Archive for December 2015

It's the end of the year as we know it (and I feel fine)

As 2015 ends it is time for me to look back on my goals for the year. Before I take score against my uber list I like to reflect on some of the unplanned accomplishments and good news of the year, if only to make me feel better about the goals I failed to meet. Here... Read more »

The Emptying: A holiday-week horror story

The Emptying: A holiday-week horror story
It started days ago. Everyone said goodnight to each other as usual, but the next day people were missing. The day after that there were even fewer of us. Each day more people vanish. Normally crowded trains and hallways grow eerily quiet and empty. “Who will be here tomorrow?” You dare not ask the question... Read more »

2016 goals: Less talking, better listening

2016 goals: Less talking, better listening
A few months ago my boss told me that I need to be careful about not giving other people a chance to talk in meetings. She noted that as one of the more experienced people on our team I have a lot to contribute and should, but she suggested I wait a bit to give... Read more »
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Why you should turn on two-factor authentication

For today’s Works for Me Wednesday I am sharing one of my most basic pieces of computer security advice: Enable two-factor authentication (a.k.a. two-step verification) on every account you can. Two-factor authentication is a simple way to prevent someone else from getting access to your accounts. I’ve written about this before (including here, here, and here),... Read more »

3 favorite holiday cookie recipes and a make-ahead appetizer recipe

For today’s Works for Me Wednesday I am sharing some of the holiday recipes that work for me. I have many favorite recipes that I make every year. The three favorite holiday cookie recipes that I’m sharing below were chosen primarily because they are the ones that are available online, but there are truly among... Read more »

Please, no Santa spoilers in front of my children

I like to take my kids to ride CTA Holiday Train. It’s an inexpensive bit of holiday entertainment. It’s the sort of thing that makes me love living in Chicago. It is not the sort of outing that I thought would expose my kids to discussions about Santa not being real. Unfortunately, some people have... Read more »
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Works for Me: Q&A a Day journal for kids

Works for Me: Q&A a Day journal for kids
I’ve written before about my line-a-day journal. I’m now in my 5th year of entering a one line journal entry for each day, and it continues to work with me. Not only have I been able to keep it up, but I love seeing the previous years’ entries for that day. I love it so... Read more »