How to Lighten Your REAL Load

Today finds me writing my blog not from my home state of California…but from my original home state of New York. How do I know I’m in the Empire State? The stores are filled with this… ...and the guys wear hats like this (and smile like this)… The thing that brought me to the east coast this time? A visit with family and friends. Trips ba...
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Life Lessons from the Buffet Line

There’s a special place in my heart for a special place near my house. Hubbie and I visit it regularly...as in, at least once a week. It’s that awesome. It’s Souplantation. And it makes me Souper happy. If you don’t know Souplantation (also known as Sweet Tomatoes in certain areas), it’s one of those soup/salad/lots-of-other-stuff buffet-style rest...
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Why Looking Bad Can Be Good

Over the last few months I seemed to have a problem when it came to running down hills. I kept falling down. I stumbled all over the place. With absolutely no grace. If you've ever experienced this kind of trend, you know it can get pretty old. It all began last year, when I decided to try trail running for the first time ever. I was okay going ...
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8 Things to Do (and Not Do) When Things Go Foul

So, it’s been a foul week. Things just haven’t gone as planned…unexpected tax bills and gross flu symptoms and canceled projects and back-pain that’s led to sleepless nights. They’ve all happened this week. The kicker? My beloved Jeep, the topic of more than a few recent posts, sent a signal that its own foul-ness might not be over… (Am I the on...
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What’s in your Mystery Basket?

Truth time. I’ve got a little obsession. And I know I’m not alone on this one. It combines some of my very favorite things: riveting drama, diverse personalities…and food. It’s the television show Chopped. And I looooooove it. In fact, I record it regularly so I can watch it every morning as I prep for the day. If you don’t know the Food Network...
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The Truth About Life’s Bumps

So, my beloved ’99 Jeep died recently. Long-time blog followers will understand the implications of this tragedy. They’ll also know that this is not our first, shall we say, incident.  (Behold…this photo from last year’s mildly embarrassing post). This time around (which was totally not my fault by the way), the story goes a bit differently. I prese...
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