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Surprising Things After Moving From the US to Ireland | Insider | Home | Lifestyle

By Alexis McSparren, Feb 6, 2022, 5:00 AM

I’ve been blown away by the beauty of the Irish countryside.
Alexis McSparren

I first fell in love with the idea of moving abroad five years ago after spending a semester in England.

I met incredible people, tried new things, and focused on what I wanted most out of life while temporarily letting go of everything stressing me out at home.

But after I returned to the US, the stress came back, and I realized I’d do anything to make my dream of living abroad a reality. Picking up and moving to Ireland on a spur-of-the-moment decision two years ago has presented many challenges, but I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Read on for some of the things that surprised me when I first got to Ireland.

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The Washington Post: How smart tech around the home can help seniors and their caregivers

By Christina Sturdivant Sani, January 20, 2022, at 7:00 a.m. EST


Amy Goyer has been a caregiver most of her adult life. At 20, she began caring for her ailing grandparents. Then her mom had a stroke at 63, and her dad developed Alzheimer’s. Later, her sister was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease.

Over the years, Goyer crisscrossed the country to care for her loved ones. At some points, they lived with her. Other times, she monitored them from afar. Now AARP’s national family and caregiving expert, Goyer, 61, says the most notable change in caregiving in her experience has been technology — particularly the smart tech that many seniors rely on to stay safe in their homes.

“New technologies are coming up all the time, and people are always sending me things to look at,” says Goyer, who oversees the organization’s Family Caregivers Discussion Group on Facebook, which has more than 8,000 members.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/home/2022/01/20/smart-tech-for-seniors/

How to Make Your Home Safer as You Age – Consumer Reports

Simple changes can help protect you from fires, falls, and more

By Consumer Reports, December 11, 2021


A few smart steps can help you keep it that way by protecting you against potential hazards.

What’s nice about home modifications is that the changes don’t have to be huge to make a huge impact, says Allysin E. Bridges-German, OTD, an occupational therapist with the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Here, tips from Bridges-German and CR experts about small improvements that will keep you safer.

Editor’s Note: Go to Source article, illustration has clickable points for tips.

Source: How to Make Your Home Safer as You Age – Consumer Reports

6 tips to help you manage your day AND your anxiety when working from home

Krystal Quiles

Mar 17, 2021 / Morra Aarons-Mele

When I first began working at home, I couldn’t believe I was getting away with such a racket.

No one told me what to do or where to be! I could work in my bed, go to the grocery store in the middle of the day, and my clients were none the wiser. Even though I was a freelancer, I was constantly looking over my shoulder and expecting to be reprimanded by someone.

But my elation wore away when I realized I wasn’t quite alone at home: My anxiety was there, too.

Now, I’m an anxious person, even in the best of times. But these days, it seems like we’re all anxious. And anxiety is another ingredient — like Zoom calls, overloaded wifi or howling children or pets — that needs to be factored into your days, your productivity and your time management.

Source: https://ideas.ted.com/tips-to-manage-your-day-and-anxiety-when-working-from-home/

After the Year of No Bras, Things Are Looking Up | Vanity Fair

Photo Illustration by Vanity Fair; Photo by Nina Leen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images.

When the shutdown left us stranded at home, some women clamored for a tangible sense of freedom. A year later, one writer reassesses the bra with help from an O.G. expert, an Instagram-savvy start-up, and Seinfeld.

By Laura Regensdorf, March 10, 2021

It took me 351 days to take off my shirt for a stranger on the internet. Somehow I had made it this far into the pandemic without partaking in the talked-about extracurriculars: an OnlyFans side-hustle; a virtual boyfriend (I have a real one at home). Instead, here I was, at a little past noon on a recent Thursday, making small talk over Zoom in a who-knows-how-old lacy bralette.

Tania Garcia, director of fit at the lingerie brand Cuup, was about to guide me through a size assessment. I apologized for having only baker’s twine and a handyman’s tape measure. “We’ve gotten very crafty in our fittings,” she said, describing the MacGyver-like setups she has witnessed since the company launched in late 2018. (Without a brick-and-mortar presence, remote fittings were baked into the business plan from the beginning, unexpectedly teeing up Garcia’s team for the Zoom-all-day era.) “I did a fitting once with floss, so we’re okay,” she said, her voice reassuring in ways that transcended the subject at hand. “Let me tell you, we’re fine.” 

Source: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2021/03/the-year-of-no-bras-pandemic-anniversary

Walk through Hemingway’s Ketchum home in a 360° Idaho Experience tour | Idaho Statesman

Walk through the Hemingway House with Idaho Public Television’s 360-degree tour of author Ernest Hemingway’s retreat in Ketchum, Idaho.

Source: Walk through Hemingway’s Ketchum home in a 360° Idaho Experience tour | Idaho Statesman