Archive for the ‘ Advice ’ Category

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Travel Carry-On

One Week in a Rollaboard Suitcase I’ve written about my ability to pack in a carry-on suitcase before, but this time I took detailed photos for the benefit of my friend who is just not a carry-on traveler. (Hi, Terri!) The hotel room lighting was mediocre, but hey, at least I remembered to take pictures […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Awkward Conversations

What Did You Say? Today, you can advise me. Not to beat a dead horse about this whole bike riding thing, but I’ve noticed something very interesting. Biking with the kiddo: Aww, cute. Biking solo, not kitted out in racing gear: What’s wrong with you and why aren’t you driving a car? But the most […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Find the Fun

Silly Stuff Enjoy this photo recap of the recent weeks. Exhibit A: The Flowing Vest This is a tunic/dress with an attached vest. It’s nice and flowy. Put me on a bike and it flaps behind me like billowing black wings. Just call me Batgirl. The registration form said to request gendered styles. I chose […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Look Around

Appreciate Your Surroundings The Assistant has changed everything. With his new bike, he wants to ride everywhere. As a result, I reorganized the shed to make the bikes easier to access, and the almost daily rides mean that I’m keeping the bike well maintained so that the tires never go flat. Fifteen minutes of prep […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Just Run

Running for Boston “What’s it going to take to get you running again?” a friend asked me just last week. “Eh, I don’t know,” I said at the time. “I run, but I’m not really a runner, you know?” Now I know what it takes to get me moving. It takes Boston. As I sat […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Park the Car

Walk More, Ride More Last weekend, the Tiny Kitchen Assistant got a new bike. Naturally, as any kid with a new toy, he’s looking for every excuse to ride it. On Sunday, we rode to the ballpark for baseball practice (the long green park at the top of the outer circle), with me towing two […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Paying Attention

Be Here Now For the past two weeks, I’ve been traveling in Germany and London. (Thanks to the magic of pre-scheduled posts, you probably didn’t even miss me.) By the time I got to London, it was snowing and sleeting sideways, and the temperature rarely peaked above freezing. My hotel was about a mile walk […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Two Weeks With My Fitbit

Fitbit Product Review At Christmas, my in-laws gave me an Amazon gift card. This is surprisingly hard to spend. I buy lots of stuff from Amazon — books, office supplies, kitchen gear — but I wanted to use my Christmas gift on something cool, something that I probably wouldn’t have bought for myself otherwise. Hello, […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: There’s No Wrong Way To Make a Smoothie

How Do I Make a Good Smoothie? Dear Betty, I like smoothies. A lot. I’ve thought about making my own at home, but I see all of these recipes that use things like whey protein powder and ingredients that I’ve never heard of. How do I make a good smoothie? – Baffled by the Blender […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: That’s How Rumors Start

Be Careful When Answering the Door It was last week, just an ordinary day. I had a mid-morning break between conference calls and finally got around to tossing the dinner into the crock pot. The recipe called for some alcohol, which is no big deal… unless you forget that you loosened the lid on the […] Read More