Wardrobe Treasure Hunting at the Goodwill

I love clothes, I love a bargain and I love companies that employ people who are differently abled. It would follow that I would be a big fan of Goodwill Industries. While I have faithfully donated to the Goodwill over the years, I only went there to shop when I was in need of a Halloween Costume or a gag gift. Recently my friend Jessica asked me if I wanted to attend a shopping event with her called "Goodwill Hunting" hosted by Nicole Longstreath.  I said "sure, why not!" and so began my … [Read more...]

Vacation Realizations

We have been on Kauai for almost two weeks now. We leave to head home tomorrow night. As I sit here taking in the nighttime sounds and the atmosphere of the evening on this beautiful island I am thinking of the things I have learned during my break from everyday life. 1. The world continues to turn even when I don't wear watch. 2. It is okay not to do my make-up and hair everyday - nobody seems to care. 3. Vacation, or perhaps Kauai, cures migraines. 4. Bugs love me, the feeling is not … [Read more...]

Accidentally Meatless on Kauai

Today starts the second week of vacation for me. We have been on Kauai since last Tuesday and aside from a bit of a head cold, it has been fabulous. I have given up wearing a watch and have mostly not been doing my hair or make-up. These may sound like minor things, but for me they are kind of big things. I have been relaxing and having a lot of fun. I have been trying to find a balance between my need to see and do everything with my equally important need to relax and de-stress. So far I … [Read more...]

Spontaneous Birthday Wine Festival!

April 21 is my husbands birthday. This year was a significant birthday and I thought we should do something to celebrate.  We went to dinner to cash in on his free entrée from El Cholo earlier in the week, but that seemed like cheating since it took absolutely no effort on my part - he even printed the coupon.  Of course, I failed to plan anything else (bad wife).  Tom is very low-key so he didn't expect anything, but I still thought we should do SOMETHING. I posted my pondering about what to … [Read more...]

Things My Dad Taught Me

Today, my dad - Leo Smith - turned 82. In honor of his birthday I am going to share a few Leoisms. Some are things he has said, some are things I have learned through observation and experience. 1. A little hard work never killed anyone. 2. Do it right or don't do it at all. 3. Saving for a rainy day is a good thing. 4. Saving for a rainy day by burying money in a coffee can in the garden is not a good thing. 5. Always keep the windshield on your car clean. 6. Don't be a sissy dog. 7. Your … [Read more...]

Puppy Love

I have always loved animals and growing up we always had dogs. The last dog that I had, I got when I was in college. Nica lived with my parents until she died at the age of 12 or 13, about 13 years ago.  Tom and I have taken in a couple of stray cats,  a stray tortoise and  five birds over the last 19 years.  We currently have the tortoise (T-Bone) and 3 Parrots (Valentino, Molly and Cass).  The cats and other two birds have since passed away, each time leaving a tiny hole in our hearts.  I have … [Read more...]

That’s Better – I Hope!

Some things have the ability to instantly improve my outlook on life. As silly as it sounds, a haircut and color does that for me. It instantly perks me up. For this I am grateful. I am always in favor of a little pick-me-up. Right now I am hoping this haircut will pull me up by my boot straps and keep me headed in the right direction. Since a few weeks before Christmas I have been making a concerted effort to lose some weight and get more fit. I didn't expect much those first few weeks given … [Read more...]

2012 Aspirations – Happy New Year!

The start of a new year always fills me with hope and a renewed sense of passion about the people and things that I love. As you might gather, finding balance is one of my passions. This year my "resolutions" or as I prefer to think of them, my aspirations, are all related to finding that balance. I have a friend that had the idea that putting your aspirations (or whatever you choose to call them) out there for anyone to see will help make you accountable and thus help you reach what you … [Read more...]

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and By Wonderful I Mean Crazy

The holiday season is in full swing and at times I feel like I am spinning out of control. How to get it all done and still enjoy the doing of it? Over the years I have instituted and imposed several "traditions" upon myself and sometimes upon others. I love them all but between the baking, shopping, wrapping, decorating, crafting, cooking, traveling and merry-making, I sometimes find myself so busy and tired that I am unable to enjoy what the holidays should really be about-quality time with … [Read more...]


I attend the America Music Therapy Association Annual conference each year. When it is someplace we have never been before, Tom comes with me and we check out the area. This year we are in Atlanta, Georgia. We have never been to Georgia before so Tom and I flew in yesterday (Saturday). My conference obligations don't start until Wednesday. As has been our tradition, we searched for a sporting event to attend in the city.  The Falcons happened to be playing the Saints at the Georgia Dome today … [Read more...]