I stopped counting at 4 hours trying to solve an issue with a flight change. Messaging with the airline, trying to fix the problem online, and finally on hold on the phone. Friend, I am currently listening to the hold music with interruptions from the voice that says, “You can conveniently solve this problem at […]
Ding! I opened the text preview at my kitchen table. I dropped my phone on the placemat. I clenched my jaw, closed my eyes, and shook my head. The grey bubble lacked logic and overflowed with pessimism and negativity. I read the text to my daughter, who confirmed — it didn’t make sense. I’d like […]
I’ve attempted to sit and write this about 67 times in the last five days. I’m prone to distraction and prone to work in crevices, rather than creating space for deep, focused work. Because WHAT IF I MISS SOMETHING?! What if something even better happens while I’m focused? When I believe the deep fear of […]
My plane was delayed last month because of poor communication and a dog. My 5:20am flight (YIKES) was set to leave early, when the flight attendants started whispering about a dog on the plane. I’m in the second row, so I’ve got a front-row seat to the quandary. “The dog’s not in a carrier.” “She […]
“That’s not how you do it,” she chided. “It’s how Aunt Frances taught me,” the other defended. “No, it’s not.” “Were you there?” “Do you make these every year?” In a kitchen covered with 100s of wedding cookies, my two Italian aunts suddenly turned from excited chatter to excessive bickering. How did two sisters in […]
Poop jokes all day long in my house this week. Not because we have babies or dogs, but because we’re in our mid-40s and our doctors prescribed a colon cancer screening. While I felt incredibly grateful for how much easier “poop-in-a-box” is than a colonoscopy, I still faced testing the most basic function of my […]
“You’re not the boss of me, Pippa!” Yes, I named and shouted at the British voice who tells me what to do on Waze.I have a love/hate relationship with turn-by-turn directions and GPS navigation systems. I really hate a machine telling me what to do. I am a full human who can read a map […]
Clicking the keys furiously, I was determined to finish a project before the session ended. Headphones in, glasses on, multiple beverages next to me: I was in deep focus work. I avoid getting into focus work. My personality structure doesn’t like the discomfort of focus. WHAT IF I’M MISSING SOMETHING MORE FUN? And yet focus […]
Three cousins walk into a bar.An illustration on conflict. A fireball on ice, cucumber soda, silver martini, and sampler app ordered at the counter, the group grabs a table, plunks down their white table number down, and start catching up. After 20 minutes of laughing and talking, they notice their appetizer has not arrived. Silver […]
The glass text alert dinged, and I opened the preview at my kitchen table. I just dropped my phone on the placemat. I clenched my jaw, closed my eyes, and shook my head. The grey bubble lacked logic and overflowed with pessimism and negativity. I read the text to my daughter who confirmed — it […]
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