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The Covid 19

April 21, 2020

It will be a miracle if I don’t gain at least 19 pounds while home alone. I’m walking, doing push ups, and crunches, plus I throw the occasional solo dance party but it’s never enough. All my efforts are defeated by my love of cooking. The thing that thrills me even more than trying on those skinny jeans and feeling them loose, is trying a recipe for the…

Random Thoughts

Talk to Me, Please

April 17, 2020

OK, how long’s it been? I started hearing how serious this was in the U.S. in the beginning of March, and by March 16th or 17th, I was working from home. By the 30th I was furloughed, and now I’ve been home alone a little over a month. (Because Topper–sweet as he can be — cannot be considered company. His conversation skills, even when he’s awake, are seriously…

Random Thoughts Soups

What To Do While Furloughed

April 10, 2020

Start your day with a walk because you’re going to be a healthier you today! Inhale that fresh air, then remember you’ve forgotten your mask. Worry that someone will call you on it. Worry while you’re walking that your job won’t be there after your furlough ends. Cut walk short so you’re not seen mask-less. Arrive home famished. Be distracted by funny Social Distancing pic that a friend…

Random Thoughts

Wait, WHO is this again?

April 3, 2020

I went for a walk last night around 10, to wind down and walk off the two cookies I cracked and ate today. It was eerily quiet. Lights were on in houses, I heard laughter coming from one. But it felt like everyone was just waiting. I imagine this is what it must have been like during World War II. People just waited at home for dreadful news…

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We Can Do This

March 29, 2020

Yesterday, as I was trying to email myself this silly photo for this blog post, Gmail kindly told me I was out of luck because I had used my entire15 gigs of storage. It probably had something to do with those 38,000 emails in my account, dating all the way back to 2008. So, I started culling. I found a lot of emails about PTA stuff, many I’d…

Random Thoughts

Zumba Anyone?

February 28, 2020

I took my first Zumba class this week at the YMCA where I’m trying to up my activity level with something fun because I’m determined to go from Pre-diabetic back to regular. I thought Zumba sounded like fun and I distinctly remember actually having some dance moves as a kid. But seeing me in Zumba class is like watching an episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy tries…

Baking Cookies

Make ’em Love You!

February 11, 2020

I cannot prove that my cookie baking has made my children, or nieces and nephews love me more, but it certainly hasn’t make them love me less. So, once again, as a public service to you moms out there who never seem to be able to do enough for your kids, I am giving you my favorite sugar cookie recipe. Gramma Ev’s Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies. Although they’re…