Waste Not Want Not

I hate waste and the older I get the more it drives me crazy.  Waste of any kind frustrates me, but nothing irks me more than wasting time. It’s been a lifelong battle and yet when I say this people are surprised.  I am one of the most productive time wasters you could meet.  Yes, I accomplish a lot but the trouble is I only have two speeds—overdrive or stalled.  There’s no middle ground and both exhaust me.  On one end of the spectrum it takes a lot more momentum

I hate waste and the older I get the more it drives me crazy.  Waste of any kind frustrates me, but nothing irks me more than wasting time. It’s been a lifelong battle and yet when I say this people are surprised.  I am one of the most productive time wasters you could meet.  Yes, I accomplish a lot but the trouble is I only have two speeds—overdrive or stalled.  There’s no middle ground and both exhaust me.  On one end of the spectrum it takes a lot more momentumKeep reading...

Where There’s Smoke….

It was one of those mornings that your mother warns you about.  I’d left to take Chase to school wearing my pajamas which insured there’d be trouble.  Fortunately, I didn’t have an accident but when I got home and heard air raid sirens going off I thought maybe I was waking up from a bad dream.  I scanned the neighborhood and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary so I headed inside to get another cup of coffee.  That’s when I discovered the noise pollution was coming from my house.

It was one of those mornings that your mother warns you about.  I’d left to take Chase to school wearing my pajamas which insured there’d be trouble.  Fortunately, I didn’t have an accident but when I got home and heard air raid sirens going off I thought maybe I was waking up from a bad dream.  I scanned the neighborhood and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary so I headed inside to get another cup of coffee.  That’s when I discovered the noise pollution was coming from my house.Keep reading...

Losing is Everything

When I found out the Dodger’s were playing the Rockies while we’d be in Denver for a tennis tournament I thought it would be fun to see the game.  Tournaments usually have a lot of down time between matches, so you’re looking for something to do besides worry about your next opponent.  I also knew there was a good chance Luke wouldn’t make it past the first round of play so we might need a pick-me-up. I didn’t mention the idea because it would be a distraction.  Tell a teenage

When I found out the Dodger’s were playing the Rockies while we’d be in Denver for a tennis tournament I thought it would be fun to see the game.  Tournaments usually have a lot of down time between matches, so you’re looking for something to do besides worry about your next opponent.  I also knew there was a good chance Luke wouldn’t make it past the first round of play so we might need a pick-me-up. I didn’t mention the idea because it would be a distraction.  Tell a teenageKeep reading...

Buzz

When you’re dressed like a storm trooper it’s hard to bend down and pick-up a penny.  You really don’t want to either with the boots because you can easily find yourself tangled up in a mess on the floor.  Then there’s all the gear you have in hand – goggles, gloves, and gators.  The 3G network required for skiing.  If only you had the powers of Jedi you could telekinetically put the penny in your pocket but since I can only handle a single black diamond run it’s safe to

When you’re dressed like a storm trooper it’s hard to bend down and pick-up a penny.  You really don’t want to either with the boots because you can easily find yourself tangled up in a mess on the floor.  Then there’s all the gear you have in hand – goggles, gloves, and gators.  The 3G network required for skiing.  If only you had the powers of Jedi you could telekinetically put the penny in your pocket but since I can only handle a single black diamond run it’s safe toKeep reading...

Falling Behind Just in Time

Christmas morning when I crept downstairs to start breakfast before everyone woke up I realized we were out of milk. I couldn’t believe I’d missed this detail after more than one trip to the market the day before. I flew to the store hoping to return before anyone discovered I was missing. I grabbed the milk and, thinking my speediness had left me time to spare, I ordered a latte at Starbuck’s – only to discover the guy in front of me had ordered six drinks! My best efforts to

Christmas morning when I crept downstairs to start breakfast before everyone woke up I realized we were out of milk. I couldn’t believe I’d missed this detail after more than one trip to the market the day before. I flew to the store hoping to return before anyone discovered I was missing. I grabbed the milk and, thinking my speediness had left me time to spare, I ordered a latte at Starbuck’s - only to discover the guy in front of me had ordered six drinks! My best efforts toKeep reading...

Penny Mad

It had been building for days but after the New Year’s Day sermon on “Resolutions”, the dam broke. The message wasn’t about resolutions it was about not being hypocritical so I guess that was the tipping point. After walking out of church the minute we got in the car Luke announces, “Okay if we’re going to be honest it’s my turn.”  Like any mother of a teenager I prepared myself for some horrible admission.  Luke leads a pretty simple life so this was an overreaction on my part but we all know

It had been building for days but after the New Year’s Day sermon on “Resolutions”, the dam broke. The message wasn’t about resolutions it was about not being hypocritical so I guess that was the tipping point. After walking out of church the minute we got in the car Luke announces, “Okay if we’re going to be honest it’s my turn.”  Like any mother of a teenager I prepared myself for some horrible admission.  Luke leads a pretty simple life so this was an overreaction on my part but we all knowKeep reading...

Float Like A Butterfly

I won’t promise to make this my last post about Buddy Too (B2) our new puppy because he’s just so darn cute.  I’m sure he’ll inspire lots of ideas for me but I don’t picture another “Marley and Me” type story coming from his life with us.  It’s only been a week though so who knows! B2 is timid little guy and he sticks very close to his “Mama” as my son Chase likes to refer to me.  I would tell you this is just because he know who feeds him.  My own Mother,

I won’t promise to make this my last post about Buddy Too (B2) our new puppy because he’s just so darn cute.  I’m sure he’ll inspire lots of ideas for me but I don’t picture another “Marley and Me” type story coming from his life with us.  It’s only been a week though so who knows! B2 is timid little guy and he sticks very close to his “Mama” as my son Chase likes to refer to me.  I would tell you this is just because he know who feeds him.  My own Mother,Keep reading...

What’s In a Name?

Growing up I remember when I had a crush on a boy I would write my first name with his last name in order to practice my new signature just in case we might have a future. Being very traditional when I married my college sweetheart the thought of keeping my maiden name never occurred to me.  The possibility of that marriage ending was also not something I imagined either.  If you don’t think you’ll ever be faced with the prospect of changing your name again the first change doesn’t seem like

Growing up I remember when I had a crush on a boy I would write my first name with his last name in order to practice my new signature just in case we might have a future. Being very traditional when I married my college sweetheart the thought of keeping my maiden name never occurred to me.  The possibility of that marriage ending was also not something I imagined either.  If you don’t think you’ll ever be faced with the prospect of changing your name again the first change doesn’t seem likeKeep reading...