I don’t write for this blog as much as I used to or as much as I want to… but I do write blog posts in my mind. I can even take pictures with my mind, too… There are times, when I’m just going along my day and I find myself writing headlines… or photo captions for blog posts I’m creating entirely in my mind. Poignant prose. It’s a shame they don’t automatically publish to my blog.
After writing this blog for so many years, thinking like a writer comes naturally to me. Whether I want to or not. There was a time I had more free time to write and this blog was my creative outlet. Now my free time is much more scarce and I’m creative all the time, so I no longer feel the need to fill a void on a regular basis. Instead, this blog simply exists to give me a space… a virtual place… to write when I’m motivated and when the urge to write is too strong to live solely in my head.
My daughter Avery was born on Christmas. Yes, Christmas. This is what she looked like 6 years ago when she was born on Christmas Day.
We celebrated a bit on her birthday, and a lot at her party this weekend. I do my best to make sure she enjoys some special attention on her birthday. Such as trying to find an extra special birthday gift she’ll love.
She had pointed out this white tiger from Melissa & Doug Toys many times when we’ve shopped at Whole Foods over the past month or so. I was exceptionally lucky to find it 30% off the day I went to purchase it for her. It was fun carrying it through the store (above). I just knew she would love it.
I love my iPhone and am always on the lookout for ways technology can make a positive difference in my life, such as using Google Maps for directions, Evernote for keeping track of a ton of things and even ordering my groceries from Coborns Delivers.
A couple months ago I learned about Uber when traveling on business. It’s pretty slick – you can call a cab or town car by opening the app, seeing which cars are nearby and ordering one to pick you up. Then you can watch the car you ordered move on the map until it reaches your location. It shows you a picture of the driver and his/her name so you know who to expect. And you preload it with your credit card information so you never have to pay or tip the driver at all during the ride – Uber takes care of it for you. They text you as the car is approaching and immediately send you a receipt to your email after the ride. BRILLIANT.
One of my family’s favorite treats is Rocky Road candy. In fact, we love it so much, I’ve started reserving it for the holidays so we don’t overdo it all year long. My kids and I just made it this morning so I’m compelled to share it with all of you who might be looking for some fun new treats for the holiday season!
Rocky Road Candy
Last night my family had the opportunity to see the new Disney movie Frozen at a special screening before it opens today to the public. It’s their latest 3D movie from the same creators as Tangled and Wreck It Ralph – two movies my kids love and we own on DVD.
The graphics were beautiful and the movie was filled with humor – my kids laughed a lot and so did I. There were also some pretty scary parts, although like all Disney movies, everything was resolved at the end. I was particularly impressed that the ending veered away from traditional ‘man saving woman’ storyline and instead the emphasis was on the love of two sisters and how they could support and be there for each other (after being estranged for most of the film).