After the Kids Leave http://afterthekidsleave.com First, we rent out their rooms... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:11:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Tales from the tattoo shop http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/29/tales-from-the-tattoo-shop/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tales-from-the-tattoo-shop http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/29/tales-from-the-tattoo-shop/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:02:31 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18060 Dear Wendy, If you’re like me, you have looked askance once or twice at a young person sporting a tattooed arm or shoulder. I have to admit that until recently, if someone were to have asked me, “What’s your favourite kind of body art?” I’d have drawn a blank. Body art? That’s a thing?   […]

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The Great Blog Crash of 2014 http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/28/great-blog-crash-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=great-blog-crash-2014 http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/28/great-blog-crash-2014/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:02:07 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18027 Dear Wendy, I know you’re still off in Italy, but I have to tell you, you’ve been missing some fun goings-on around here. In fact, this week has been so full of chills, spills, and thrills, I’ve decided to dub it the Great Blog Crash of 2014. I hope I’m not tempting fate here—you know, […]

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The worst of Awesome Advice Central http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/27/worst-awesome-advice-central/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=worst-awesome-advice-central http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/27/worst-awesome-advice-central/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:02:16 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=17945 Dear Readers, Our Question-Asker-in-Chief is off gallivanting in Italy, so this week we thought we’d take a trip back in time…back to the earliest days of Awesome Advice Central. We know, you thought we’d been around forever. Common misunderstanding, brought on no doubt by the depth and breadth of our knowledge, and our ability to […]

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Zen habits I’ve learned from camping http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/26/zen-habits-ive-learned-camping/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zen-habits-ive-learned-camping http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/26/zen-habits-ive-learned-camping/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:02:48 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=17865 Dear Wendy, Well, we’re back from our first camping trip of the year. I’m sun-burnt, wind-burnt, mosquito-bitten, and exhausted…and it was, as always, a delight. While we were out in the woods with nothing between us and nature but a couple of layers of high-tech nylon, it occurred to me that if I had even […]

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A bump in the blogging road http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/24/bump-blogging-road/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bump-blogging-road http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/24/bump-blogging-road/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:46:41 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=17853 Dear Readers,   If you’ve tried to catch up with us lately, you’ll probably have noticed that our site has been very unpredictable—sometimes taking forever to load, sometimes giving error messages, sometimes just not coming up at all. Unfortunately, we’ve hit a major technical snag with our blog’s host provider, Bluehost. We’re currently working with […]

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Kids packing for college? You’ll be okay. http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/23/kids-packing-college-youll-okay/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kids-packing-college-youll-okay http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/23/kids-packing-college-youll-okay/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:02:15 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=17817 Dear Readers, Two years ago this week, my youngest child was in the final stages of getting ready to leave for her first year of college…and I was, how shall we put this, freaking the hell out. I know many of you are going through similar feelings right now, as your own offspring get ready […]

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Travelling Scotland by train http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/21/travelling-scotland-train/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=travelling-scotland-train http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/21/travelling-scotland-train/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:12:08 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=17821 Dear Karen, In 2011, Lars and I went to Scotland for the first time.  We decided to spend a few days seeing the countryside by train, so I booked us passage on the Royal Scotsman, which is run by Simplon Orient Express. It was very luxurious.  It was also pretty boozy.  If you didn’t have […]

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Camping in Canada http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/21/camping-canada/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=camping-canada http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/21/camping-canada/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:00:43 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=17807 Dear Wendy, By the time you read this, I’ll be off in the wilds of Ontario, roughing it in the bush. Actually, I’ll be relaxing in the woods, enjoying the smell of the pines, the soft whisper of the wind through the trees, the chirping of the birds and squirrels, the low resonant growls of […]

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Awesome Advice Central meets Mr. Malaprop http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/20/awesome-advice-central-meets-mr-malaprop/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=awesome-advice-central-meets-mr-malaprop http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/20/awesome-advice-central-meets-mr-malaprop/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:02:16 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=17801 Dear Awesome Advice Central, I’m so upset right now, I don’t know how to begin. Or should I say (because I’ve been reading posts on good grammar this week), “I don’t begin to know how.”  Because never end a sentence in a presbyterian, right? Anywho, I’ve been canned, or as they say in the big […]

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Misused words cause unintended mirth http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/19/misused-words-create-unintended-mirth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=misused-words-create-unintended-mirth http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/08/19/misused-words-create-unintended-mirth/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:02:08 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=17780 Dear Wendy, Is it just me, or have you been noticing a lot more abuse of the English language lately? Personally, I blame the Internet for a lot of the misused words I see—and I don’t expect it’ll get better any time soon. However, I feel compelled to try, so here’s my current hit list: […]

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