Blog, Home & Garden, Uncategorized

Taking down the Christmas Tree

I had the day off today because daycare was closed. So, today I did two things I haven’t done in awhile. One, I went outside and played with my kids in the snow. Two, I took down the Christmas Tree before January. Both small miracles. I’m not exactly an outdoorsy person in the wintertime. Can’t exactly remember the last time I was outside when the temp was below 32 degrees F. (Besides just skittering between building to car and back.) I’m not really cut out for the cold. My motivation for going out today was to “practice” for tomorrow. Who knows why, but I signed up for a New Year’s Day 5K spontaneously yesterday. Wish me luck.

As for the tree, let me just say it was a lot easier putting up than taking down. Our kittens discovered the tree a couple of weeks ago. They’ve made daily treks up and down the tree since then, disrupting lights, garland, and ornaments. As if untangling lights after being in storage for a year isn’t challenging enough…try untangling lights while they’re still on the tree! I’m excited to have a jump start on organizing my home back to “normal” after the holidays though.

Tonight we are off to a fun family celebration for New Year’s Eve. Party ends at 9p-which normally would bum me out on New Year’s, but I’ve got a chilly 5K to run tomorrow!

Happy New Year’s Everyone!!



Blog, Food & Drink, Friendship, Parenting, Uncategorized

New Years Eve

The Last two New Years Eve’s we had a wonderful gathering of friends and family at my Brother-In-Law & Sister-In-Law’s house. However this year, they are moving hence e decided to change things up a bit.

At the age of 30, and with kids, going “out” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! So, we decided to do a mix of out-and-in.

  1. We asked our nanny to babysit for us and our nephews.
  2. We will plan fun games for the kiddos, and the oldest two will be able to stay up!
  3. We made a reservation, not too late, at 700 or 730pm at a nice restaurant in the largest city close to us (for a yummy recommendation, check out La Grolla). It has a pre-fab menu with a pre-set price. Perfect an easy.
  4. There will be 6 of us.
  5. We will get in and out before the crazies get on the road.
  6. If we want, we’ll be able to head to our local downtown afterwards – or stay and watch the ball drop in the comfort of our own PJs.

What are you doing for New Years Eve?



Blog, Career, Risk, Uncategorized

Playing Favorites?

I read this article recently, where it talked about it being OK to play favorites at work. (read more, here)

It was amazing! I loved the author’s perspective that it actually is OK to ‘play favorites’. This world is all about being “fair”. Our children are taught this in school, and on the various sports courts. Workers now feel entitled to the exact same privileges and rewards as their colleagues who do 100% more work with a much better attitude. I feel as though this behavior is so detrimental to our society. It is teaching us to use our efforts towards complaining and comparing, instead of adding value.

Like Cy Wakeman outlines in this article, there are three groups of people in a typical workplace: Resisters, Maintainers and Visionaries.

After reading the article, what do you think? Does “Fair” really mean “Equal”, as we are taught in so many situations, today? Should Resisters be given the same ‘perks’ as Visionaries? My blunt vote – NO WAY!


H Bloomer


I totally biffed it in Step Class Today

Going to the gym is what I do. I run, lift and stretch probably 4-5 times per week. Rarely do I attend fitness classes. No particular reason- just some deep seeded fear that a class will prove I’m not as fit as I think I am and all will see me on display. (Because I’m sure when others go to class all they have time to do is sit around and judge…right?! Lame, I know, but the brain can’t help it’s self-centered thinking sometimes.) Despite my usual better judgment I decided to go to a Step Class today. It’s been 11 years since I’ve been to a Step Class. My mind remembered it as fun. My mind remembered me being much more coordinated!

Ten minutes into the one hour session I was concentrating so hard on trying to follow the instructor that I missed the step. I caught the edge, slipped, and the whole Step totally upended. Me? I upended too. Butt.on.the.ground.

A gasp echoed through the instructor’s headset. All eyes on me. So fun. Well, I picked myself back up. No physical harm was done. I’m an athlete dammit. Former dancer. Current Yogi. I put my Step back together and got back to it. Pride a little bruised, but not my body.

I wish I could say the rest of the class had me nailing every move. Making up for my embarrassing little slip. Unfortunately, it just got worse. The mind-body connection was blown. Suddenly it was as though I had two left feet and couldn’t count a beat to save my soul. I was so nervous about biffing it again that I was a good step behind everyone else out of caution.

After about 30 minutes I just started doing my own thing. Then I felt bad because I was near the front in the second row. I noticed in the mirrors that my missteps were throwing other people off. I had to keep stopping to regroup myself and try to find the rhythm. Didn’t want others to be misled by my own lack of coordination. However, that was causing personal frustration because my heart rate kept dropping from an aerobic pace. Goodness gracious.

I did finally leave the class after 45 minutes and headed for the nearest treadmill. I am a runner, I decided. Not a Stepper. I finished strong with a quick two-mile run. I’m sure there’s some profound life lesson to be learned from this one hour excerpt of my life. For now I’m going with- no matter what missteps you encounter- it’s ok. Take a moment to do your own thing…regroup if necessary…and even return to something familiar for awhile. Above all else- finish strong with head held high. Often times, the best fails help shape our future best successes.


A. Lockhart


Happy Hour Idea When Your Friend is Pregnant

Where do you go for Happy Hour when the friend you are meeting is expecting? This was the question facing me earlier this week. All my go-to locations were out of the question. Bars…sushi…coffee… No! None would do. So many restrictions when someone is preggers!

Then the best idea for a Baby Mama Happy Hour in Woodbury hit me. Jamba Juice in Tamarack Village followed by a short stroll down the sidewalk to Lexi Nails for a pedicure. What could possibly be better than a little pampering of the feet while drinking kale and peaches? Peaches are fruit. Grapes are fruit. Wine is made out of fruit. My smoothie is practically wine, right?

This ended up being the perfect Happy Hour for a weekday night. Getting a pedicure at 4:45p may be the best kept retail secret. No lines. Immediate seating. Courteous and prompt attention. This was a great place to sit back and catch up with a friend. The prices at Lexi Nails are reasonable and it is a well-kept salon. It’s hard to find a nail salon to truly love unless willing to pay a premium for the Aveda treatment. Lexi Nails met our needs and was a definite win for Happy Hour.


A. Lockhart

Friendship, Home & Garden, Parenting, Risk, Shopping

To Gift or Not To Gift, THAT is the question!

Over the years, I have had many great friends who I love dearly…some who I have known forever, some for a pretty long time, and some I have just met. Through it all I feel grateful and believe that friendship of any time period or deepness is one of our greatest gifts to have, and to give. However I ALWAYS struggle with what to do around Christmas time as it relates to gift-buying.

I love to buy and give gifts. It is fun, rewarding, and exciting. However, it is also expensive, and sometimes awkward to for the person you are gifting, if they didn’t gift you back.

What do you do with your friends around Christmas time?!

Some of my various traditions

  • Trading a bottle of wine
  • Dinner/Happy Hour
  • Baking together
  • Playdate with the family
  • and of course – a Gift Exchange!

Overall, it’s the time I spend with them, no matter what we do or give or get, that is the greatest gift of all!