Open Loops 7/18/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along


On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything.

This week I highlight articles on an efficient camping stove; making sure your children don’t have their identity stolen; crispy hash browns; making watermelon less messy to eat; peeling an entire bag of potatoes in under a minute; a falling bookend and help for the anxious traveler.


Simplify Outings with Checklists


I was talking to the pet sitter. She was taking care of the pets for our vacation, and wanted to know when she could stop by to pick up the keys. “You’re leaving on Saturday. I could stop by Friday night.” And then she paused. “But you’ll probably be running around frantically getting ready.”

I laughed to myself, and assured her she could stop by with no problem. Why? Because I knew that thanks to my checklists, I would not be frantic…most everything would be ready to go, and I would probably be relaxing and spending time with the pets.