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By     |    Sep 15, 2009
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Smile and Say Cheese! Finale

Part III: All is Right With the World as I Hit the Cheese Festival (See Part I: Rookie Cheesemonger and Part II: The Cheddar Meltdown, for pre-story) Returning back to my volunteering at the American Cheese Society Annual Conference after a bit of warm sunshine and a delicious crepe for lunch, I felt a surge of energy and almost bounded back to the table for my next assignment. I wasn’t […]

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By     |    Sep 7, 2009
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Paper Work

My love of print content definitely creates some of my more complex organizational challenges. One of the biggest paper lessons I’ve learned after moving so often is to not save magazines a la the Collyer brothers. Now, instead of skimming them and holding on to them longer term for when I want to “go back,” I now read them cover to cover, ripping out anything I want to hold onto […]

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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Time Hack: Roasted Vegetables
By     |    Sep 1, 2009
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Healthy Weeknight Dinner Time Hack: Roasted Vegetables

This week, I’m trying a new method (based on a plan from a book I picked up used on Amazon, Katie Brown’s Weekends) to decrease our meal preparation issues during the work week and to also try to get us to eat more veggies, less meat. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE meat. That’s sort of the problem. In Texas, steak is about the same price as chicken or other […]

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By     |    Aug 19, 2009
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How Do I Spend My Time?

I am interrupting my own blog post cheeseathon for a change of subject—I’d like to talk a bit about how I, how we all, spend our time. It’s trite to say our time is limited, but it’s trite for a very good reason—it’s actually true. How do you know when you are spending your time well? For me, it’s about going to sleep easy; I often have insomnia bouts when […]

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By     |    Aug 11, 2009
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Smile and Say Cheese! Part II

Part II: The Cheddar Meltdown (See Part 1: Rookie Cheesemonger, for pre-story) Volunteering at the American Cheese Society’s conference, I was assigned as a cheese trolley girl, which essentially meant that I spent the morning pushing large trolleys of the stuff out of the kitchen, to the elevator, and then to the refrigerated truck; then brought back other cheeses from the truck, back on the elevator to the deep cooler. […]

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By     |    Aug 10, 2009
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Smile and Say Cheese! Part I

Part 1: Rookie Cheesemonger I have stumbled upon a universal truth…that the one week where you would have lots to blog about, you will, by definition not have time to do so. So begins my multi-part blog post on my recent “experience du fromage.” It is an understatement to say that I love cheese, as would it be to say that at least a few of the extra pounds I […]

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We survived No Spend Month – a look back
By     |    Aug 3, 2009
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We survived No Spend Month – a look back

We survived July’s No-Spend-Month odyssey! Though, oddly, my meandering last post proved un-prophetic. Down to $33something, we did NOT spend our last dime on the ice cream-making kid’s event, alas, but rather the co-pay for Benjamin’s surprise strep throat antibiotics (we lucked out that we had some overpayments at the doctor’s office so we didn’t have to pay the office co-pay, or we would’ve been over the limit). We did […]

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No Spend Month Final Tally!
By     |    Jul 30, 2009
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No Spend Month Final Tally!

An Arrested Development fan? (If not, skip to the second ‘graph). For those of you left: I really, really had to fight the urge to include a link to the song, “The Final Countdown.” I could totally just picture Gob dancing around to that song for me, in fact. This pic is my sloppy substitute. Just thought I’d share. Okay, it’s technically NOT final until tomorrow at midnight (must…resist…urge…to buy […]

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Gift Closet Strategy: A Cry for Help
By     |    Jul 28, 2009
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Gift Closet Strategy: A Cry for Help

As more and more of my friends start to have big life events (marriages, children, grad school graduations, successful parole hearings, etc.), I keep thinking I need to be better about keeping gifts at the ready instead of just reactively buying stuff at the last minute. I actually do this with some success occasionally. New children’s books, gender neutral baby clothing, etc. I will sometimes pick up as I see […]

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Gettin’ Crafty…
By     |    Jul 26, 2009
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Gettin’ Crafty…

I think tonight would be a good time to open up a new topic…general craftiness. Before you gag on a silk flower, let me just say I love crafts. I do NOT love making my own decor generally. There is a pretty big difference, IMHO. I’m not one to stencil a bureau, arrange silk flowers into a stunning Festivus display or make new drapes out of old bridesmaid dresses. More […]

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