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Back to school this year made me achieve this level of restraint.   What got me to this point? With my oldest getting “silent lunch” with the dean on the 4th day of school, then my education at Back to School Night on how the same child had tried to snow me all week about a procedure with his planner, and finally having to muscle the same child through his homework during breakfast because he had forgotten his math book—which I retrieved for him at that Back to School Night… let’s just say I was DONE. How is your back to school parenting going? Commiserate. 

Back away from the keyboard. Slowly. With everyone communicating online, human beings can tend to lose our civility while hammering out our feelings on a laptop. When you’re on the receiving end of passionate words, and particularly if you know how to use words with a vengeance, your first reaction may be to construct your own masterpiece of vitriol to lob back across the digital space. Don’t go there. Even if you don’t perform customer service via the typed word, taking the high road while engaging online is the absolute best practice all day, every day. Even if it means leaving the laptop or departing from your desk for a few minutes to grab a milkshake or some chocolate, maintaining a digital rep that is calm, cool, and collected is completely worth the wait. (And now you know my secret keys to peace.) 3 Ways to Respond Stick to the […]

Day 3 and we said goodbye to London, yet the prospect of finally getting to the land of my people in Scotland had me antsy in my train seat. Onward and upward! What I Saw All the things. First off, Kings Cross, and yes—I was absolutely thinking of the scene from the Deathly Hallows. Fortunately, I’m not the only one. I wonder what it must feel like as an author to know you thought up an idea that was then brought to life at a major travel thoroughfare in one of the world’s most popular cities. What I Ate Not enough, apparently. As we walked up and down the full length of The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, we scoped out just about every pub and dining establishment along the way but didn’t stop until I had a certifiable Snickers-diva moment. Thankfully my husband darted us into a Turkish café where […]

Day Two of our We’re 40! adventure in the UK was our only full day in London on this particular trip. It went by far too quickly! What I Saw For lunch, my husband had arranged for us to eat at a pub about 10 minutes from our hotel. In what became our trademark style, we made about two wrong turns before arriving at the Anglesea Arms. We chose a patio seat for our lunch, from where we could enjoy the mild weather and street views. A placard on the stone patio wall directed us to the residence across the street. Apparently Charles Dickens resided at No. 11! What I Ate I realized with this post I need to follow the ways of the foodie and take more pictures of meals, if for no other reason than to prove I’m not relying solely upon liquor to sustain me through my […]

Today was our first day of our We’re 40! trip, comprised of traveling by air to Gatwick by way of Reykjavik, then to the hotel by way of train and “the tube” (Underground). What I Saw As we explored South Kensington on foot, we came upon a set of museums: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. We opted for the last; being on a thrifty budget for this epic trip, we like finding local attractions which don’t break the wallet (okay, who doesn’t?). What a lovely choice! We walked through several sections which highlighted centuries of portraits, furniture, and even rooms which had been moved from their original palatial site to be housed within the museum. What most struck our senses was the gallery exhibiting the works of Raphael. This room was striking not just for its contents, but I learned that is […]

As you plan your next design, you may not wish to use a standard, stationary-like white background. You want versatility to overlay an image over any background, right? What you’re looking for is a PNG file. What is a PNG? PNG stands for Portable Network Graphic and is a file format which allows for transparency in the image. If you’ve ever tried to use an image that doesn’t have straight edges and corners on the borders, you’ve felt the pain of an annoying white box bordering the graphic. PNGs solve that issue since you can remove any white border. Making a PNG in Photoshop If you’re lucky enough to have Photoshop, you can easily create a PNG file. Once you open an image file, select the magic wand tool , click on the color you wish to erase, then hit your Delete button. Any color which matches what you clicked […]

It all began as it began for all, Online I went to build myself a place. From text and pics, my feats were all but small, But code helped me create my first MySpace. It wasn’t long before a new tool came, To woo me from the Comic-Sans type look. In no time came a new dot-com to fame. As I and millions flocked to try Facebook. The game was on, as more ways to connect Poured forth onto the web for all to greet. Masses flocked to the tools to post unchecked, To Vine, Snap, Pin, Meerkat, YouTube, and Tweet. Walls fall as people reach out to engage; Let’s change our world, now that we have a stage.

I love that my child can reach levels of satisfaction and happiness to the point where she believes I can do no wrong. But I don’t love it so much that I forget how crucial it is to teach her that to err is so human.

Denver Comic Con was more amazing than I guessed! Next year, multi-day for sure, and I’ll step up my cosplay game.

No one cried at the site, but it was still pretty cool.

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