- the earthquake/tsunami/partial nuclear meltdown in Japan
- the Joplin, Missouri tornado
- the Arab Spring
- Charlie Sheen's insane rants
- Arnold Schwarzenegger's illegitimate child with the housekeeper
- the Casey Anthony trial
- the Anthony Wiener sex scandal
- the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton
- the death of Osama bin Laden
- the 10 year anniversary of 9/11
- Hurricane Irene
- the shooting of US Representative Gabrielle Giffords
- Occupy Wall Street and its succeeding movements around the world
- the end of "war" in Iraq
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
I've already been out twice this week and purchased quite a few items. Today I bought my Christmas cards and wrapping paper for next year. All for $7!!
I bought new containers for storing my ornaments according to color. I bought new ornaments. I bought a pair of nutcracker stocking holders for $5. I bought multi-color beads for the tree for $2.
I'm not what you would call a frugal shopper, but I love a good deal. After Christmas shopping has, by far, the best deals ever.
If you haven't been out yet, give it a try. Even if you just buy a box of cards for next year, you'll feel like you're one step ahead of the game. And you'll shop at bargain prices. Enjoy!!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
I've decided that after this Christmas, I'm going to do a theme Christmas tree every year. And by theme, I mean color theme.
I've always seen trees that are decorated with only one or two colors, and I love them. I find them simple and elegant and beautiful. That's what I want.
At present, my tree looks like this:
Next year, the boys will get their own tree to put in their room with all their ornaments. No more batmobiles, Iron Man, Elmo or Cars on the big tree in the living room. Those will be relegated to the "Boys" ornament container and placed on the boys tree next year.
I will then segregate all ornaments by color and store them in their own containers. Then I can decide each December what lovely color(s) to decorate the tree with that year.
While I was purchasing the containers, I started purchasing new color ornaments in anticipation of my upcoming themes. I have a whole container full of purple/burgundy/pink ornaments already.
Living with a husband and 2 boys, I can't tell you how this excites me.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I tried all sorts of lotions and potions: aloe, vaseline, tea tree oil, lotrimin. Nothing worked. And it felt like it was getting worse and looked like it was spreading.
Was it poison ivy? A flesh eating bacteria? I was pretty concerned. I kept promising myself I'd see the dermatologist. Six months later, I finally did.
I visit the dermatologist yearly for a full body skin cancer screening. Since I should have had this done a couple of months ago, I scheduled my visit to cover the full body scan as well as the nasty rash on my hand.
The doctor took one look at my hand and diagnosed it as dry skin. Really? Dry skin? For six months? After various lotion applications for months? "Yes," he said while proceeding with my full body scan. "Dry skin. However, how long have you had this little growth on your shin?"
He removed the small little nothing, as I like to refer to it, and it turns out the small little nothing is basal cell carcinoma.
Life threatening it's not. Surprising it is. I went in with a rash on my hand and left with cancer on my shin. I'm a firm believer that if it's not one thing, it's something else.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I get emails from so many different organizations, I can't take it anymore. Groupon, Seize the Deal, Barnes & Noble, Old Navy, Land's End, PPP, every company I have ever purchased something from online in my life. There are solicitations from places I've never even heard of as well. It's too much.
In an effort to decrease the virtual mail I receive, I'm unsubscribing from a lot of them. Nothing stresses me more first thing in the morning than checking my email and seeing 60+ new messages that I need to filter through.
As the week progresses, I am unsubscribing from as many as possible so as to start the new year with fewer inbox overloads. I'm feeling the need to simplify in 2012. Why not start virtually?
Monday, December 26, 2011
It could be the fact that I hosted Christmas Eve and Christmas day. There was cooking, cleaning, setting up, putting away, more cleaning. It was a non-stop 48 hour festival of food and plates.
It could also be family conversations, or lack thereof. There's always stress involved when family comes to visit. What do I talk about? What topic do I avoid at all costs? For someone without a filter (me), that could be incredibly exhausting.
Then there are the kids. We only have two, but that's plenty. They're fighting over gifts. They're running around the house. They want to open every single one and then leave it on the floor after playing with it for 30 seconds.
And never mind opening the gifts. Those damn things are packaged so well, you need a team of bomb defusers just to get it out of the box.
So another holiday is over. I'm not sad to see it go. Just too lazy to shower and get out of my pajamas. And I'm loving it!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
I always recommend "Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages that Shaped Our History" by Kati Marton. It's a wonderful look at how First Ladies influenced the presidency and shaped policy.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Do you prefer online shopping or actually going to the store?
"MWF seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend" by Rachel Bertsche
"A Princess and Her Garden: A Fable of Awakening and Arrival" by Patricia Adson, Ph.D.
"A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion" by Ron Hansen
"Domestic Violets" by Matthew Norman
Monday, December 12, 2011
R (the 5 year old) was up at his usual 7am. He's like an alarm clock, or a human rooster. He's up and talking out loud to wake the rest of us at 7am EVERY DAY. Only I wasn't having any of it. I turned over and hubs got up instead.
D (the 2 year old) stayed snuggled next to me, all warm and cozy on a frigid morning, until about 8am. Then we both got up. Well, he got up and went to see what the others were up to while I turned on the television to see what was going on in the world other than the usual Nick Jr. cartoons.
By the time I mosied downstairs, about 45 minutes later, the boys were in the midst of their morning coloring, arguing, playing, fighting. I asked if they wanted breakfast. R proceeded to inform me that they already had breakfast - gummies and goldfish. Excuse me??
I turned to hubs, dear, pushover hubs, and just looked at him with a "why did our children have gummies and goldfish for breakfast" face. You know the look.
He said, "I didn't know what to give them for breakfast. You were asleep. R asked for gummies. D asked for goldfish. So I gave it to them."
I didn't know if I should knock him out or bang my own head against the wall. He didn't know what to give them for breakfast. The man eats breakfast almost every day. He does the food shopping and knows where the waffles, pancakes, eggs, cereal, bread are kept.
I'm no fool. And neither is hubs. And, apparently, neither are my kids. They know when and who to ask for gummies and goldfish . . . and actually get them.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
"Selden paused in surprise. In the afternoon rush of the Grand Central Station his eyes had been refreshed by the sight of Miss Lily Bart."
~"The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton
I love these opening lines. The location is New York and there will some sort of romantic involvement. That's all I need to know.
"Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller's Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages" by Michael Popek
"Found, Free and Flea: Creating Collections from Vintage Treasures" by Tereasa Surratt
"Undecorate: The No-Rules Approach to Interior Design" by Christian Lemieux
"The Baker's Daughter" by Sarah McCoy
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I'm a sucker for a good love story. I don't mean the Harlequin romance-type love story, but a love story nonetheless.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
I choose a book based on the last book I read. If I read something heavy and dark, I'll want to choose something light and easy to read next to break up the pace. Once I'm in the middle of a book, no matter what mood I'm in, I continue to read it. That being said, my mood does color what I'm reading. My mood can actually make it more difficult to read a book because of what I'm bringing to it. I find going in with a clear headspace is the best way to approach a book and enjoy it for what it is and how it was written.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
There's no better time than the present to get healthy. With the holidays here, temptation for just one more cookie is everywhere. Why not resolve to get fit and stay fit in 2012? There's a great social networking site designed to help you do just that.
Cafe Cafe Well connects you with other people who want to get fit and healthy, just like you. You'll find challenges, tips for healthy living, support, and the information you need to reach your health goals in the new year.
Hosted by Cafe Well and sponsored by HealthAmerica, Race to the Moon is a wellness program presently underway for members to get more fit and active via social networking. Participants receive a free wireless pedometer that tracks their steps and provides rewards for milestones reached and total steps taken. These incentives combined with social networking prove powerful in getting members to get moving.
I've challenged myself many times to finally get rid of the baby fat. I've walked with friends, worked out with my husband, tracked how many fruits and veggies I've eaten each day. We've all tried numerous methods to get fit and stay fit. Why not try a new, innovative approach with Cafe Well? You've got nothing to lose but a few extra pounds.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS.
•Share the title & author, too.
"On the landing she paused to look about her. There were a thousand chances to one against her meeting anybody, but one could never tell, and she always paid for her rare indiscretions by a violent reaction of prudence."
~p. 12, "The House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton
Monday, November 28, 2011
I will probably be buying myself a book or two this holiday season, mostly because of the great discounts and bargains available. My inbox is full of coupon codes for Barnes and Noble, and I plan to use them.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
"How Georgia Became O'Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living" by Karen Karbo
"You Can Create an Exceptional Life" by Louise L. Hay and Cheryl Richardson