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To Do List: Clean House for Thanksgiving, Re-Read Catching Fire, and Crush 10,000 More Candies

The Hunger Games 2 movie was great.  I love seeing the action from my head played out on the big screen.  I read Catching Fire over a year ago.  Katniss is such an interesting character.  She is a balanced combination of tough and soft.  After reading the book, the ending was no surprise which makes the movie less supenseful.  Overall, I enjoy the accurate depictions and the acting....more

Gray's Inn, mediaeval, peaceful

Gray's Inn is another of London's peaceful and perhaps less-known sights, dating to the Middle Ages, and hidden behind heavy gates on High Holborn....more

Nov 24 - Calling All Voters!

As smart-alecky as I can be sometimes – I gotta give the Instigator credit for coming up with some pretty awesome ideas… This one requires the help of all of you out there in the blogging community.  What I’m looking to propose is a popularity contest.  Over the next few days, I will post an excerpt from 4 different stories that I have in the works, and on the last post, I will attach a poll, so that everyone can vote for their favorite one.  I’ll leave the poll open for two weeks,  for I know people are busy traveling and visiting with family for the Thanksgiving holida...more

The sisterhood of the traveling blow dryer...

Thursday morning, I needed the black blow dryer, the only blow dryer that is movable at the health club."Sure, hon, anything you want," responded Donna to my request. She was perched on her usual Tuesday/Thursday stool at the counter that contains every blow dryer the women's locker room offers (that would be three). "Do you need anything else? I'll give it to you. I'll give you anything -- except my spot!"She laughed and smiled, as did I, but she wasn't kidding. (Although I suspect if I had some sort of medical reason why I needed the spot, she might share.)...more

An unexpected present

I sent my daughter to the corner shop yesterday to buy a pint of  milk, I was pleasantly surprised when she returned 5 minutes later and gave me a chocolate bar.'Mum, I bought you a present', she said, 'because I know you like these'.I was touched that she had thought of me, 'here's your change mum', she said, 'it was £1.52'.'Did they only have big milks', I asked.'No, mum, I got a little milk, but it was £1.52 because I bought you your chocolate'.She had bought me a bar of chocolate, but I'd paid for it!BUT at least the thought was there!...more

Day 23 - I Weep for the Future

One of the best lines from the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."See Video HereI worked triage over the last couple of days during my ED shifts.  No where can you see the failure of the health care system, and society in my opinion, so readily as on the Front Line of medicine... the Emergency Department triage room....more

Garden Adventures: La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs

Two years ago, my husband and I took a business trip to Palm Springs where we stayed at La Quinta Resort. Now a fancy Waldorf-Astoria hotel with a world-class tennis club and surrounded by golf courses, back in its early days it was a quiet hacienda retreat in the Palm Desert. ...more

Early Thanksgiving from a Tiny Kitchen: Part 2

It was a success!! Dinner was ready on time, and the only thing that turned out iffy was the dressing, which was a bit on the soggy side....more

#NaBloPoMo Day 24: In Need of Routine

Though I can be spontaneous and do accomplish spontaneity from time to time, I am just one of those people who actually enjoys routine. I do not want you to get the wrong idea, though; I do not like every moment of my time to be planned out or micromanaged. One of the things I have identified recently that makes me not as happy as I could be is the lack of routine....more

Clay and a Christmas carriage ride

Clay really, really enjoyed the horse-drawn carriage ride today at our Light up the River town event.  ...more