Water, Books, Turmeric and More!

finishthis-smallIt’s Wednesday, time for the weekly Link Up.  I know I skipped a few, but this week’s prompts intrigued me and so I figured I’d get back on track!

As you know by now this link-up is hosted by Nicole (Three 31) Lisa (COASTLINED), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama).  If you’re new — welcome!  If you’ve joined in before, thanks for returning and be sure you add your post to the link-up. If you don’t have a blog, don’t fret. Answer the prompts in a comment. Next week’s prompts are provided at the bottom of this post.


Prompts for WEEK #13 (April 2) are:

I don’t get enough…

glass-of-waterWATER!  I know I should drink a lot more water than I do, especially on days when I run or practice yoga.  I’ve even posted about the importance of water.  I hope with the warmer weather coming it will be easier to drink water.  A few years ago, I did a great job drinking water.  I had a quart sized container and I filled it with water and put it on my desk.  I sipped it throughout the day.  And when it was done, I refilled it and drank it again.  I really should find a container and fill it up in the morning.  I find that if I have water handy I will drink it, but I rarely think to get up and get some!
My favorite indulgence…

Easy — Chocolate!  And it is good for you!  Well, dark chocolate is.  I recently read a book by a fellow blogger, Doreen Pendgracs all about Chocolate called Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate.  Doreen travels the world in search of fine chocolate!
I made a major change in my life when…

The most major life change I have had recently was when I got divorced.  Wow, that throws you for a loop!  But I came out the other side stronger, more independent and in many ways happier than I was before.  Prior to this, the only other major life change was having children.  That was a wonderful life change that I wouldn’t have missed for the world!
You should read…

Oh I have so many favorite books!  Let’s list a few from different genres.

Self Help: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle — life changing!

Philosophy: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand — fascinating look at a capitalist society vs. one dependent on government; you would think it was written today

Fiction: I have a few favorite authors and here are my favorites from each. Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, Centennial by James Mitchener and A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

____ is my secret ingredient in ____turmeric

Turmeric is my secret ingredient in almost everything!  As turmeric is very, very good for you, I put it in just about everything!  The only dishes that escape are when I make spaghetti sauce or anything else Italian!


If you want to get a jump on next week, Prompts for WEEK #14 (April 9) are:
On Saturday morning, I usually
I feel beautiful when
I wake up every morning
A happy home
When I have down time, I

Life’s Mysteries, Challenges and High Heels

It’s Wednesday, time for this week’s Finish This!  By now you probably get the drift that this is a weekly Link up hosted by  Nicole (Three finishthis-small31), Lisa (The Coastal Chicster), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama).

Everyone can participate…Bloggers, join in answer the prompts and add your post to the link-up below. If you don’t have a blog, you can answer the prompts in a comment!


Prompts for WEEK #11 (March 19) are:


When I need help with life’s mysteries, I turn to … Books!  Regardless of what challenge life throws at me, new baby, changes in childhood behavior, divorce, needing to eat healthy, etc.  I turn to books!  I am a nerd at heart and I love browsing through book stores and reading.  (Although I have to admit that I mostly read on my kindle)


My next challenge is figuring out…I have two answers for this, one professional and one personal.  My next professional challenge is getting more involved with digital and social media advertising.  Obviously I am a big social media user, and I understand how the whole thing works, but now I am taking on buying social media advertising for my clients.  It isn’t hard, but it is a slight departure from what I have been doing for 25+ years!  However, I like to stay current and I like to stay busy, and so I am looking forward to this challenge.

As for my personal challenge, I am working on figuring out how I am going to retire (hopefully within 10 years) and have enough money to live a comfortable, active and long life.  And, hopefully, I will also be figuring out how to be a grandmother (not yet though).

More short term, my challenge will be to get some painting done in my house and clean out the basement.


I shake things up…OK I am boring, I really don’t shake things up, but I get out of my rut and routine by getting together with friends at least twice a month.


High heels are…Beautiful, sexy, painful, hard to walk in, taking up space in my closet, the cause of many women’s low back pain and foot problems…need I go on?  I enjoy my heels and I wear them occasionally, when I get dressed up.  I have learned to buy good (i.e.: expensive) shoes so as not to hurt my feet, but more often than not, I am in my comfortable shoes!

Chocolate, St. Patrick’s Day, Boots and Gratitude

It’s Wednesday, hump day and  by now, you know it is a Finish This day!  This is a weekly link up hosted by Nicole (Three finishthis-small31), Lisa (The Coastal Chicster), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama).  Bloggers, join in and add your post to the link-up below. If you don’t have a blog, you can answer the prompts in a comment.


Prompts for WEEK #9 (March 5) are:

My favorite comfort food is …

Chocolate, especially chocolate chip cookies!  Although now that I am trying to be more conscious about not eating hidden dairy, I switched to vegan dark chocolate and vegan chocolate chip cookies.

I have found a few recipes for vegan chocolate chip cookies, they are pretty good; and at the grocery store, I have found Lucy’s Gluten Free cookies.  They are nice and crunchy and vegan too!


My most memorable birthday was…

My birthday is St. Patrick’s Day, and so they all tend to be memorable as everyone is out partying!  But this morning I had a flash back to my 17th birthday when I got my license!  I remember I was wearing a denim jumpsuit with a red bandana (it was 1976 so bear with me!).  Another memorable birthday was when I was in college.  St. Patrick’s Day was a big celebration and the day started with Green Beer and pancakes at 6 in the morning!  Let’s see what this year brings.


The best karaoke song is…

I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor


Boots make me feel…

Strong, Powerful and Warm!  I like books, tall boots, short boots, booties, snow boots (they’ve gotten a lot of wear this winter).  I pretty much wear boots all winter.  But about this time, I am looking forward to switching my boots for some sandals!!  Come on Spring…


I am grateful…

I am grateful for everything and everyone in my life.  My children, my relatives, my friends, co-workers, and for time spent with my dad.

A few months ago my father moved from his home in New Jersey to Maine to be close to me, and it’s been wonderful spending time with him.  Since he moved, he needed to find set up relationships with new doctors, and so I have been taking him to a myriad of doctor appointments.  It is amazing how many doctors one sees when they reach the age of 95!  And every doctor has an initial consultation appointment, sends him for some tests, and then has a follow up visit.  It seems that we go to some sort of appointment a few times each week!  Rather than get anxious about the time I am spending driving around and sitting in waiting rooms, I have committed to feeling grateful that we are spending time together.  We go to the various appointments and then go out to lunch.  So far we have enjoyed quite a few meals together!

5 Things I Know For Sure!

Welcome to Finish This Wednesday.  By now, you know that this is a weekly link up hosted by Nicole (Three 31), Lisa (The Coastal Chicster), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama).  Bloggers, join in and add your post to the link-up below. If you don’t have a blog, you can answer the prompts in a comment. finishthis-small

Prompt for WEEK #8 (Feb 26) is — Five Things I Know For Sure


1) Boyfriends/Husbands/Lovers come and go, but friends will last forever.

As I got busy with my life and family, I took my friendships for granted.  I didn’t make time for my girlfriends (who were also busy i-wjNS9zz-Mwith their lives).  But when I was going through a difficult time in my life (separation and eventual divorce), my girl friends were my lifeline.  I reached out to friends who I hadn’t seen in years and they rallied around me.

I have learned to cherish my friendships and to make sure I nurture them.  I call, send cards, stay in touch via Facebook, and try to get together with two or more friends each month.  I plan to be a good friend for my friends when they need me.


2) What goes around comes around.

Call this Karma or the Golden Rule, but I believe in treating people how I would want to be treated.  I believe that eventually, what you do and say will come back to reward and/or punish you.  Sometimes the punishment may even come first, and then the bad behavior follows.  But in the cycle of life, what goes around comes around.


3) A good night’s sleep is imperative for a healthy life.

I have always been a little fanatical about sleep.  In high school, as I went to bed, I would calculate how much sleep I was going to get and would get very anxious if I wouldn’t have 8 hours to sleep.  (I still do this, but I don’t get as anxious and I strive for 7-7 1/2 hours).  When my kids were little, bedtime was sacrosanct.  You could say I was the “bedtime Nazi”!  7:00 on the dot we’d start the routine, shower, story, BED.  I was always amazed by people who let their kids stay up until 10 or 11!

I firmly believe that getting a good night’s sleep is vital for our physical, mental and emotional health, and it troubles me that our culture seems to devalue sleep in favor of long hours at work or in front of the TV.


4) Work Hard, Play Hard.

This has always been one of my life motto’s and I believe that in order to achieve balance in our lives, we must balance work and play and we must work and play to our utmost ability!


5) And to quote Mick Jagger,

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need!








Tires, Moguls, Cities and Bathing Suits…

Finish This #7

Welcome to Week 7 of Finish This! a weekly link-up hosted by Nicole (Three 31), Lisa (The Coastal Chicster), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama).  If you’re a blogger, join in and add your post to the link-up below. If you don’t have a blog, you can answer the prompts in a comment. Next week’s prompts are provided at the bottom of this post. Let’s get started!



1. I plan on buying… 

Uggh, I am still recovering from all the shopping I did at Christmas-time.  I don’t think I plan on buying anything for quite a while…oh but I’m sure I will.  Let’s start a shopping list now — I will need some spring clothes (if it ever stops snowing!), and definitely a new purse.  I haven’t found a new one I’ve liked in quite a while.  The last 2 I bought I ended up giving to my daughter!  Oh yes, I will need to buy new tires.  When I had my snow tires put on, the mechanic told me that he couldn’t put my regular tires back on as they were getting too worn.


 I give ____ five stars because
The Olympic athletes because they are so focused and determined, and the best at what they do.  They are an inspiration for all of us and a reminder that hard work and perseverance pays off!

I was watching the mogul competition and one of the announcers mentioned that Hannah Kearney had done thousands and thousands of squats during her training.  That motivated me to get to the gym and do some squats in preparation for my ski trip last weekend.  Halfway through my first run I realized that I didn’t do nearly enough squats!



3. I felt courageous when

This is silly, but I feel courageous when I go into a city by myself and find my way around.  I am really not a big traveler and I get nervous about going somewhere I haven’t been.  Plus when I use public transportation, I am always thinking of the timetables and tense about making sure I don’t miss my train/subway/bus.  So when I do travel to a city by myself (usually for work), I feel very courageous (and a little proud of myself for doing it!)



4. I feel about swimsuit shopping like I do
Haha, no one likes swimsuit shopping, especially because in order to get a good selection, we have to try them on in early Spring when we are paler than a ghost!  Couple that with the greenish glow of the dressing room fluorescent lights and your underwear sticking out of the bottoms, it is not a pretty sight!  Not to mention, unless you bring 8 or 10 suits into the dressing room with you, the constant getting dressed to go out and get different styles and sizes is tiresome.

I must admit that I only buy one really good (i.e.: expensive) bathing suit every 2 years or so.  I don’t get an opportunity to wear them a lot, so they tend to last, and over the years I have built up a good collection. This year I will most likely get a new one and I wouldn’t say I feel anxious (like going to the dentist) about swimsuit shopping .  After this winter, it will be exciting to get into a bathing suits as it will be sign that summer is indeed going to come!


Feel free to join in!  Answer these prompts in a post on your own blog or, if you do not have a blog, simply add your responses in a comment. Join us next Wednesday for another round of Finish This where we’ll answer the prompt below!

Prompt for WEEK #8 (Feb 26) is:
Five Things I Know For Sure