Learning to Just Say No

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in work-at-home, Writing | 2 comments

There are some things that come with age that might not be so exciting. I definitely feel sore after a day out in the garden, and worrying about taxes, mortgages, and retirement accounts isn’t fun at all. But there are quite a few things that only get better with age, and I’m not talking about wine. It’s my ability to say no. As person who works from home, it is highly important to know how and when to say no. Here are a few times I’ve had to...

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Work at Home Doesn’t Mean Work in Solitude

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Friends, Parenting, work-at-home | 2 comments

There’s something in the air that has me seeking out conversation. Maybe it’s my more intense than usual interest in the presidential primaries, maybe it’s a little bit of early spring fever (since we did have a big snow storm and now sort of a thaw here in the foothills of North Carolina), or maybe it’s just that time of year in my work cycle, where I’m home more days, and longer periods during the day, than during that busy time between...

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Field Trips: To Go or Not to Go?

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Family, Parenting, work-at-home | 0 comments

Carter brought home his first field trip permission form of the year a couple of weeks ago. I love the fact that my kids get to go on quite a few field trips during the school year. It gives them a chance to get out of the classroom and experience learning in a new environment. But with each field trip, I have to answer that dreaded question, “Can you come mom?” Almost always, I’m torn on the inside. I want to go, but I don’t want to go. Here’s...

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A Snow Day with No Snow: Coping as a Work at Home Mom

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized, work-at-home | 2 comments

I love snow days. Sometimes. As a kid, snow days were the best. Watching the weather the night before, guessing whether it will snow or not, waking up in the morning to all white outdoors and your mom greeting you with the exciting news that school’s cancelled. There’s nothing better than a day off you weren’t expecting. Then, in my 20s, they weren’t so fun. Work didn’t get cancelled like school did. Snow meant having to clean off my car,...

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Lunch with Friends

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in work-at-home | 0 comments

When I worked full time in an office, I loved my lunch break. Most of the time I would pack a lunch and go to a park and read. I loved when I worked in Cornelius, because it was a short drive from our office to a public access at Lake Norman. While I sometimes had to fight off the geese, it was so relaxing to just sit and look at the water. In Greensboro, I frequented Latham Park. Or I would just eat in the car and window shop at Friendly...

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Welcome Back, Crock-Pot, My Old Friend

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in cooking/recipes, work-at-home | 1 comment

This fall, both Caroline and Carter are playing soccer. Which means this:   is now a permanent fixture on my countertop. And I’m okay with that. The crock pot did get a break this summer. Summer schedules aren’t quite as crazy, and the grill gets a work out this time of year. The crock-pot was sent to its bottom cabinet space behind the waffle maker and the back-up toaster. But now it’s out again, and probably will stay out through the...

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