Jan is on vacation. Here's a favorite post from December 2007:
Forget what you've heard. There is such a thing as a stupid question. Take, for example, the question I am periodically asked, "Are you always this happy?"
No. I am not always this happy. Which is why, a few years ago -- during a less than cheerful moment -- my daughter Kate gave me this mantra: "Breathe in. Breathe out."
Simple? Absolutely. Effective? You bet. Oxygen is the true miracle drug.
So, as the days keep wrapping you in expectations and demands, follow the classic airline advice: If you're traveling with small children or big business, put your own air mask on first.