too many to name…

Dear Mom, I hate going to the beach, so what can I do this summer?
Everything…go to the zoo, parks, botanical gardens, outdoor concerts, take free summer classes, learn pottery, drawing or painting, volunteer at pet rescue places, garden or volunteer at inner city or neighborhood garden projects, learn to knit or quilt so you’ll have nice warm stuff ready for winter, learn summer cooking, spend time at the pool instead of the beach, take a road trip, bike, skate or hike…

vacation v. staycation

Ask Mom, I have no plans for the summer. I get 2 weeks paid vacation and if I don’t make any plans I just won’t take a vacation. I don’t want to put in the effort to plan a vacation. Should I skip summer vacation?
That’s a terrible idea. Time away from work is important. Are you worried that if you take a vacation they will see that they can live without you at work? If that’s what you’re worried about then the vacation is not your problem. Plan a vacation or just take a staycation and spend a little time trying to figure out your work insecurities.

celebrate early & often

The 4th of July celebration has started early around here…we’ll catch up on Monday


assistant awol

my assistant called in well today on her way to the beach…even though she’s the worst assistant I can’t do this without her- I hope she shows up tomorrow…

shop until you drop

Mom, I buy lots of stuff on line, but I don’t always spend the minimum amount to qualify for free shipping. I hate to have to buy more stuff that I really don’t want so that I can get free shipping, but I also hate to pay for shipping. What should I do?
This is not a big problem…you shouldn’t pay for shipping and never buy extra stuff you don’t want to get free shipping! You can either wait until you need enough stuff to qualify for the free shipping, find a store near you with the same thing you want to order and buy it at the store or ask some friends if they want to join in on your order.


(Amazing) Brownie Coconut Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is so good that I think it’s more than just a dessert, it must be a cure for something…enjoy
12 oz. raspberries
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 tbsp. sugar
1 c. unsalted butter
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate
4 large eggs
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. cream of coconut (not coconut milk)
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 9- by 13-inch baking pans with nonstick foil, leaving a 3-inch overhang on two sides. In a large bowl, toss the berries with 2 tablespoons sugar. Let sit, tossing occasionally, for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, place the butter and the chocolate in a medium saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar, then the eggs. Add the flour and stir until smooth.
Divide the batter between the prepared baking pans. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan.
Using an electric mixer, beat the cream of coconut and cream in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the berries and their juices into the coconut-cream mixture; spoon the cream-berry mixture over one pan of brownies.
Use the foil overhangs to lift the remaining brownie layer out of the pan. Invert onto a cutting board and gently peel away the foil. Invert again onto a cookie sheet and gently slide on top of the cream-berry mixture. Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours or up to 2 days.
Use the foil overhangs to lift and transfer to a cutting board. Let sit for 5 minutes, then cut into bars.

turn it around

Hi mom, I have two days off every week and I spend the entire two days doing laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning and doing errands. By the end of the weekend I have had no free time and I’m exhausted. I dread the weekends. What can I do to change this?
Turn the week around, consider the week end as your free time and the week days are for working and errands and chores, unless you are already working 18 hour days. Start by making a schedule. Grocery shop on Tuesdays, do laundry on Wednesday night, clean on Thursday night, etc. if you stay on schedule nothing should take that long to do and you’ll have a lot more free time.


do the opposite

Dear Mom, I am trying to get organized so I bought bins and baskets to put all my stuff in and it didn’t help at all. What did I do wrong?
It sounds like you did it backward. You should have looked at all the stuff you want to organize and then decided what baskets and carts and shelves you needed, instead of buying the organizing stuff without really knowing what would be the best things to use.

you’re not a robot

Mom, I’m starting a new job how can I make a great impression? Should I work through lunch, get to work early and leave last?
Absolutely not. It could be the worst thing that you can do. The impression it could make is- if you have to work so long and so hard to get your job done then maybe you’re not so good at it! Beside it’s very unsociable and you’re burn yourself out very quickly…they did not hire a robot they hired a person.

definitely too much…

Dear mom, I check my emails constantly. I sort them into categories and I answer immediately. I’m afraid that if I don’t constantly check I’ll miss something. Is this too compulsive?
Yes. Have you ever missed anything that was urgent? Probably not, so what’s so important that you’re worried about missing? If it’s something extremely important it probably won’t be sent by email. Three or four times that you need to check your emails and respond. Find something else to do…