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197 Days ’til 40: Wishing for a Snow Day


I better be perfectly honest.  The students are not yet back at school.  The administrators have been on campus for one week, the new teachers for one day short of one week, and the returning teachers for one day. The students arrive on Monday…….  the school is almost set up – ALMOST – and there is a host of paperwork that must be completed and sent out sometime in the next three days.  The school year is about to begin. Read the rest of this entry »


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340 Days ’til 40: Do You NEED a Vacation???

EVERYONE needs a vacation from time to time.  It is healthy for us to take a break from the day-to-day grind. Breaks allow us to take a breather, to gain perspective, and often to come back more relaxed, freer, and more productive.  Many employers do not fully understand the benefit vacations have on employee productivity.

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351 Days ’til 40: Ever Want to Hibernate???

Have you ever wanted to hibernate?  Check out of the world, nor permanently, but for a short period of time.  During this time no one would be allowed to hound you or require anything of you.  If you are hibernating, you are not available when the demands of the world are catapulted in your direction.

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377 Days ’til 40: Winter Illnesses

Over the past month our family seems to be sharing multiple viruses.  It is getting annoying.  It is getting MORE than annoying!  Why is it that my 10-year-old will not share her toys or books but has absolutely no issues sharing her germs – ALL OVER THE HOUSE.  My 8-year-old is not much better.  I told her to cough in her elbow, not her hand, so germs do not spread quite as easily…..  well, she coughs in the direction of her elbow…. but not the same!

Then I was helping a child (8-year-old) at work and he coughed on my hand – multiple times ON MY HAND – and thought it was hilarious when I pointed out that his germs were being catapulted through the air at me.

When I saw that my family was getting sick I was very good about immediately doubling my vitamin C intake – did nothing – NOTHING.  I got virus number 1 – thank you 10-year-old!  That one flattened our entire family and kept my partner and I both out of work for two days.  We fell into bed in a daze and woke up two days and two red noses later…  If we are both going to be off work at the same time, I envision it playing hooky (not that I would ever stoop to that!)  NOT in bed sneezing and miserable.

Virus round two came from my 8-year-old, via my partner (the double pass).  Being that it really tried to knock me down on Thursday mid-morning, I am determined to make it through Friday and crash over the weekend.  This second one gave me a new red nose (since the viruses only gave me a week in between, some of my employees think I have been sick for three weeks consecutively) and a drip like a faucet.  Well, at least people know I am truthful when I say I do not feel well – the nose gives it away.

So, I have managed to rant about viruses and germs and really not say anything at all.  Be careful, wash your hands and sanitize – it helps, but may not completely prevent things when you live with children (or adults who spread their germs too).  Even though Vitamin C did not protect me this time, I still think it is useful – along with chicken soup, healthy diets and regular exercise.

And, of course, my more philosophical comment:  maybe we sometimes get viruses in order to force ourselves to take a moment and slow down for our ridiculously fast-paced lives.  It is not easy to live life at such lighting speeds and sometimes our bodies slow us down when we are not willing to do so ourselves.

Sending warm wishes for a healthy winter~



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380 Days ’til 40: Ode to Coffee

Today I thought I would take a short moment and write about coffee.  I LOVE coffee.  I love the smell, the flavor, the experience of sitting and sipping a nice, smooth, warm cup. And while, yes, I DO enjoy a cup of Ethiopian coffee, it was NOT the determining factor in adopting my eldest daughter!

Wen I was younger I used to drink coffee for the caffeine and I felt I “needed” the caffeine buzz.  I have not had caffeine in years – YEARS….. but I still love coffee.  I realized it is more the experience of drinking a cup of coffee that I enjoy… I do not need the caffeine to be part of the experience.

Both of my girls love coffee too (yes, particularly my oldest, from Ethiopia).  From an early age we acquiesced and allowed them to freely drink decaf lattes and cappuccinos alongside us.  (My oldest came home from Ethiopia drinking tons of black, caffeinated coffee, so I felt this was at least a step in the right direction and better for her health.)

I cannot stand instant coffee – to me it takes like burnt coffee mud….. yet so many people in this country drink it.  In fact, it is easier to find than filter coffee.  I suppose it is just another symptom of the fast-paced world we live in.  It takes too long to wait the 10-12 minutes for a full, fresh pot to brew.

For my birthday my partner bought me a new coffee pot… but not just any coffee pot, one with a timer!  For the first time in my life I have enjoyed setting the timer and waking up to the smell of coffee permeating our apartment.  (When we are lucky this is all we smell… with three cats, well – you never know.)

I think the best part about coffee is the ability to stop and take that momentary pause when you drink it (thus, the classic coffee break).  Even when I cannot pause, the memories of the many times I have paused with my cup of joe is enough to spark warm fuzzy feelings every time I hold my warm mug in my hands.

As we continue through winter, I wish for you all that you are able to pause at a moment in your day and take a deep breath in that calming moment as you cradle your own warm cup of coffee in your hands.

The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., “Over the Teacups,” 1891



Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Diet, Health, Inspiration, Self-help, Work


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