As a young mother, I really wasn't ever one for "time out." With at least one willful child, I didn't have the inclination, the time, nor the patience.
Hence, my oldest (the sister of Miss Willful), thought of "Time Out" as a magical place, sort of like nap time, with all the quiet, but none of the sleeping (How many years must one attain to realize that there is no shame in napping?). Her friends got to sit in "time out" all the time. So when, on the rare occasion, I chose to use this as a punishment, I was rewarded with quiet children, who in no way thought they were being punished.
"Time out" became synonymous with going to one's "happy place." Even now, one of my almost-grown daughters will turn to me on occasion and say, "I think I'm going to put myself in time out."
If you're interested in finding a sweet spot, I've got just the place for you.
You've probably seen TLC's summer show, "DC Cupcakes." It features sisters Sophie and Katherine, who leave the fast track and all the stress that professional DC has to offer, to open a designer cupcake bakery in trendy Georgetown. But this isn't just another yuppy place to meet and greet, or a tale of leaving the fast life behind to rake in big bucks pursuing one's passion (although I'm sure there is quite a bit of buck-raking going on here).
Georgetown Cupcake is a perfect location for a proper adult "time out."
Ella Numera Dos and I made a maiden voyage down to the bakery last week, in search of dessert for the young one's 20th B-day. She and her friend, JR, returned on Monday to pick up two dozen of Sophie and Katherine's cupcakes to serve at the celebration.
Yes, the Cupcake Queens were working the counter when the kids walked in. And I'm pleased to report that these entrepreneurs are just as pleasant and enthusiastic and down-to-earth as they appear to be on their TLC show. They posed for pictures with JR and Ella, and even had a quasi-lengthy conversation with them.
I've lived in DC for 20+ years, so I'm pretty numb to celebrity-sightings. But I can tell you why TLC picked up "DC Cupcakes" for its Fall season. You can just taste the "nice" in their product. And that's a quality you can take to the bank. Or, to the "time out" stairs, if you wish.