Tag: brain

  • Bruises, Batteries and Beauty: Life Lessons from One Long Night

    Bruises, Batteries and Beauty: Life Lessons from One Long Night

    I recently found myself on a mountain in the middle of the night. Again. Unlike the last time, this event wasn’t quite so…traumatic.  Though this adventure, dubbed Ladies Night by the boot camp that created it, certainly had some special nuances. Behold…the numbers: 29 female participants 12 hours (7pm to 7am. As in overnight.) 3…

  • What’s Up with All the Honking?

    What’s Up with All the Honking?

    This week’s blog is available in podcast form!  You can listen/download here: What’s Up With All the Honking? Want more? Let me know by answering the quick poll at the end of this post. If enough people say “yup” then I’ll keep ’em coming, post some old favorites, and publish them to iTunes. Now, onto the…

  • Things You Learn When You’re Lost On a Big, Fat Mountain

    Things You Learn When You’re Lost On a Big, Fat Mountain

    Today’s post is a bit different. It’s a somewhat intense tale. Get ready. And please don’t judge me. It begins after a good dose of  “you can do it Deirdre!” pep talks, when I signed up for a race/hike up a big, fat mountain in the big, dry, lunar-landscaped desert known as Anza Borrego. That…

  • What Two Girl Scouts Can Teach Us All

    What Two Girl Scouts Can Teach Us All

    It happened at a grocery store on a Sunday evening. Hubbie and I were pooped from a day of errand-filled frenzy and this was our last stop on the journey. As we made our way down to the parking garage, loaded up with bags, there stood two adorable little Girl Scouts. Lily and Lisa. I…

  • Our Little Walk Through the Fear Pile

    Our Little Walk Through the Fear Pile

    Stupid, freakin’ fear. I hate it. And, sad to say, I’m walking in a big, glumpy pile of it as I write this. Walk with me for a moment, won’t you? As we begin, let me first acknowledge how ironic this post feels already. I’ve written lots of blogs on how to tackle fear. Heck,…

  • This is a Test. Let’s Play.

    This is a Test. Let’s Play.

    Well, there’s been a momentous occasion in the life of Deirdre. Momentous, I say. I quit my gym. Those of you who know me will understand why this is such a big deal…that up to now my body-building hobby has actually been an enormous part of my life. Every single day of it. For years.…

  • Getting a Handle on the Fondue Effect

    Getting a Handle on the Fondue Effect

    Ahhh…Fondue. It’s delicious and it’s fun. It’s also a gooey metaphor for a mistake we all make in life. If you’ve never indulged in fondue, it’s basically a meal where you take little bits of solid things and dunk them into various kinds of liquid things. Little bits of bread go into cheese sauce…little bits…

  • When Stupid, Ugly Numbers Freak You Out

    When Stupid, Ugly Numbers Freak You Out

    So I got my credit card statement yesterday. Immediately my heartbeat picked up speed. After all, my spending has been a bit…shall we say…active during my recent travels. And so I did what many of us would do. I shut my eyes and willed it to go away. Which, of course, didn’t work. It was…

  • The Seemingly-Virtuous, Often-Dangerous Word We All Use Now and Then

    The Seemingly-Virtuous, Often-Dangerous Word We All Use Now and Then

    What I’m about to say might irritate you. And I’ve decided that this is okay, as long as you’re willing to hear my point all the way through. It begins with a few thoughts on Barcelona, a city where I’ve lived in for nearly two months. It’s a delightful place, a place filled with endless…