The Week, In Short

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Thursdays always feel like the end of my work week, probably because Fridays tend to fly by, and then the weekend has arrived.  This week has been very busy, but in a good way, the highlight of it being a departmental volunteer trip to the world’s largest food bank, Second Harvest, where we sorted and packed food items for distribution…

A Finite Life

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I thought of all the empty bottles and cigarette ends I had created and all the men I had created them with.  There were so many things I had loved as my own, and these things never ended up being mine.  All of the glass lights strung on other people’s porches, houseplants that were someone else’s, rugs and paintings and…

The Finishing Touch

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Since we moved in, the major thing lacking in our house has been a kitchen table.  The kitchen is not very big, but the wall underneath the window can easily accommodate a small, rectangular shaped table.  Our neighbor just moved to Boston and sold us his table, and it fits perfectly.  I can’t get over how complete things feel now;…

Be Grateful

Because we all forget sometimes just how lucky we are, I thought I would share something I read yesterday: If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more fortunate than the million people on the planet who will not survive this week. If you can attend a religious meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture,…

Little Things

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This week has been more exhausting than most, and I’m definitely looking forward to having two consecutive days off.  In addition to having an out-of-town friend visit Friday and Saturday, I have two library books waiting for me, one of which is “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, about which I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews. With this kind of heat…

Sausage & White Bean Casserole

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Lately I’ve been implementing more green vegetables into mydiet.  The old favorites (for me: broccoli, green beans, and peas) get pretty boring after a while, so I’ve been looking for inspiration in the produce section of Whole Foods.  Swiss chard and kale are my new favorites:  they are nutritional superstars and I like the taste of both.  Although they can look…

Weekend Wrap

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This weekend was spent decompressing and playing catch-up in all areas of my life, excluding work:  sleep, reading, errands, etc.  I finally feel completely rested and recovered from our trip to Chicago.  Among other things, I read through this month’s magazines, took a friend to lunch for her birthday, tried out a new blueberry muffin recipe, and spent at least…