Book Review: Pancakes In Paris by Craig Carlson

Not only did this fun read make me incredibly hungry for all breakfast food, it  was a great glimpse into the crazy bureaucracy of starting and running a restaurant in Paris.  This is the true story of Craig Carlson and his very famous diner style Breakfast In America restaurants in Paris. Armed with an idea and a dream, his journey is not an easy one by far. Struggling with setback after setback, Craig never gives up on his dream. It sure takes a tough skin to survive everything that is thrown at him. Survive he does and his…

Setting Goals For 2017

Saying goodbye to 2016 did not break my heart in the least.  There were good things about last year, but all in all I was ready to start fresh with a new set of goals for 2017. I have typically made new years resolutions in the past, mostly to lose weight and get in shape, but I decided to approach 2017 a new way.  More organized with concrete goals both professionally and personally.  With this in mind, I did some research and came across Leonie Dawson’s Workbook Planners.  I decided to order the Life and Biz bundle and…

Purging My Book Stash

One of the hardest things for me to do is to go through and downsize my book collection.  I love having books around. The smell, colors, and access to all those printed words make me giddy with joy. One of my goals in 2017 is to downsize and simplify my life. I got a burst of energy today when I got home from work and decided to tackle this one job. Now mind you, I do not have a large collection of books by any means. Not like my daughter who has 3 floor to ceiling bookshelves full! I like…

My (Almost) All Shopping Online Christmas

How much shopping online do you do for Christmas? I’m approaching Christmas gift buying totally different this year.  The last couple of years I have slowly moved from actually hitting the stores for all my gift buying to buying online.  This year I intend to do 99% of my gift buying online.  There are only a few gifts I purchased in person, a few from my artist friend Shannon who does beautiful paintings, and a couple of books from a local bookstore. This was the first year I didn’t hit the stores on Black Friday. Did…

Whew! I’m Finally Getting My New Job

I’m proof positive that if you are forced to start over in a new job after age 50 you can do it. I’ve had a tough road the last few months starting a new job for the USPS. There were many days that I wanted to give up thinking I just could not do it, but 2 weeks ago I did one of the rural routes from start to finish!  That means getting the route ready- parcels and all  on my own with no help.  I came home that day with an incredible sense of relief…

Enjoying The First Snowfall Of Winter

We had our first measurable snowfall of the season yesterday.  I must confess, I’m not a big fan of our Wisconsin winters, but I do enjoy the beauty of fresh snowfall.  Waking up this morning to the sight of snow turning  the dull brown landscape into a sea of white made me smile full of gratitude at how lucky we are to experience all four seasons here. I was scheduled to go into work at 10 am for package delivery so I had some time to take a walk down the road to savior the…

I’ll Take My Boring Saturday Night Thank You Very Much

Remember when Saturday night was the biggest night of the week?  Most likely at 7:01 on a Saturday night 30 years ago I was busy beginning the hour and a half long ritual of getting myself ready for a night of partying and having fun with my friends.  After those crazy Saturday nights, Sunday would pass by in a hungover haze. All I can say is thank goodness I wised up and those days are long gone.  These days I much prefer a quiet night at home, maybe with a couple glasses of wine, a book in my hand…

Musee d’Orsay In Pictures

During my recent trip to Paris in September the Musee d’Orsay was on my list of must sees.  Even having been there before, this is my art museum of choice.  I love the Impressionism period so this is the best place to see them all.  This gallery features some of my favorite works of art, including the Orsay itself…

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