Holiday Repost – Unpopular opinion: Christmas letters are the worst!

This post originally was published Dec. 11, 2018. But since it’s still true, and tis the season, a friendly reminder… Two disclaimers: My husband cautioned this post was a bad idea when I told him what I was writing about. I’d write it, he suggested, and shortly there after we’d get a Christmas letter fromContinue reading “Holiday Repost – Unpopular opinion: Christmas letters are the worst!”

Unpopular opinion: Thanksgiving dinner isn’t all that great!

I like Thanksgiving. I like it a lot. It’s one of those really great holidays that exists for the mere fact of getting people together to celebrate that fact we can get people together. It’s about gratitude…not gifts under a tree, magic bunnies, roses and chocolates, or mailing cards. It’s simply about gathering together inContinue reading “Unpopular opinion: Thanksgiving dinner isn’t all that great!”

Wine for your weekend – Mom’s white zinfandel edition

I have been very red wine heavy in the recent weeks, a likely product of the weather not really warming up and watching a lot of death and bloodshed on Game of Thrones. Is it necessary to drink red wine exclusively while watching unfolding carnage? No. But it feels somehow off to sit and relax with aContinue reading “Wine for your weekend – Mom’s white zinfandel edition”

How do we know we’re “in love,” and some thoughts on this season of The Bachelor

Happy Valentine’s Day ink.! I try to keep my reality TV observations to one post a season. Some of you are here for The Bachelor/ette tea to be spilled, and as my bracket busting, season watch party lady gang will attest to, I always have plenty of thoughts about what’s going down. However, many of you areContinue reading “How do we know we’re “in love,” and some thoughts on this season of The Bachelor”

Four out of the box Valentine’s Day gift ideas

My husband has always given me flowers for Valentine’s Day, and I love it. I am, admittedly a flowers kind of girl, so it works for me, and is an easy win for him! He, however, is considerably more difficult to buy for. He’s not a big gifts guy, so he doesn’t get too excitedContinue reading “Four out of the box Valentine’s Day gift ideas”

On the couch with Cece, LICSW; the holidays and anxiety

I can clearly remember the first time someone used the word “anxiety” to describe the way I handled stress in my life. I was in college when I started waking up at 4:00am with my thoughts racing and my stomach in knots. I’d lay in bed tossing and turning thinking about the stupid things I’dContinue reading “On the couch with Cece, LICSW; the holidays and anxiety”

4 Christmas playlists to spark your holiday cheer

Currently at work, students are trying to raise money for the ALS Association. Of the many creative ways they’ve cooked up to try to get funds, they’re playing music over the intercom system during the passing time between classes. If students can raise $400, the music will stop. This may sound counterintuitive. Christmas music duringContinue reading “4 Christmas playlists to spark your holiday cheer”

ink.’s favorite things! Wine, kudos, and seven great gift ideas

  Oprah recently released her annual list of favorite things, all 107 of them, along with an interesting article in Oprah magazine about how the Favorite Things grew from an organic gift giving experience (she found a pair of pajamas and boots that she loved and wanted to share them with everyone…then did, gifting overContinue reading “ink.’s favorite things! Wine, kudos, and seven great gift ideas”