Category Archives: Holiday

Happy New Year!

Okay, so I’m a week late with the Happy New Year. I hope you have had a fantastic start to 2016. We ended up with an impromptu get together on New Year’s Eve. It was quite nice. With tasty food, good friends and family, board games, champagne, and someone to kiss at midnight, what more could a girl ask for bringing in the new year? Not much, actually.


The year has started off a bit crazy for me. This week my car died and the thermostat in my classroom (I’m in a portable) has been on the fritz. I had zero heat in my classroom the first day and a half of this week. It was pretty dang cold. The custodian was able to reset it Tuesday and now the heat won’t automatically shut off; I have to do it manually. Wednesday morning, it was 80 degrees in my class when I walked into it at 7:30 am. Holy cow, was it hot. I opened the door to the thirty-some-odd degree weather and was grateful it was cold outside. Yesterday, the digital readout stopped working. Yes, there is a work order in to get it replaced. Hopefully, it will be soon. I will say this: it could be way worse. I could still have no heat at all.  Now, at least, I can a) turn the heat off, if need be and b) open the doors to let the heat out when it gets too hot. It has definitely been a roller coaster ride with the temperature in my class this week, but I have to say, it’s been too ridiculously absurd to be anything but funny.

I’m hoping I’ll get my car back from the mechanic and the thermostat in my classroom will be replaced soon. Maybe then 2016 won’t feel so crazy. Though, someone told me they felt that my life was always like that. Gosh, I hope not. I don’t think I’d stay sane if life was always like that.

Speaking of it being a new year, did you make any resolutions? I didn’t. I actually stopped making resolutions a few years back. They never really worked for me. I just just try to be the best me possible for each new year. I did, however, recently see this and I like it a lot.

So maybe no resolutions that you’re going to beat yourself up over if you break them for you, either. Just try to be the best you possible this year. And maybe throw in a few of the suggestions from Neil Gaiman. Happy New Year. I hope that 2016 is the best ever.

Merry Christmas

I realize it’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything. I was really tired with wrapping up the end of the semester with my students and then I got sick right as break started. Fun. There may have been some procrastination thrown in there somewhere, too. I’m bad about that.

It’s Christmas morning. My boys are both teenagers now and past the age of getting up at a ridiculous hour to see what is under the tree, so they are still asleep. I’m not generally an early morning person, but a medicine I am on has me not sleeping well. So, here I am sitting in the glow of the Christmas tree and the TETRIS light writing.

Christmas tree and TETRIS light

It’s been storming a lot this morning. It’s very strange to wake up to thunder and lightning on December 25th. It’s 65 degrees outside. We had tornado warnings a couple of days ago. I suppose that’s just the nature of middle Tennessee weather: weird. Glad we aren’t traveling today.

The boys, Mike, and I are just going stay home today, enjoying opening presents and one another’s company. Here in a bit, I’ll need to put the homemade cinnamon rolls in the oven to finish proofing, so that I can have them baked and ready to go when everyone is up and moving. At some point, I’m going to make lasagna. I hope that it is going to be a nice, relaxing, tasty day.

Well, it’s time to get the cinnamon rolls ready for one final rise. I know there’s not much going on for the blog today, but I wanted to at least check in and say hello. I’m still here. I hope you all have a wonderful day. If you are able to spend time with loved ones, I hope you enjoy lots of love and laughter. 



Taking a Day to Just Be

Today is the day before Thanksgiving. Luckily, I have the day off. And I don’t have to cook for an army of people tomorrow, so I’ve decided that I’m not going to do much of anything today. I have a lot of work things that need to be done sometime before I go back on Monday, but today is not the day for that.

I woke up late and took my time getting up and getting ready to go out into the world. I am definitely not a high maintenance kind of gal, but I do have my personal standards of leaving the house to be out in public for any amount of time. You know, pants, certain undergarments, makeup. Well, at least mascara. My eyelashes are so light that if I don’t use mascara, I look like I have no eyelashes. It’s a sad sight. Ages ago I saw part of an interview with a famous actress, during which she talked about how she had to wear eye makeup because her eyelashes were so blonde. That without mascara, she looked like a chicken. It cracked me up. I can totally relate. Though, I don’t think I’m quite chicken like.

What warranted me actually getting out of the house when I could have just stayed on the couch and played video games? I had a punch card for a free drink at one of my favorite coffee shops. That and lunch. I decided to come sit with my laptop and a nice warm cup of tastiness. I figure I can hang out here, enjoying some music, and try to figure out what to write for Pushing Whimsy.

Coffee (2)

Even though I am sitting here by myself, I don’t feel alone. The shop has a lot of people in it. I enjoy sitting here and letting all the sounds wash over me as background noise to what I’m doing. There’s the music, the sound of the coffee grinder, the barista making a latte, other customers chatting, the clinking of dishes. I think it’s nice to just sit and appreciate the world around you for a while, with no agenda, no hurry. I think people need to do that more often, whether it’s in a coffee shop, your own home, or in a park. Just sit and just be.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family and friends, if you are able to spend time with them. It’s probably going to be a whirlwind of busyness for a while, as is the norm during the holidays. Don’t forget, in the middle of it all, to just breathe and take a moment to take it all in and enjoy it. And now that I’ve sat here enjoying the moment (for a few hours), I think I’ll go home and play that video game.