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Quarantine Favorites 1.0 … and Thoughts From the Inside

As some (12) of you know, I’ve struggled with what to call the new Friday Favorites now that they aren’t relegated to Fridays anymore (or regular for that matter), but never in my wildest list of possibilities did I ever think “Quarantine Favorites” is the title they’d have one day. What a bizarre time we’re…

Happy 51 to me

The Freedom in 51

Last week I turned 51. I was thinking I could say I’m officially over the hill except I just Googled what age is considered “over the hill” and it said 40. I think Google needs a new definition of hill.40 is like a mound, at best. In any case, I’m definitely officially over the hill.…


Quarantine check in: How you doin?

Thought I’d take a minute out of my *cough* busy day and check in with you to see how you’re all doing in quarantine. We’re on Day 13 in our house (voluntarily), and since Minnesota has issued a “shelter in place” for two weeks that begins tonight, I will have officially been in jammies quarantine…

Coronavirus: What it means to all of us

Coronavirus: What it means for all of us

While we’re all handling the self-imposed (or forced) quarantines in our own ways – hopefully by keeping our distance from others and doing all we can to flatten the curve of despair – the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is wreaking havoc on our routine lives. Tragically, many people are affected in ways beyond imaginable, but for…

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So much for the empty nest

Well, this is ironic. Last fall I decided to switch You’re my Favorite Today over to more content that would reflect the new, empty nest phase of life Brian and I were embarking on. With our younger daughter in college in Connecticut and our older well into her second internship at Walt Disney World (with…

After 22 years in Minnesota, we finally tried snowshoeing!

Snowshoeing For Dummies

Snowshoeing, who knew? We’ve lived in Minnesota for almost 22 years … or in other words, one billion winters. And in that time we’ve somehow managed to resist a lot of Minnesota-type things for one reason or another, like gorging ourselves on Juicy Lucys; eating Tater Tot Hotdish; obsessing over Prince, the State Fair, and…

It's easy to make a Lemon Drop martini

Our Favorite Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

If you’ve been around here awhile, you know how I love a delicious, fancy cocktail … especially when they are as big as my head. I’m not a fan of straight martinis; I don’t actually like to taste the alcohol. Instead, I gravitate toward the sweet Kool-Aid varieties: Appletinis, Cosmopolitans, and Lemon Drops. Brian and…


Who’s my favorite today? The answer might surprise you.

When I decided to start “You’re my favorite today” on a whim one night back in March of 2012, I had zero knowledge of anything blog or computer related (the fact that I still do not is beside the point). Honestly, I not only had no idea what I was going to write about, I…

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Empty Nest, Big Changes

Six months ago our nest officially became empty as our younger daughter (Thing 2 for those of you who’ve been following YMFT since the beginning) went to college over 1,300 miles away to chase a dream that required her to attend a BFA program not offered anywhere close to home (or one I was equipped…

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Thirtysomething is coming back and my Twentysomething self is freaking out

When I was in college in the late 80s I was obsessed with a few things: my sorority (I bled wine and silver blue and rarely wore anything without an arrow or the Pi Beta Phi letters on it from 1987 – 1989); the bagel sandwiches from College Street Deli that I could rarely afford…


New Year, New (unnamed) Favorites!

Happy New Year loyal readers! And WELCOME to anyone who landed here by mistake. No matter why you’re here, I’m always happy you are! I had a revelation the other day, you guys: Since we’re kicking of a brand new decade, why not kick off a brand new game plan for YMFT?? And by brand…


Reflections on a decade of change

I know it sounds cliché but I’m having a hard time grasping that in matter of hours it will be the year 2020. Where are the flying cars? Where is my robot maid? Sure, I carry a tiny computer in my purse that connects me to anyone anywhere (although rarely by voice), instantly answers any…