I do not have anything to say today other than that. My brain has frozen as solid as the bitter and barren lake I’m standing on.

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  • eviljoyspeaks - I went snowboarding – well – I attempted and ended up practicing turns – this morning – smart to cover your face!! I think I froze some of my eyelashes!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - You are cheating DEATH, sister!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But good news! We’re supposed to get into the balmy upper 20’s this weekend! That’s like end of February weather! Whoo-Hoo!ReplyCancel

  • Teri Biebel - No way I could live in a place that cold for that long. I’m going to get my Snuggie on just thinking about how cold it is there.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - You and me both. Sitting on my ass in my snuggie is how I spend most of my time January – March.ReplyCancel

  • Shay - You look darn cute, though!:-)ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Get yourself a fur coat. I have three. And if you don’t want to spring for a fur, I recommend leather, one that covers you down to your knees. I have one of those, too. Any coat or jacket made of woven material will not, I repeat WILL NOT, keep out the Minnesota cold.ReplyCancel

This month the Last Day Lists link-up is a double whammy! 100 points if you remember this game show.100 points if you remember any game show. It falls not only on the last day of the month…but the last day of the whole year!! Time to give 3 minutes of thought to these list categories […]

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  • Kimmyyy83 - woohoo!!!! I am kicking myself for still not having seen argo yet and now its not at any movie theatre within 100 miles of me blahhhhReplyCancel

  • Kara - So, I’m you, but an exaggerated version when it comes to movies. I may have 5 times this year, but four of those times were repeats (I saw a movie with one group and then saw the same one with another group… because I like popcorn and don’t care what I have to watch to justify buying it). Still, I’ll see if I can’t drum up some more stuff to list so I can participate this month!ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - Sadly I have only been to the movies twice in 2013. Twice! though I do see things as soon as they are on demand or at redbox. You know so I can watch movies in my pjs and sometimes in bed. I too think I will love silver linings playbook though.


New Years.It’s a holiday that I feel comfortable admitting my hatred for.I mean, I’m not a fan of Thanksgiving either, but it seems that any time I tell that little fact to people I get looks like I just admitted to hating crippled puppies or even worse – margaritas. (True story, btw…that I hate margaritas, […]

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  • Celia - bahahah oh my god, i laughed my way all the way through this post. NYE is actually my birthday, and every year I have always stayed home. In part because of my fear of drunkards on the road and this year we are going out. I’m excited, and if it is tame enough I could see it being a tradition. Then again, I don’t tend to stay up til midnight anyway. I usually bring in the new year with zzz.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Well, Happy Happy Birthday tomorrow! What a kind of sucky day to have a birthday. Talk about double the pressure. Geesh.
      I totally forgot to mention the drunken idiots driving around on NYE – which is another reason to hate it. I hope you have a great time out, though ~ stay safe ~ celebrate a great year behind AND ahead!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Like Celia, I fear the drunkards on the roads and I live in Alaska right now. IT IS COLD. And I have no desire to stand around outside watching fireworks. Even when I lived in Pennsylvania, it was still cold on NYE, so I never did much of anything.
    You are so right on every level with this post.
    THANK YOU ๐Ÿ™‚


    P.S. If you can’t start a workout routine in the month of Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, then you really don’t want to exercise. Thanks for hitting the nail on the head.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Oh, the drunken idiots! Yes! Better to be safe inside, for sure! And unless it is over 30° I’m NOT doing more outside other than dashing in and out of Target. For 3 months. Alaska, though? You might have me beat. Congratulations. haha.

  • Teri Biebel - I’m resolving to watch more porn IN church. That way I’ll be that much closer to my final destination! I already know I’m hellbound. That might just seal the deal!! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kara - Way, way too funny! But oh, so true. Have fun at your happy place.


    • Michelle - Thank you, friend! So far so good! Tomorrow will be spent in pj pants and fuzzy socks with naps and movies I think. Happy New Year to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Funny Is Family - I will be flying across the country on NYE, landing at midnight, and my evening won’t be any less sucky than previous years. Hey! Maybe we’ll get free champagne!

    This post was MY favorite today:)


    • Michelle - Haha! I love that – air travel and navigating airports with small children. Yeah, sounds like a fine NYE to me. Watch out for the lunatics on the drive home, though. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous - I always do the same thing for New Years … absolutely nothing. I do it on purpose. I lie through my teeth to people who invite me to things, saying I’m already busy, then I spend the evening at home being a complete hermit. Best way to start the year!ReplyCancel

  • ramblingamazon.com - I loooooved this! As a former UND graduate (you better not like the Gophers), I feel your pain on the cold. Preach!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - No allegiance to the Gophers. Breathe easy. I’m a midwest transplant from Arizona so I’m a Sundevil fan. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Kenya @ Life with Giggles - This is awesome. We will be with family ordering pizza and eating cupcakes in our jammies as well. BEST TIME EVER.ReplyCancel

  • Kari - I love this so much. Thank you for writing the truth. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dina Marie ~ A Plucky Procrastinator - i’m just sitting here laughing my ass off reading this ๐Ÿ™‚ i, too, will sit at home for new year’s eve. i probably won’t even be awake for it, but i bought some sparkling cider for the kids just in case ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Hopefully you bought some adult sparkling cider as well! Sounds like many of us sit at home ~ we obviously are the smart ones. Obviously.

  • Kiana Bates - Haha New Year’s Eve. So stressful!
    New follower ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Beth - Oh my gosh! Reading your posts is so much fun! Kindred spirits for sure. Love the idea of going outside only long enough to dash in and out of Target. Totally me. I moved here from San Diego and have yet to “embrace” the great (frozen) outdoors in the winter. And it’s been 20+ years! C’mon SPRING!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith - Your plans sound perfect! I hope you had a great evening, and that glass is beyond amazing! Seriously, I am now having complete martini-glass lust ๐Ÿ˜‰ I miss Dick Clark too. Hoping you’ve started off to a good 2013, despite all the reasons not to love the holiday. Thanks for linking up with #findingthefunny!ReplyCancel

Hold on.It’s Friday?Seriously, kids, I just sat down at a cozy little table in Starbucks (after lapping the place at least 5 times giving the stink-eye to all the computer-less people sitting at the tables with outlets which I needed because the Things use the laptop 90% of the time in our house and never […]

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  • Kimmyyy83 - Going to see Les Mis tomorrow! Cant wait!

    Last Day lists? You know my listing fingers are a itchin!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Oooh! That’s right! Check my facebook page later (or this post for an update). I’l post the list topics there!ReplyCancel

  • Kara - I about pee’ed myself reading the conversation between the two kids. And you are so right. That kid did get his hot cooca when they got to the car.


  • Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous - Okay, I’m still giggling about that teenage date conversation! Why don’t I ever get to sit next to conversations like that?ReplyCancel

  • Andrea @ Love is... - Ha, that conversation was hilarious!! That kid totally got the drink & I’m scared for that poor baby!ReplyCancel

  • ~Dawn~ - hahahaha…teenagers these days. Makes me scared for the future.

    and I’m totally jealy of your grover gloves…CUUUTE!ReplyCancel

  • meet.make.laugh. - going to see Les Miz in 1 hour and 55 minutes. Obviously counting the minutes and can’t wait!! ~StephanieReplyCancel

  • The Girl Next Door Drinks and Swears - I see things ALL THE TIME that I want to kick myself in the teeth for not thinking of first. Sometimes I even see things that I DID think of (and maybe I WAS first), but was too lazy or stupid to figure out how to get it marketed. One day. ONE. DAY.ReplyCancel

  • Teri Biebel - So I take it she never guessed Strip Club? What kind of hints did you give? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Funny funny funny stuff!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - That conversation is part of the reason I love volunteering with teenagers. Cracks me up every time.


In our house this year, there’s been some talk lately about believing.As in each other.As in Santa Claus.As in each other about Santa Claus.You pickin’ up what I’m layin’ down??*Because my sweet littlest Thing reads this occasionally, I want to be as thoughtful as I can here, while at the same time being honest.  Belief.It’s […]

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It’s Friday, December 21st, which can only mean one thing. CHRISTMAS IS IN 4 DAYS! WA-HOOO!!!! Nah, I’m kidding. What it really means is that it’s Friday Favorites day. Oh, and also, the world’s gonna end. I know I’m not the only one scoffing at the Mayans and making jokes about doomsday and the apocalypse. […]

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  • The Girl Next Door Drinks and Swears - 1. Toffee looks delish and I’d love to try it, but I’m a little worried about how high-maintenance it looks like it could be. You kind of lost me at “candy thermometer”. I’m pretty sure I don’t have one of those.

    2. I was under the impression that no one (unless they are a professional baker) could make sugar cookies come out looking so beautiful. I’m impressed!

    3. I do not believe I could be friends with anyone that admitted to not liking ‘Elf’. Highly suspicious, indeed.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - You KNOW I’m no cook – meaning I HATE to do it and if there’s more than 6 ingredients I just do not – so don’t let the candy thermometer throw you. And they’re a few bucks at Target, I think (I do not actually know this, but I always think you can find anything at Target and am usually right so I’m going with it). Give it a try! Your mouth will thank me….your jeans will not.ReplyCancel

  • Kara - THAT TOFFEE. Holy mother of all things sweet and delicious, I MUST try that sometime. No way it’s happening before Christmas, but I hardly need a holiday to eat toffee topped with frosting and sprinkles.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - EXACTLY. New Year’s toffee….Valentine’s toffee….Thursday toffee….ReplyCancel

Do you remember me? I sat upon your knee I wrote to you with childhood fantasies. Well, I’m all grown up now and still need help somehow not for myself, but for a world in need. No more lives torn apart That wars would never start And time would heal all hearts. Everyone would have […]

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  • Teri Biebel - Love this Michelle. It’s beautifully worded and very well put, all of it.

    I’d LOVE to see the original version though. ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • jess - I heard this song yesterday (the Kelly version is amazing) and I just cried, and cried and cried. It resonates so much more now than it ever has.

    Beautiful post, friend. ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

The other night Husband and I were uncharacteristically sitting on the upstairs couch in front of the tree, having a glass of wine (that is not the ‘uncharacteristically’ part, btw) and reading. And by ‘reading’ I mean I was flipping through UsWeekly and he was playing Civilization on his iPad, of course. One thing you […]

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Today started like any other day.Alarms went off without anyone getting up, lunches were made and breakfast was rushed. Today is an ‘at home’ day – a day to scrub a bathroom (that I didn’t last week), a day to clean out the fridge and the pantry, a day to eat cookies for breakfast and drink […]

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  • ~Dawn~ - My daughter was home sick on Friday and still home sick from school today. She’s been vomiting for 5 days and when normally I would be at my wits end…I’m just thankful I have my daughter home with me. Those parents who lost their sweet children would give anything to be home cleaning up their child’s puke right now. I’m cherishing the extra snuggles right now…because when she’s better an able to go back to school it’s going to be soooo hard to ….let go! ๐Ÿ™ReplyCancel

  • lo @ crazy ever after - I liked what you wrote. And what Dawn wrote above. Great words.ReplyCancel

  • Teri Biebel - Beautifully put, Michelle. I agree. Both my girls missed the bus (again) today. But I drove them
    without complaining, because they are with me, alive and as usual, running late. The alternative is unthinkable.ReplyCancel

If you’ve been keeping track, you’ll know that last week – for the first time in 9 months – there wasn’t a Friday Favorites post.I’d have fired my lazy ass if it hadn’t been nestled so cozily in my flannel sheets when I realized the mistake and decided you kids would understand.Being the boss has […]

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  • Teri Biebel - Smiling out loud is my favorite. And today, YOU’RE my favorite.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Aww, thanks friend! But be honest, it was the cookie recipe, wasn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰ReplyCancel

  • Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous - Those chocolate pixies look amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Candi - Never heard of chocolate pixies & honestly I’m not a big chocolate fan, BUT, those suckers look & sound pretty good, I may have to try.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Do you like brownies? They taste like little brownie bites. And brownies are my favorite so it’s no wonder I love these. Give ’em a try – someone in your family is bound to love them!ReplyCancel

  • laugh-lines.net - Smiling out loud is fabulous! And I DO love your blog!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - It IS fabulous! And thank you, ma’am! Always surprised when I realize people are actually reading….and enjoying! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - I made those cookies for a cookie exchange this weekend. They turned out so good! Thanks for the recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Sally - I despise peanut butter blossoms… how unAmerican of me… and other Christmas cookies rarely make me swoon… but I think i would love, love those cookies. Thanks for the recipe. Might have to make those today with the Grand Boys.ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - Britney’s face was hysterical! Though, I’m sure my face probably looked like that too! I wasn’t expecting that as the result! Britney is awesome, but I’m #TeamTate


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