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Music Appreciation 101


Remember that song from the 90s called “Hunger Strike” by Temple of the Dog? The band was a project of the members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam? (Yes, I know my inner grunge is showing.) Here’s the obligatory video that you probably won’t watch, but maybe you can hit play and listen for a bit to get the gist, if it isn’t obvious from the title.

So this was playing the other day and my ten-year-old daughter commented, “This guy sounds really hungry.”

Her smart genes are inherited, thank you very much!

Next it was this song, another 90s hit, “What’s up?” by 4 Non Blondes in which the singer repeatedly asks, “What’s going on?” Read the rest of this entry

Blog Buddy’s Book


My apologies, especially to Nina(!), for accidentally hitting the send button instead of the schedule button on this. TODAY, October 18, is the actual launch day of her book. My apologies to those of you who received this post early and with broken links. This is what I get for trying to be ahead of the game. The lesson learned is that I should never try to work ahead. Procrastination is much better. ;)

I’ve been a long-time follower of Nina at Sleeping Should be Easy because she’s brilliant, and she gives great advice. Even though I don’t always fall into the category of parent she’s targeting in her blog posts (like that of a toddler), I find myself reading anyway because she always makes terrific points.

At long last, she has put her wisdom into a book with the apropos title: Parenting with Purpose: How to Raise Well-Behaved Children and Build a Strong Parent-Child Relationship.

And guess what, folks? The book launches TODAY! (Do you hear the trumpet blasts?)

State Trumpeters are pictured during preparations for the royal wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images) I'd say the book launch is at least this important on a global scale to the royal wedding.

State Trumpeters during preparations for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
I’d say the book launch is at least as important as the royal wedding.

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You know you spend a lot of time on the computer when…


you hold up some empty envelopes from the mail and ask your husband, “Can I delete these?”

He just looked at me and said, “If by ‘delete’ you mean ‘throw out,’ then, yes, you can delete them.”

I cracked up at myself, but really, how sad is that?

What’s worse is it’s spreading to our children. Read the rest of this entry

A good night for take out


Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with a toddler can appreciate the joy that a few minutes of privacy can bring. Toddlers are with you always, with an endless stream of questions, many of which have obvious answers and didn’t need to be asked in the first place.

I had one of those days with my son, so when I went to the bathroom, I locked the door. I just wanted to tinkle in peace. But no sooner had I sat down when I heard the familiar: “Mommy, where are you?” followed by my son’s desperate attempt to open the door. I was so frustrated I couldn’t stand it. So when my son asked, “What you doing?” I replied,  Read the rest of this entry

Keeping your marriage a happy one


Today I’m doing something new by sharing with you a post by a woman who interviewed me a while back. She made up a great infographic under the title 8 Scientific Ways to Improve Your Marriage Today. Since I’m obviously a proponent of happy marriages (See 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage), I was happy to post her article here.

Tell me your thoughts in the comments. Do you agree with her eight? Are there others you would add?

From Elizabeth Davis:

As time goes by, we tend to get stuck in our everyday lives, take our spouses for granted, and stop investing in our marriage. But here’s the thing: marriages are not static, things change. It’s on you to decide whether you’d like this change to be towards a happier, more fulfilling relationship with your spouse.

The following infographic from Relationships Advice shows you 8 great tips you can start doing today to improve your marriage. Read the rest of this entry

Movie theater etiquette–this guy didn’t have it


Saturday night a friend and I went to the movies. I won’t say which movie it was, but I can tell you that watching it without distraction was an impossible mission.

For one thing, this obnoxious man sat in the seat right next to me. The theater wasn’t that full, and I’m not that cute, even in a darkened room. What happened to the leave-a-seat-between-strangers rule?

On the other side of him was a middle-school aged boy, whom I assume was his son. THREE times during the movie, he asked his son if he was enjoying the movie. If I’d been that kid, I would have said, “Well, I’d like it more if you’d let me watch it!”

Mind you, he turned away from me to speak to his son, yet I could hear him clearly. Why?

Because he spoke at full volume! In a theater!

“Wow! A movie theater! I’ve only heard about these. Isn’t this amazing? Can everyone hear me? You in the front? Great! What about the back row? Yes? Okay!”

Then he would make random comments for everyone to hear, and not even helpful insightful ones. Read the rest of this entry