Saturday, December 01, 2012

Sign Off

Well dear readers.  I have been contemplating this for a while, but the time has come.  I am closing down "That Girl."  I've really enjoyed having the opportunity to air my thoughts, give unsolicited advice, be a little bitchy, and brag about the Js.  I originally started the blog while I was in graduate school as a way to clear my head during the writing process.  But lately I haven't had enough time to answer my emails, let alone keep up with a blog.  I'm still going to keep up the cooking blog -- and hopefully I'll have more time for that.

One final thought before I go:  I've been thinking a lot lately about the importance of tolerance.  It is easy to say that we accept others, but is hard in practice.  I struggle with this daily, but acknowledging the struggle is what keeps me going and working hard to be a better person.

I leave you with this final thought:

"I have seen gross intolerance shown in support of tolerance." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
 Thank you all for 6 wonderful years of support!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

It's Election Day!

I know, I had a cynical post a few weeks ago about politics.  But here's the thing -- I love voting!  It is the one time I feel people in America actually come together to do something, even though we may be voting for different candidates.  We're in this election together!  And it feels good.

What doesn't feel good is any report of voting irregularities and the fact that I have to show ID to vote.  That and the fact that we won't know the outcome of the election until late tonight and possibly even later than. 

And just in case you need motivation, here's a little Jimmy Stewart:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

10 Days of No School

Poor little j, the evening of her 10th birthday she came down with a fever.  And it wouldn't quit.  She was a 100+ for nearly 6 days.  We could tell she was really sick because she didn't want to leave the couch.  Usually after a day or so, she's climbing the walls, but not this time.  She emphatically declared that it was the worst week of her life, and then cried on Wednesday when her temperature was still near 101.

And if that wasn't enough, school was cancelled Monday and Tuesday for Hurricane Sandy.  Thankfully, it wasn't bad for us -- we never lost power and only had about 2 inches of rain.  And little j felt well enough to play with her friends and go to riding team. 

She should be on the mend now.  One of our major concerns was that she lost 5 pounds while she was sick.  And the first thing she wanted to eat when she felt better was salad!  Crazy kid.  But how can a mom say no to salad?  Yeah, I couldn't.  So she would eat a salad and a couple bites of other things then was full.  She's only now getting her appetite back.

I can only say that I am so glad that she's well again.  The worry that comes with a sick child is one of the hardest things about parenting.  

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


I'm a sucker for 60s music -- and this says it all!

Friday, October 05, 2012