Since finishing my Andrea Reads America project, I’ve felt both thrilled and overwhelmed by the reading possibilities before me. I didn’t have my next book planned when I finished the project, and that caught me off guard. After six years of a pretty structured reading life, I suddenly didn’t know what I was going to … Continue reading I am free again in my reading life!
What I want to do with my life is be happy and be satisfied and appreciate the wonder of the world around me and help others be happy and be satisfied and appreciate the wonder of the world around them because life is awe-inspiring and miraculous and we waste so much of it not-living and … Continue reading What I want to do with my life
More than 20 years ago, when I was in college, an acquaintance left a note and a gift on the coffee table in my apartment. I guess I had baked cookies and they ate a few. A single word from their note is still branded on my brain: “I give you this [gift I don’t … Continue reading The power of precise words
My husband was out of town the other night. Usually when he’s away, I make something easy for dinner, like pasta with olive oil and parmesan. This time I had already planned tacos, so I made tacos. I spread the table with all the various bowls and plates: salsa, avocado, shredded cheddar, sautéed onions and … Continue reading Real indicators of how well you know someone
It was 12℉ (-11℃) this morning when our daughter and I pulled out of the garage at 5:10 to drive to swim practice. Less than 12 hours prior, when we were on our way home from swim practice, she told me she wanted to start going to morning practices on Wednesdays. “They do power towers … Continue reading Frozen swim gear
I’ve had a black Happiness Engineer T-shirt hanging in my closet the past two years. The Editorial team at Automattic sent it to me in a thank you package for working on a project with them in early 2014, when I was a blogger using WordPress.com, before I even knew Automattic existed (Automattic is the … Continue reading I’m a Happiness Engineer again!