Operation: Flirtation

Day 12: FLIRT WITH MY HUSBAND I have been married to my husband for almost a decade. Flirting with him ceased probably about 11 years ago. Once you get the ring, flirting becomes unnecessary, am I right ladies? Wrong. Ten years fly by, and suddenly you find that the only topics of conversation on rare […] Read more…

Operation: Calculation

Day 11: CALCULATE MY MONTHLY BUDGET Do you have any idea what you’re spending your money on each month? I don’t. Not exactly. Should I? Heck yeah! I pay the bills, I balance the checkbook, and I check the online bank account almost every day. But I couldn’t tell you how much my power bill […] Read more…

Operation: Beautification

Day 10: APPLY MAKEUP, STYLE HAIR, DRESS LIKE I’M NOT A MOMMY, PAINT NAILS As a domestic engineer, I find that I have Mommy uniforms. Unless absolutely necessary, I don’t wear makeup, and I eschew the hair dryer at all costs. I work out almost every morning, so my AM uniform is sweatpants. After I […] Read more…

Operation: De-Actually-ization

Day 9: REFRAIN FROM USING THE WORD ACTUALLY Do you actually have any idea how often we say the word actually? Actually, we say it a whole lot. Whether we use it as a transition or for emphasis, the word is everywhere in our daily conversations and ridiculously overused. My obsession with the word actually […] Read more…

Operation: Cultivation

Day 8: BUY A PLANT AND KEEP IT ALIVE All you Green Thumbs may be questioning such a simple task. But I don’t have a green thumb. Actually, it’s not just that I don’t have a green thumb. I have a black thumb. I have killed every plant I’ve ever owned: indoor plants, outdoor plants, […] Read more…

Operation: Inactivation

Day 7: WATCH A MOVIE WITH MY KIDS WITHOUT MULTI-TASKING My children consider movies special treats. I try to reserve them for emergencies: rainy Sunday afternoons, nights when I co-op baby-sitting with friends, or recovery from busy weeks. But sadly, I usually use the kids’ special treat as a special treat for myself. It’s my […] Read more…

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