Thursday, December 22, 2016

Stuff & Things 12/22

:: A friend of mine lost her husband suddenly in a skiing accident the other day. My heart aches for what she and her two teenage children are going through. And it's a good reminder to hold your loved ones close and really think about what matters.  If you are so inclined, please send some prayers to this sweet family.

:: I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I am on a concert ticket purchase freeze until further notice. I am trying to focus on buying a house and paying off some other debt. But the concert karma gods are shining on me. My best friend, Nikki, bought me tickets to see Parachute when they come to Des Moines in April. And last week, I won tickets to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers in our company suite. I'm so excited!

:: I'm also going to be on a manicure freeze until further moments. (Yep, concerts and manicures are my sacrifices in the name of saving money.) Does anyone have a good tutorial on taking care of my nails at home?

:: Last weekend, I made Patti Labelle's "Over the Rainbow" mac and cheese for a gathering with friends. It's not at all healthy -- five kinds of cheese (if you count Velveeta as a cheese) and half and half. But it was delicious. I will definitely be making it again -- but only when there's a gathering of people with whom to share it.

:: Finally, here is the Christmas card sent out by Barley's Angels, a group I've been associated with for three years. I'm stepping down from the planning committee in the new year, but I've enjoyed the friendships that came from this group and I look forward to continuing to attend their events.

:: And for some extra holiday cheer, here's my brother at his office Christmas party.  Yeah, he won the ugly sweater contest without much of a fight.

I hope everyone's having a great week. I'm so glad that after today, I don't have to be at my day job again until Tuesday. Hooray!


  1. I will definitely pray for your friend, what awful news. But thank you for the reminder especially at this time of year.

    Congrats for winning concert tickets! RHCP are one of my favourite bands so I'm quite jealous!

  2. Thoughts and prayers for your friend :(

    A good mac and cheese can only be made once or twice a year...otherwise it becomes a habit!


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