March 9, 1991

Most people remember every minute of their wedding day. I’m one of them.  I remember my Dad being discharged from the hospital one day before, and myself wondering if he’d even make it to walk me down the aisle.  I remember the Lenten banners adorning the front of the church – one begging forgiveness, because…

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When the Going Gets Tough, You Cry Your Eyes Out and Move On

Granuaile called my stepdad yesterday to let him know she wouldn’t be going over there for a sleepover this weekend.  Even though she had the phone to her ear, I could hear it ringing on the other end, and I waited to hear either my stepfather’s voice or the robotic voice of their old answering…

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Correct Me If I’m Wrong – Lancome Customer Service Stinks

Lancome customer service stinks. For many years (what the hell, I’m old – add another many in there), I have exclusive purchased Lancome cosmetics. Before internet, I’d march into Macy’s, prepared for my husband to hand over our first born or trade in a kidney to cover the cost of the items on my list….

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Publix Premade Shrimp Ring – Blech

Oh, Publix! You have always been my favorite Florida grocery store –  clean, well stocked, great bakery and wonderful deli. Your seafood department?  Not so much. We arrived in Orlando with just hours to spare before Christmas Eve company was due to arrive.  I preordered trays to make entertaining easier, so off we went to…

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Airing Grievances – The In-Law Version

I know the season of Festivus has passed, so I really should just keep my mouth shut and wait until December to spill the dirty laundry in our family, but since psychotherapy doesn’t fit into my schedule at the moment, I’m doing a little literary therapy. Turn away now if family drama is not your…

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In the Blink of an Eye

That’s how fast life happens.  It’s how quickly life changes.  When we are least expecting it, in the blink of an eye, the things we thought we were sure of are gone. My mother has had some very significant health problems these past five years.  She has been through multiple surgeries, and she has seen…

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Family Christmas Card 2014 Pictures – the Blooper Reel

Every year, for the Family Christmas Card, I come up with great ideas for the theme of our pictures, and then the kids veto those ideas.  I come up with some more great ideas for even better themes for our Christmas pictures, and then the kids veto those ideas.  Eventually, we come to the happy…

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Usher in Thanksgiving at Bobby Flay’s on the Food Network

There are two things high on my list of things I love – Food Network and Thanksgiving.  I look forward each year to the Food Network’s Thanksgiving specials, and cannot wait to see the latest! FOOD NETWORK CELEBRATES THANKSGIVING FLAY-STYLE WITH HOLIDAY SPECIAL THANKSGIVING AT BOBBY’S ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND AT 12PM ET/PT Bobby Flay…

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Kid Friendly Chili Recipe – A Fall Favorite

When the leaves begin to change colors and the air gets a bit nippier, over the sounds of the rejoicing that it is no longer bathing suit season, I hear the call of a hot pot of chili.  Chili is a go-to fall meal in our house, with it’s rich tomato base, flavorful ground beef,…

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