Posts Tagged ‘ family ’


All By Myself I had a very surreal experience last week. The Husband and The Assistant went back east to visit family and I was totally and completely on my own for seven whole days. Those without kids are reading this, shrugging and not understanding the significance. Those with kids are shouting Oh my god […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Introducing “The Assistant”

No Longer Tiny It seems that The Tiny Kitchen Assistant has decided that he’s no longer tiny, and takes some offense at being referred to as such. So, internet: allow me to introduce The Assistant (who is no longer tiny). I decided to mark this occasion with a little interview. Me: How old are you […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo “There’s Only One Way Out”

Goodbye, Nana In 2011, my Nana — then 93 years old — survived a bout with e coli. She had, understandably, been weakened by the experience, and needed to move to a nursing home rather than return to her assisted living apartment. A few weeks after her arrival, she was visited for a psych consult. She […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Pre-Grieving

Grieving for the Living I haven’t posted as much as usual lately. For the past six weeks or so, I’ve been feeling lethargic, unmotivated and just plain sad. My 95-year-old Nana is dying. Now of course, there’s the logical part of me that says, “She’s 95! She’s had a great run. You’re so lucky to have […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Ummmm….

New Year’s Non-Resolutions So here we are, in the first weekend of the new year. While I don’t make any resolutions per se, I did have a plan that once the holiday break ended and my schedule returned to normal, I’d set some work-related boundaries and get back into regular daily exercise. Ummmm…. The good […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Life Lessons Learned While Traveling

I just got back from a week-long combination business/personal tour of the east coast, and I came to a few interesting revelations that seem obvious in hindsight, but gave me those “a-ha!” moments at the time. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities trump everything else. I was in New York City on Thursday, the day after my presentation at […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Playing the Role of Mommy

Sometimes, you just need a change of perspective. Dear Betty, I feel like my kids (and possibly even my husband) don’t appreciate what I do. Nobody notices dinner unless it’s bad. Nobody notices the laundry until nothing is clean. Nobody ever says thank you. It makes me crazy. How can I make them appreciate me […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Training: Turning off the Running

It was Saturday night and I was tucking in the Tiny Kitchen Assistant. He reached up and started pushing imaginary buttons on my forehead — beep boop beep. When I asked him what he was doing, he told me that he was turning off my running so I wouldn’t be gone when he woke up […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Be Thankful

I know that everyone is writing Thanksgiving blog posts, but I still feel like I should share some of the things that I’m thankful for this year. In no particular order… I’m thankful for my health. I’m thankful for my smart, funny, self-sufficient little boy. I’m so proud of the person he’s becoming. I’m thankful […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Night Running

Night workouts of any kind are not my favorite. I don’t know if it’s end-of-day fatigue or just too close to dinner, but I always feel like I’m made of lead. As I headed out for my run tonight, I did the only sensible thing: I took the straightest route as far from home as […] Read More