After the Kids Leave http://afterthekidsleave.com First, we rent out their rooms... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:02:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Awesome Advice Central: The incompetent chef http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/awesome-advice-central-incompetent-chef/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=awesome-advice-central-incompetent-chef http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/awesome-advice-central-incompetent-chef/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:02:40 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=16731 Dear Awesome Advice Central, Hi, I’m kind of in a rush today because this total moron keeps harassing me, telling me it’s my duty to write him a letter of reference.  He says that because he used to work for me, I need to write something and do it quickly, so he can start applying […]

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A weekend visit to Denmark http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/weekend-visit-denmark/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=weekend-visit-denmark http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/weekend-visit-denmark/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:02:17 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=16692 Dear Karen, This weekend, while you were breaking your back, I was in Denmark, attending a 90th birthday party. Since living in Europe, one of our greatest joys is the ability to travel 90 minutes and be in a totally different country and culture.  Having family only an hour and a half away is such […]

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Editor meets garden http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/editor-meets-garden/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=editor-meets-garden http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/editor-meets-garden/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:02:27 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=16678 Dear Wendy, I have this theory, which belongs to me. Are you ready? Here it is: I think gardening and editing are pretty much the same thing. Actually, scratch that: they are exactly the same thing. Like a gardener, an editor must Look over a chaotic landscape and determine what should stay, and what should […]

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Sunday Videos: very interesting http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/sunday-videos-interesting/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sunday-videos-interesting http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/sunday-videos-interesting/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 04:02:26 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=16659 Dear Readers, Welcome to our very interesting Sunday Videos! When Tim was a teenager, he dreamed of owning and running his own restaurant.  Nice to know some dreams can come true. Which country makes it illegal to name your child Tom?  Click and find out. No comment.  Just watch. There.  Another week done and dusted!  […]

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British Invasion bands of the 60s http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/great-bands-british-invasion/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=great-bands-british-invasion http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/great-bands-british-invasion/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 04:02:03 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=16666 Dear Readers, Yep, time for another Saturday List! And today we have a treat for you: if you were alive in the early to mid-1960s, you’ll remember cranking up the radio when these songs came on. Following its raucous, unruly birth in the 1950s, rock and roll had begun to emulsify into a smooth, syrupy […]

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Slacker to try-hard ninja http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/slacker-try-hard-ninja/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=slacker-try-hard-ninja http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/slacker-try-hard-ninja/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:02:01 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=16653 Dear Wendy, I have turned over a new leaf. Given my attitude a hard look and found it wanting. Discovered that while “good enough” might be okay, “my very best” is a whole lot better. Yes, I have decided to become a try-hard ninja, at least when it comes to Words with Friends. Here’s how […]

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A visit to Hanoi http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/visit-hanoi/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=visit-hanoi http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/visit-hanoi/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:02:37 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=16618 Dear Karen, Have I told you about our visit to Hanoi? We were living in Hong Kong in 2008, and had no plans for the summer.  Usually we’d fly to Canada or to Europe, but that year, I decided we’d do something different.  “We’ll go to Hanoi and then to Tokyo”, I told the family. […]

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Awesome Advice Central: Zip it! http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/awesome-advice-central-zip-it/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=awesome-advice-central-zip-it http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/awesome-advice-central-zip-it/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:02:20 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=16605 Dear Awesome Advice Central, Big surprise here, but I need your help.  Yeah, I know, I know, everyone who writes to you needs help, so why even bother to tell you in my preface?  Probably because I have a bad case of Can’tShutUp-itis and I feel the need to over-explain every thought in my head. […]

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It shouldn’t happen to a dog http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/shouldnt-happen-dog/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shouldnt-happen-dog http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/shouldnt-happen-dog/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:02:18 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=16586 Dear Wendy, Well, I just finished icing the dog’s back. And I don’t mean “covering with delicious chocolate frosting,” which would be not only demented, but extremely messy. Especially for a sheltie. No, I mean “icing” as in “icing an injury.” Maydeleh’s very good about it, really. Even though she clearly thinks I’ve lost my […]

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Baby Boomers downsizing to help their kids? No thanks! http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/baby-boomers-downsizing-help-kids/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=baby-boomers-downsizing-help-kids http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/07/baby-boomers-downsizing-help-kids/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:02:40 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=16575 Dear Karen, I’ve been reading a lot lately about how Baby Boomers are giving up their beach holidays, downsizing their homes and giving up on the idea of a relaxing retirement, as they attempt to ease their children’s financial burdens. Apparently, we’re kind of expected to do this now.  To live out our own lives, […]

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