Around the Watercooler

Want to commiserate about the Monday back to work blues or get tips on scheduling playdates from your desk? This is the place to quench your thirst for all things work/life related. Watercooler's editorial host is Jennifer Sey, the VP of global marketing for Dockers. She is joined by Vicki Larson, a journalist and single mom who writes at The OMG Chronicles Denise Berger, the global leader of the Women’s International Network (WIN) at Aon Corporation; and Kerry Rivera, a real mom from the "O.C." who is the Marketing and Advertising Manager for Toyota.

Vacation All I Ever Needed … And More.

A week ago, as I got into my trusty Prius for the long commute home, I gleefully called my husband to report I was officially on vacation. We launched into the Go Go’s Vacation All I Ever Wanted, and instantly I felt a weight lift from my shoulders. more

Perfect Who? Perfect What?

My good friend, Jill Diamond of Lanartco, is an entrepreneur, business owner and consultant on topics of presence, communication and language. She recently posed this question on her LinkedIn profile: “Are You Doing Enough?” more

Dying for Some Company.

I’m not one of those fatalistic people who are always thinking about their death. In fact, I rarely think about me dying. It’s an unpleasant subject, one I’d rather leave to the occasional nightmare, which I have, and, were I to be so inclined, to bad acid trips, which I don’t have. more

Shameful.

I’ve been a tad ponderous lately. Perhaps it is turning 40. Perhaps it is just having kids that are old enough to ask: “Are you sad mommy? You seem a little down.” Perhaps it is merely a normal cadence in life; there are times for enjoying, there are times for self-reflection. more

Family Dinners – Table for Four, Minus One.

It’s 6 p.m. on a weeknight. Where is your family? Are you joined together around the dining room table? Are you shuttling your kids from activity to activity? Or are you (gulp) … still at the office? more

Key to Career Success: Divorce

Not too long ago, I ran into a friend hanging around a downtown coffee shop. I hadn’t seen him in a while, so I asked him a question that just a year or so ago was a pretty simple one, but now, given our economic realities, is much more complicated and often cringe-producing: “How are you doing?” more

Sunday Blue.

Late afternoon, Sunday, and the blues are setting in. It is inescapable, this Sunday blue. It starts descending just a few hours after I wake each and every Sunday. I enjoy the morning hours, read the newspaper, have coffee with my husband, breakfast with my kids. And then, like a fog closing in, heavy and murky, the angsty ugh of Sunday envelops me. more

The Super Hero Power of My Dreams.

With two young boys, super heroes are simply a part of our home. The plastic figurines cover our floors, their faces stare at me from dirty T-shirts, underwear and pajamas, and the Bat Cave (the boy’s equivalent to Barbie’s Dream House) has a prominent spot in my living room. more

School’s Out for Summer and So is Dad.

The sweet smell of Coppertone. Kids playing blissfully into the evening hours. Beach days, fun days, lazy days. I love summertime, but summertime today is definitely different than summers spent as a free-spirited youth. Now I’m a grown-up and that means work, work and more work. more

Far Away Mommy.

I am writing this on a plane from Barcelona to San Francisco. Well, I'm really on a plane from Frankfurt to San Francisco but I started the return flight from Barcelona. I was in Europe – Italy and Spain - for a week for work. more