Book Recommendation: Pancakes In Paris by Craig Carlson

  My book recommendation for this month is Breakfast In America 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…

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…

Trying A New Creative Outlet And Finding Your Passion After 50

What’s your favorite creative outlet?  Or, do you swear you don’t have a creative bone in your body? If you’re like me, you may have always had something that you enjoyed to do (writing for me, mostly in journal form) but were really too busy to get serious about it.  Maybe you are a crocheter,  like to craft, or scrapbook.  In any case many of us suddenly find ourselves with more free time when we get older to pursue things we love to do.  The question is, what exactly is that thing? I enjoy…

Finding Answers In Mindfulness

A couple of weeks ago I purchased a set of Grace Cards by Cheryl Richardson.  In an effort to figure out my next step in a more fulfilling life and after reading my friend Barbara Techel’s book Wisdom In The Pause, I decided to give them a try.  Although you can use them any way you like, I like to shuffle the deck and draw a card everyday.  That card serves as a “mantra” for my day.  If I am struggling with something I will ask a question, draw a card, and let the card guide…

Social Media, Opinons, And The Presidential Election

Never mind that I have had an epic fail in the daily blog post challenge, it seems I have lost my public writing voice this past week. The combination of this past weeks events and still struggling a bit with my new job has left me mentally drained. All I can do is journal my personal thoughts. Words that I will not share with anyone. As people took to social media to be very vocal in their opinions, I have tried to stay away from it, unfortunately I have not been able to avoid it all. Instead the words that…

Lampposts Outside The Louvre

This photo of the row of lampposts in the courtyard outside the Louvre is one of my favorites from all the hundreds I took in Paris in September.  My goal was to take enough pictures to keep my Instagram account supplied until my next trip to Paris! If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram (@lorilovesparis) to see all my photos. I was going through  my Paris photos (again!) and decided instead of writing a full blog post today, I thought I would share some of my favorite photos with you. This photo just puts me in such…

Life Is Ok In The Empty Nest

Honestly I thought I would have a harder time adjusting to an empty nest after my daughter left home for her first year of College. Not to say I don’t miss her, I do, but I’m getting used to her being away.  It’s a great feeling knowing she is in charge of herself and her new life as a College student.  She is adjusting well and making friends and not one bit homesick.  That has probably helped me adjust to my new life as well. Adjusting to an empty nest is a challenge for…

It’s National Blog Post Month! What I Do For Self Care

Happy November!! I decided to make a commitment and join other bloggers in the blog post a day challenge in November. Yes it’s National Blog Post Month or #NaBlogPoMo. So if you see this hashtag, you will know what it means.  I really am hoping I will be able to do it. So as a member of the Blogher community, we will get daily prompts for blog post subject matter.  We do not need to use these and there will probably days when I do, and others where I just wing it.  I decided to use today&#8217…

A Parents Guide To Yallfest 2016

I originally wrote this piece in 2015 after attending Yallfest the year before for the first time with my then 16 year old daughter.  I wanted to resurrect it and post it again since it is time for Yallfest for another year. My daughter is now in her first year of college and I have to say this is one of my favorite things we did together in her High School years. If you are not familiar with YALLfest you are probably asking yourself What is YALLfest 2016? YALLfest is one of-if not the largest young adult book events…

Wisdom Found In The Pause-Joie’s Gift…Book Review

I just finished reading Wisdom Found In The Pause Joie’s Gift by Barbara Techel.  This book was about quieting your mind to find your path in life as we go through transition, It is Barbara’s story about losing her beloved dachshund Joie so soon after she adopted her and the following soul searching she needed to do to not only deal with her grief, but to find a new purpose in her life. I have know the author for many years since we went to College together for the same Associates Degree,  We lost track of…

Two Lessons I Learned From My Paris Trip

Could Paris live up to my high expectations? Now that I’ve been back home from my second trip to Paris for nearly a month I can sit back and think about the lessons I learned from my Paris trip. There were a few things I was concerned about before I left for Paris.  Mainly, will it live up to the expectations that I had?  I built Paris up in my mind so much that I was worried that it would not be the magical place I remembered from the first time around.  Since this was the first time…

Coping With Starting Over Again

I am now in my second week of my new job.  Although last week I had training for 4 days I guess you can’t really count that. I am going through all sorts of emotions as I begin this new journey. Fear is a very real one.  Starting over at any age can be a scary thing, but beginning a new job at 53 is down right frightening.  I find my mind just does not retain information as well as it did at 25.  I feel I have to work harder to prove myself.  Maybe that is all…

Shopping Day In Paris

Paris and shopping go together and that is just a plain fact.  I first fell in love with Paris many years ago  simply because I loved fashion and Paris is the fashion capitol of the world.  That was my first reason for wanting to visit this city.  Seeing all those stylish French women in pictures in magazines and on TV made me long to be them.  If only someday I could visit Paris maybe some of that style would rub off on me. Well whether or not that has happened after two trips to Paris is debatable.  I try and…

How I Fell For The Charms Of A Montmartre Artist

No, there’s nothing unscrupulous about that title.  Anyone who has been to Paris and went to visit Sacre Coure and Montmartre know about the artists that wander around Place Du Tetre very willing to do your sketch for half price.  These are the charming men who will do your sketch in about 15 minutes while they flirt and flatter the ladies into believing that they are the most beautiful thing on earth and worthy enough to take a rightful place next to the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. So on day five of our Paris trip we we…

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