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

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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

Stocking stuffers for the kids

Just in case the edict "Write what you know" is true, I thought that just maybe it's cousin, "Buy what you know," may also be true. In this post, I'll do both; it will be in relation to teens and tweens stocking stuffers. Okay, so my teen is recently promoted to "twenty-something", but I still have … Continue reading Stocking stuffers for the kids

Alternative Christmas Songs

*I am republishing this list from last year. I haven't heard any songs in 2011 that I feel compelled to add to it. Enjoy! The Waitresses: Christmas Wrapping The Killers: Don't Shoot Me Santa Adam Sandler: The Hanukkah Song Sarah Silverman: Give the Jew Girl Toys Bob Rivers: The 12 Pains of Christmas Bob and … Continue reading Alternative Christmas Songs

Christmas Music and other minutiae

Since I'm feeling all Christmas-y at the moment, and since (more importantly) I have a huge leg up on my Christmas shopping (and wrapping) this year, I decided to write a little more about Christmas.  Here are some random thoughts: When I was wrapping up the gifts I'd bought so far this year, I had the presence … Continue reading Christmas Music and other minutiae

Making Gingerbread Houses

I admit it: prior to yesterday I was a Gingerbread House Virgin. Through twenty-plus years of motherhood, I'd managed to avoid ever baking, never mind decorating, a gingerbread house. The desire just was not there. I couldn't have been less interested. Then something incredible happened: I wanted to make one.  Something shifted inside me and … Continue reading Making Gingerbread Houses