Lo, these many years we’ve been driving up to Timberline Lodge for Mother’s Day. I don’t know why it started, but it probably had something to do with it being the most awesome place in the world. And maybe a little bit because it was used as the exterior in The Shining.


I have never taken more than a week off work (except when I was sick) and my theory is that one needs at least three weeks to full disengage from the office and settle into a new routine. I am convinced that the kids bicker less when I’m home more often, I snack less, I get more sleep and I don’t get headaches.

Coincidence? I think not.


Nine days ago, I was apologizing to my daughter for working on her birthday, then furiously wrapping up emails, cleaning off my desk and preparing to leave the office until after the new year. Eight days ago, I was in a waterpark, listening to my husband declare, “Oh my god, I’m Ricky Bobby,” enjoying a […]

Perhaps the Best Idea I’ve Ever Had

Santa Suit + Night Vision Trailcam = Two Kids Who Will Believe in Santa A Little While Longer.


I was recently doing some online Christmas shopping for a…um…how shall I put this delicately? A piece of performance gear for cold weather running that is for the exclusive use of gentlemen. No? Um, it keeps one’s parts warm while running. Male parts. Are we all on the same page here? The problem was, I couldn’t […]