On a Tree

Everyone loves the scent of a fresh-cut balsam fir tree. For many people, they only want that aroma in their house in the form of a Bath & Body Works three-wick candle because, unlike real trees, they typically don’t come with spiders, needles, wasp nests, and sticky sap.

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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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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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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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