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…

Operation: Invigoration

Day 6: TAKE A ZUMBA CLASS I like to work out. In my youthful prime, I was a competitive swimmer. In my adult life, I have competed in 2 half marathons, one 10k, more 5k’s than I can count, 2 open water swims, and a handful of other random races. I’m a regular at the […] Read more…

Operation: Elimination

Day 5: TOSS UNUSED TOYS AND OUTGROWN CLOTHES My kids have more toys than Santa’s workshop. And they have clothes hiding in dresser drawers that will never fit them again. Time for Spring cleaning a few months early! I’m looking forward to a big pile of toys to donate and clothes to pass along. Not […] Read more…

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