Being Average in a World that Expects You to be Extraordinary


Being average is okay. It almost seems like we need to apologize these days for being average. If you look at a bell curve guess what? Most of us ARE average. Despite what we tell ourselves, our children, and their teachers, most children are average. As my daughter is starting to look at applying to…

What Is Your “I Can’t Believe You Eat that Food?”


I was in the grocery store today and saw these and HAD to buy them. Yes, I admit it I love Vienna Sausages. The rest of my family thinks they are disgusting. Yet, they each like Spam, Necco Wafers (remember those icky candies) and those blue shark gummies. Everyone has that one food that everyone…

This is Not a Day to Write


Today in our little area of the Midwest temperatures are supposed to be WAY above normal (normal for February is a high of 35 degrees and a low of 12). It is supposed to be in the high 50s and 60s today through next Thursday. So, today is not a day to write. Today is…

So, How About those New Year Resolutions?


pur·pose·ful·ly ˈpərpəsfəlē/ adverb     in a way that shows determination or resolve. “Rachael takes the lead, striding purposefully towards the door” 2. with a useful purpose. “how is it possible to share information effectively and purposefully with project partners?” __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Still sticking to that diet of water and bananas? Still being a better person…

Making Our Fastpass Picks During Peak Season


Fastpasses (FP) are Disney’s version of front of the line passes. When you buy your tickets you get the ability to make 3 FP choices. If you buy a vacation package from Disney you can make your FP choices 60 days in advance. That sounds crazy doesn’t it? I have to predict in 60 days…

Cutting Back: When They Want You to be with Them


Last week I took my son to his weekly cello lesson.  I usually  drop him off at the start of  his lesson, go to a meeting for an Events Committee, leave the meeting a bit early and head out to my daughter’s dance lesson while my partner leaves work to go pick our son up…

Four Years Later: Share Your Social Media


Four years ago I began blogging. It was really rough the first year. We were getting married (again), moving and I was trying to figure the whole blogging thing out. My photography was horrible and my writing was sporadic. I didn’t know how to blog, network or publicize my blog. I was a mess. But,…

Hamilton in Chicago


Seven months ago we bought tickets for “Hamilton” in Chicago. It was the kids main Christmas present. They love the music and got us hooked too. So, for the last seven months we have been listening to the sound track and reading all we could about the musical. The day was finally here to see…

Macaroni & Cheese with Ham


When people tell me they are trying my recipes I get nervous. Actually, I think terrified is more the word I need. I started this blog as a game for my family to get out of a rut of hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, tacos and spaghetti. I challenged myself to make a different meal every…

Family Day: My Sunday


I have been to church for bell choir rehearsal and then playing during the service. We are now home and my daughter made me this wonderful salad with spinach, green apple, cheddar cheese and turkey. I am roasting a giant ham now so that we have meat  for dinners the next few days.  Next week…

Spreading Love Today with Friends and Folk Songs


It is interesting how everyone is spending this historic day. We are spending the day at our local OutCenter with an Open House. There is a photo gallery showing of “Family” and all that it means to each person. There is folk music and protest songs, food and friends. I belive it is a lovely…

Dining Out: Shawarma King


About once a week my daughter and I either have a lunch or dinner out together. We try to find places that are not too expensive and are not always chain restaurants. Last night I asked her to choose the restaurant and to my surprise she chose Shawarma King. This little restaurant on Drake Road…