It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … and I love it. That’s right. I’m one of those freaky, enthusiastic people who loves Christmas and who gets judged and ridiculed for it by visibly showing my excitement (and endorsing retailers for doing the same) anytime before the day my belly is stuffed full of tryptophan and regret. […]

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  • Snarkfest - I drove by a house Saturday night with full Christmas lights blazing and I thought to myself: “TOO DAMNED EARLY!!” but after reading this post, I’m thinking we DO need a little Christmas to deaden all the bad that’s come from this election. I need bright and cheery. Thank you, my friend,ReplyCancel

I love trick-or-treaters. When my kids were little, I was always happy to forego freezing my fanny off on t-o-t duty, choosing instead to stay home and pass out the candy and ooh and ahh at all the creative costumes. The fact that there was wine and a bowl of my favorite candy at home had *cough* […]

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  • barbara Norton - Touche!! So well written and expressed exactly how I feel. I loved to stay home and see all the little ones and try not to let the teenagers intimidate me! Now retired from upstate NY to Florida…weather a little warmer for trick or treaters, and not many kids in our neighborhood! Sure do miss it!ReplyCancel

I’m about to tell you something shocking. Something that it took me about a month to even believe was actually a genuine thing I was feeling and that I shook off at first as either momentary hysteria, a bad bottle of Chardonnay, or perhaps a weird side effect of aging. Here goes. My computer has […]

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  • NinaN - Congrats! I’m on my 3rd week of work after being home for 12 years. Scarey stuff but good for us to do it!ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Right?? Congrats to you! What are you doing?ReplyCancel

      • NinaN - Retail. Mostly home goods though which I love 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Weaver - Congrats, Michelle! I work a few blocks down the street and love to shop there! Hopefully I will see you.ReplyCancel

  • Snarkfest - This sounds like a place I need to go!! I wish there was one closer to me than Pittsburgh, but when I come visit you, you can take me to your store and style me all up the way I need to be styled up. You, Joy and I can make a day of it!! <3 Congrats, my friend, I'm over the moon happy for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Lucia P - Congrats!!!! I would love to see you soon! I will pop into the store next time I am in Wayzata. Again, good for you. For what it’s worth, I deleted my blog Dysfunctional Scrapbooking and my writer FB. I totally feel you on the fact that there is a shelf life on some writing ventures. Agreed and agreed! Good for you!


  • Lucia P. - And just noticed that you are not, in fact, stopping the blog. My bad and yay for that!

    But all congrats about Evereve still apply!


Well hello Friday! It’s good to see you again! I don’t know how your week has gone, but mine has f*l*o*w*n by as quickly as the leaves are flying from the trees in my wooded backyard. Good for my week, sad for my trees. While this week brought a definite fall chill to my Minneapolis suburbia […]

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  • Lara - I enjoy all your entries, and make a list of all your recommendations (which I then never get to), but this one is the icing on the cake. Why? Because you included my very favorite boybander of all time, Lance Bass. 🙂

    I am sending you all sorts of electronic hearts.

    And now I want scampi.ReplyCancel

Recently I was chatting with my dentist (as I do) because 1.) I have high levels of anxiety at the dentist which causes me to over share and babble (more than is usual), and 2.) my dentist is awesome, and I was telling her about how I’d just talked to my 20-year-old daughter who was in NYC with my husband, sitting […]

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  • J McClelland - We have 4 kids (ages 11-17) and our favorite pastime is dreaming of the day when they are all gone! Thank you for confirming what we know is going to be utopia! Ha
    We have friends that are aghast when we talk about kicking the kids out after they graduate (they usually just have 1 to 2 still-cute kiddos). We think they’re the weird ones.
    I can’t wait until the time that I can put something out and it won’t either disappear or become broken. Or I won’t have to hear about how I’m ruining a life by not letting them have their own iPhone…ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - “…our favorite pastime is dreaming of the day when they are all gone” — bahahahaha!! Glad to hear I’m not the only one who prefers my kids older than younger these days. Pretty awesome when they become your adult friends!ReplyCancel

It’s not surprising that I’m proud of my 15-year-old daughter for loads of things. She’s smart, talented, funny, empathetic, kind, driven, and possesses a wicked, sarcastic sense of humor. But what I might actually be most proud of her for—and what won’t be surprising to those who know me—is this: she’s a superfan. Superfan [soo-per-fan] noun A person who exhibits […]

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