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The Frantic Woman's Guide to Life: A Year's Worth of Hints, Tips, and Tricks Paperback – January 1, 2004
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What should we do when our chores demand more hours than we have available? Call in Rulnick and Schneider, the women we love to hate, for month-by-month "containerization" strategies. Introductory chapters may ask and answer such generic questions as "How tired is your decor?" but the meat of the book is in the January-through-December guide. Each month contains a one-step-at-a-time checklist, a quiz, organizing tips (ASAP wardrobe basics or eight ways to discover your loved one), plus a scattering of recipes (such as potato boats and baked caramel corn). In between, tidbits enliven the read, whether it's a discussion of the beginning of official Mother's Day celebrations or a lead on a Web site that teaches visitors all about furniture. If the dozen sections seem too formidable, there's some breathing space at the end--retro party drinks, stocking the pantry shelves, how to play Bunco, and way too many lists. For women who have a love-hate relationship with all things that clutter. Barbara Jacobs
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Mary Jo Rulnick and Judith Burnett Schneider live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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It would seem that the author's idea of frantic and mine are quite different. I read through January and most of what I read did not apply to me. Perhaps I'm not a normal wife/mother/employed person. I guess I was looking for something else.
But I no doubt will finish this book in hopes that I will find something I can use.
You may be different. Perhaps I was just trying to organize my social life vs my home life.
For example, maintaining and updating the Christmas card list is always important, but especially in the far north where blizzards and other weather can slow even the postal service.
Baking ahead is also important, because our one general store can run out of key ingredients just when you need them.
The authors also include the spiritual focus on Christmas, and hints at low-tech, low-cost ways to share the real meaning of Christmas with friends and family.
This practical, easy-to-read book continues with tips and approaches to chores and the like by month through the year, including -"Tax Time."
Also a growing concern - "The responsibility of caring for aging relatives."--including "Be respectful of their needs and wants" There is a tradition among the Inupiat Eskimo people of taking very good care of the elders, and respecting them. When we all become "aging relatives," we'll certainly want that, so let's give it now.
And let's not forget pets --dogs, cats, hamsters and more
The book includes "Planning a neighborhood dog show"
Here in Barrow, we'd have a lot of Huskies and even some sled dogs, but it would be fun!
A great book to read, from Barrow to Key West. Enjoy!
I hope by the time I finish reading this book (which won't take me too long because it's so reader-friendly) there will be news on what else these 2 women have to offer those of us navigating life in the frantic lane. In the meantime, I'll keep pulling out my Frantic Woman's Guide to try various ideas and tips as I make my way through my house, my life, and the year ahead!!