Say the Magic Word

posted: November 25th, 2014 08:46 am | 1Comment

I’m a fan of please and thank you.
I tell my family to say please and thank you all the time.
“Hand me that spatula,” one will say to me.
“Please,” I respond.
Or after a stony silent carpool trip, I might say, “You’re so welcome for picking you up from school and giving you a ride home! It [...]

If NYC Can Do it, CdM Can Do it

posted: November 22nd, 2014 18:21 pm | 2Comments

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be in New York City, one of my favorite places on earth. It was a little early for the Christmas decorations — the tree at Rockefeller Plaza was covered by scaffolding and a giant poster, and most of the big stores had their windows covered with black paper [...]

Guest Rant By Gigi

posted: September 21st, 2014 18:04 pm | 2Comments

I drive a car and I do ride a bike at times. I do NOT ride a bike in heavy traffic, nor do I “wobble” when I ride. I also ride a Segway. In all my “transportation” vehicles, I follow the rules of the road. On my bike and the Segway, I follow the same [...]

Facebook

posted: February 13th, 2014 07:32 am | 0No Comments

There are four kinds of Facebook posts, and sadly the only good kind is also the rarest.
Here is my breakdown:
1. Bragging status updates.
2. Complaining or depressed status updates.
3. Weather alerts.
4. Interesting things.
Every time I’m about to post an update, I pause to make sure I’m doing No. 4. However, sometimes I’m sure I let [...]

Why Do They Mess With Success?

posted: December 2nd, 2013 08:19 am | 2Comments

I personally do not like board games, which I think are games that make you feel bored. However, my daughter loves them, and luckily for her, my sister visited this weekend and she adores games, too. They played for hours, starting with rummy tiles, then moving to old card games like War and Crazy Eights. [...]

A Better Bag

posted: August 3rd, 2013 16:52 pm | 0No Comments

I bought bagels yesterday to help some Junior Guards feed up before the Monster Mile. I bought a few extra to bring home for my son, who was returning from two weeks away at camp.
And now my kitchen is covered with poppy seeds.
Bruegger’s puts the bagels in a bag, but the paper bag never, ever [...]

Praise for NBPD

posted: May 31st, 2013 14:15 pm | 2Comments

After the terrible crash that killed five Irvine high school students on Monday on Jamboree Road, it was not a surprise to see tributes of flowers left at the scene. I understood the need for friends to visit the scene and leave flowers. But I also worried about the safety of jaywalking across Jamboree to [...]

Crazy Driver

posted: May 20th, 2013 10:33 am | 3Comments

On Saturday driving down East Coast Highway, there was the usual beautiful sunny morning traffic.
Apparently, this didn’t please a man driving a black Range Rover, who blared his horn when we stopped at an intersection to let an oncoming car complete a left turn.
The man honked and honked and shook his fist, despite the fact [...]

Birthdays on Facebook

posted: March 26th, 2013 07:28 am | 2Comments

Facebook has made birthdays more fun — I think we can agree. It’s nice to wake up on your birthday to message after message from friends, near and far, old and new, who take even a second of their time to say “Happy Birthday.” I love it.
But lately I find myself avoiding the little section [...]