Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Healthy Mind Platter.

The Healthy Mind Platter was developed by David Rock along with Daniel J. Siegel , M.D., as a visual reminder of what a “healthy diet” for the brain would look like. It was a sort of response to the US Department of Agriculture’s “choose my plate” pictorial example of food groups as a tool to read more »

Walking breaks at work.

When you work an office job eight hours a day, it isn’t always easy to find time to move. There are memos to write, emails to compose, phones to answer, meetings to schedule, and before you know it, your vision is fuzzy, your back is hurting, your head is throbbing, and you’re feeling absolutely stressed read more »

Book club: The Graveyard Book

Tonight is our monthly Book Club meeting, so last night I had to quickly catch up on the last 50 or so pages I had left to read of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. I filled the tub with bubble bath, poured myself a glass of wine, and settled in to read the last few read more »

Catfish, noodles, & veggies.

What’s on the menu for tonight: Kroger sweet-bourbon-seasoned catfish Knorr’s Chicken Broccoli Pasta Sides Great Value steamable vegetable medley with lemon butter sauce La Brea Bakery sourdough baguette Paired with: 2009 Bogle Vineyards Chardonnay This dinner is also known as the I-Need-To-Clean-Some-Of-This-Stuff-Out-Of-My-Cabinets/Freezer dinner. It would be nice if I could create delicious, from-scratch meals every read more »

Sometimes, it rains all day.

Sometimes, the day is rainy and wet and miserable. Sometimes, you can’t get yourself up away from your desk long enough to even take a lunch break. Sometimes, your schedule is completely shot, your goals are completely forgotten, and just scrambling to make it through each hour is your only real priority. At the end read more »

Visiting Daveste’ Vineyards.

Here’s the thing: I don’t really know very much about wine, except for the fact that I really enjoy drinking it. I keep a log of wines I really like, I like to experiment with a lot of different types of wine, I listen to podcasts like Wine for Normal People, and I use cool read more »

Six things for Sunday.

Six things that make me happy: Irish Breakfast Tea in a cute butterfly mug. Songs from Fraggle Rock. This hat that my mom got for me as an early Christmas present. Christmas trees decorated in zany ways. Random hot air balloon sightings. Watching It’s a Wonderful Life at the Tennessee Theatre with my family. What read more »

Rules of travel.

I won’t even start before we learn the rules of travel, Inside each other’s hearts; Inside each other’s hearts. ~ Rosanne Cash Driving is one of my preferred activities, and road trips were one of my favorite family outings as a child. Travel is something the both nourishes and exhausts me. There’s something thrilling about read more »

Adventures in pampering.

A co-worker of mine had a wonderful idea, and she worked with the salon she frequents to hold a private after-hours party where people could show up and pamper themselves while enjoying wine and snacks. The lady who owns the salon cooked delicious, amazing egg rolls, and I got a little tipsy off of the read more »

Sing; sing a song.

Today, I listened very closely to the lyrics of Sing — the Sesame Street song that was made so popular by the Carpenters. It’s such a sweet, brilliant song — full of amazing wisdom for such simple lyrics. Sing, sing a song Sing out loud, sing out strong Don’t hold back. Let your voice be read more »