Not Gonna Do It
November 13, 2013
My foodie friend Robin tells me she and her husband are "not doing it all this year". She's speaking about Thanksgiving, and how she's not going to lovingly prepare a turkey with numerous homemade delectable side dishes for her brother-in-laws family, who comes every year and brings no contribution to this dinner at all. Exasperated, she tells me she'll make the turkey and gravy; everything else will be pre-ordered from her supermarket. This declaration speaks loudly to me as this friend loves to cook. The fact is she's weighed her options and their return factor and came to the conclusion that preparing a great meal is not worth her time; she'd prefer to pay for someone else to do it. I asked if she would take a different approach for different dinner guests and she said yes. This is a very freeing moment for any woman who decides what is worth her time, and clearly the line has been drawn and her life will stay balanced due to her awareness- and someone else's lack of consideration. Here's hoping she'd say yes to going all out if you are invited to her table, and if you are bring something: flowers, cranberry sauce, a spa gift certificate, a pumpkin pie and offer to help with the dishes.
-A toothbrush can remove corn silk by bristling it over the ears
-Fill an empty, clean ketchup bottle with pancake batter, and squeeze out perfect pancakes every time.
-A coffee filter makes a great strainer for wine, after she broke the cork in the bottle.
-Brown sugar stays soft when a few marshmallows are added to the bag.
-Hang jewelry with thumbtacks on a bulletin board, so it doesn't get raveled.
-Safety pinning socks together before they are washed, helps them not disappear in the dryer.
-Large salad spinners can help dry wet sweaters.
-A bright colored wallet makes it easier to find in the big old purse of hers.
These comparison sites help her find the lowest price:
Shopstyle.com: comparison shops for fashion.
GiftcardGranny.com: purchase discounted gift cards that someone else won't use.
www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu for flu updates.
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