April 21, 2015Spring Clean
Gardeners and landscapers are ready for their busy season. Hopefully, if she needs yard work done, she's already called and made an appointment for a spring clean up. The same strategy is required for carpet cleaning, as well. Otherwise, she might have to wait, because from my experience, it's
hard to find decent, reasonable landscaping help, and the good guys fill up fast.
I once had what looked like a jungle of twines on the side of my house; it was nasty, thorny, thick, and difficult to remove. When I hired someone to do a spring clean up, I specifically noted that the job entailed making the twine jungle disappear; this was my greatest need. On clean-up day they did everything but the twiney stuff. I pointed it out, but they said they never knew. I contacted the salesperson who said he would swing by my house whenever he was in the area to take some whacks at it, ending with a request for my payment "as soon as possible." Anyone smell something wrong here? Honestly, I had to email the owner of the company, explaining my situation, as I dare not post my challenge on any social network. I feared for my lawn if I did. Thankfully, he obliged and sent a worker right over. The job ended up taking someone 15 minutes, I kid you not.
April 7, 2015Spring Break
Expenses, food, and spring break; these are the hot topics in the karate waiting room I eavesdrop on. They fall right in line with my girlfriend Linda's Facebook status update: "Not feeling at all bitter when people talk about their spring vacations. My vacation is ...
March 31, 2015She Eavesdrop from the Karate Waiting Room
The karate moms are out of control today; the amount of correction they are giving their kids is minimal, to say the least. While I wait for my daughter, I'm observing my cast of characters. Due to a snow storm and small attendance, the karate waiting room is somewhat ...
March 17, 2015Time off
For many families it's been a winter filled with a load of snow days- for my kids it's more than I can ever remember. If a school district believes there would be any danger transporting kids to-or-from school due to inclement weather they cancel or delay. My district ...
March 3, 201530 Days Has September
I found out the hard way that February is a short month. I was trying to reset the start and stop dates for an online payment, and the system would not let me pay a fee scheduled for February 30. After sending a note to customer service, I finally realized I had ...
February 2, 2015She's Running
She's fresh off of cleaning up after "The Big Game" and as February arrives, she's sure to be ready for the unexpected. Her month is a visual representation of the saying "stuff happens." A perfectly planned-out week can be nixed up by unexpected, yet realistic ...
January 27, 2015My Space
The hot yoga classes I attend have tripled in size since January 1, a common happening thanks to all who have a resolution the get fit for 2015. This creates a stir amongst the regular attendees who have gotten used to having their particular space on the floor. ...
January 13, 2015Work It Mom
Today's hot yoga class was taught by Julia, with her six-month old baby Emma playing 'the witness.' As Julia instructed us into our downward dogs, her little baby cooed from her mother's arms. Later in the day, I was exiting a parking garage in a medical park and ...
December 10, 2014No Pain No Debt
It all adds up: even if she's set a Christmas budget there are so many extras not accounted for. Spending is up this year the experts say. Forbes Women warns of setting a holiday budget without remembering the extra essentials like cards, tape, wrapping paper, special ...
December 9, 2014Good Cheer
Year-end giving is top of mind for many agencies, knowing that she could be seeking to end her year on a charitable note with an extra tax deduction to boot. Mailboxes are filled with donation requests and merchant catalogues reminding us that December 22 is the last ...