were very laid back, chose gowns that flattered my figure, and one of them even asked me not to plan a bridal shower because she found them annoying. I was lucky. For those who aren’t or weren’t quite as fortunate as me, [...]
I’ve read a lot of business books over the years, but only a few make the cut as books I’d recommend to a colleague, friend, or family member. Here are some of my favorites: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen There’s a saying that if you want something done, give [...]
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