Are you going broke?

I was talking with friend last night.  She talked about how it's hard to keep priorities this time of year (Christmas time).   She's busy going to 47 Christmas parties, buying gifts, spending time with friends, and somewhere in there ... she works.   We talked about weight gain, staying on budget, and sticking to goals.  They're all related. Have you gained 5, 10, 15 lbs lately?  Check your finances.  When your weight goes up, you're probably spending more money.  Check your work, too.  If … [Read more...]

Are you tipping enough?

Jen and I met our twins two months ago.  Our priorities were redefined.  Things like showering, blow drying of hair, eating food while hot fell to the bottom of the list.  Feeding babies, remembering to eat at all, finding 2-3 hours to sleep shot to the top of the list. The babies are kicking our asses.  Feeding two newborns at the same time is one of the most exhausting things I've done in my life.  I go from energetic and enthusiastic to exhausted and exasperated in a matter of … [Read more...]

Who are you laughing at?

When you can laugh at yourself, others laugh with you.  When you can't, they laugh at you.  They can only laugh with you if you're laughing, too. So ... who are you laughing at? Related articles Want to Know What Your Employees Really Think? (inc.com) … [Read more...]

Hard work vs. Work Hard

I looked like I had dengue fever.  I was ready to drop.  I just finished a 9 hour training event.  The new twins were kicking my ass. I slept 2 hours the night before.   I worked hard the entire day.   I gave 110% of my energy.  The training event did not go well.  It didn't go poorly.  It just wasn't what it could have been. I recovered from exhaustion  for the next two days.  I fought to stay in bed.  I hated it.  But if I didn't rest I would have been seriously compromised.  With the twins … [Read more...]

Thank, God. I am home.

I walked in the door.  I said, "I'm home, Cheech (Chi-chi's one of our dogs)."    A rush of emotion swept through me.  "Thank God, I'm home." I've struggled with my house being my home since I moved here.  It was Jen's house before we met.  There's a lot of history in the house.  There's a lot of ego involve in my fighting making this house my home.  I create meaning that doesn't have to be there that keeps me away. A friend was telling me about the Samurai.  They are not allowed to … [Read more...]

Setting the mood

Elli awoke screaming.  Again.  It was clear she did not know that it was night time.  We decided to set the mood. The lights dimmed throughout the house the next day at 7pm.  TV off.  Laptops closed.  Phones away.  Faded lights and lullabies.  Babies and bottles.  The girls fed.  We laid them down.  They slept.  They got it.   We  crafted the peaceful, nocturnal environment.  They went with the mood. So did we.  Jen and I had time to connect.  The house was more peaceful. I walked … [Read more...]

Winning the War

The final piece of paper left my hand.  My signature in place.  The condo was sold.  It was on the market over two years.  We got beaten on price and concessions.  I played this hand poorly.  We did not win this battle. I bought the condo for the wrong reasons.  It was what I thought I was supposed to do.  I bought into the dogma that renting is bad, owning is good.   Owning would make me an adult, I thought.  I bought. My decade of ambition had begun.  The ambition was to be good enough. … [Read more...]

Idiot’s Delight

I’m learning that faith isn’t about fantasy or foolish superstition.  It’s a matter of choosing an attitude of grace, optimism and humility. Grace - Letting things go.  We free ourselves of the pain of anger for transgressions - real or perceived - against us.  Does the other person deserve to be let off the hook?  Who cares?  You’re hurting yourself by carrying the burden.  I choose freedom through grace. Optimism - Trusting that good and bad experiences ultimately produce the best … [Read more...]

Double the trouble

  The Warheit Twins joined us last week.  Today they are 1 week old.  Sleep has been at a premium.  Jen and I are adapting. We talked with another mom in the waiting room for the babies 48 hour doctor visit.  We talked about when it gets better.  Her observation, "I'm not sure that it gets better.  I think we get better." Shortly after her comment, we realized we were in the wrong doctors office. It's easy to get caught up in waiting for "It" to get better.  When we do that, … [Read more...]

Finding Grace

I bent over. I looked at the delicate, brown beauty resting peacefully in her lucite crib. She is around 5 pounds. A sign above her crib reads, "1 lb. 3 oz." Her birth weight. They stopped me. A young girl, in her wheel chair. Her mom at the helm. They were leaving the NICU. I was walking toward it. A car seat in my hands. They knew this meant my little girl was close to going home. They lit with excitement for me. They recognized me. They saw me the morning my girls were … [Read more...]