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The flip side
Friday, April 29, 2016      4 comments

When the kids were young, they used to physically exhaust me. I looked forward to Mondays, when I could switch from 24/7 motherhood to the relative relaxation of work, to rational conversations with adults, to being in control of my own time an... Read more
Napoleon was right
Thursday, April 28, 2016      3 comments

I came across a quote today attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte: "In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." I don't know if he meant it seriously or to be witty, and I'm too tired to google right now, but lately I've been feeling the truth of th... Read more
Analysis paralysis
Wednesday, April 27, 2016      5 comments

I was going to rant about work but decided that wouldn't be healthy. Let's just say that I work with some quirky personalities and my boss was a bit of a tool today. I've been obsessing over insurance quotes for the last 3 days. I have vi... Read more
By the skin of my teeth
Tuesday, April 26, 2016      3 comments

I spent so much time today dealing with insurance quotes that I am staying up late to get work chores done in preparation for a day-long meeting tomorrow. Yes, a day-long retreat, listening to presentations. At least there will be some y... Read more
The art of negotiation
Monday, April 25, 2016      5 comments

Saturday's texts from the car dealership to the soccer kid doing schoolwork at home: Me: Quick, would you rather we get a Fit or the Soul? Her: I don't care, Mommmm Me: What if we get a bright green Soul? Her: What if we don't M... Read more
An extra dollop of chaos
Sunday, April 24, 2016      9 comments

Yesterday the hub and I went car-looking. Not car-shopping, because we did not intend to actually buy a car so quickly, but car-looking, to test drive the three cars we thought might work for us, based on my internet research and the two cars w... Read more
Learning to say no
Saturday, April 23, 2016      4 comments

Today I was asked for help to put together a committee which required at least one woman or minority. Well, we don't have any minorities at my position, and I'm the only woman so it was clear that I was expected to volunteer. But I am already ... Read more
What the what?!
Friday, April 22, 2016      7 comments

This morning my boss showed up in my office to chat about a project I'm working on for him. He noticed a big stability ball I had stored under my counter - I had tried using it as a chair for a while to reduce back pain. "Are you using that?"... Read more
Culture clash
Thursday, April 21, 2016      4 comments

The hub is from a culture which isn't quite rude, but doesn't value politeness as much as I do. He doesn't say "please" or "thank you", and as a result it has been very hard to train the kids to observe these niceties. The hub says "please" so... Read more
Putting out fire with gasoline
Wednesday, April 20, 2016      5 comments

The last couple of days at work have this David Bowie song stuck in my head. I work with very good people, who like me are imperfect. Sometimes there is stubborn behavior that escalates into genuine unpleasantness. And because I'm the only wo... Read more
The cycle of life
Tuesday, April 19, 2016      4 comments

One of my work colleagues tried to convince me a couple of weeks ago that I should start cycling to work, like he does. Work is only about 5 miles away with flat and downhill parts, but the ride back would be painful. Factor in that our last s... Read more
My black thumb
Monday, April 18, 2016      4 comments

A dear Spark friend asked me a few days ago how I am at gardening, and I wrote back that I am so inept that I have a black thumb. I cited as evidence a potted cactus that I was once gifted; I placed it on our apartment windowsill and then forgo... Read more
How to make frenemies and influence people
Sunday, April 17, 2016      4 comments

When I was a teenager I won a local essay contest and the prize was tuition to a Dale Carnegie course and Toastmasters training. I was a painfully shy 16 year old who could put words on paper in a reasonable way, but would come close to faintin... Read more
Saturday, April 16, 2016      2 comments

I am finally done with all the tax returns - woo hoo! I feel like dancing. Somehow the anxiety over the piling chores have turned me from a late night owl into an early morning bird. Yesterday I woke up at 5 am and could not get back to sleep... Read more
True confessions
Friday, April 15, 2016      5 comments

Yesterday's blogs and some of the comments left got me thinking about clothes tonight. I don't think about clothes much. I buy most of mine online, from the clearance section, from one company because I know exactly what size I am. I hate loo... Read more

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