Chaos Chronicles


Chaos Chronicles Podcast 501: 2012 Theme? Do The Work

Chaos Chronicles Podcast 501: 2012 Theme?  Do The Work

A former cardio instuctor at the gym used to motivate the class by calling out, “You’re here. You might as well do the work.” She was right. As long as I had bothered to get to class– with kids, a job, a long To Do list of ‘more important’ items–  I might as well do [...]

11 Signs You’re Ready for Season 2 of Downton Abbey

11 Signs You’re Ready for Season 2 of Downton Abbey

Ah, the wonder of it all. The hats, the accents, the drama, the forbidden embraces, all those servants to do your housework. It’s must be Downton Abbey. Season 2 of Downton Abbey starts Sunday, January 8th after months and months of waiting. In preparation, I’ve done many tasks, including re-watching all of Season 1. I’ve [...]

Attention Entrepeneurial Women: Win a Pass to ltdLive, a conference to Inspire, Inform and Educate

Attention Entrepeneurial Women: Win a Pass to ltdLive, a conference to Inspire, Inform and Educate

Attention Dreamers, Tinkerers and Makers of Stuff… I’m so excited announce a great give-away for those of you in the Southern California: a chance to win a two-day pass for you and your Satellite Sister to attend the ltdLive Conference for Entrepreneurial Women. That’s right, a two-day pass for two to this inspiring conference. Last [...]

I Resolve: Resolutions 2012

I Resolve: Resolutions 2012

I resolve to eat five of the seven foods that burn stomach fat. I resolve to stop buying “desk organizers” and just organize my desk. I resolve to be smarter than my water, even if I can’t be smarter than my phone. I resolve to make it to regionals. I resolve to party rock in [...]

Go Badgers! Go Ducks! Go Girl Scouts! Go Rose Parade !

Go Badgers! Go Ducks! Go Girl Scouts! Go Rose Parade !

These are my kind of Badgers. The pre-Rose Parade  activities are really in full swing here in Pasadena, and by that I mean,  people with large blocks of cheese on their heads are walking around town with no shame. Plus, there tons of  incredibly bad driving by cars with out-of-state license plates. (Yes, hitting your [...]

The Triumph of the Mashed Potato Bar

The Triumph of the Mashed Potato Bar

On Chaos Chronicles Podcast 441, I mentioned my Christmas Eve menu breakthrough: the Mashed Potato Bar. I was looking for a meal to serve that satisfied many appetites, could be eaten informally without a knife, and frankly, gave the guests something to talk about because we’d had quite a few family events lately and we [...]

My Annual Holiday Letter About My Fabulous Life 2011

My Annual Holiday Letter About My Fabulous Life 2011

Greetings to Family, friends and Ryan Gosling … What a whirlwind year we had in 2011! We ate, we drank, we danced. We watched untold hours of soccer and The Simpsons. We even re-did the bathroom With Our Bare Hands. About the only thing we didn’t manage to squeeze in was a run for the [...]

Monday Morning To Do List: Holiday Letter; Rose Parade; and Mission Impossible

Monday Morning To Do List: Holiday Letter; Rose Parade; and Mission Impossible

My big brother, Batman Brendan, celebrated his 50th birthday.   Good Monday, Chaos Crew! I survived two holiday parties and a surprise birthday party and can still button my pants, so I feel a sense of accomplishment already this Monday morning. And, the  pink eye has cleared up and the swelling from my root canal [...]

Winter Formal Confidential: How can they dance in those shoes?

Winter Formal Confidential: How can they dance in those shoes?

Attention Mothers of Girls! I need a Girl Gutcheck. What’s the deal with Monster Heels? My son Brookes escorted a lovely young lady to her Winter Formal last weekend. You’ll hear a few details on the podcast about Dances and Driving in the Age of Driving Restriction Laws. Now, I know better than to post [...]

It’s Good to be Santa Claus in Santa Barbara & What to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy

It’s Good to be Santa Claus in Santa Barbara & What to Do with Leftover Halloween Candy

The North Pole is for suckers. Santa Claus enjoying a drink at a local waterhole in Santa Barbara. Ho, ho, ho. I think this picture says it all: it’s good to be Santa Claus in Santa Barbara. It’s a wonder that Jolly Ol’ St. Nick spends anytime in the North Pole, knowing that he has [...]