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What’s a Tubkaak?

4 Apr

What’s a Tubkaak?

a. a rare bird
b. a naughty word
c. an eco-friendly resort
d. a Taiwanese game

….

Have your guess? Well, here’s your answer:

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The Many Lives of a Laundry Basket

25 Jan

Heads up: Starting next week, I’m going to post on Mondays and Thursdays. I have a couple of writing project that have been idling on the back burner, so I need to cut down to two weekly posts for a while. I’m sure you’ll manage just fine.

In the meantime, I have a bit of Friday fun for you, namely this:

LaundryBasket

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Do It Now

18 Jan
We've been friends a looong time.

We’ve been friends a looong time. 

“Forever is composed of nows.” ~Emily Dickinson

It began with to-do list musings over the beat of my scrubbing toothbrush. “Birthday … Dede … present … ” My dearest friend triumphed over a lot in the past year: a big move, a big promotion, and a scary MS diagnosis—all while juggling the duties of mom and wife.

So what do you get someone for all of that? Flowers? Jewelry? Omaha Steaks?

None of that conveyed what I wanted to say: “I thank the world every day that you’re in it. I’m so lucky to have you as a friend.”

Yeah, definitely not steaks.

Then I got to thinking … The last time Dede and I had one-on-one time was when we were kids. With our own kids now as well as our own jobs, homes (cities even), and obligations, there’s simply never time for it. Sure, we occasionally get together with our families in tow at the holidays, but it’s never just us, laughing, being silly, and being those girls from a childhood far, far away.

So why not make time for it? Why not go somewhere … somewhere we could play and have nothing to do but have fun.

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It’s Your Birthday

11 Jan

SzabaEyesI’m going on week two of my birthday now.

Nearly every morning since my actually birthday, I’ve been awakened by two dancing brown eyes and the excited whisper,

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Body Language

4 Jan

Illustration by Architecture, Food & One Little Beautiful Girl, Flickr Creative Commons

We all know our body language affects how others perceive us. But did you know it affects how you perceive yourself? It also directly impacts your probability of professional and personal success.

As Amy Cuddy explains in the TED Talk below: Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.

I mentioned her talk in my lessons from 2012, but it made such an impact on me, it warrants its own post. This video is well worth watching, especially for women. I’ll never sit through a meeting the same again.

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Holiday Birthdays

14 Dec
MerryNewYear

Merry New Year! I mean, Merry Birthday! (And, if haven’t watched Trading Places, do so… now.)

The holidays can get confusing if your birthday (or the birthday of someone you love)  falls in the middle of them.

I consider myself somewhat of an expert on this, since I’ve had a Christmas Eve birthday for, oh, 30 odd years or so.

People with a holiday birthdays grow up with a love-hate relationship with the  season. On the one hand, everyone decorates for you, right? On the other, you can’t help but feel a bit obsolete amid the monstrosity that is Christmas.

Regardless, on behalf of Sagittarius-Capricorns everywhere (Sagittorns? Capricarius?), I kindly ask that you be sensitive to our plight. It may be a bit childish, but when it comes to birthdays, there’s still a bit of a kid in us all.

How could a 1 year old not be confused by this menagerie?

How could a 1 year old not be confused by this menagerie?

Here are five easy ways to distinguish the “happy” part of the day from the “merry”:

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Top 3: Apps for Traveling Tots

7 Dec

Travel with KidsI recently posted a “Top 3” about blogs for moms, and my friend Christa (talented author of the Lexy Cooper Videogame Mysteries, I might add) asked me to feature my Top 3 kids’ apps.

The category is rather broad (from age to interest), so I’ve narrowed it down to my picks for traveling with a toddler. I figure they might come in handy for many of you traveling with kids in tow this season.

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