August 25, 2015Time For A Drive-Thru
Looking inside a woman's wallet gives you a glimpse of where she's been, places she frequents, and how much cash she carries around. A monthly cleanout shows everything from register receipts, to phone numbers scribbled on scratch paper, to outdated coupons. Most of this stuff belongs in the trash (excuse me, recycle bin) with the exception of the receipts. These days, whenever you buy something, merchants use their receipts as a map to their website, promising a percentage off the next purchase price if you go online and fill out a customer survey: 20% off at Target, The Gap, or Old Navy could make this worth it, provided you're planning a return visit in the allotted time for which the deal is good. Some offer entry into a large cash drawing for filling out the survey in the next 10 days. Many times these offers overflow inside my wallet and, regardless of my desire, they more than likely end up getting thrown away—I mean, recycled. One time I responded to a Panera survey with, "Yes, I did really like the product but, no, they never seem to get my order right." I noted that the soup is usually cold and my chai latte was made with rotten orange juice. Should I be surprised I never heard back from them? I never won the prize, received a discount, or was offered a refund, but they sure did get my email address. The clutter flood tends to crest right about now, as we're on the cusp of back to school—although we're not quite there yet. I'm noticing more jumpy people lately, too. I was in line waiting to order a coffee and the woman in front of me turned and yelled, "I want a day off, don't you?" Actually, I just wanted the line to start moving so I could get some caffeine. Meanwhile, her 20-month-old son is clamoring to get a donut. I know his age because for the first 10 minutes of my wait she was talking very loudly on her cell to a girlfriend, telling about how he sleeps till 9AM every morning, forcing her to take her daughter to day camp he sleeps. She is so not happy with her daughter's camp counselor who's giving her charges camping tests and teaching them how to count money. She feels the work stresses her daughter out, therefore stresses her out. "Isn't summer camp supposed to be fun?" she asks. My idea of fun at that point was a quicker-moving coffee line.
August 11, 2015Piercing
The karate moms have had much to discuss lately with all the summer vacations,barbecues, visiting in-laws and the looming back to school sales. The most recent topic was all about earrings, sort of. There I was typing away, minding my own iPad, when the mom next to me ...
July 28, 2015What's Cooking?
Over-mothering is a common occurrence with many (not all) women.There's also under-mothering but that's a whole other column. Love has a way of making us want to hold on and nurture our babies. Many of our fears and applications come from the way we were parented. ...
July 21, 2015Road Trip
My sister, her husband and their 12 year old son are taking a road trip this summer traveling from Minnesota to see my brother in California. Three people in one car is not so bad; they have an enormous SUV with every bell and whistle possible giving their son plenty ...
July 14, 2015Green
Some she's have a true gift for gardening— do you have a green thumb? I'm the only one in my family that doesn't have a green thumb; I sport something more like a French manicure. No matter what I do, I can't grow anything. My grandfather was a master planter and ...
July 7, 2015Start
By now, the kids are on summer break. Many new summer schedules includes dropping kids off at some kind of summer camp before heading to work, cleaning the pool, and lathering on sunscreen. Winter weight gain can be countered by the new, fresh alternatives at the local ...
June 16, 2015Skin
My daughter's friend, Adam, gets a different tattoo or piercing pretty much every couple of weeks. They are well thought out and meaningful to him. But honestly, all jokes aside, he's running out of room for a new spot to decorate, and I'm wondering what happens next. He ...
June 2, 2015Gizmos
I practiced great self control inside a Bed Bath & Beyond this past weekend. Maybe you read my tweet: "Bed, Bath & Beyond, more like the evil place with everything I didn't know I need." You walk in and instantly feel like you need to buy..well, everything. Stuff like: ...
May 26, 2015The Lesson In Hair
My daughter is getting her hair cut and I'm waiting for her. Kesha is pumping through the speakers, and I'm surrounded by cases filled with make-up, lotions and hair products. Refreshments are available, including coffee, water, wine and soda along with a small ...
May 19, 2015Text
You learn a lot about women by text-snooping. Check out this text between myself and my friend Suzy, a married full-time working mother of three. Suzy: Morning! Just reviewing my week, and I have us tentatively on for tomorrow at 10:30. Was that going to work for you? ...