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What's going on?

My blog is all horked up in Firefox, no clue what to do. Desperate for an upgrade of blogging platform as I'm still on MT 3.33 and it may explode, anyway. (Yes, really. Shut up.) Let's see what happens if I publish this. ...more

Girls go to college to get more knowledge

Well, THAT was an unplanned blog break if I ever saw one. I figure my birthday's as good a day as any to try to snap this hiatus I took, so here I am. Since we last talked, I've sent a kid to college, and she turned 18. Yes, both of those things you "can't even imagine" right now happened in the span of 2 weeks around these parts. You know how when you have a ...more

Schmelta wasn't ready when I was

I went to NYC over this past weekend for BlogHer. "Oh, me? I was in Manhattan over the weekend." That cracks me up a little because we all know I don't actually go anywhere other than Atlanta for kids' sporting events. Yes, I thought I was done with the ATL when Busy Girl graduated, but now it seems that I'm back on the I-75 corridor for a whole new generation of soccer this weekend. But, back to BlogHer ....more
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Chicago in the summer

Last week, I was honored to be able to attend #BBSummit12 brought to you by the good folks at Social RevUp. Melisa sums up #BBSummit12 quite nicely, so I'm going to leave you with some of my pictures. Chicago is one of my favorite places ever ....more

School camp and closet-less kid

Busy Boy and Busy D. have been at camp for 3 weeks, they come home Saturday! Busy Girl's enjoyed being an only child (when she's home) and we've gotten a few things done around the house, but nowhere near the volume of grand plans we thought we'd execute while they were gone. I was ready to go all Clean Sweep on a few of the rooms around here, but while we've got the "empty the room" part down, we have ...more

Dove VisibleCare Crème Body Wash and a chance to win

I recently got the chance to try Dove VisibleCare™ Crème Body Wash. While I don't have an issue with really, really dry skin like some people do, I have noticed a difference in my skin over the years, and I'm also a little dry from the summer sun. ...more

Dealing with disappointment

Today's question for "Life Well Lived" is: How do you deal with disappointment? If I'm disappointed, I try not to let my emotions get out of control, but I do allow myself some time to be disappointed and wallow (privately) in it to get it out of my system. I may give the situation a brief review and figure out what, if anything, I can learn from it, but I really have to work at not dwelling on ...more

Anatomy of a sick day

Me (to me): "Man, I don't feel so good." Me (to me): "If you didn't stay up half the night playing Scramble With Friends and went to bed on time, maybe you'd feel better." Me (to me): "OK, I got a decent amount of sleep, and I am awake now and also possibly dead." Me (to me): "You can't miss work, you haven't even been in this job all that long. Take a shower like you tell the kids to ...more

When are the Olympics?

Pondering: why is it so difficult to find out the details of major sporting events? For example, I can never remember what time the Super Bowl kick off is. So, I Google it, and I can find out the history of the Super Bowl, "What You Need to Know About the Superbowl" and Super Bowl recipes. I can't, however, find out when the Super Bowl starts. ...more