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Archive for January, 2015


Saturday, January 31st, 2015

I’ve spent the past few days dealing with doctors, nurses, funeral homes, hospital financial officers, lawyers — and also tech support as my work week was punctuated by a couple of serious tech issues. RescueTime shows a mere 39.5 hours at the computer this week — less than normal for me, but not bad under […]

The End

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

  Suzette Haden Elgin, 1936-2015 My mother died today, possibly last night. I heard about it at 3:18 a.m. She’s been gone for so long, it seems silly to be grieving now, but I can’t help it. We knew she would not recover, that there was really no hope that her mental function would return, […]

Embracing Vegetables

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

This is the week for Embracing Vegetables. I’m striving for 5 servings a day, including a new one. This morning my husband’s alarm went off at 2:00 a.m. and I tried to go back to sleep until at 4:00 the stupid dog strolled in and casually wet on the floor. I went to have my […]


Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before glances at recent research on habits, but mostly it’s a sort of flow chart helping us determine the best way for us to establish good habits and extinguish bad ones. She starts by describing The Four Tendencies: Upholders want to meet both external and internal expectations Questioners meet internal expectations, […]

Abstention or Moderation?

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

This year my One Word is “clean,” but it might as well be “habits.” I am becoming increasingly convinced of the importance of habits in our lives. I’m reading Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin, another book on habits and one that tackles the question of why it can be so hard to develop habits […]


Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

I came back in to make the bed and found all the animals strewn around the bed, sleeping. Kind of a relaxing sight. #2 daughter was telling me today that she had used some expression in a group setting and been scolded a little bit. “It’s okay for So and So to say that,” she […]


Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

This is the week to practice Mindful Eating. I have mindfully eaten and enjoyed rotisserie chicken with salad, rotisseried on our own rotisserie with our insanely fancy grill. It involved me Googling Bobby Flay and calling, “They say to cook it on high!” while the flames leapt merrily upwards. I’ve mindfully eaten Greek salad with […]


Monday, January 19th, 2015

I moved the glassware out of my china cupboard and into my glassware cupboard. It’s too cold right now for serving iced tea or lemonade and we haven’t been doing mimosas or sangria recently, but I look forward to it. Here’s one of my favorite sets, a plump pitcher with sailboats and matching tumblers. This […]

Month of Self

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

In the system I learned for housekeeping, January is the Month of Self, the month to be self-centered. This is the month when we think about ourselves, our future, the changes we want to make, stuff like that. Self includes health, so we clean up our pantries and kitchens, bathrooms and cabinets — all the […]

Ditch Your Resolutions Day

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

It’s Ditch Your Resolutions Day, so called because this is the statistically average day for giving up on New Year’s Resolutions. I’m not ready to give up. I completely understand doing so. By now, life has gotten busy and stressful and that’s when resolutions get forgotten and old habits take over. But there is a […]

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