Working the Thanksgiving Holiday

Every so often, I work on Thanksgiving. This is one of those years. I am a nurse. It happens. This year, I had plans to get my go-to working-on-Thanksgiving-quick-and-easy-dinner menu items, but then I got sick with the worst head cold of my life. I didn't feel like going anywhere to buy anything for any … Continue reading Working the Thanksgiving Holiday

The power of one

I have been giving a lot of talks at local libraries. For my most recent one, I personally invited and Facebook invited a lot of people. A lot. Plus, it was a full moon in Gemini (my sign)! At 7:05pm! And my talk started at 7:00PM! I know this is a busy time of year for … Continue reading The power of one

Deconstructing Christmas 

It's high time to start    deconstructing Christmas, but I am not motivated. I think I have too much stuff. We have a real tree this year, which began dropping huge quantities of its needles as soon as we got it. We then tracked them into every nook and cranny of our home. I'm afraid … Continue reading Deconstructing Christmas 

Connection

I was just watching Valerie Bertinelli's new cooking show on the Food Network. It turns out that Karen's Kitchen isn't so different from Valeries's Kitchen. She was making a buffet for a Christmas gathering and it consisted of lasagna, salad, and a favorite Italian cookie from childhood. I realized as I watched that one of … Continue reading Connection

Thanksgiving dinner for one

It so happens that I will be working Thanksgiving (as is the majority of my family) and therefore I will be a Party of One for Thanksgiving Dinner. I also plan to continue my NaNoWriMo efforts and so will have very little time for cooking and such. I do, however, love food. And, you know, eating. So, here's my … Continue reading Thanksgiving dinner for one

Oh Christmas tree

Oh my God, what a big pile of crap Christmas has left in its wake. Wouldn't it be great if those damned elves showed up after Christmas to help pick up the house instead of before Christmas to help demolish it? I am usually a put-the-(fake -tree-up-the-weekend-before-Christmas-and-take-it-down-the-day-after kind of gal. This year, however, with the … Continue reading Oh Christmas tree

Easter

How do you celebrate Easter? Even though my kids are older now, and the Bunny has been found out, we still celebrate the holiday in much the same way we did when they were little. I make Easter Baskets of some sort for them. I hide eggs for them to find in an Easter Egg … Continue reading Easter

My one word, 2012

Last year I was inspired by My One Word to choose one word as my New Year's Resolution.  I chose "Edit", which soon morphed into two words, "Focus". I optimistically wrote my words on an index card (one on each side, so I was still looking at just one word at a time!) and put … Continue reading My one word, 2012

Not wasting my vacation

I think that it's very important to get out of your rut--I mean, routine--on your vacation week. This is especially challenging, of course, if you are taking (yet another) staycation. Having part of your time off fall during the holidays can make it a little easier to break out...as in the  "Hel-lo? What day is … Continue reading Not wasting my vacation

National Cupcake Day

I just got this in under the wire...I can't believe that I didn't know it was National Cupcake Day today! I must be pretty darned distracted to miss this. I'm not even in any position right now to bake or obtain a cupcake to consume, so I must celebrate vicariously through Thoughts of Cupcakes Past. … Continue reading National Cupcake Day