Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q is for Quiet Time

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:




Today I'm writing about something we all get far too little of each day...




Reading can seem like quiet time to some. Or some people even use the drive to work for a little peace and quiet. But how often do we just sit in quiet contemplation?




Scientists say quiet time is good for us, giving our brains the downtime they need. But how many of us can really sit and stare silently, even when the scenery around us is breathtaking?




Do you ever sit in silence and do absolutely nothing?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for Pizza!

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:





For P, I'm focusing on a food item with appeal that extends far beyond its deliciousness.




For families all across America, pizza for dinner means one thing.



You place a phone call and, within minutes, a friendly person shows up with a box.




I think our love for pizza goes even further, though. For many of us, "pizza" was a part of almost every great gathering we've ever had. Super Bowl parties. College get-togethers, retirement celebrations at work.




It's the perfect food for groups. It feeds many without requiring utensils. You don't even need a plate.





How often do you have pizza night at your house?

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

O is for Office Supplies

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:




For my O, I've chosen a slightly outdated topic. Something many of us don't even use anymore, in this era of electronics. But I still get that same thrill when I walk into an office supply store.




It seems like only yesterday that I was purchasing notepads and pens for writing. I'd hand-write my novels and type them up later. My brain seemed to work better that way. I had a very specific notepad I bought.



And I was even pickier about my writing pens.



I also had this weird affection for daily planners. The kind online calendars have completely replaced.




Now I walk into an office supply store and long for the days when a new notepad and set of pens meant a new book. I miss those days...but, most of all, I'm sad for a younger generation that will never know the joy of a new notepad or day planner.

Do you still buy office supplies? Or have computers replaced your need for them entirely?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N is for Nicole Lee

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:



N is for Nicole Lee!




I discovered her purses earlier this year, after hearing about Betsey Johnson's bankruptcy. This is the purse I have now:




But she has all kinds of unique purses, including these awesome spring designs.




As well as luggage and makeup cases.



Who is your favorite designer?




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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

M is for Mexican food

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:



Just walking into a Mexican restaurant makes me happy. It's a whole experience. There's this:



Not to mention this:



Plus, some delicious fried ice cream:



But nothing beats Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip:



If you've never tried it, go to your nearest Chuy's now!

What's your favorite type of food?


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Monday, April 14, 2014

L is for Lace

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:



My choice for L shows my girly side. Whether it's clothes or purses, I tend to be drawn to a particular type of fabric.



I probably would have done well in the Victorian era!



The only problem is, lace is hard to clean. You can't just toss it in the washer and dryer. But I have plenty of clothes with lace trim that can be washed and dried, as well as a lace makeup bag...



And lace Betsey Johnson slippers...




What's your favorite type of fabric?





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