In that short span of time, total strangers will work their way into our hearts and become household names. And in the years to come, we’ll long remember them, just as we currently recall past winter Olympians who left their marks on Olympic history—the heart of the Jamaican Bobsled Team, the US Hockey Team’s iconic victory, Shaun White’s snowboarding skills—even the Kerrigan/Harding scandal. And on the list goes. [Read more…]
I had a run-in with the bathroom sinks in a superstore the other day, and it wasn’t pretty. It also wasn’t the first time something like this has happened. In fact, I’d guesstimate this was run-in #17,483.
I reached my tipping point the other day, though. Enough is enough, after all, which brings me to today’s (semi) rhetorical question. Am I the only one who’s pining for the days of old where public restrooms are concerned? The only one who’d prefer sinks with working handles capable of producing both hot and cold water? The sole superstore customer who expects something more than a light puff of air with which to dry my hands?
The most recent debacle started as I approached the sink to wash my hands like a normal person. I waved my hand in front of the sink, waiting for the motion sensor to kick in and the water to turn on. No luck. [Read more…]
I like a clean house. Everything in its place, and a place for everything. Spotlessly shiny floors, dust-free blinds, clutter-free counters, and maybe a little orange peel and rosemary simmering on the stove.
This can only mean one thing: I need a housekeeper. One who’ll show up at least twice a week. Because what I like and what I live with are two entirely different things. [Read more…]
Have you heard the talk about decision fatigue? It can be one of the keys to our success (or lack thereof) in every area of life. Pretty impressive, if you ask me. Basically, the thinking is that every decision we make throughout the day—and we’re making as many as 35,000—exhausts our energy to make the ones that follow.
By day’s end, our decision-making skills are nominal, to say the least. Enter the quart of Haagen Dazs ice cream we eat right before bedtime. It seems like a good idea because we’re too tired to think straight. [Read more…]
This past weekend, my Aunt Mary was having some issues with technology, namely her digital personal assistant, Alexa. No matter what my aunt commanded, Alexa was unresponsive. Needless to say, Aunt Mary was none too happy. In an age where we’ve become more and more reliant on smart technology, such dilemmas are frustrating at best, especially when a solution isn’t readily at hand.
For any of you who may not be familiar with Alexa, she is the virtual voice inside Amazon speakers such as Echo. Alexa is quite talented for a virtual voice. She can recite the weather forecast, recommend a dinner recipe, or help you create a shopping list. She can also play the song, “Life is a Highway,” over and over and over. Just ask my 4-year-old nephew. This day, though, Alexa was doing none of that. [Read more…]