Monday, January 28, 2013

Winter Break

What if everyone took the last week of each month off? I doubt the world would end. Let's try it.


Sunday, January 27, 2013


No one ever said apathy is a good thing. It's not. We know it's not.
It's a terrible combination of indifference and boredom, the absence of motivation and passion.
But what we weren't told is that it's an insidious disease. It can organize a surprise attack, sneak up on us and slap us in the face.
Actually, if apathy does slap you in the face, thank it.
It's giving you a chance to change.


Saturday, January 26, 2013


I never understood those license license plate frames that said, "I'd rather be shopping at Nordstrom."
But I've recently made several visits to that fine establishment, and I'm starting to get what all the hubbub is about.

PS: Their bra fitting service is priceless (and free).


Friday, January 25, 2013

Late Bloomers

I've heard Julia Child didn't start cooking until she was 37. I've been thinking a lot about this, and it gives me hope.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Good Night

I could stare at the screen or go to sleep. I'm choosing sleep.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I almost sent this out to my entire address book this morning. I might need to start reading it like a daily prayer. 

Courtesy Seth Godin ...

On behalf of yes
Yes, it's okay to ship your work.
Yes, you're capable of making a difference.
Yes, it's important.
Yes, you can ignore that critic.
Yes, your bravery is worth it.
Yes, we believe in you.
Yes, you can do even better.
Yes is an opportunity and yes is an obligation. The closer we get to people who are confronting the resistance on their way to making a ruckus, the more they let us in, the greater our obligation is to focus on the yes.
There will always be a surplus of people eager to criticize, nitpick or recommend caution. Your job, at least right now, is to reinforce the power of the yes.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Three Weeks In

I have to keep reminding myself that 2013 only just begun. The first three weeks have been as exciting (highs and lows) as some entire years.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Honoring King

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. ~Martin Luther King Jr. 

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~Martin Luther King Jr. 

“There is no gain without struggle.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Game Day

Today, we watched football.
I really don't understand football. But I don't mind watching it.
(By watching it, I mean I'm in the same room with the actual fans, but I'm not really paying attention until something is worthy of a replay.)
John pulled out a Jerry Rice jersey that in the 11 years of knowing him, I'm not sure I've ever seen, let alone seen him wearing. My dad donned a San Francisco 49ers baseball cap made out of red corduroy, circa 1980s.
I actually remember going to a few games as a kid.
My impression of football was that it was long and cold and Joe Montana was essentially a god.
Apparently, it was worth digging in the back of the closet for these gems.
If you haven't heard, our team won.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Culinary Mystery

Tea sandwiches taste better than regular sandwiches.
If you don't believe me, trim the crust off your regular sandwich and then cut it into to four pretty triangles.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Beyond Brotherly Love

I feel like I know what love is. And then I see something like this video, and I realize I'm only scratching the surface. Conner and Cayden Long, you are an inspiration and a reminder to give more and love more.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hold Tight

That's my new motto for 2013.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Season

The Christmas tree came down today. John brought it outside before I got home. I'm kind of sad I didn't say goodbye. It was the most perfect bought-on-Christmas-Eve-5-dollar tree.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

World Take Over

I'm hearing one good thing after another. Amazing news from friends. Dreams coming true. This is going to be a BIG year, people. Time to jump on the train before it runs us over.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Birthday Boy

My dad turned 65 years old today. But he celebrated being 63. He says he's going backward and hopes to hit boyhood.

Cheers for the Birthday Boy and living life in reverse! Love you, Daddy!


Sunday, January 13, 2013

In Honor of Friendship

“The best mirror is an old friend.” ~George Herbert

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” ~Anais Nin

“'We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet.
'Even longer,' Pooh answered.”

~A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Celebration Side Effects

If you go to a party and have your picture taken, you may come to the unflattering conclusion that a new shade of lipstick is desperately needed. The good news is lipstick can be bought. Of course, it would be better to realize this before the celebration.


Friday, January 11, 2013


When we were 7, we would spend our recesses and lunch hours immersed in deep discussion while walking around the school grounds. I'm not even sure what 7-year-olds talk about.
But somehow that conversation has stretched more than 28 years.
Twenty-eight years of mostly long-distance phone calls, and today, Kaecey and I got to spend more than 6 hours together.
Can you say heaven?


Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Moment of Silence, Please

After years of faithful service, my dad's favorite pair of pants suffered a fatal hole and had to be discarded.
May my father's brown corduroys rest in peace. 
My dad & his corduroys. Both were good sports for Black Friday shopping.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013


I would like to redirect your attention to this beautiful post by my talented husband. Still wishing you a year of miracles in 2013!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Certain people get under my skin. Not because they are annoying, but because they are brave and honest and willing to put themselves out there in a way that scares me. 
If they can do it, so can I. (So can you.)
That's good news. But sometimes good news, when challenging, can be irritating.


Monday, January 7, 2013


Sometimes I feel bad for you. I really do. You get no love, especially from me.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Follow the Star

"Star of wonder, star of light
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light"

~Happy Epiphany


Saturday, January 5, 2013


I didn't leave the house. I stayed in my pajamas all day. I ignored many undone chores. Yes, I'm very lazy, and I'm (mostly) OK with that.


Friday, January 4, 2013

First Friday

It's the first Friday of the year, and my favorite day of 2013 thus far.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year Question

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." ~ African Proverb

Where is it you want to go, and who do you want to be with when you get there?


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Start

There's usually a lot of (self-imposed) pressure to be perfect from the very start of a New Year.
It's a trap. No one's perfect.
But don't let that stop 2013 from being wonderful.

PS: I got a new pair of running shoes today, and I have no intention of running.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Year of Miracles

Hello, 2013!

I'm so glad you are here, and I'm not going to be shy about asking for what I would like from you.
A year of miracles.
For me and John and our families and friends and everyone on the planet.
A year of miracles.
Big and small.
The world needs a serious shift, and I believe you are the year for changing course.
A year of miracles.
It's not too much to ask of the next 365 days.



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