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Old 12-28-2007, 07:38 PM   #31
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I am attending a party a 2:00 pm. Everyone is either bringing appetizers or desserts. I have been requested to bring my deep dark chocolate cake. I plan on staying at the party for 2-3 hours. I really don't like to be out on nights that there could be inebriated drivers on the road. That evening I may experiment with the fondue pot I received for Christmas. Either chocolate or a cheese fondue, I have not made up my mind which I want to make.

I really don't make resolutions. I strive to improve myself throughout the year.
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:54 PM   #32
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Lou and I are going to Birdland Jazz club in NYC to listen to Hillary Kole and then off to Delta Grill for the best cajun/creole cuisine NYC has to offer.

I don't believe in resolutions. (As a kid, I didn't believe in giving up anything for lent, either). Sure, it's great to have a clean slate; but too often, resolutions tend to be negative or about denial. Life shouldn't be about denial. Life should be celebrated with joie de vivre apparent in all you do. Find balance and harmony and the rest will fall into place, including the things you'd like to eliminate or change. You should examine your life everyday, not once a year. Set small goals, things that you know you can achieve, and it will always lead to accomplishing bigger goals you barely considered possible.

Hear the music, and dance like no one is watching you. If you can do that, resolutions are not going to be necessary.
You got that right, girl.
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:10 PM   #33
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Yes, IL has gone from being an open smoking state to having laws so restrictive that you quite literally cannot walk down Main Street smoking because you might get a wisp of smoke in the door of a business. You have to understand ... I'VE NEVER SMOKED IN MY LIFE. But I think this is extreme. Now smokers are supposedly not even allowed to step outside of the restaurant/bar for their fix. They have to move to Iowa or buy a farm (OK, I'm exaggerating, but given where we live, not by much).
You're not exaggerating much, Claire.
I can manage going to a restaurant and not smoking, but I want to be able to light one when I get to the parking lot. What gets me, if I were still in business, I wouldn't be able to smoke in my own greenhouse.
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:38 AM   #34
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Vera and others; once upon a time, many years ago in a land far away I wrote a newspaper column about this.

How about we CAN make positive resolutions and lental offerings.

A friend of mine said she was going to make a point of saying something nice to someone every day during lent. She was surprised at how negative she was when she really thought about it. She was determined to find a compliment.

SO resolutions do not have to be about denial. It can be buying 3 extra cans of soup and dropping them at the food bank every month. It can be, I WILL remember being a teenager myself when my kids are driving me crazy. It can be, well, I'm driving by that sr citizens center almost every day, I'll stop once a week and read a chapter of a book for 15 minutes.

Yes, if life was perfect, the new years resolution to lose 20 lbs, quit smoking, etc, would work. But maybe we need to think more positively, and in smaller increments. Think of something small, something that will take only a minute or five, and tag it on to something else you're doing. Voila! Sucess! The concept of trying to find something to compliment others on actually makes YOU feel happier, it really does.
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:55 AM   #35
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Oh yeah, I said earlier that I had no New Year's resolutions. I DO have one. To lose some weight.

Besides, the docs have been after me to lose some.
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:28 AM   #36
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Vera and others; once upon a time, many years ago in a land far away I wrote a newspaper column about this.

How about we CAN make positive resolutions and lental offerings.

A friend of mine said she was going to make a point of saying something nice to someone every day during lent. She was surprised at how negative she was when she really thought about it. She was determined to find a compliment.

SO resolutions do not have to be about denial. It can be buying 3 extra cans of soup and dropping them at the food bank every month. It can be, I WILL remember being a teenager myself when my kids are driving me crazy. It can be, well, I'm driving by that sr citizens center almost every day, I'll stop once a week and read a chapter of a book for 15 minutes.

Yes, if life was perfect, the new years resolution to lose 20 lbs, quit smoking, etc, would work. But maybe we need to think more positively, and in smaller increments. Think of something small, something that will take only a minute or five, and tag it on to something else you're doing. Voila! Sucess! The concept of trying to find something to compliment others on actually makes YOU feel happier, it really does.
Thanks for this, Claire. We forget we can make resolutions that benefit others just as easily as ones that benefit ourselves. Remember a few years back the "Practice Random Acts Of Caring and Kindness" concept? I have always had a blast with this because it allows you to be really creative in thinking up lovely little acts that surprise and delight the recipient. Sometimes, it's the only nice thing that has happened to that person in a long time. Anyway, it's lots of fun and my kids have always gotten a kick out of thinking up things.
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Old 12-30-2007, 06:54 PM   #37
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All 12 of us will be going out to our favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner. Then we will all come home and relax, play with the little guys til midnight then the happy birthdays begin, whistles, bells the whole nine yards then we all enjoy various desserts that I'm in the process of putting together..so far a chocolate cheesecake, a few cream puffs and now to start on some panna cotta...not sure yet what else, i do have some of Katie E.'s devils food cake left...
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:03 PM   #38
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I'll be in the kitchen. I'm doing a special menu that night. The last sitting is at 9, so I should be home by midnight!
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:04 PM   #39
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man I'm so jealous of Tatrat right now, I wonder if I can convince him to trade places with me, I'm sure he can handle the line, and I'm darn sure I can handle the cruise! :) :) :)
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:13 PM   #40
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As I mentioned earlier, we'll be having our traditional fondue dinner for our New Year's Eve meal, then celebrate at midnight with champagne.

New Year's Day meal will be grilled ribeye steaks with Gorgonzola/onion/mushroom cream sauce, twice-baked potatoes and (more) holiday sweets for dessert.
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