Short and Sweet

It seems that almost no matter what you do, warming up helps: A musician practices scales, a runner stretches, a ball player takes batting practice, and who doesn't like appetizers before a meal?

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Jennifer Zajac
The Sofa Switch

Late one night, binging on episodes of The Sopranos way past our bedtimes, Husband hatched an excellent idea: A sofa that could rise to the second floor and dump us in bed with a flip of a switch. Recently, I switched sofas with people. Wish I could have used a similar device.

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Jennifer Zajac
Fiction: Wrong Seat, Wrong Plane ... Wrong Jennifer?

A 737 takes off or lands somewhere in the world every 1.8 seconds, according to plane manufacturer Boeing. A middle-aged Jennifer boards a plane in the U.S. every 7.5 minutes. That's my guess -- and since I'm middle-aged, named Jennifer, have flown multiple times and have a graduate degree, we'll call it an educated guess.

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Jennifer Zajac
Easter

You scan the familiar room, trying to remember where you hid the plastic eggs last year. The kids are older: Should you make it harder to find them? Should they peek out or be tucked away from view? You learned the hard way not to hide the dyed, boiled eggs after finding a smelly, forgotten one under the sofa mid-summer.

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Jennifer Zajac
The 2017 Holiday Note We Never Sent

Greetings from the Zajacs,

As we returned from a long trip to a Christmas tree farm that turned out to be closed for the season, we couldn’t help but look back at 2017 and think, “Boy, do we need to catch up and drink an adult beverage with you,  __________.”

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Jennifer Zajac
The Dirt Bike Deal

Standing in a Bass Pro Shops parking lot at 11 p.m. on a weeknight, waiting with my teenage son and his best friend to make a Craigslist transaction, I question my parenting judgment.

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Jennifer Zajac