Posted in November 2012

An Officer AND a Gentleman

An Officer AND a Gentleman

Sometimes there is a news headline that strengthens your faith in humanity, warms your heart and genuinely puts a smile from ear to ear on your face. This story achieves all of that. Continue reading

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Guilty Pleasures: Board Games

Guilty Pleasures: Board Games

Guilty pleasures are some of the most sensational things in life. I grew up with a healthy dose of Catholic guilt, so I am well-versed in the art of feeling bad for something that makes you feel good. Now I simply don’t feel guilty for finding pleasure in the little things in life. Continue reading

Winning the Lottery

Winning the Lottery

I have only played the Powerball Lottery twice in my life, the first time being last spring when the winnings were up to three hundred and something million dollars. It was a comedy of errors, as I wanted to pick the numbers so that they had significant meaning in my life, and I wasn’t quite sure how to properly fill out the paperwork. This time it was up to $575 million (give or take a mil) and I threw a couple of bucks in with my co-workers. We had visions of toasting champagne right after our numbers were confirmed and all taking a personal day off from teaching. Good luck to the principal finding subs for all of us, but she knew of our plans so I’m sure she had some people on speed dial. Continue reading

Safety vs. Being Nice

Safety vs. Being Nice

Part of me wishes I had grown up in a different decade. When I imagine it, I almost always envision myself in the roaring 20s, with a fashionably cut bob, glitzy flapper dress, elegant white gloves and long cigarette holder. I would have been rocking the dance halls. But there seems to be a part of each decade that appeals to me and makes me wish I could have lived in that time period. I can imagine myself going on a long, cross country voyage during the 60s, picking up a hitchhiker along the road and becoming fast friends with this newfound wanderer. But you can’t do those types of good deeds anymore, unless you want to put yourself in danger. Continue reading

Dream Wedding

Dream Wedding

Has your idea of a dream wedding changed as you matured? When I was a little girl, my dream wedding mirrored every wedding I had ever attended: church ceremony, hundreds of people, buffet meal, children dancing, and drinks flowing. Continue reading

Ghosts: Do you believe?

Ghosts: Do you believe?

Ghosts are a tricky subject. People either vehemently believe in them or they don’t. Many that do believe in ghosts have experienced what they perceive to be some form of paranormal activity. My parent’s house, which was built in the early 1900s, was a funeral home at one point when it was first built. Needless to say, my family has experienced a few situations that cannot be explained rationally. Continue reading

Guilty Pleasures: Alcohol

Guilty Pleasures: Alcohol

Guilty pleasures are some of the most sensational things in life. I grew up with a healthy dose of Catholic guilt, so I am well-versed in the art of feeling bad for something that makes you feel good. Now I simply don’t feel guilty for finding pleasure in the little things in life. Continue reading

Black Friday Madness

Black Friday Madness

For years, I revolted against the Black Friday madness. My mom, her sisters, and my grandma would wake up at ridiculous hours to wait in line for $20 off an item. One year my aunt was literally stuck bent over a bin of free snowglobes at a department store because people were swarming to free merchandise so frantically that there was no room for her to get back up after she bent over the bin. (Part of me wishes I could have seen that!) My time is more valuable to me than putting up with that craziness. So I always opted to stay in bed and sleep, like a normal person.

Then a few years ago a friend convinced me to help her secure gifts for her children on Black Friday. Continue reading