Blow the Stress Bubble Away and Just Be Thankful

thankful for my children from the laine list

It’s no secret that I live in a bubble of stress. Much of it is self-imposed, I can admit. This little bubble of what-if, prep for the next step, and be prepared is hard to shake. Hard to blow away. And the last couple of weeks have not been easy. Work is busy, yet I’m {… Continue Reading …}

When did Macy’s buy Justin Bieber?

I’m not going to sit here and lie to you. I’m not going to tell you that I didn’t enjoy the Justin Bieber Black Friday ad during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I did, and I laughed. Every one of the one hundred times they played it. If you haven’t seen it, here it is. {… Continue Reading …}

In case you missed it: The Laine List, Thanksgiving week

I’m tired ya’ll. Between various and multiple family illnesses, a flooded basement (our main living space, by the way, and home of my OFFICE), working all week (yes ALL WEEK, including today), and helping to prepare two Thanksgiving feasts, I’m burnt. Toasted. Practically speechless, and almost comatose. So, I figured I would just wrap the {… Continue Reading …}

Thankful: a short list

5 things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving. Simple things, really. But things that are hard to remember when the going gets tough. A happy and healthy family The ability to provide the essentials; love, food, warmth The opportunity to be a student of life My parents, who give me what I give my children A {… Continue Reading …}

Missing my Gram: finding the light in the dark

My gram

My grandmother had a stroke on a Friday. I know that because I know she held court the night before and went to bed like normal. She was a judge, you see, bringing justice to the fine people in the Town of Ulysses. That Thursday was a crazy one, as Thursdays could be, as they {… Continue Reading …}

Holiday traditions part 1

Elf on a Shelf

This week on our podcast, Kate and Laine’s Ultimate Podcast, we are gearing up for the holidays and discussing our favorites, like shopping, food, music, etc. In preparation for recording the podcast, I thought it might be nice to outline some of my holiday favorites. So here we go: Favorite place to shop – local, {… Continue Reading …}