Communal Cars

Remember the broken-finger-tire-changing story I shared a few weeks ago? Well as I mentioned, the body of the car, a little Fiat 500e, was pried open in an attempt to free Olive’s finger. After I returned from Alt Summit, we filed a claim with our car insurance to have the bodywork repaired.

Though the car runs fine, the damage to the exterior was extensive enough that our insurance carrier determined it was a total loss. Which means we’ve had some car decisions to make. And oh my goodness I can not believe how much I dislike making car decisions. Choosing a car is a pain. Purchasing a car is a pain. Dealing with maintenance is a pain. Renting a car if yours is in the shop is a pain. Anything to do with the DMV is a pain. Getting rid of a car is a pain.

Come discuss the current state of car shopping and car ownership with me.

Living With Kids: Laura Marshall

Meet Laura. She’s a mom of three who has been raising her kids in Abu Dhabi, where they moved for a work opportunity for her husband. What they thought was a short one or two year opportunity, has turned into a much longer stay. No surprise — parenting while living overseas has brought unique and interesting lessons. I know you’re really going to enjoy getting to know Laura. Welcome!


Random Thoughts

Gosh I have a lot on my mind right now. Some of the things I’ve been thinking about:

-It’s such a shock to see Notre Dame burning. So many people around the world feel a connection to that space — they’ve been there as worshippers, or snapped photos as tourists, or they recognize it as a famous landmark, or maybe they’re literally (or musical) fans of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It’s strange to see something that feels so permanent burning. Seeing the spire falling was a punch to the gut. I feel so emotional about it. I’m sure I’m not the only one. (We captured footage of Notre Dame for the most watched Olive Us video, Betty in Paris.)

Lots to discuss with you. Keep reading.

A Few Things

Hello, Friends. How are you? What was your week like? Ours was an odd one because we only had Ben Blair at the house for two days — he got home late on Tuesday night from one trip, then had to leave again this morning for another. Happily, he’ll be back Sunday night — which is good news because everything seems to run more smoothly when he’s around.

Our plans for the weekend are low-key. I need to return some shoes, do some car maintenance. Stuff like that. The weather has been lovely, so it’s also probably time to power-wash the outdoor furniture. What about you? What are you up to this weekend? I hope your plans include some reading, because here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:

Fourteen links! Have fun reading.

Are You A Generous Tipper?

Yesterday, a CNBC article went around social media with advice on how to save money when eating out. The advice came down to: tip less at restaurants. As you can probably imagine, the reason the article was going around social media wasn’t because it was a good article. It was being passed around because people were making fun of the article, and condemning anyone who doesn’t tip at restaurants.

My take: This may be an unpopular opinion, but I wishing tipping would go away. I wish it weren’t a thing at all.

Lots to discuss, and informative links, when you keep reading.



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