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Life of the Working Mom: Happy Hour

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A few weeks ago a friend hosted a farewell event at a swanky, new restaurant in town. It started at 5:30 PM, the height of happy hour. When I read the email, I was game. I planned to arrive at 5:30 and stay for about 30 minutes or so.  That way, I could experience the festivities and get home before I ruined our nanny's Friday night plans. I wore an appropriate day-to-night outfit to work. So, cool outfit--check! I was excited about going. So, intent to appear--check! Did I actually have the fun time that I envisioned??? NO! Work intervened.  My assistant was on vacation the following week. So, that Friday we tried to get as many things out as we could. I had been on vacation the previous week.  So, I had lots of emails that began, "Welcome back! Where's my...."  I grew to loathe the phrase "Welcome back!" So, I had great planning, but poor execution.  I did get to wear a cute outfit though.  And, when I arrived home, the baby greeted me with a smil

The Lessons of Strangers...

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I did not leave my heart in San Francisco , but I did learn some heart lessons on my vacation... My friend always counsels me against talking to strangers. I’d listen to her if I didn’t learn so damned much from the strangers that I meet. Indeed, a stranger motivated me to start this blog while I was returning from my Cabo vacation last year. Interestingly enough, in San Francisco some strangers really taught me something. On this vacation, I learned to follow my heart instead of holding back. I observed a couple who was into one another and oblivious to the world. I met a woman who was on her fourth marriage and still hadn’t given up on love. I also met someone else whose matter of fact approach to life inspired me in a way that familiarity could not. For someone struggling to find her own path these strangers taught me an important lesson. I could bore you with the details of that lesson, but certain things a lady never tells--not because they are salacious, but bec