First World Problems

You’ve heard the term, “first world problems” right? You use it when you complain about something that in reality is quite a luxury… theoretically, anything that wouldn’t be considered a problem at all in say a third world country… something inconsequential, that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, is not worth writing home about……

It All Starts Over Today

I sit here writing this on a three week old MacBook Air that is basically mine, even though it is provided by my employer. (Speaking of my employer, I somehow am the Executive Assistant to two 25 year old future Bill Gates entrepreneurs – more on that in a future post.) I’m happily propped up…

Happiness Is The Truth

Lately, I’ve been hearing Pharrell’s Happy song in my head nearly all the time. Partly, because it’s infectious, but mostly because I’m truly happy! I think the coolest thing about this song is that Pharrell doesn’t just keep his happy to himself, he invites us to join in! And really if you think about it, when you’re…

Irish Stew with Lamb, Barley, and Guinness

Bhí sé go blásta!! (vee shay go BLAWS-tuh)  - That’s Irish for “It was delicious!!” Sure’n that’s what you’ll be after sayin’ once ye’ve tried this AUTHENTIC Irish Stew, me darlin’s. And its not only delicious, if you do it right, its also fun to create! This recipe makes A BUNCH!  Seriously, it filled up…

Improve Your Monday With Midwestern British Oat Bars

We’ve all had one.  That fabulous weekend, chock full of exactly what you wanted, when you wanted it.  A steady, self-actualizing stream of happenstance, serendipity, and meet ups, with just the right amounts of food and drink and sleep. And then it hits you.  The Monday. Where you had been floating through your weekend in…

Brain Cider

Taking a step back from things always gives you a fresh perspective. For instance, Downtown Dad, with his career move into the world of Healthcare Public Affairs, has had to take a step back from the very thing that gave him his Downtown monicker in the first place. But downtown, and all things economic development…

We’ve Come A Long Way!

“This old blog” and me have been around in one form or another since 2005 – that’s a long time! And we’ve come a long way from our first tentative steps as “Straight Up & Slightly Dirty” on the Blogger platform. That’s where we learned about Blog Carnivals, Commenting, Oversharing, and that you attract an…

Ain’t It Amazing?

Today I … Looked at pictures of friends enjoying today’s sunrise in the Carribean, Then looked at a video of friends across town building an igloo. I chose a movie on my phone, then watched it on my TV. I took a tour of my daughter’s new apartment in California, And followed my son on…