October 18, 2011
Even grocery store regulars like myself need a reminder of the basics every once in a while. A few weeks ago, I was at my local grocery at high noon on a Saturday. Having entered the store ravenous, I happily accepted all the samples and threw the corresponding promotional items – which were the best thing I’d ever tasted – in my cart each time. I walked up and down every aisle grabbing at whatever looked good to me. Never mind that my list included exactly 15 items, none of which were located in the center aisles of the store. As the cashier scanned the $8 bag of impulsively acquired kale chips – hey, not so fast! – and began to use the store’s paper bags having run out of the two I’d brought (which easily held the items on my list), I realized I’d become a bit over confident. This is the grocery store. I know what to do in a grocery store, for Pete’s sake. But alas, this little piggy had become…well, a bit piggish. Oink. In the process, I’d broken every rule of wise grocery shopping. These guiding principles seem simple enough, but if I need a reminder chances are you could benefit from a refresher course, too. So here we go…
October 14, 2011
When I was a little girl, I used to open my eyes on the day after my birthday and feel just a little deflated. My special day had come and gone. No matter how great the celebration, I was sad another 364 days would pass before I’d once again prance around in a tiara for a day and eat not one but two large, gooey hunks of cake. And then lick my fingers without a scolding. Okay, so maybe I’m describing my last birthday. But you get the point. When the party is over, it’s back to normal and business as usual. So, here we are at the start of year two. Time to buckle down. Birthdays also make me crave change. What is the enemy of good? Better, of course. Sometimes the changes are superficial, like the highlights I put in my darkest-of-dark-brown hair. Bad idea. My husband likened my new ‘do to a calico cat. But some changes go beyond skin deep. As I’m working on meaningful updates (to the site, that is – it was the site that had the birthday, people), I’m taking stock of what you like and why you keep coming back. More to come very soon. I hope you’ll be pleased. If not, meow.