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I guess this will be my private blog and my my other will be the public one!


One Little Word

For the last few years Ali and several famous scrappers have had a word, one little word that guides their year. I have toyed with this but … part of me says bah humbug. Part of me says, whatever works for them. Part of me says, me too, I want to play! I was tossing around some words so far this year…organize, eliminate, relax (I do that too much already!) not really feeling it but then I happened upon a random blog and saw this-
My word for 2011 is…. Less.

Less is More
I want to weigh less
own less
be on the computer less
live on less
and pay less

so thanks to Sharyn Tormanen for what I really think will be a great word.
Whether or not I manage to live by it is another thing!

Sometimes I think this blog thing is getting out of hand, but then I see someone’s life and ideas that I would never had known. If it will improve my life I can not say but it is better than TV or even books. Blogs may come and go but there will be more, a book will end, the characters disappear, but a blog is for a lifetime!! Possibly anyway…!

Anyway, food for thought, I will go write Less on my white board and stew on it a bit. then I WILL do laundry and finish the last Christmas cards (arghh!) and the thank you’s! Oh and call my parents!!!

What Type of Mom Are You?

YOU’RE A COMPOSITE MOM – Congratulations, you’re perfect! Or else one of those multiple personality types we’ve all seen in TV movies.
What You’re Great At: Keeping ’em guessing.
What You Might Consider: Being consistent. No matter how cool they are, most kids – even very big kids – want their moms to be predictable. On the other hand, being a wacky mom may help your kids stay alert and engaged and coming back just to see what you’ll do next.

Took this online quiz…not sure what I think about this. will have to think on it a bit… but I did find it interesting.

CZ, a new year and a renewed motivation

Below is what I posted on Cathy Zeilski’s blog this AM. She is publishing a journal type thing to help track your fitness . I have watched with increasing jealousy and annoyance as she joined WW, began running and then swimming and doing it well. Meanwhile Christine is looking good and walking everyday without me. I am getting fatter and fatter and more and more annoyed with myself and everyone around me!
“I started my MMEL journey over 2 years ago. I joined WW online and lost over 25 pounds. But life happens, inertia happens, excuses happen and now I am back exactly where I started. My BFF lost and has kept off a bunch of weight, you are doing great and then there’s me and my personal pity party…sigh. I recently turned 50 and my motto is ‘ what are you waiting for enjoy life now!’ I guess I have not been thinking that watching what I eat and exercising is enjoyable.
This must stop now!! I must do this!! Being overweight is not enjoyable either! Thank you for continuing to struggle and to encourage me to continue to struggle. I will be copying your journal and moving forward! I look forward to continuing to follow your journey and hope to report positive outcomes to you in the future.
Thank you for sharing yourself with me.”

I have got to do this, I do not want to look like a whale and I do not want my weight to impact my health. I want to have the most energy I can and look good too! Something better click that will give me the motivation to stop just feeling bad and wanting to do something but to actually do it!!! JUST DO IT!!!!
I will try to be better, I will. I will try to blog more, I will Move More and Eat Less, I will try to simplify. Organize, purge and complete!
I don’t think I can focus on one word, I have too many things that need work…guess I better work on this and focus better…


Well another Turkey day has come and gone. Not the happiest day I have spent but not too bad. I am worried about Dad and sad that he had to spend it at the hospital.Not sure about the whole trip to NY deal. I am still worried about the whole airfare to Savannah debacle and various people have various issues…sigh…
MOSTLY it was great! Niki got up early and made lovely, moist pumpkin muffins from scratch! Curt whipped up some homemade applesauce and sausage. We gathered downstairs for breakfast and the Macy’s Parade. We ate and watched and commented for a couple hours. A nice, cozy family time. It was different in that we had snow on the ground and it was actually a pleasant 50 in NY.
Then the work began, prepping the turkey, finishing off the sweet potato casserole, peeling potatoes, making the cranberry sauces (Sean!). Interspersed with cleaning the house, de-cluttering and setting the table. Erin pitched in with appetizers; cheese, bread,pickles,veggies and a super spicy dip!
Keely arrived promptly at 3 when I ran in to shower and dress! The Mullens arrived as expected about 3:45. Although the rain had begun and the skies were gray we gathered in the living room that was warmed with the light of candles and rich, silk autumn leaves. We ate and laughed and drank and enjoyed each others company for awhile.
Then it was time to feast. we all rushed about getting the food on the table, putting serving spoons in all the dishes and making sure everyone had something to drink.
Keely said a quick grace for us and then as we all tucked into the food we took some time to share what we were thankful for this year. Humorous or sentimental we all shared a bit of ourselves. The food was delicious, the turkey very flavorful, a wonderful melange of flavors. As the wine poured freely we toasted each other and music, food and other fun!
Just as we finished Janice, Dom and John showed up. We popped another bottle of wine and visited. Some quick kitchen work, food away,serving bowls soaking, dishwasher loaded and we were ready for dessert! Yummm Pie!!
Nicholas had a long discussion with John about classic film. Interesting!
Then a small contingent decided to head out to see the newest Harry Potter.
Curt, Erin, Christine, Haley and Niki slipped out to the 8:30 showing. Keely went home and Janice and I had a nice, long chat .The boys played some Malarky, sucked helium from Niki’s old birthday balloons and finally resorted to the video game console.
All the various guests were home and in bed by midnight. Haley slept over so that the girls could head out shopping at 4 AM!!! Better them than me!
So yes, a lovely Thanksgiving for the memory book!

Letter to Mrs. Sullivan in Lebanon

Wow, I actually hadn’t read much that you have written over the years. You are very eloquent and yet approachable and welcoming in style. It is a fascinating peak into a world that I know very little about and think about even less often. Thank you for opening my eyes and sharing your perspective.

Meanwhile here in Steilacoom, all is pretty good! The HS football team lost last night in overtime to Clover Park. There is a Haunted House this evening at the History Museum. The Apple Squeeze was well attended and it only rained a little.

My family is doing well. Marc has finally found work. He is basically a copy writer for an online advertising firm. He has moved to Seattle and shares an apartment with James Brown.
Erin is still living the good college student life. Did I tell you she will be studying abroad next semester? She is going to Dublin University from Jan thru May! All of us are very excited.
Sean is a Senior and thinking about college apps (but not actually doing much yet!) Niki has adjusted to life as a HS student, although it did take a bit of time. She is unhappy at the moment because her current boyfriend (since when is she old enough for one of them anyway!!) has just moved this week with his family to Fort Drum, NY.

I have spent the past month celebrating my 50th! And trying to balance living in the moment with guiding my kids toward their future. But it has been a wonderful celebration with both family and friends and a trip to New Orleans!

Well, there’s a bit of info from home. I hope that you continue to enjoy your time there and I look forward to reading more on your blog! Take care and Happy Halloween!

So that is my life in an edited for cheerfulness and brevity nutshell!

Uncle George

We don’t talk about our feelings much in the Hollis family. I do not recall my Grandma saying she loved me on a regular basis (if at all). But I knew it…it was assumed, a given. I think, no, I know that it is the same with my Uncle George. Not sure that I can recall him ever saying outright, I love you. Yet, I know he did, and I know that he knew that I loved him.
I don’t think that means I loved him more or less than if we said it all the time. I don’t think that not spending much time together matters either. The feeling, the warm, comfortable thoughts are always there. Family is family and family is love.

I miss you Uncle George, I miss knowing that you are sitting in your family room, yelling for Ingrid, or grumping about something. I can hear your voice in my head, I can feel your hug. I can see you sitting in the chair opposite the TV at Southold. Thank you for always being there in my heart, thank you for being my godfather.

You were a great Uncle and a great husband and father. You were the center of your family and you will be missed.

Farewell Uncle George, I love you .