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Pay Yourself First

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I was standing in line at the grocery store yesterday, scrambling to find my discount card and coupons, while at the same time trying to keep my eleven month old amused by making ridiculous faces, hoping the cashier would put a little energy into the items she was scanning and move our line along a […]

Craftsy

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I am not a particularly craftsy person. I don’t decoupage. I’ve never hand-painted anything. Using a glue gun is as foreign to me as using a machine gun. But knitting I can do. It’s vaguely creative, but really, all you do is follow a pattern. Sure, you can design your own sweaters, but for me, […]

Anatomy of a Supper Club

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I am blessed with a husband who is a great cook. He also enjoys cooking. I like cooking, but really only know how to cook a handful of things. When Warren and I first started living together, dinner was a team effort. Warren was alpha chef and I was beta. As beta, my duties involved […]

Work! Work! Work!

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Excerpted from Whose Kids Are These Anyway by Ken Swarner. Copyright © 2003. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. I have been enjoying my job a whole lot more now that Larry Johnson packed his belongings and moved out of our department. I don’t want to appear insensitive, but, you can’t have someone with that […]

Where Oh Where Can It Be?

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I spend 30% of my time searching for some irreplaceable, invaluable piece of paper. I haven’t timed it, but it seems about right. Permission slips. Book tracking slips. Camp forms. Directions to doctor’s offices. Invitations to birthday parties. Sunday school calendars. Bowling schedules. And the list goes on and on. One problem is, these nuggets […]

Want Fries With That Cow?

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A while back my son and I visited the aquarium. After taking the train downtown, walking six blocks, peering through blue-green glass at the scores of aquatic life and completely exhausting the use of "whoa" and "that’s cool!", we were pretty darn hungry. And, as I’m a dad and am not biologically wired to plan […]

Constant Vigilance!

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"Constant Vigilance!" is a phrase uttered over and over again by Mad-Eye Moody in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Of course he was crazy, and not quite what he seemed to be, but lately, his catch phrase has become my personal mantra. My son is nearly six months old and becoming more mobile […]

Doctor, Heal Thyself

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A medical advice column was recently brought to my attention, written by Dr. Peter Gott. I must admit, I had never heard of Dr. Gott before, despite his being widely syndicated. Strangely enough, whenever I have a concern about my health, I tend to visit our family physician or the hospital instead of consulting section […]

Third Millennium Mom

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We’ve sworn off hydrogenated oils (or trans-fats they’re also called). Heard of them? They’re in everything. So far, I’ve found three types of cookies that don’t have them (Pepperidge Farms Pirouettes, Chessmen and the Newman’s Own brand Oreo-type cookies) and one type of cracker (melba toast). To swear off hydrogenated oils, it means that you […]