Tag: conflict

  • Life Lessons from the Buffet Line

    Life Lessons from the Buffet Line

    There’s a special place in my heart for a special place near my house. Hubbie and I visit it regularly…as in, at least once a week. It’s that awesome. It’s Souplantation. And it makes me Souper happy. If you don’t know Souplantation (also known as Sweet Tomatoes in certain areas), it’s one of those soup/salad/lots-of-other-stuff…

  • Why Looking Bad Can Be Good

    Why Looking Bad Can Be Good

    Over the last few months I seemed to have a problem when it came to running down hills. I kept falling down. I stumbled all over the place. With absolutely no grace. If you’ve ever experienced this kind of trend, you know it can get pretty old. It all began last year, when I decided…

  • 8 Things to Do (and Not Do) When Things Go Foul

    8 Things to Do (and Not Do) When Things Go Foul

    So, it’s been a foul week. Things just haven’t gone as planned…unexpected tax bills and gross flu symptoms and canceled projects and back-pain that’s led to sleepless nights. They’ve all happened this week. The kicker? My beloved Jeep, the topic of more than a few recent posts, sent a signal that its own foul-ness might…

  • What’s in your Mystery Basket?

    What’s in your Mystery Basket?

    Truth time. I’ve got a little obsession. And I know I’m not alone on this one. It combines some of my very favorite things: riveting drama, diverse personalities…and food. It’s the television show Chopped. And I looooooove it. In fact, I record it regularly so I can watch it every morning as I prep for…

  • The Truth About Life’s Bumps

    The Truth About Life’s Bumps

    So, my beloved ’99 Jeep died recently. Long-time blog followers will understand the implications of this tragedy. They’ll also know that this is not our first, shall we say, incident.  (Behold…this photo from last year’s mildly embarrassing post). This time around (which was totally not my fault by the way), the story goes a bit differently. I…

  • 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…

  • The REAL Part You Play in Other People’s Lives

    The REAL Part You Play in Other People’s Lives

    I begin today’s post with a tale of mild irritation. I was working on a project with a colleague and found myself in a position where I couldn’t move forward without getting some information from her. I emailed her multiple times. I called her, texted her. I said her name to the clouds above, hoping…

  • Guys…Where Are We?

    Guys…Where Are We?

    Let’s begin with a hearty congrats to you. You’ve made it halfway through the year (exactly halfway if you’re reading this blog on the day it first posts). Huzzah! It’s funny. We start the year with all kinds of intentions about how – this year – we will do something different or new that will…

  • How FOMO Can Sneak Up On You

    How FOMO Can Sneak Up On You

    Today we get to the core of a little nugget called FOMO. The acronym has been around for a while. The concept has been around a whole lot longer than that. And yet, for some reason, so many of us still fall prey to it. It seems to sneak up on us regularly, gets in the…

  • The Cheesecake Factory Phenomenon

    The Cheesecake Factory Phenomenon

    There’s something funny about The Cheesecake Factory. It seems no matter what time you go and no matter which location you visit, there’s a wait to get in. And that wait? It’s often a substantial one, causing crowds of people to gather around and anticipate, sometimes for an hour or more, that fateful moment when…

  • The Ick of “No”

    The Ick of “No”

    Ah, the word “no”. How does such a simple word get so complicated? So ominous? Behold…a brief tale to illustrate my question. Last year I stepped into a volunteer leadership position for an organization. I did my best with it, but I really didn’t feel useful. Nor did I enjoy it at all. And so…

  • The House of Cards Effect

    The House of Cards Effect

    Recently I was waiting on line at a coffee shop when a child fell into a full-on tantrum, complete with a perfectly executed flop-down pose. You know the pose I’m talking about: The child’s mother, her nose stuck in her iPhone, did nothing. “What’s wrong with her?” I thought. “Doesn’t she know how annoying that…