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Losing My Mind (and Other Stuff…)

The research isn’t promising. One study says we spend ten minutes every day rummaging for lost items from books to phones to car keys and even the cars themselves. Another claims we lose up to nine items every day, or 198,743 in a lifetime. I once lost a set of keys in my house. I found them three years later as we were packing to move to a new house. Twice, I’ve bought Christmas cards on clearance after the holiday season, and put them in a “special place” for the following year. Both years,

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Football Fairytales

After having worked 13 hours last Wednesday, I was too tired for a big birthday celebration, but my husband and my kids still made my evening feel special. Although I shared my nervousness about receiving yet another birthday gift “dud”, my husband dazzled me with tickets to the Alabama-Colorado State Game this past weekend and three new charms for my Pandora bracelet, including a Pittsburgh Steelers charm! I’ve been a Steelers’ fan since the age of six. When all of the other girls in my class were getting Princess-themed apparel for Christmas, my uncle

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Happy Birthday to Me?

It’s my birthday this week. And, that always makes me nervous. Not because I worry about getting older, but because I never know what my husband will come home with next. In the past, gift giving has not been his strong suit. For our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple, he got this panicked look at about 7pm on February 13th and bolted out of the house. The next day, I received a box of dark chocolate (I hate dark chocolate), a denim Tweety bird hat, and a plain grey sweatshirt. Talk about

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Helpful Husbands (in the Bedroom)

Boy, am I tired today– the kind of tired where you pour orange juice in your coffee instead of milk. And it’s only Monday. In my new role as the company VP, I’ve been working longer hours and traveling more. Add to that the nightly routine of cooking dinner, supervising homework, bathing kids, packing lunches, setting out clothes, picking up the house, reading bedtime stories and setting the coffee pot for the next morning, and I’m exhausted. By 9:30, I’m ready for bed. I mean that in the fuzzy-pajamas-and-night-cream sense, not the Biblical sense.

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The Shoppers of Wal-Mart

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend. While many of us enjoyed a day off yesterday, those who work in retail, particularly those who work at 24/7 mega stores like Wal-Mart, weren’t so lucky. If you’re not one of the 9 million people who have already seen the video, watch The People of Wal-Mart to see what I mean…. In last week’s email, I included a diagram that detailed the different approach men and women take when charged with the same shopping mission. It is true that many men find shopping boring

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How Women Think (and Shop)

Last week, after waking up before dawn, making a special pancake breakfast, packing lunches, getting the kids off for their first day of school, getting ready for work and driving to the office, I breathed a quick sigh of relief: “Phew!” I thought as I checked my online bank account right before work, “Back-to-school spending is done and I’ll have some time to recover before the holidays roll around.” Then, I looked at the calendar and realized there are only fourteen more weeks until Thanksgiving! Like most women, my brain runs on about twelve

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The Best Day of the Year

Today is my favorite day of the year–it’s the day the kids go back to school! Each year, when this blessed Monday arrives, I’m like a kid on Christmas. I pop out of bed at 4:30 am, ready to greet the day. In my house, it’s tradition that I make a big family breakfast on Saturdays, Sundays, and The First Day of School. So this morning, as per our annual tradition, I fried some bacon in a pan and poured tall glasses of milk for my 15-year-old, Denver, and my 6-year-old, Timothy (we fondly

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Oops! I Did It Again

I am no stranger to falling on my face, and sometimes falling on my…ahem…derriere. Last week, I did it again. In case you missed it, I wrote about my obsession with Star Wars (or Han Solo, in particular) as an intro to my newest Star-Wars inspired sales presentation. Despite checking my work and having at least four other people in the office proofread it, I managed to misspell Chewbacca. As Bob (my boss) pointed out, I referred to his distant cousin, Chewbecca, instead. Not once, but twice. When I realized my error, I let

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My Intergalactic Teenage Crush

I blame my brother for turning me into a Star Wars geek. In 1977, when the first Star Wars movie was released, like most boys his age, he became obsessed. My obsession wasn’t so much with the Empire as it was with a certain Han Solo played by a young Harrison Ford. Forget Princess Leia, I would have gladly traded places with Chewbacca just to get closer to my crush, Han. Who cared that I would have had to wear a costume made of yak hair and mohair? Who cared that my voice would

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At 11:16 am, You’re Going to Need This

If you’re struggling to find a reason to smile this morning, you are not alone. According to British researchers, Monday mornings are so depressing that, on average, we don’t crack our first smile until 11:16 a.m. That early??? In my first installment of Just Another Mary Monday, I figured it was my duty to make sure you hit that target today. A couple of Fridays ago, our company President, Bob, shared an “out of the mouths of babes” moment he had with his daughter. His email prompted a friend to send a joke that

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