I attempt, often unsuccessfully, to run a pretty tight domestic ship. I’m not opposed to electronics, but laziness makes me crabby. I’m thrilled family members feel so included socially that they “need” to spend time keeping in touch with their friends. I’m not thrilled when their social interaction keeps them from chores or just being thoughtful. I would prefer my family notice what needs attention and do it instead of me harassing them to get off Snapchat, Instagram, Xbox, or... Read More
I’ve made a horrible decision.
In preparation for Christmas, I completely cleared off the section of the kitchen island that’s usually reserved for my pile of papers. Since we moved here five and a half years ago, this messy spot has contained everything from to-do lists to forms that need signing, from my calendar to receipts, from work-related papers to my keys. (Well, maybe not my keys. Those things could be anywhere!)
We were talking about how nice it looked,... Read More
Do condescending people bother you? It’s irritating, isn’t it? I don’t know anyone who enjoys being patronized or being treated like an inferior just so other people can feel good about themselves.
Here’s what makes a condescending attitude in people so irritating: People dismiss others and act like they’re so far above them because they think that they actually are above others. And while certain people fill positions of honor and authority and they deserve respect because of that, we... Read More
Do you know where New Year’s resolutions come from?
From Janus, the ancient Roman god believed to govern time, transitions, and new beginnings. When the Roman Senate and Julius Caesar reworked the calendar to start the year on Janu-ary 1st (the month named after their god), they decided to mark the transition with new resolutions and noble beginnings.
Two thousand years later, I’m promising my wife I’ll cut back my Taco Bell stops to twice a week . . . ... Read More