Clark Griswold taught me everything I know about exterior illumination

I decided to take Cosmic Mama’s advice and get pro-active about bringing holiday joy into our home. So as she recommended, I got the Christmas lights out and made it a family project to decorate for the holidays.

Holiday Cheer

That's me out there on the ladder.

I hung the lights inside the house and it looked pretty good. In a fit of goodwill towards Mr. Applebum, I decided to start the outside lights.

That’s when everything got dicey. For one thing, sunset is before 4:30 here, so it started getting dark quickly. There are also ladders involved and I’m never confident on ladders. And I was hanging lights on one of our itchier evergreens (I actually know all our pine trees well, this is one of the more difficult ones to work with) hence his new nickname: Itchy McRasherson. And did I mention it started raining?!

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Thanksgiving kick-off party

I’m so ready for everyone to get home so we can get this holiday weekend started RIGHT. I have started celebrating, but at the moment, it is a party for one. So I decided to take it to the interwebz. So we can all be alone together while we get holiday going. So whether you are packing, traveling, cleaning, cooking, working or denying, won’t you please join me? I have picked this as our Thanksgiving kick off party theme song. This is a great ass shaker, no matter what you are doing.

Would LOVE to hear from you in the comments section. Let’s hear what you are thankful for. Allow me to begin:

I am thankful for everyone of you who reads this blog. I am so honored that people like to hear what I have to say. After years of complaining about all the negativity in the media, it is so powerful to be able to put something positive out there. And the fact that you read it and respond to it, makes my heart so happy.

I would also like to thank Ian, a pasty, funky scot limey [don’t ever call him a scot – editor] who turned me on to this clip. I’ve never been able to get Boo ya tribe and now finally, yes I can.

So after the jump, a hip hop video that references Seinfeld. It will make you smile and shake what your mama gave ya.

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Lighten Up!

I have been way too in my head lately. The fact that I checked out some super heavy books from the library isn’t helping anything. I have got to shake this one off and get my head around the holiday that is quickly approaching. So this weekend while everyone is packing, traveling, shopping, cleaning and planning, I am going to be blogging with one purpose in mind: get happy for the holidays. So let’s begin with five clips that make me LOL, because nothing gets you back on track like a good belly laugh.

First up, a clip of Oprah introducing famous people over the years. From here on out, I shall start greeting everyone who knocks on our door like this:

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After the jump, laugh your head off  with a whole lot of dancing. What else?!

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Tribe

We are on the shadow side of the year. It seems like everywhere you look, people are facing the big stuff – health issues, job loss, aging parents, divorce, death. It is a time when we need to reach out, to help carry our brethren along. As I have been reminded during our difficult times, we can not do it on our own. We have to reach out to others.

Taking a meal to some friends in need.

Taking a meal to friends in need.

I worry about how much stress and strain people are under. I worry that our media overloads us with negativity, violence and degradation. I worry that your living environment discourages relaxation, rejuvenation and healing. We are living too fast, working too hard,  doing too much and spending too much. So as we enter into the shadow side of the year, I want to remind you of how to take better care of yourself and those around you.  Because healing and compassion have to start at home. More

Less is the new more

My goal is always: Less.  I’m forever striving to need less, want less, use less, and waste less. When I was young, we had the book Diet for a Small Planet on the bookshelf. I never read the book, but the title alone conveyed to me that 1) our planet has a limited number of resources for us all to share and 2) individual choices have global impact. These notion have stayed with me, in fact, they have become guiding principles.

I am very aware of the impact my consumption has on the planet.  The truth is, I’m a bit obsessed with garbage. I read an article in Rolling Stone about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch forming in the Pacific Ocean. Twice the size of Texas, this plastic continent is a scary reminder that most of what you have ever thrown away is still with us. It’s not gone anywhere. Think about every piece of plastic you touched today. Last month. In the last 10 years. It staggers me. And it renews my commitment to needing less, wanting less, using less and wasting less.

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A whole month of full moons

What can I say? Just when I thought I was back on track, October laughs and says: Mwah, ha, ha, ha. Our family has faced some stormy weather. Every day has felt like a full moon, like we were all at the mercy of much greater forces beyond ourselves.

My sister always says that when life feels crazy and out of  control, you should get as quiet and still as possible. So as the autumn winds blew chaos into our lives, I put the family into love lockdown. We did only the most essential things and I let go of everything else. The blog had to be suspended. As much as I wanted and needed to write, my family was the priority and they needed me more.  And I’ll be honest, I’ve had some dark days. It was not a place I wanted to broadcast from anyway.

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