Halfway There!

Halfway There!

Halfway There! Somehow, although making it halfway through NaNoWriMo on the 15th like a good little worker bee, I lost track of my daily word count this week and have fallen somewhat behind. It really is never-ending. I thought I was a wee bit ahead. I…

coffee

WNY Coffee Shops

Aside: It’s a rare occasion since moving to Weber Wonderland that I long to be back in the city where I can walk to all the things…gathering together information for my latest Springville Times article, is one of those exceptions. COFFEE. Also, I’m SO counting down…

Great American Smokeout

My Attempt To Make A Random Day, a Great American Smoke Out Day

I can’t believe I wrote this back in 2004. That was 13 years ago guys! But the story is still funny to me and since it is Great American Smoke Out Day, I thought I’d repost and share. Enjoy. My Attempt To Make A Random Day,…

Wiggle Over to the Jell-O Museum

A repost of my article in the Springville Times: Wiggle Over to the Jell-O Museum Just a short drive across the I-90 in LeRoy, NY sits a small, unassuming and adorably kitschy museum dedicated to “America’s Most Famous Dessert.” Nope, not Apple Pie. Not Chocolate Cake,…

the music shop

Nickel City Opera at the Springville Center for the Arts!

The Nickel City Opera is finishing up a two-week residency at the Springville Center for the Arts and is putting on a performance of The Music Shop this weekend: Friday, November 17 & Saturday, November 18 at 7pm. Tickets are $15 General Admission and $5 Students Click…

Bills Streaker

That Moment When Your Realize the Bills Streaker Who Looks Like Your Friend Is Actually Your Friend

Yep, me and about 270 other people I know in WNY are friends with Bills Streaker aka Señor Wiener. Here’s the story…I turned off the Bills game yesterday pretty much right before the big play of the game. To tell you the truth I’m not sure…

age

Age

“Act your age.” What exactly does this mean? Clearly, we act, whatever age we are, right? If I’m 43 and I choose to eat french fries and chicken nuggets for lunch am I not acting as a 43 year old adult? Nope. I’m still 43. And…

Gwynnie Bee frog print dress

Gwynnie Bee: Frog Print Dress

You guys look at this frog print dress from Gwynnie Bee. Now, look closer. It’s a dissecting a frog print dress? Is that possible? I think it’s possible! And I am thinking who on earth decides this is a print for a dress? And if they…

Springville Area Veteran Memorials

Springville Area Veteran Memorials

Latest article in the Springville Times:  Springville Area Veteran Memorials Photo Credit: Jolene Hawkins Veterans Day is a day we come together as a nation to remember all who served our great country. Every year we honor our service members on the 11th day of November,…

Eat All The Things

Jane, the Worm Who Tells Me To Eat All The Things That Lives In My Belly

Does anyone else feel like they have a giant worm inside them that tells them to EAT ALL THE THINGS? No? Just me? Well, then, let me tell you about this worm of mine. She is not my friend. Oh she thinks she has me wrapped…

Two Phobias One Afternoon

Two Phobias One Afternoon. Our Senior Cat Tubby has an eyeball issue. The poor fella was sitting in the corner upstairs with one eye shut. It was crusty, we cleaned it but there was obviously something else going on. So it was time to call the…

Monday, Monday

Today was a good day. Monday is one of my full day in the office days. I bring two travel mugs of coffee with me in the morning and I hope for the best. Of course the best usually gets me through about 2pm—and then I…

Mental Health IS Physical Health

Mental Health IS Physical Health

I just saw this sentence come through on Twitter: Is mental health just as important as physical health? Mental Health IS Physical Health.  I don’t understand. The brain is a part of the physical body, right? Why have we not moved past this already? This should…

Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok

My review of Thor: Ragnarok can be summed up in two words. Ok, three. More Loki. (Please?) I didn’t love it. I always want more Loki. It was a bit too campy at times for my liking. The short hair was nice. Loki is a dream.…

No Facebook, NO.

No Facebook. ENOUGH with forcing me to see “video memory montages” of my life through status updates I choose to share through your platform. It’s not even one of those “you’ve been friends for 4 years” posts, this time it was a “we just finished October”…

Musings On Silent Auctions

Musings On Silent Auctions, Raffles, Basket Fundraisers True story. I’ve been a nonprofit professional all my life. And I’ve probably planned approximately a million fundraisers, give or take a few hundred thousand. And the one thing I’ve learned over the years is that I CAN’T stand…

Twitterments

Twitterments

Because not everybody loves Twitter like I do… Oh my gosh I have an incredibly heavy sense of sadness today and I’m not sure at all where it’s coming from. 🙁 #NaNoWriMo Day 2 words: 1,731. Meh. Not impressed. Should be more. But at least, words. My…

Buffalo Bills

I should have known better. In fact I DO know better and I still didn’t listen to myself. I need to start listening to myself. I’m talking about football. Buffalo Bills football. Here we are in NOVEMBER and actually dreaming of a 6-2 start to the…

Historical Political Sites

WNY Historical Political Sites

A reprint of my latest article in the Springville Times: Fall Bucket List: Historic Political Sites Tuesday, November 7th is Election Day. While studying up on your local candidates before you go out to your polling place next week, why not schedule a bit of time…

Potato Snake Dreams?

Potato Snake Dreams?

Potato Snake Dreams? Is that what that was? WHAT THE HELL BRAIN! I’m in the garden. I’m digging up potatoes. As I dig and dig and dig and find yummy starches below the earth I stumble upon one particular potato that is seriously embedded down in…

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017 Time! WELCOME NOVEMBER! WHY AM I SHOUTING? Yep, I’m doing this again. And this time I mean business. Hahaha. Not really, this time, like CampNaNo back in March, I mean GETTING WORDS ON PAGES, Every day, Or almost every day. I have at least…

cooking for two

Cooking for Two (or Twenty?)

Cooking for Two (or Twenty?) My family consists of me and HWMMS. (He Who Makes Me Smile) so how is it with two people under our one roof at Weber Wonderland I somehow cook for twenty? No kidding. Yesterday, I finished up some work and saw…

A Very Merry Main Street

A Very Merry Main Street

Reprint of article in Springville Times: A Very Merry Main Street Shop small. Support local. Come join downtown Springville on Black Friday, November 24 from 10am-5pm and Small Business Saturday, November 25 from 10am-4pm for another festive weekend with friends, food, shopping, and prizes at A…

Snow

Snow

Snow! Winter is Coming. I’m gonna be 44 years old and I still can’t contain myself from childlike joy when I see the first giant flakes of snow falling from the skies. If loving snow is wrong, I’m wrong. Also, I love you HWMMS. I love…

cheers to the beers

Cheers to the Beers! ​

A report of my article in the Springville Times: Cheers to the Beers! Cheers to the Beers! Thomas Jefferson once said, “Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.” We agree (in moderation of course.) All across Western New York…

passion

Passion?

(Gut punch.) I was messaging with a friend from college this evening and she mentioned the passion her son has for soccer—and how it rivaled her passion for physics. Passion. Hmmm. It got me thinking a little while later on the drive home. Passion. Geez? What…