Ideal Life Progress: Commitment

It was September 22 when the idea struck me. That is, September 22, five days before my birthday, that I somehow got bitten by a little bug that would, mid-November, be occupying my every minute. Our children attend a bi-lingual French/English elementary school. If you are anglophone and reading this, it may seem perfectly logicalContinue reading “Ideal Life Progress: Commitment”

Zero Transition

We have a ten-minute drive from home to the boys’ new school. It used to be a five-minute walk. Although the gates at school don’t open until 8:30 and school doesn’t start until 8:40, I have us putting on our shoes at 8:00. Does this seem exaggerated? Seeing the words in black and white seemsContinue reading “Zero Transition”

The Sticky Issues of Gift Giving: Staying Emotionally Detached

This is, mercifully for you, going to be my last word on the sticky issues of Gift Giving. (Ah, never fear: the promised furoshiki crafting episode is to follow. I would never leave you hanging like that!) My last word is this: sometimes, there is simply no way to please someone. Sometimes, no matter howContinue reading “The Sticky Issues of Gift Giving: Staying Emotionally Detached”

The Sticky Issues of Gift Giving Part One: Cash and Gift Cards

Salary negotiations, calculating who owes what on a group check at a restaurant, paying a babysitter, price haggling. If you are anything like me–and if you have found Lily Fields Challenge, it’s probably because you are!–you do not love talking about money either. It’s a horribly uncomfortable topic, and I really wish I could putContinue reading “The Sticky Issues of Gift Giving Part One: Cash and Gift Cards”

The Gift-Receiver Templates Part Four: Surprise or Anticipation

This template is less about the gift itself as it is about how the receiver perceives the importance of knowing. Some people love to percolate in the mystery and magic of wondering what is going to be under the tree. These people are the ones who will not try, even once they have a giftContinue reading “The Gift-Receiver Templates Part Four: Surprise or Anticipation”

The Gift-Receiver Templates Part Three: Sentimental and Practical

While these may seem like obvious distinctions, I still want us to do the exercise of thinking about the experience the sentimental and practical people on our lists most enjoy. Remember, we are wanting to become students of the people we love, so we can better speak their love languages. By identifying their specific way–orContinue reading “The Gift-Receiver Templates Part Three: Sentimental and Practical”

Challenge Update: Week 44

Eight weeks to go! Challenge Rule 1: Buy No Clothes/Don’t Covet I bought nothing, but boy oh boy did I inherit some pretty amazing things. What is really quite funny about the things that I inherited is that there are a few of them that I used to covet. Let me explain: I have aContinue reading “Challenge Update: Week 44”

The Gift-Receiver Templates Part One: The Troublemakers

Part one: The Troublemakers Your homework over the last few days has been to make a list of the special people in your life to whom you give gifts during the holiday season. I also asked you add the people you sometimes forget about. (“How do I remember something I usually forget,” you may ask?Continue reading “The Gift-Receiver Templates Part One: The Troublemakers”

How to give great gifts: Part Two

Bandwidth Oh my goodness, I hate what I am about to do. I am going to use a buzzword-y jargon-y word. Please, please, please forgive me in advance. Bandwidth: the amount of information that can be sent over a network connection at one time. Also, a person’s capacity to take on more work, responsibility orContinue reading “How to give great gifts: Part Two”

How to give great gifts: Part One

My indulgent husband and I differ very, very strongly on one solid, rather important relational point. He believes that surprises are a good thing. I, personally, hate surprises. This difference has only recently come to light in our relationship, and, as with most of the other points of conflict that have arisen in our 22Continue reading “How to give great gifts: Part One”