Back to Reality

You know how I know I had a great holiday? My jeans are tight.. I’ve got post-everyone’s departed depression and I have a pimple on my cheek. Yup. It was awesome.. I’m not even kidding.. and now it’s back to reality.

Holiday Hits & Misses- part deux

Can a gift be a hit AND a miss? Well, yes it can be if you give the same thing (in this case a message board) to more than one person and the reaction is let’s just say “mixed.” Interestingly enough, it was one of our daughters who said she sadly didn’t have ‘enough room’…

49 Nutcrackers

I sat next to my mother’s friend at Thanksgiving dinner this year.  She’s a lovely woman  struggling through an absolutely awful divorce. Navigating her way through the backwash of her husband’s abandonment over the past year has forced her to toss many of the relics of her old life overboard. With a tear in her…

Tied up in lights..

I love instagram. I get the greatest recipes and ideas scrolling around there! There’s also the practical side of it: When I was shopping for tile I had a TERRIBLE time finding any pictures of real-world applications- (I really wanted to know how my tile selections would look in an actual home) Instagram allows users…

HELLO?- O? O? O? O?

It was the part of the holiday that I dreaded the most. We’d be playing with our new toys and suddenly my mom would announce that it was time to talk to our relatives in the United States. And so we’d sit and wait our turn, take the phone when it was passed to us…

Whirlwind Week-end

It struck me as I pressed the elevator button to get to the hotel lobby that there aren’t many of these trips left.   Sliding the corrugated cuff up the foam cup and filling it with steaming coffee, I thought about our kids’ various college towns and how they each came to feel so comfortable and…