January 31, 2011 § 1 Comment

You might be tuning in for an IndieWed update but that will have to wait for tomorrow. I pulled the ol’ pre-publish trick today since Megan and I are en route home from Chicago as you read. 

Here’s a time management update though. Almost just as good right?

The usual refresher:

Now January…ta-daaaa!

As predicted, green (Commemorate the Date) took the lead this month followed by red (other$) and then blue (home and family). No surprise, working weekends is tough on the home life but now that Indie Wed is over that should normalize a bit. And that purple wedge is making me feel way too excited.

Are you wondering what is the point? OK me too a little. It seems like my time is just getting jerked around based on outside influences, which I guess is good to know. This month, I’m going try to get my blue and green in line and see about beefing up the purple by another tiny tidge…


Indie Wed, Here We Come!

January 28, 2011 § Leave a comment


It’s finally time! Megan and I are off to Indie Wed for the weekend and wahooooo!  If you’re in Chicago, come by and see us:

Ravenswood Event Center
Entrance at 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, Illinois

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

January 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was in the book store a few weeks ago and doing that thing I do when I want to buy a book but don’t have one in mind: I check in on my favorite authors. Usually this routine yields a book I knew existed but just haven’t read yet. But this time, I found this:

Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I snatched it off the shelf and my heart started pounding as I read the back. A memoir by the elusive Haruki Murakami. About Running. And writing. Bada Bing!

I bought it straight away and had to stop in a cafe on my way to the car to start reading. It was perfect. It was Murikami doing what he does best– writing in a way that sets you just a notch above or below your real world so your mind can rest without getting bored. His memoir still carries you happily along (so fascinating how his “voice” remains no matter if it’s a novel or a memoir, I think) as he reveals his process for running, writing and living. Love. It.

This is one of the many recent influences that is making me think hard about what I have to contribute as a writer. I know I have something. But It seems like my row-row-rowing has been a bit more up-stream than down. We shall see.

What Hike Likes: Hot Cakes

January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Especially his own concoction: Hot Pad Hot Cakes.

Row, Row, Row

January 25, 2011 § 4 Comments

My friend subscribes to the Row, Row, Row Your Boat philosophy. When she told me this at dinner last night, I thought she was kidding. But she wasn’t kidding. She said, “listen to the words,” and then she said them for me:

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

I will dissect for you as she did for me:

Row, row, row your boat:  keep moving, keep trying

Gently: not like a crazy person

Down the stream: not up the stream

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily: be happy rowing, in this very moment 

Life is but a dream: and you will have a good life.

Ahhhh. I feel better already, don’t you?

Only 34 Years Until 1-23-45

January 24, 2011 § 2 Comments

This past weekend was my birthday and frankly, I am quite depressed that the celebrating is over. I haven’t had that many fun things lined up in a row in quite a while.

We started with a trip to the Boat Show to keep Hike up on his boat steering skills.

 Saturday night, Brad and I left Hiram at my parents and went to Drop the Mic at the Guthrie. It was an amazing show full of Hip Hoppers, beat boxers and B-Boys (that’s what the break dancers told me to call them). You know a show is good when halfway through you start to worry about it being over.


At the end of the show, everyone stuck around to try out the moves they saw in the show.

How do you spell brioche? That’s what we had for dessert after the show and, as Hike would say, Nummmmmm!

With Hike still at my parents, Sunday meant sleeping until 8 a.m. (pure heaven) and a delicious Cuban breakfast at Victor’s.

During Hike’s nap, Megan took me out for bubble tea, shopping and yoga before meeting back up with my family for a birthday party at my parent’s house.

And then there’s my little man, who for some reason has decided to wear his coat, his hat AND his mittens. At once. Without crying. When the high for the day was zero.

Seriously, how did I get so lucky?

 Also as an aside, I realized that by turning 34, I am halfway to the coolest birthday ever. Save the Date now. I will turn 68 on 1-23-45. It’s a Monday so we’ve already determined that the party will be a week long.

Nine Down, Three to Go

January 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

We’ve come to the close of the third quarter at Hadley Barrows Inc. and things are looking up around here. I’m feeling momentum (or at least crazed business) that promises to extend itself as far as I can see. Which, as a business lady, is a good thing. Here’s the recap.

Income (including a number of unpaid holidays since December 23).

Unplanned nights of tater tots on the town? Check. It.

Nothing to see here, people. Move along now…

Business connections– a little under represented in my opinion, considering all the brides-to-be we met at the Bridal Party. But all those people would have skewed my pretty chart all up, so I left them out. If you’re a financial purist, you can relax. I also left out the people I met at  the Creative Connection last fall. See? Consistency.

And my loser index? A little on the low-end. But only because of all the yay-sayers I met this month.

Here’s a list of the things I’m proud of:

  • Finding the hours and hours I needed to prep for 2 Commemorate the Date wedding shows. We’re in good shape for next weekend… (I know, I say this now).
  • Writing 18 horrible drafts of my latest children’s book story.
  • Following through somewhat consistently on my 4 New Year’s Resolutions (take my vitamins, make my bed, eat off a clean table and brush Hike’s teeth every day).

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