I’m a member of Amazon Prime, so I get a free Kindle book each month from the Kindle Owners Lending Library. Occasionally I’ve hit upon something good in this category (a well-written romance novel, a page-turning thriller) but for the most part, I’ve been disappointed with the selection.
Not so in November. I clicked around in the “Memoir” section and found this book climbing the rankings:
Within a few pages, I was riveted by both the true-life character of Kim, and her harrowing story. Continue reading
Edwin recently started his “picky eater” phase, and I’m now having trouble getting him to eat vegetables. I’m hoping it’s just a phase, because he used to love pureed veggies even more than the meats and fruits. But he’s started to eschew any food that comes on a spoon for things he can pick up with his fingers, and I guess he doesn’t like the feel of peas or carrots. So while I’m still offering him plain vegetables regularly, hoping he’ll adjust to the texture, I’ve started figuring out ways to sneak veggies into foods he does like, a la Jessica Seinfeld. He loves the whole wheat-pumpkin muffins I make for my own breakfasts, and I’m getting tired of him stealing half my food, so last weekend I decided to make him some carrot-zucchini muffins. I adapted a recipe I found on food.com, using only whole wheat flour and eliminating most of the sugar, since I used sweetened applesauce. They were a little moist and heavy, but held together well, and are easily frozen, microwaved and torn up into toddler bites.
Verdict: He loves them!
The whole idea of “hiding vegetables” bothered me at first, because I’d rather Edwin be aware that he’s eating- and liking- vegetables. But then it occurred to me that hiding something inside something else is a practice I do regularly. I bet you do it too. Continue reading
As I mentioned in my last post, Where’s My Christmas Spirit, I’m starting a holiday bucket list, similar to the Fall Bucket List that I posted back in September. First, for accountability’s sake, let me say that I accomplished everything on the fall list except taking Edwin to the Halloween concert- it was on a Wednesday night, which is when I teach lessons, and would have gone way past his bedtime. Maybe next year. But making the list encouraged me to make plans for multiple foliage walks, visits to apple orchards, and dates with my husband, so it was a definite success. I feel like I got as much enjoyment as I could out of fall, and hope for the same results from the holiday bucket list.
2013 Holiday Bucket List!
1. Watch EVERY ONE of my favorite Christmas movies before Christmas:
- White Christmas (Done, but probably will watch again, because I can’t get enough of Bing, Danny and Irving Berlin- and the 1940s clothes) Continue reading
I love Christmas. It’s a very special time of year for me; many of my most significant life events have happened in December (more on that in a future post). But this year, for the first time, it wasn’t easy for me to get in the Christmas mood. A few weeks ago, I started working on the gift list, I got our holiday card ready, and I started checking Amazon daily for their lightening deals. (I am not a Black Friday deals shopper- I hate crowds- but I do love a good cyber-sale.) I started using my Spode, which is usually a huge deal for me. But all of those chores felt completely obligatory; I wasn’t feeling that special Christmas joy.
So on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I decided to do a full-on Christmas immersion: every single Christmassy thing I could pack into one day. Continue reading
Today’s post is the last of my November gratitude series. I hope you enjoyed them all! Focusing on one topic for a whole month was a wonderful exercise for me. I spent a lot of time researching and reflecting on gratitude, and thus found myself- big surprise!- feeling grateful more often. I have a very positive outlook on life right now! I also learned a new blogging skill: planning my posts several days and weeks ahead of time. To make sure I had enough posts to fit the theme, I had to make a list and schedule topics on the calendar, and that turned out to help with brainstorming. I used to let what I was currently thinking about dictate my topics, but it’s also possible to let the topic dictate what I’m thinking about. I’ll be doing that more in the future, even if I don’t stick to a specific theme. There will be no series next month, though I suspect I’ll be doing a lot of holiday-related blogging.
For my final post, I want to practice what I’ve been preaching, and say thank you to a few special people. If you’re a blogger, there’s no better way than to write a public thank you note, right?
Thanksgiving is just a few days away, the one holiday that celebrates gratitude.
Or is it?
If you think about it, every holiday celebrates gratitude in some way:
- Independence Day: We’re grateful for freedom!
- Christmas: We’re thankful for the birth of Christ.
- Hanukkah: We’re grateful that the oil burned for eight days!
- New Year’s Day: We made it to a new year!
- Vetarans Day: We’re thankful for the people who protect our country.
Thanksgiving is not unique in celebrating gratitude at all! (The only holiday I can’t find gratitude for is Halloween. As I’ve said before, there is little true meaning in that holiday.) Continue reading
I know Friday is usually my book review post, but today I’m going to switch it up. A list of ten movies that teach gratitude!
1. It Could Happen To You (1994). Gratitude lesson: If you appreciate and give to other people more than yourself, you will receive riches far beyond lottery winnings (Charlie and Yvonne find happiness giving their money away, but when they lose it all, they find love for each other).
2. Les Miserables (2012). Gratitude lesson: Gratitude for one kind act (the priest keeping Jean Valjean from returning to jail) can lead to a life of Godliness.
3. Titanic (1997). Gratitude lesson: Let your gratitude for someone’s presence in your life redirect your life for the better (Rose changes her last name to Jack’s and goes on to live her life according to what he taught her).
This movie also contains Jack’s famous quote: “I figure life’s a gift and I don’t intend on wasting it. You don’t know what hand you’re gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you- to make each day count.” Continue reading