What's Up Wednesdays: The Curve Ball of Life

Let’s get started with this week’s speedlink.

When life throws you lemons, you’re supposed to figure out how to make a lemon martini (or something like that). In the case of Marc Smith, he has been thrown a curve ball, because he must move out of the home where he has lived for the last six years. To further complicate matters, he’s also going to be out of town for the next six weeks and his roommate wants to get his own place. But he’s not swinging and missing just yet. He’s just going to take some time to re-assess.

Continuing with our journey on the Internet, we visit with Alison Tedford who shares her perspective on the reality of maternity leave. You may have come across the recent viral article by a woman who wants all the “benefits” of maternity leave without actually having any children. Alison explains how the time you take “off” after having a kid is anything but a vacation. The tour guide is incomprehensible and there is no translator.

Following a similar line of thought, Jamie Dunlop Khau provides some advice for mothers who want to pursue the “mom hustle” of going after the life that they want fearlessly and relentlessly. While the myth of Supermom is ultimately unattainable, unfair and unhealthy, there are steps you can take to move toward greater success, fulfillment and overall happiness. For starters, you have to let stuff go. Don’t try to do it all.

I still haven’t gotten around to watching Batman v Superman, mostly because I’m much more interested in what is happening with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and with the continuing X-Men series. I’ve heard that the animated series is tremendous, though. Brock McLaughlin shared the first official trailer to the upcoming Batman: The Killing Joke feature. Despite being an animated movie, it’s rated R and may not be all that appropriate for children. And yes, Mark Hamill is back as the Joker.

Growing up is hard to do and many people resist it. Not Larry Bernstein. He may only be in his mid-40s, but he’s ready to move into an assisted living facility right now. He won’t have to deal with mowing the lawn, he can take advantage of the on-site facilities, and he won’t have to feel overburdened anymore. The built-in meal planning is a definite plus too. Retirement sounds pretty good, don’t you think?