Friday, December 31, 2010

Another Auld Lang Syne

Here's to love, luck, happiness, health, and success in the new year! I'm bringing it in quietly tonight, which is nice. I'll ease my way in and ease my way through. I'll invite an abundance of positive things into my life and I will tackle any obstacles with both strength and grace. I will make goals and achieve them. I will give, I will love, I will smile. I hope the same for you.

"We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to time
Reliving in our eloquence
Another 'auld lang syne'..."
Dan Fogelberg

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Crayons to Perfume

"Those schoolgirl days of telling tales
and biting nails are gone.
But in my mind I know
They still live on and on..."

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Digging Out

"Essential employee". Apparently that is what I am, as I was told to report to work today. 30" of snow, below freezing temperatures, but, hey, I'm essential! What ever happened to health and safety being our number one priority? Hmm.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

How sweet it is...

to be loved by (all of) you!

This Christmas was full of touching surprises and family fun. It's sad that it's over already! Now on to a new year with new adventures and new memories!

Friday, December 24, 2010


To good friends,
To family,
To health,
To happiness,
To a Christmas Eve full of laughs and love.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December Sky

The days are getting longer and the nights are getting cold...

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Monday, December 20, 2010

"Burning the Days"

"Sometimes you are aware when your great moments are happening, and sometimes they rise from the past. Perhaps it's the same with people." James Salter

I wouldn't necessarily say this is one of the best books I've read, but it is definitely one that made me want to keep reading. It is one that stays with I lived it. So, maybe that means it is one of the best books I've read, because isn't that the point of a good story? It stays with you.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

#2 of 7

It was definitely a good idea to have a snack at Wegman's BEFORE I started my grocery shopping. Not only did it keep me from buying everything in sight, it also helped temper my aggravation with the hundreds of people who decided today was a good day to grocery shop.


Friday, December 17, 2010

One Day...

...I will finish this book. My goal is to get halfway through it by the end of the weekend.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Silent Night

This is the first time, as far as I can remember, that I've been stricken with laryngitis. You don't know the value of your own voice until you lose it!

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Status

I found this great app on Facebook that chooses random statuses that you posted this year and compiles them into a collage. Although this is not a photograph, I thought it would be a fun post as we near the end of the year. It was great looking back on all my status updates, seeing how my moods and interests changed from day to day.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

All is calm, all is bright...

What a beautiful night with my family! My mom surprised my step father with ornaments in memory of his parents and sister. The price of the ornaments go towards the Raritan Bay Medical Center where his family has always donated their time and money. The ornaments will be displayed there year-round.

For me, the best part was sitting down to dinner with everyone. We haven't all gotten together in so long, so it was nice to laugh and share old stories and toast to those who are watching over us. This has really been one of the best holiday season's I can remember and it's not over yet...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I found the solution to all my hair woes today. Volumizing mousse and this big, fat curling iron. Love it.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Treats

Christmas cookies from my best friend...doesn't get any sweeter than that!

Friday, December 3, 2010

It's the Little Things

I had a great time tonight, just walking around with my mom, looking at tupperware, handbags and sampling food. It's the little moments that mean the most.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Coast is Clear

There was an exodus of birds from the trees
Cuz they didn't know
We were only pretending
And the people all looked up and looked pleased
And the birds flew around
Like the whole world was ending
I don't think war is noble
And I don't like to think love is like war
~Ani Difranco

Monday, November 29, 2010

Tis the Season

When I was relaxing at the pool on vacation I watched an airplane write in the sky. It said: Jesus Loves You. Everyone kind of stood around, staring at the sky. Some smiled, some laughed, some were in awe, but I think we all wondered who the message was for. Is someone trying to tell me something? Is it a message for mankind?

It doesn't matter what you believe in, I think what matters is that we all NEED to believe in something. What better time than the holiday season to think outside of ourselves...

Tis the season to believe.

Tis the season to give.

Tis the season to love.

Friday, November 26, 2010

One for the road

It is always sad to end a vacation. You wish for just one more day, especially when you are in a magical place. But as I sit here now at my computer, in my home, I know that I am right where I am supposed to be. It's good to be back in my element, looking back at my pictures, remembering the fun times I had in Walt Disney World. Can't wait to do it again next year!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Wishes

As we approached Cinderella's Castle to check in for our Thanksgiving Dinner I couldn't help but think this is probably every little girl's dream. Sure enough, it was just as magical as I expected, but what put a smile on my face was seeing all the girls dressed up like their favorite princess, eyes wide, anxious to get a picture with their on-screen heroines. I have to admit, I felt quite excited myself to see Belle walk in the room and I love that no matter what your age, when you dine in the castle, you are treated like royalty.

It was a truly magical Thanksgiving and I am grateful for every minute.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Nature's Magic

Rainbow seen from our hotel room at the Swan. We spent the day (a mostly cloudy day) at the pool and returned to our room to find this! As if Disney isn't magical enough... :)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Magical Night

Full moon over the Boardwalk Resort in Walt Disney World. Great way to start our trip!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Be Well

Today I had to say goodbye to two special ladies who, combined, served our company for almost 90 years. They were professional, kind, motherly, but in the end, unappreciated. Gone are the days of grande retirement parties and send offs from management. Gone are the days where senior employees are respected and revered. Gone are the days when companies care about their people.

This is a sign of the times. Our world is not the same. I've seen it change so much in just a few short years, and I'm afraid I've changed with it, for better or worse. I guess that's called survival.

I hope these ladies, and all of us, can look back with joy and look forward with hope.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Crazy Zucs

Cooking up one of my favorite pasta dishes: Broccoli and Zucchini with whole wheat penne in a tomato basil sauce. Don't forget the parmigiano reggiano. Yum!

Monday, November 15, 2010


I am proud to say that my cholesterol and overall health is better than it's ever been. What better motivation to stay on track, continue running and eating healthy, than to know that it really does pay off?

Friday, November 12, 2010


It took many shots and many, many jumps to capture this picture, but we finally did it! It wasn't taken today, but it was sent to me today and I couldn't resist using it as my blog pic of the day.

These days I kind of feel like jumping anyway :)

Photo courtesy of Tina Capitly