Charlie says…

3 Jan

So how many pounds did everybody gain over the holidays?

Every time my mom picks up a Christmas cookie for breakfast, I give her this look…funny faceI call it my dead eyes judgement face…. and I think it’s working.

Christmas “Spirit”

12 Dec

Anyone else familiar with this exercise routine?

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And on that note, here’s a great link to 50 wines under $20… now you can exercise AND save money.

http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/50-wines-you-can-always-trust

Cheers!

Hair

8 Dec

Sometimes I like to imagine myself in a world where I’m not being
berated by the person cutting my hair. Perhaps, “Wow, it’s really
really fine” would be replaced by “I’ve never felt such soft hair!” or
“Can I top off your champagne?”… Call me crazy, but someday I’d like
to be wealthy enough to pay to have a stylist lie to me. I know my
hair is fine, thin and lifeless, thankyouverymuch. And, no I have
not ‘treated’ it in awhile which is why I have roots the size of Texas
(no offense, lonestar) and split ends for days. I’m pretty much only
getting a haircut today because I didn’t feel like washing and drying my own hair. It’s exhausting; all for the same end result- thin and lifeless.

Of course, I didn’t say any of this. I even politely nodded when he
exclaimed, “No body! No body at all!” while trying to give my hair some shape with a round brush and a hair dryer. I almost apologized. This was clearly traumatic for him.

After a few more mumblings and an apology for pulling my hair (it was
my fault because my hair was too fine for a detangler) he turned me to
the mirror and to my surprise he actually gave me a great cut. It has
movement, bounce, dare I say, LIFE?? I was visibly happy even as he
closed with, “Well, we did the best we could, right?”

We did. Yes, we did.

When the Dog Bites

4 Dec

This week started off a tad bit rocky.  Yesterday, a friend at work told me that I looked stressed.  I reminded him that it was December, and that I am an Activities Director.  Seriously, it looks like Santa threw up in my office.  It’s covered in glitter, garland, candy, plastic crates, and all kinds of Christmas paraphernalia.  I was trying to manage decorating the building, putting up trees, writing a newsletter, scheduling performers for our holiday party, and facilitating group activities, all while trying not to daydream about running away to a deserted island with a good book, a margarita, and no responsibilities.  It’s easy to get lost in the busyness of the season instead of the excitement of it.  I have always favored this season.  I love love love Christmas.  With the addition of trees, garland, and lights to the rehab center, so much life and color comes along with it.  It makes people feel more at home.

I let myself slow down a little today, making a conscious effort to not let myself get overwhelmed.  It came easy when I heard my residents’ reactions  following the lighting of the Christmas tree that they had adorned with ornaments they made with their own hands.  In that moment, everything was okay.  For them, it was as if they forgot they were living in a health care center.  Instead, they were admiring a beautiful tree surrounded by friends and peers, that maybe in those five minutes, felt more like family.  And for me, I was oblivious to my stresses.  I remembered that the tiresome days were worth it, even if just for those five minutes of pure joy.

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On top of that, the resident Christmas tree sure as heck beats out my tree at home.  See below.  Squint… you might miss it.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Lauerland!

21 Nov

You’ve gotta admit… this is pretty funny.

In all seriousness, we hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving and enjoy spending some quality time with family, friends, and loved ones.

Gobble gobble!

YAMS.

15 Nov

Since I’ll be going back home for a nice long trip in December, I’ll be staying in Austin for Thanksgiving. While I won’t be celebrating with all of my family this year (sad), I’ve still got my second favorite part of the holiday to look forward to…

Yams. Can’t Get Enough

What’s your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal?

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored by Bruce’s canned yams. But Bruce, if you’re out there… call me. Let’s talk yam$.

Easy Peasy Mac and Cheese-y

14 Nov

Avert your eyes, Nana… I’m about to make Mac and Cheese in the microwave.

Full disclosure: this is not your family’s homemade baked macaroni and cheese. It also lacks the Kraft surprises you secretly enjoy like the tiny bit of butter that never melted or a bite of powdered cheese cluster. However, it is fast, super easy, and you probably already have all the ingredients. You also cook the pasta in the microwave, which I, naively, didn’t even know was possible. If you prefer to boil pasta the old-fashioned way, just start with Step 3 below.

Easy Peasy Mac and Cheese-y

Ingredients for a Single Serving*

  • 1/3 cup pasta
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese

Process

  1. Combine the pasta and water in a large microwave-safe bowl
  2. Heat for 2 minutes, Stir, Repeat until the water is absorbed and pasta is cooked. (For reference, I “repeated” three times, but I also own the first microwave ever invented.)
  3. Stir in milk and cheese
  4. Heat for another minute or so.
  5. Mix well and enjoy!

*My husband learned the hard way that “winging it” with the ingredient measurements doesn’t work for this recipe. You’ve been warned.

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