Supermom is flying straight to hell: The power of magical thinking on tough days

me and my goofballs…somewhere

It’s been a week. Already. And it’s only Tuesday. ūüôā Have you ever had a string of days where you thought, what the ?? ¬†Yeah. It was that.

In the last week, my only work computer crapped out and had to be restored from scratch. The furnace crapped out. The storm door broke. The back porch drain backed up. Been cleaning up water from all the April Chicago rain for days. The only toilet in the house backed up. Seriously.

I should tell you that the plumber took great pleasure in ripping reams of toilet paper off the roll and throwing it with great flourish into the toilet to show me – ¬†okay, I have no idea what. I’m sure there was a point there but I still fail to see it. He did it three times!! All I could think was – do you know how expensive toilet paper is?? And how much of it we go THROUGH in a week??? He asked me five million questions. I was starting to think I should have just looked this up on YouTube and did it myself when he asked me for a wire hanger. I’m like – um, you have a guy standing right next to you and two vans outside – you don’t have a tool or something? They laughed. I got the hanger. I’ve never met such a needy plumber, for God’s sake. Continue reading “Supermom is flying straight to hell: The power of magical thinking on tough days”

struggling with a problem or decision? three simple ways math can help. yes, math!

yay statisticsI hate math. Always have, always will. I will never get fractions and don’t want to. I can calculate tips in my head and balance my budget, and that’s as far as it goes. But back in the day, as a liberal arts undergraduate major at Purdue University, I had to take two math classes. I chose computer programming and a class I’d never heard of before, statistics. Surprisingly,¬†I¬†adored¬†statistics and aced the class. And while I still hate math, I have found statistics¬†to be one of the most important classes I have ever taken – and one¬†that has had a profound impact on the way I make decisions in my life. Continue reading “struggling with a problem or decision? three simple ways math can help. yes, math!”