The weight of expectations

Christmas 2016 is now past, and the beginning of a brand year begins in less than a week. While it is an exciting time to me, so many I know struggle up to and through until the middle of January. The holidays are difficult. My theory is that the heavy marketing of Christmas and the…

Christmas Eve 2016

Pretty quiet on the homestead this Christmas eve, and I am so happy about that. I slept later than anticipated - this no alarm policy could be a problem if allowed to continue unchecked - but I enjoyed the most restful sleep I have had in days, maybe even weeks. I woke up with the…

The view from the gym floor

Since no training session and no recap today, I seem to have had some other blog pondering to share today, as this is post number 3 for today. No matter; it's Thursday and even with trainer J's absence, it is kind of weird and difficult for me not to write something about my exercise excursions. To…

Giving, receiving, weird funks of the holiday season

Like most people, I hate the commercialism of the holiday season. A lot of people I know with younger children have curbed their gifting-free-for-all spirit and are pursuing saner something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read type guidelines. But I'm a mom with my own spending issues. I have very fond memories…

Holiday wind-down

We had a lovely holiday and now it's time to return to count the final days of 2014. It has been a busy year. Our Christmas eve celebrations as a family went off without a hitch. We had a good meal, lots of lively conversation, and lots of paper-ripping gift opening. The gifts given and…

While we were shopping tonight …

M and I passed this lovely creature in the Home Goods store: Because nothing says Christmas like a $600 disco deer. We thought about it, pondered how cool it would look in our front yard in the glow of our lights. Then practicality reasserted itself; it would probably scare the cats. Now if it were a…

Holiday giving

I had a meeting this afternoon with my copier vendor. We have worked together through various jobs for more about 20 years now, although it shocks me to realize it has been that long, through that many different jobs with different companies. He had an associate with him today, and while we were chatting about…