Books that shake you, Friday kudos, wine for you weekend

At our first back to school inservice day this week, a colleague approached me in a flurry of excitement. “I have a question for you! Wait here!” she exclaimed, as she rushed over to her school bag. Curious as to her inquiry, I did wait there, and she quickly returned with the name of aContinue reading “Books that shake you, Friday kudos, wine for you weekend”

Practical advice for buying clothes online, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

I have a closet full of dresses. Sun dresses, shirt dresses, work dresses, old bridesmaid dresses, and cocktail dresses. I love a good cocktail dress. I love repurposing a good cocktail dress into a work dress. Many of these cocktail dresses are the result of the two dozen weddings I attended in my twenties, butContinue reading “Practical advice for buying clothes online, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Passing out on trains, thoughts on the Bachelorette finale, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

As we returned from our 16 day epic adventure this week, it was important to organize our priorities as we readjusted to normal life. After being gone for so long, there are some basic things that need addressing. The laundry needs to be done. The groceries need to be gotten. The mail needs to beContinue reading “Passing out on trains, thoughts on the Bachelorette finale, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend”

We’re in Italy! Wine for your weekend, Italian edition.

It’s Friday! We’ll move on to Italy today, flying from Zurich to Venice where we will spend the next 2 nights before boarding the cruise ship on Sunday. I’m sure there have been adventures worth sharing, and people worth bestowing kudos upon, but it’s impossible to know those things in hindsight, taking two parts ofContinue reading “We’re in Italy! Wine for your weekend, Italian edition.”

Facing travel anxiety, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

T-minus 60 hours, and I’ll be sitting at the airport, probably eating chips and guacamole (part of my pre-air travel ritual) and sipping on something to take the edge off. I’m an eager traveller. I don’t hesitate to say let’s go to Europe, or Vegas, or road tripping up the North Shore. And then IContinue reading “Facing travel anxiety, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Quick quotes, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

It’s time to throw yourself a party! A big spectacular party with a theme, and decor, and a nice meal, and a good bottle of wine. If you 4th of July barbecued this week, that kind of counts. But my guess is if you worked on Thursday, that Wednesday started to feel like a letdown!Continue reading “Quick quotes, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend”

The right fit, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

About a week ago, I took my wedding/engagement set into the jewelers to have them look at it for maintenance. It’s a white gold ring, so it occasionally needs to be replated in rhodium to keep it look vibrant and sparkly. The back of my ring has become so worn the last few years, thatContinue reading “The right fit, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend”

Great wine pairings for classic literature

It’s the first day of summer, not that you’d ever recognize it here in southeastern Minnesota where it’s 60 degrees and raining. It’s been a strange year with snow lasting well into April, then the temperature ramping up immediately to 90 degrees, and then summer officially arriving on a day that looks and feels aContinue reading “Great wine pairings for classic literature”

The gINKgo project, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

When I was in college, I discovered PostSecret. For those of you unfamiliar, the concept is ingeniously simple. Started by Frank Warren as an art project, the site posts people’s secrets, which it receives from postcards on which are written confessions that people mail in anonymously, the act of which is supposed to bring theContinue reading “The gINKgo project, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend”

Friday kudos, wine for your weekend, and the real possibility of failure

An interesting thing happens at the end of the school year. Each year a handful of students that didn’t care a lick about school for the entire year, when suddenly faced with the real possibility of failure, wants to know what they can do to bring their grade up. And the answer is, often times,Continue reading “Friday kudos, wine for your weekend, and the real possibility of failure”