An Exercise in Time Management: Training for My Half Marathon

OK, I admit it. I was wrong. I thought with proper time management Hubby and I could easily train for the half marathon.

The boys konked out after a 5 mile run.

The boys konked out after a 5 mile run.

Clearly I was smoking something.

When I told him I was going to do Chicago’s Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon, part of him wanted to join. I warned him that if he did, I’d be more bullish about my training than I was with the Shamrock Shuffle. Since the Shamrock was … Read more ...

Mommy Guilt: Save The Guilt For Late-Night Ice Cream and Pizza

When I’m at work, I feel guilty for not spending more time with my kid. When I’m with my kid, I feel bad for not doing more for work. Either way, I feel guilty.

It’s like that for moms. We feed bad, we feel guilty, we feel responsible when things don’t work out “right.” And who can blame us? Guilt trips are given by many: from our friends, grandparents, spouses, colleagues, doctors, the list goes on and on. And it starts early, are you getting … Read more ...

Got a Long Commute? Turn It Into Quality Me Time

Get up. Get dressed. Get kid dressed. Grab him a snack. Go to work. Work hard. Get kid from daycare. Get home. Make dinner. Eat dinner. Put kid to bed. Talk to Hubby. Sleep. And repeat. Sound familiar?

Like most, our days are jam packed with the bare essentials. So when is there time to catch up with family and friends? Make doctor appointments? Write personal e-mails? Read a book? I’ve found a chunk of time to do so and it’s been a lifesaver. It’s … Read more ...

Mommy’s Memory: What Happened To My Steel Trap?

I’m forgetting things. Not trivial things like forgetting to unthaw the ground turkey before leaving for work in the morning. Not egregious things like forgetting to pick up my kid from daycare, but things that before would be safely locked in my steel trap mind.

These days it’s more like a steel sieve. Why is that? After becoming a mom, my brain isn’t as efficient as it once was. Is it the lack of sleep? Is it that I’m juggling more? Some hormonal shift that … Read more ...