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Posted on February 16, 2015

flowers in encinitas

I took this picture during a walk with my dad the other day, and the idea is to give you hope that spring will come. (I won’t mention that it’s been 80 degrees in San Diego while my poor daughter is stuck in Boston, visiting friends and sending me text messages that say, “Windchill of -14. Help me.”) more »

#40bags40days: Day 11

Posted on February 5, 2015


I am loving #40bags40days, the challenge in which you’re supposed to get rid of 40 bags of junk in 40 days.

Well, it’s Day 11 and I am right on track. more »


Posted on January 27, 2015

Pool in rain

Okay, I know I was only going to do this once a month but I love the whole idea of it and it was almost two weeks ago that I posted the last Currently.

Plus, I’m gotten so into the big #40days#40bags de-cluttering project, I want to keep the momentum going and keep dumping!

So here’s what I’m currently up to. How about you? more »

spring cleaning: #40bags40days

Posted on January 25, 2015

tea drawers

“What are you up to?” my son asked from New York yesterday.

“I’m cleaning out the tea,” I replied. more »

happy birthday, mom!

Posted on January 23, 2015

Mom and me

My mom, a.k.a. The Cute Tomato, turns 85 today.

She has always been my biggest cheerleader (she joined Facebook just so she could “like” all my posts) so I thought I would turn the tables today and rave about her for a few minutes. more »


Posted on January 16, 2015

West Palm Beach ocean

One of the highlights of getting to #ExperienceBuick in Detroit last weekend was meeting Andi Fisher of Misadventures with Andi. She is an awesome person and I’m so excited about spending time with her over the next year.

Andi does a great monthly post called “Currently,” which I just discovered because I have a bunch of assignments due and I am currently procrastinating.

Because I totally fell in love with this idea and it gave me a glimpse into Andi’s life — and it’s a quick and easy post — I decided to try one myself. I may even do this monthly. more »

it’s the year of quitters and losers! #healthyourself

Posted on January 4, 2015

MinuteClinic quit smoking

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine.

Because I vividly remember my Uncle Jack dying from emphysema, it meant a lot to me when CVS/Pharmacy stores announced, earlier this year, they were no longer selling tobacco.

That was a huge business decision, and I hope it will encourage consumers to make a huge personal decision — to stop smoking. And to make it easier to kick the habit, MinuteClinic — the medical clinic in CVS/Pharmacy stores — is offering vital support through its medically-based Start to Stop® smoking cessation program.

I wish it had been around when my uncle needed it. more »

my word for 2015

Posted on January 1, 2015


For the past two years, my word has been “do.”

It’s a word I considered keeping again this year because it’s served me so well. But, the truth is, it’s served me so well and inspired me to do so much, frankly, I’m exhausted.

I know I will always continue to keep doing because I’ve learned the power of that word and have really loved where it’s taken me. But I thought I should hone in and improve on it for 2015. more »

ringing in our 37th new year together

Posted on December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve

Michael and I celebrated our first New Year’s Eve together at my friend Rachel’s party (Happy birthday, dear Rae!) over winter break in college as 1977 turned into 1978.

It was our second or third date and I was smitten. I was practically strutting because he had cancelled his other plans so we could be together on New Year’s Eve, and I felt alive with the mystery and anticipation of what was to come. more »

e is for ending the stupid alphabet challenge

Posted on December 6, 2014

Stop sign

Okay, that’s not really fair. The alphabet challenge isn’t stupid. It’s actually really fun and a great way to discipline yourself to write for 26 days and to give you a context in which to find topics to write about.

It was just stupid of me to take it on in December. more »

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