I’m not much for blog awards. Not only do blog awards tend to feel suspiciously like chain letters to me (“Here’s your award! Now pass it on to ten people!”), I’m just not naturally inclined towards celebration. At least not formal celebration. I’m big on small, spontaneous celebrations for things like when my toddler accidentally […]Read more "Viva Bliss Award: Passing It On"
You might not have noticed that we were out of action, but we were. The record-breaking nor’easter that hit New England this weekend knocked out our electricity from 8pm Saturday until sometime while we were at dinner tonight (Tuesday). It got down to 51F inside our home. We usually keep it cool (62 during the […]Read more "Back in Action!"
Tonight, we had our first snow. Now, I’ve lived in snowy places. Ohio. That was snowy. Salt Lake City. Heck, they had their first snow weeks ago. Even in North Carolina we had an ice storm that knocked out the electricity for an entire week, and two years before that, we had the Snow of […]Read more "Uninhabitable"
I’ve read a fair number of opinions and suggestions about how to be happier, and I’ve discovered a basic theme. Each person starts out not appreciating their life enough, wanting something they don’t have. Then at some point (usually in their mid-20′s or in mid-life or in some other period of great transition) something clicks. […]Read more "Swearing Off Inspirational Stories"
And for extra bonus fun, if I choose your book, you can choose the style of my next review (tv commercial, scathing review by a jaded GenXer, haiku, iambic pentameter, third-grade book report, etc).Read more "Poll: Pick the Next Book I Read!"
After work today, the kids and I met my husband at a local restaurant, a pub that was given high marks for both their beer selection (for my husband) and their food (for me). I’d already reconciled myself to not sampling anything from their substantial single-malt scotch or bourbon offerings because my husband was going […]Read more "Allergy Alert! I Am Allergic to Flavor!"
Here I sat like I do most every night. On the couch at 11pm, just finished watching three episodes of “The Office” and eating two gluten-free freezer waffles, an apple, and a pint of hummus, wondering yet again why I can’t seem to keep my promises to myself. I promise to get more sleep so […]Read more "Got a Light? (A Post About Inspiration)"
I wrote a fairly negative review of Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet a few weeks ago. I liked it okay, but in my review I pointed out what I saw as shortcomings of the writing and why I couldn’t wholeheartedly embrace the book even though I enjoyed the subject. Tonight […]Read more "Choosing the Half-Full Glass"
When all the people of the world love, Then the strong will not overpower the weak. The many will not oppress the few. The wealthy will not mock the poor. The honored will not disdain the humble. The cunning will not deceive the simple. -Mo-Tse This morning before church, my husband and I were discussing […]Read more "May I Be Filled With Loving Kindness"
That’s it. I’m tired of embracing imperfection. From now on, I’m going to implement a plan designed to make me perfect. I will have perfect nutrition and a perfect exercise regimen, which will lead to a perfect body (stress incontinence and people thinking I’m pregnant will be things of the past). I will have perfect […]Read more "My Two-Year Plan"