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Shop til you drop…in your own closet!

Monday, 23 April 2012 11:32
Every six months I try to move the seasonal clothes out of my closet, pack up what needs to be retired, and identify what I NEED for the new season.  We moved about a year and a half ago and what I didn’t realize was how much I didn’t purge. So, last Saturday I spent the dreaded time going through my closet trying on everything. Yes, even those clothes I’ve been hoping to fit into. Here are a few things I learned along the way: Take the time to try everything on – I can look at something and say… Read more...

Do It Herself: Car Maintenance

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 10:31
There I was, sitting on the hood of my car, wondering why I take upon tasks in which I have no clue what I am doing. For those of you who know me, I usually require help with general maintenance. It’s not that I don’t want to learn how to do certain things; it’s just that it once took me five hours to put a book shelf together—these things are just not my forte and being blonde has nothing to do with it. I have recently paid off my car loan (yay!) and now I need my “Subie” (my Subaru) to… Read more...

An Everyday Kind of Lovely

Monday, 16 April 2012 11:05
My publisher and I had the honor of attending the Saint Mary's Foundation Ga*La this Saturday. I was very excited to experience this black tie affair, a thrill that increased exponentially when on my lunch break one day last week, I tried on a prom dress from my freshman year of high school, and it still fit. The dress is nearly ten years old, but it's a classic style in an understated color, besides the zipper still works. In putting on the dress, I got to thinking about the first time I wore it, and how it made me feel… Read more...

A Big Plate of Nothing

Thursday, 12 April 2012 16:24
My spring break was a vacation from phrases I hear all too often and don’t really want to hear again. The phrases are spoken by my daughter, aka, The Teenager, whom I love dearly, but sometimes when she speaks, it affects me like nails on a chalkboard. That grinding, whiny sound that just annoys the you know what out of me. Phrases I do not want to hear again…from The Teenager or anyone else for that matter:     What time is dinner? (or when will dinner be ready)    What’s for dinner?     I don’t want that for dinner. When I… Read more...
A couple days ago, I was attending the National AfterSchool Association’s national conference and heard the best keynote speaker I’ve heard in a long time. While his presentation was a geared toward the afterschool professional, his message resonated with me in several ways because it could apply to just about any industry. So, what is this message? Don’t become victim to learned helplessness.Learned helplessness is a behavioral psychology term used to describe people when they feel like they don’t have control over a situation or the outcome it will produce, thus producing a helpless attitude. I wish I could say… Read more...
Our house hunting fun began about five years ago while my husband and I were living over on the East side of the state. Every house we looked at, the price was either in our "jaw dropping" category or it was a full HGTV/DIY special in and of itself. Frustration set in and we decided to take a break from the hunt. Later that year we got engaged and moved to Grand Rapids. We packed up our stuff and moved in with my sister and brother-in-law, then decided to start the hunt again. We were getting married that May and… Read more...

Hindsight is 20/20

Monday, 02 April 2012 11:41
This weekend I gave an alumni talk for an organization with which I was heavily involved with in college. The talk was part of a weekend retreat where I myself retreated every semester while at MSU. I've given talks on those retreats before, some in the exact spot I gave this weekend's, in fact. Standing at the podium in front of many faces I did not recognize, but some that I did, I wondered what if. What if, as a sophomore in college giving a talk on taking life as it comes, I knew my car would break down a… Read more...

Pickles for All

Thursday, 29 March 2012 10:42
Why does a woman living alone need a gallon-sized jar of pickle spears, you may wonder. How could this purchase merit any sort of sense? To these questions I say first, I love pickles, second, buying in bulk allows me to practice time-tested frugality, and third, when I buy enough for thirty-seven, it makes the one sitting alone at the dinner table feel a little less lonesome. I took the plunge and got a Sam's Club membership last October. The warehouse-like arena of goods hasn't changed much since I went there as a child, and who can beat enough free-samples… Read more...
Yes. That would be me. Let me explain. I don’t live in a college town. I don’t live downtown. I live in suburbia, actually country suburbia. We are definitely in a neighborhood–a typical suburban neighborhood.   Saturday night, my husband and I hit bed around 11 p.m. Not too late. Not too early. It was hot so our windows were open. (I am refusing to turn on the air conditioning in March!) I noticed that our neighbors, several doors down, had friends over and they were hanging out on their driveway. This has happened before, and I can typically fall… Read more...

Method to the March Madness

Monday, 19 March 2012 15:19
I am not one to research teams to the extent of, well, men, but I do get into March Madness for the sake of camaraderie and solidarity. I started filling out brackets as a college freshman at Loyola. Now, while Loyola hasn't won a tournament since 1963, I still get into the games, particularly the second half, ok the last three minutes. This year I have State going against Georgetown, and I will tell you why. I live in Michigan, and so it is my prerogative to choose Michigan's teams to do well. I'll admit I did a little research… Read more...

 

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