Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Learning Curve

My grandpa is taking a 2 1/2-hour computer class three times a week at the senior center. I wonder if he can tutor me.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Flash Mob



Dear Santa,
I want to be part of a Flash Mob. But I can't sing or dance, so I'll need a miracle.
Love,
Christina

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rated: Happy

It doesn't matter what a TV show, movie or play is about. If it doesn't end happy, my dad doesn't want to see it. (Same goes for me, too.)

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Artists

Tonight, I sat at a table with several actors.

They all knew each other. But none of them knew me, and I didn't know them.
One asked, "Are you an actor?"
I said, "No. I'm more of a writer."
"What do you write?"
"A sentence a day. Sometimes more," I replied. 
Because these were people with day jobs and families but a passion for acting nonetheless, my answers didn't even seem odd. 

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Friday, November 26, 2010

New Traditions

It's 5:30 a.m. We've already hit Kohl's, which was such a madhouse, my mom and I left without buying a thing. Now, we're standing in the mall parking lot outside of Sears. We have seven hours of shopping ahead of us. My dad stayed in the car for the first stop. Before heading inside, he innocently asks, "What are we going to do in there?"
I was afraid to tell him the truth. But he was a trooper.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dylan's First Thanksgiving

When your grandfather is 91 years old, it's hard to be sure how sharp his mind is.
So when I first heard my grandpa call Dylan by his middle name, Luc, I thought he was confused.
When I heard him make the mistake a second time, I whispered to my sister, "Grandpa thinks Dylan's name is Luc."
"Oh, Grandpa, Luc is Dylan's middle name," my sister sweetly corrected.
"Well, Luc is good for me," my grandpa said proudly. "I wouldn't be surprised if he is called Luc in school. It's a good name, easy to say."
Later, Cliff mentioned he wished he had taken advantage of his cool middle name, Warren.
"Well, see you later, Warren," my grandpa said.
Nothing to worry about here. His wit is quick and his mind is sharp.
Have I mentioned Luc is short for Lucarotti, which is mine and my sister's maiden name, my grandfather's family name? No wonder he is fond it.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Be Grateful

"Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold." ~Maurice Seitter

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes

I wish I knew who created this recipe. It ran in the Redding newspaper about 5 years ago (but a website search turned up zilch). Anyway, I love that these potatoes can be made the night before Thanksgiving. I also make Herta's Sweet Potatoes the night before, which makes Thanksgiving Day all that much more enjoyable.

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes:
5 pounds baking potatoes
1 8-ounce package of cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
salt

First peel potatoes, then cut them. Boil potatoes until fork tender. Drain water. Mash potatoes and blend in other ingredients. Put mashed potatoes into a buttered casserole dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

On Thanksgiving Day, let potatoes sit at room temperature for a couple of hours before heating. Heat at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Dab with butter and chopped parsley, if desired. Enjoy!

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Adjectives

I prefer 'eccentric' to 'crazy.' It's almost the same thing but nicer.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dive Deep



"Let it always be known that I was who I am." ~Laura Marling, Rambling Man

After watching this video, I whispered to my brother, "Jimmy, what was in the suitcase?"
"I think it is his soul," he replied.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Six Years Ago ...

He said, "Will you marry me?"
And I said, "What took you so long."
(OK. Not really.)

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Calm Before The ...

This weekend relax. Sleep. Cuddle. Take deep breathes, and write out your to-do list. The next six weeks will be a furious race to the New Year. It's up to you to make them fun.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mamika Rocks

Frederika will brighten your day, and maybe even make you feel like a Superhero. I promise.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Crab(by) Season

John made sure to tell my dad crab season officially opened.
"You should keep the ladies away from San Francisco," John said. "Otherwise, they might be mistaken."
"They could get caught up in the nets," my dad added.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Death to Perfectionism

You will never win if perfect is your goal. But if you can accept your best as good enough, peace will be yours.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Avoidance

I try to let problems come up with their own solutions. It rarely works.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time

If you aren't stressed about the holidays, you are way behind.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pop Culture

I was feeling a bit out of touch with society at large, so I stopped flipping through the channels when I came across an episode of Jerseylicious today. I thought I would finally familiarize myself with the Snooki I hear so much about on the radio news. My mistake. Apparently, Snooki was on another show highlighting the good people of New Jersey. It's really hard to keep up.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Siblings

I have one sister and two brothers. We've shared friends, food, fights, drinks, laughs, cries, clothes, rooms, sorrows, joys, cars, toys, memories and a million other things siblings share in the way only siblings can. It occurred to me tonight (while staring at beautiful baby Dylan) that we also shared space. Not at the same time of course, but the four of us all got our start in this wild world in our mother's womb. While I don't think this is what defines siblings (or families), it certainly creates a crazy, unique shared history.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Yummy

My cousin tried Persian food for the first time at Reyhan Restaurant in San Jose. Her reaction?
First bite: "This is really flavorful."
Second bite: "This is good."
Third bite: "This is hella good."

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Quote or Two

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence." ~Robert Frost

"The road to happiness is always under construction." ~Dan Millman

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My Mind

Sometimes I have too many thoughts. But lots of times I have none at all.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

A Recommendation

If you are wanting to read something beautiful and honest (and you don't mind crying a bit), I recommend Nella's birth story. My dear friend sent me the link today. It's the kind of story that makes you grateful love exists.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Funny Valentine

He said: "If you weren't in my life, I wouldn't be able to enjoy your laugh."
I said: "If you weren't in my life, I wouldn't laugh nearly as much."
He said: "Yea, you would. You're kind of an easy laugh."

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Squeezing

I don't know about you, but I've never squeezed so much out of every second in an "extra" hour. I vote making 25-hour days a daily occurrence.

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Clarity

I'm starting to think all of life is like dating. As I recall, dating is as much about knowing what you want as it is knowing what you don't want.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pushing

Some feelings you can't hide from. So the question is how uncomfortable are you willing to be? Are you willing to push your own limits?

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Better than Botox

Hanging out with my parents may be as close as I get to a fountain of youth. It might be more of a compliment to them than me, but people shave a solid 10 years off my age when I'm with my folks.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Holy Souls

"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen."

Like last year, I'm happy to place the names of your loved ones on the altar at church to be remembered and prayed for during the month of November.

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Opposites

He says I should play opposites. If I feel discouraged, act encouraged.

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