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My Annual Holiday Letter All About My Fantastic Life

My Annual Holiday Letter All About My Fantastic Life

Me and my BFF: myself. We ruled. Dear Family, Friends and my many, many Fans around the World… It’s that time again! My Annual Holiday Letter All About My Fantastic Life. And, I’ll just start it off by saying that there is no way that 2010 could have been as rough as 2009! So let’s […]

Chaos Chronicles Podcast #314 is up! And Advice Needed!

Chaos Chronicles Podcast #314 is up! And Advice Needed!

TGIF, Chaos Crew. My guess is many of you are running around, trying to get ahead of the holiday curve. Me, too. First up, a trip to the grocery store to replenish the bare cupboards after my final week on my book tour.  Even the dog is looked at me funny this morning when I […]

After The Year of Let’er Rip, What’s Next?

After The Year of Let’er Rip, What’s Next?

The Year of Let'er Rip is coming to a close. What's next? The Year of Running Through Sunflowers? As most of the Chaos Crew knows, I declared 2010 as The Year of Let’er Rip. Yes, I branded my New Year’s Resolution in hopes of reinventing my career and my approach to my career. At least, […]

Friday Night To Do List: Stay up until 10:00!

Friday Night To Do List: Stay up until 10:00!

Here’s why I am writing this on Friday night: I am trying to stay awake and alert so I can pick up my 12 year old at a party at 10:00! So this is what parenting is like in the tween/teen years,  weekend nights wanting to go to bed but needing to stay up. It’s […]

Helen Goes to Portland & Eats a Grilled PBJ

Helen Goes to Portland & Eats a Grilled PBJ

Hello, Chaos Crew. Thanks for your patience in the blog/podcast category. I really under-estimated the speed and intensity of the back-to-back trips, the multiple bookclub appearances and the travel/homefront logistics. In other words, wow, I’ve been busy. Hang in with me for a few more days, then I’ll be on solid ground. But I’m ensconced […]

Book Tour Confidential in the Twin Cities

Book Tour Confidential in the Twin Cities

Helen is really enjoying her stay here in Edina. Nothing like chilling out on a comfy bed , reading Vanity Fair. Ahh, Helen loves business trips. First of all, let me say how much I enjoy the Central Time Zone. Everything happens an hour earlier– like dinner, the news, bedtime. It totally suits my personal […]

Helen of Pasadena Goes to Iowa

Helen of Pasadena Goes to Iowa

It’s a dream come true for this Laura Ingalls Wilder-loving writer and her offspring, Helen. A trip to Little House territory, thanks to Ma Schmidt, aka Jennie from Iowa. Although, to be honest, it’s clear the Helen is a little more citified than she thought. Nothing like a roll in the hay. Er, I mean […]

Get Ready, Minneapolis! And Edina! And Wayzata! Helen of Pasadena is coming!

Get Ready, Minneapolis! And Edina! And Wayzata! Helen of Pasadena is coming!

BRRRR…. it’s 19 degrees in Minneapolis! Remind me again why I am going there on the Helen of Pasadena book tour? Oh, right, because I love Minnesota and the many loyal Satellite Sisters and Chaos Chronicles listeners in the area. So, I am packing up my silk long underwear, my thickest socks and plenty of  […]

Ten Things to Like This Thanksgiving

Ten Things to Like This Thanksgiving

All Hail, the Cranberry! I may not be cooking this year, but I am cooking up plans! So here is my list of products, entertainment, ideas and items to Like this Thanksgiving: 1. Frozen Ready-to-Use Leeks at Trader Joe’s I love leeks, but sometimes the cleaning and preparation scares me off. yes, I get lazy. […]

Keep Talking, Honey. And Pass the Salt!

Keep Talking, Honey. And Pass the Salt!

A recent British study found that the longer couples are married, the less they have to say to each other over the course of an hour-long meal. In other words, the social scientists assigned data to one of my greatest fears: that my husband and I will become the couple in the restaurant eating together, […]