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Priorities

Blogging isn’t one of my Daily Big 3 today; in fact, it’s not even on my to-do list this week. And that spotlighted for me the larger problem: I rarely prioritize my own writing. So I guess you’re not solely to blame for almost ruining my writing. I often place a higher priority on tasks …

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Watch The Social Dilemma STAT

Practically every single day this past week, I had an idea of what I wanted to blog about but couldn’t get to it on my to-do list. By the next day, that idea was supplanted with another one. Then, last night, we watched Netflix’s The Social Dilemma. The Social Dilemma is an approximate hour-and-a-half documentary …

A Kindness Filter

#nofilter I’m sure you’ve seen this hashtag, right? It’s commonly used on social media, accompanying what the poster is claiming to be an untouched, unedited photograph. Sometimes the photo is of a beautiful sunset, or of someone being him/herself. I don’t know for sure – and didn’t even try to look this up – but …

Down But Not Out

Let’s say life is like a boxing match, and last week nearly TKO’ed me. Actually, it felt more like a cage match from which I couldn’t escape – so I clung to the sides like Spider-Man and waited for the bell. Things started out just fine, albeit a little more hectic than usual. On Friday …

Exploded Eggs

Have you ever exploded an egg? I have. More than once. Yeah, I didn’t learn from my mistake the first time. In case you didn’t already know this, if you boil eggs too long – like so long all the water is gone, then they’ll explode. Seriously, the egg gets so hot on the inside …

If Cars Could Talk

I think we’re all feeling a little nostalgic about Aunt Bee. Not the original Aunt Bee. See, that’s what we call the van.  She’s getting on up there in years and, with her dents and dings and moans and groans, she always seems frazzled and on the verge of breaking down. But, nevertheless, she always …

Distractions

I am an old-school writer. Or I just have ADD.  … Or maybe it’s both. Okay, focus. I love notebooks. Spiral-bound. About half the size of a normal sheet of paper. Like this one: I especially like the cover of that one. These notebooks are among my favorite things. I have too many to count, …

Awe

Have you ever put your forehead on an airplane window and dropped your gaze straight to the ground? I’m not sure I had until the trip home yesterday. It was a beautiful sight. One that would, I believe,  make even the most cynical person in the world fill with awe. The first few shots are …

No Air

I don’t travel well. I like the idea of going places, but nothing ever goes exactly as planned and that sends my anxiety into overdrive. I used to say it was because traveling with small children was hard. Well,  the kids aren’t small anymore, and I stress even when they’re not with me. Take this …

It [was] my party

Today, my first thought of the morning — well other than the standard “man, I’m tired” — was of Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally. There is a scene where she’s sobbing to Billy Crystal’s character, “And I’m gonna be 40!” He asks her when and she replies, “Someday,” to which he responds, “in …

It’s Good To Have Goals

It’s good to have goals, right? The Girl (11yo) recently decided to become a vegetarian. Now for someone like me, who believes the definition of a “good meal” is a medium rare filet mignon (“Give it to us raw – and wriggling!”), this whole thing is odd to me. But I’m trying to be supportive. She and …

Crazy Vacation Utterances

Last week we vacationed at Gulf Shores for the week with Pepa.  It was a long, fun week filled with pool trips, beach outings and LOTS of seafood. Over the course of the week, in my state of sheer exhaustion from chasing kids in the sun, I may have said a few crazy things like: …