Fail Faster: Some of the Hardest Advice to Swallow

Fail Faster: Some of the Hardest Advice to Swallow

I’ve started this piece a few times now. Twice on paper. Three or four times in my head. This is the third go on a keyboard. Fail, fail, fail. I even missed last week’s self-imposed publishing deadline.  It wasn’t really a matter of writer’s block. The words came...
Unleashed: Life Lessons from a Dog

Unleashed: Life Lessons from a Dog

Dogs are some of my favorite people. Hubby and I have three. They’re all our babies, but Pickle is extra special. I’ve learned a little something about life from her. Hopefully this won’t get sappy.  First, Let Me Tell You About Pickle If you’re a dog person, you know...
Multitasking Sucks And It’s Probably Driving You Crazy

Multitasking Sucks And It’s Probably Driving You Crazy

Multitasking used to make me feel so productive. That is, until life started feeling like a browser with 73 tabs open. Here’s what I’ve discovered about getting stuff done and enjoying the process. [The scene, about 1993] Both coffee pots were empty. Again.  I was the...
Positive Thinking Is Hooey. This Works Better.

Positive Thinking Is Hooey. This Works Better.

Positive thinking always bugged me. It seemed to require lying. Mind you, I’ll be the first to look for the silver lining. But that’s different from positive thinking. Here’s the thought experiment I’m running now. A few months ago, I bought a copy of Trevor Blake’s...
My Kingdom for a Deo that Works!

My Kingdom for a Deo that Works!

Who Knew There’d Be So Much Perspiration in Midlife? Remember the good old days when we were kids in the seventies, and there were deodorants like Tickle? So cute – and they smelled like candy. And weren’t we cute thinking that the sweaty pits we got...
Go Outside and Play! (Yes, YOU)

Go Outside and Play! (Yes, YOU)

How many times did we hear it as kids? “Go outside and play!” (possibly followed by, “and don’t come home until the streetlights are on!”) As a kid growing up in the seventies, getting to go outside and play – especially during the summer – was a huge part...
New Hobbies to Try in Midlife: Paint Pouring

New Hobbies to Try in Midlife: Paint Pouring

Confession: I am a hobby addict. I’m always on the hunt for new hobbies to try. Now, at least. Like many moms, the decades of raising kids were so busy that hobbies were tough to get into. Between working, driving people everywhere, having a little social life (very...
I Tried Sheets Laundry Club  – Here’s the Scoop

I Tried Sheets Laundry Club  – Here’s the Scoop

Actually, there IS no “scoop” with Sheets Laundry Club. As a midlife woman, I have to admit one surprising upside to having an empty nest. Laundry for two is way easier than laundry for four. Even though one of us two works in a VW restoration shop, which doesn’t...