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Sunday
Mar162014

Blogging

Nothing helps me understand just how quickly life is going, than when I look at how long it has been since I last blogged.

We enjoyed Pi Day and we are about to have a lovely St. Patrick's Day.  Q1 has been interesting with so many career changes for dear friends.  It is like starting over again and staying the same.  Maybe it is time to read "who moved my cheese?" again?

On the subject of books, reading the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  It is a little dry at times, but very important topic.  Medical advances have cost some American's their privacy, and others their lives.  It is not fiction, although while reading it I have to keep telling myself it is real.  It is so unbelievable.

 

Wednesday
Nov272013

Cute working mother gift guide in time for Christmas

Holiday Gift Guide: What Working Mothers Really Want

What Working Moms Want for ChristmasI asked working mothers – real life moguls, moms & maids, what they really wanted this holiday season. The things they asked for won’t fit in a package, under the tree, or in a stocking, but the following gift recommendations just might satisfy their deepest desires.

For the wife who wants a wife* to help her with all those invisible tasks she juggles every week: Consider a rent-a-wife service. The Occasional Wife, based in New Orleans and offering services in Los Angeles, offers one hour of help for $40 or six hours from two “wives”  for $420. Wives are available for  decluttering, running errands, decorating and even fundraising.

For the tired mom who just wants sleep: Buy her a Fitbit Force to help her track her sleep. The Fitbit charts sleep patterns so you can learn how to get more and deeper sleep. The Force is $129.95. Or, you can splurge and give her a night at The Benjamin Hotel in New York City. The Rest and Renew package costs approximately $359 per night. Plus, the hotel employees a sleep concierge who helps guest choose the right pillow and get the best night sleep possible.

Topping the wish list of many working mothers, not just during the holiday’s but all year long, is a clean house - that they didn’t clean themselves. Merry Maids has franchisees all across the country. This gift will never disappoint.

Many working moms wish for time to stop so they can catch up on their to-do lists, or maybe just a few more hours in the day. You can’t buy her time, but you can get her help with her never–ending task list. Services like DoMyStuff.com and TaskRabbit let her outsource all kinds of tasks to background-checked helpers. Give her a gift card and free up some of her time.

And many working mothers, bombarded daily with the sounds of commuters honking, bosses bossing, and toddlers crying, just long for a little quiet. On a budget? Buy her a pair of UGG earmuffs for $70. Feeling flush? Get her Bose noise cancelling headphones for $299.95. Looking to splurge? The Lake Placid Loge offers a Check in and Check Out weekend that requires its guests to leave their smartphones/iPads/laptops and other electronic devices at the front desk. Rooms range from $500 up.

Want to learn more about what working mothers really want? Read Mogul, Mom & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman.

 

Sunday
Jul282013

Working from Home

Hi all,

I had a very enlightening conversation with someone I admire recently who put a new lens on the work from home debate for me.  It has long been held as a belief that the effectiveness of working from home depends on the characteristics of the person/employee.

Some jobs lend themselves to working from home, at least occasionally.  The person has always been against working from home and I up until now had decided to agree to disagree.  When we last met they admitted they could be 10x more productive working from home....with that open how could I not ask the question?

Why are you so against working from home?  They told me that if they are working from home then one of their peers are subject to the distractions and that is not fair.  "If I am not at my desk, XXX will ask the next person who will have to figure it out because I am not here."   I had never thought much about that as I tend to use phone, and IM to connect with people most of the time that there may be some downside to one's PEERS when working from home.

In companies where face time still reigns supreme and your main 'customers' are in one place then I agree, this bares some consideration.

It was food for thought for me and wanted to share.

Saturday
Jun012013

Go Megyn Kelly

"Children of working moms end up just as healthy and as adjusted to society as those of stay at home moms."

The idea that women in the workforce is shattering marriages is offensive to me as a working mom.

 

Thursday
Apr112013

The questions get harder

Tech News, I read it every day.  Social Media, clearly I am a part of it.

Google, Twitter, and Facebook have united the world in new and unexpected ways. 

What happens to your digital information after you die?  I read an article to day about a Google service that will follow your wishes about your Digital Information Footprint.  For example, after a period of inactivity it will delete certain things, or give your executor your passwords etc.

Twitter has a service that will learn what you tweet about and tweet for you - after you die!

Some time ago, a woman I was close to passed away.  Her children and some friends still post on her FB page.  There are things I want to tell her, and in a way I still can.  A loss in our extended family has brought this topic even closer to home. 

This is a real situation, one I never thought about when I first started blogging, tweeting, etc.  What will my digital footprint be after I am gone.  Will companies make a new living archiving the digital footprints of loved ones so that we can remember them....a new kind of history that lives on forever?