Thank you!

Wow.  Just wow.  For your comments yesterday, for the emails to send me Christmas cards and gifts, it’s just so overwhelming!  Who would have thought that writing a blog post about being in a funk, could actually pull me out of it!

Here’s what I did to turn my frown upside down.  I turned on the Christmas music station and listened to that on my way to work.   Then when I got to work, I poured myself a coffee and had some peppermint mocha coffee creamer.

Then I put on a snowman theme screen saver on my computer – this was one of my favorites!


Then I kept Pandora going all day with a mix of Christmas music.  That in and of itself turned my mood completely around.

And then I remembered.  Last year on December 13, Tony was in the hospital with his hernia surgery, which he contracted c-diff and was sick for weeks before we knew what was going on.   Christmas last year was a blur because Tony was sick.  So I am so thankful he’s well this year!!

And when I read what lengths my friend Skippy went trough to attend her husband’s Christmas party.  She’s has congestive heart failure, and this was the first year in six years that she’s actually gone to this party to support her husband, only to have to excuse herself when the entrees were served because she had to lay down in the car, and I am sure spent a few days in bed recovering from attending that party.

And I found out a friend of mine is going through a divorce.  And when I think of all the people who lost everything with Hurricane Sandy, was without power for days on end.  It only made me think . . .  

It’s A Wonderful Life I have!   We are both healthy, our kids are doing great, so I just need to shut the fuck up and appreciate what I have, and I thank you for all of your support helping me get out of my funk.  You guys are the best!  

Breakfast was a breakfast sammie – on the bottom was an ounce of brie, an egg, some ham and a delicious fuji apple on the side.

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I ended up going to the gym at lunch.  My plan was to do the HIIT app on my phone.  Only one teeny tiny problem.  I brought the wrong pants.  If you are like me, most of your workout pants are black.  I think I have six different pair!  Well I brought my “lounging” workout pants, i.e., the elastic is a little loose, and I started to run and my pants started to fall off!

So I ended up doing 40 minutes of walking at a 15% incline.  No one wants to see my underwear. Open-mouthed smile


When I was picking up stuff for our stir fry the other night, I picked up this package of shredded butternut squash.

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I ended up adding half of this package to my stir fry and loved it – just a tiny hint of sweetness which was nice with all the sriracha I added to my dish.

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And I’ve been treated like a queen at home lately – Tony made pasta sauce and we ended up with spaghetti and grilled sausage.  I ate all the sausage, but about 3/4 of the pasta – turns out or dog loves spaghetti!  Thanks Tony, it was delicious!

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And I stayed off line all last night.  Today is my office luncheon at Weber Grill and I am handling the details.  Last year I realized that if we all ordered dessert, it would add about $60-75 to our total bill.  I suggested I make baked goods to hand out at the end, and that worked out great.

This year I made rice krispie balls dipped in dark chocolate – the peanut topping is Planter’s devil peanuts – nice and spicy!  On the side are almond joy cookies, which turned out really good.  I made 12 boxes like this for a cost of about $20, which included all the ingredients and supplies – not bad!

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So my Christmas spirit is alive and well!   And for those of you who were in just as much a funk as me?  I decided that every day, let’s leave one comment that we are thankful for just today, to remind us what is really important in life.

Today for me?  Tony is healthy!  I love you Tony!

Okay, now you . . . give me one thing that you are thankful for today!


22 thoughts on “Thank you!

  1. pullingmyownweight

    Glad you’re in a better mood now, Biz! I’ve never seen squash shredded so thick like that; I’ll have to try it sometime! Sounds good for stir fry.

  2. Aww sorry I missed your post yesterday, but I’m glad that you have turned your frown upside down. I’m thankful that it’s a short work day for me today! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  3. I’m thankful for good health because without it everything else would not be possible. I’m so glad you’re feeling better today.

  4. Love how you turned your attitude around! 🙂

    Thankful today for finding my knitting guild – such a supportive, sweet group of women!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Biz!

  5. Glad you are in the “spirit”. 🙂
    I am thankful for employment when so many people are without it.

  6. Glad you’re feeling better today!! Sometimes we all need a reminder of just how wonderful our lives are!!! I’m so happy that Tony is healthy- just fantastic. Those rice krispie balls sound delicious. I wish my store sold shreds of squash. yum. I’m thankful for all the time I get with Kaylin

  7. Glad you’re feeling better! Being in a holiday funk is no fun, especially during one of the most popular holidays of the year! Today I’m grateful for my parents! Always there for me!

  8. Good job getting yourself in a better mood Biz. You did amazing with those goodie boxes and that is something they will all enjoy! You can stretch a dollar better than anyone I know!

    Today I am grateful that my son came home to stay with me while my hubby had to go out of town. Since my mobility is limited due to foot surgery and I can’t drive its nice to have someone here with me to help out.

  9. Yay for turning things around!!!

    Shredded butternut squash?!?! That’s awesome! 🙂

    • Michelle – have you been to that new grocery store Heinen’s? It’s just off Barrington Road before you hit Route 14 – its like a less expensive Whole Foods!

  10. I’ve been out of the loop lately, but I’m sorry about the holiday funk. I’m there, too. Glad you got the support you needed to get out of it. xo

  11. Thankful for your blog, read it first thing every day. Oh, also thankful for discovering Buffalo Wing Wheat Thins – two of my favorite things. I actually took a pic at the grocery store to send you. Damn, why did I not bring some to work today!

    • Thanks Jacky – OMG, I am going to have to find those Wheat Thins – stat! Hope you had fun at Kiefer’s tonight – that martini looked awesome on Facebook, and I am not even a martini drinker!

  12. Glad you found your way out of that funk……there is always a light shinning through the forest. Shoot me an Email, I will send you a card too…..I thought about that yesterday when reading your blog. But didn’t know if I could or should ask for your address.

    Thankful for the creativity that comes from God to do all the things we can do.

    Have a great day today and keep looking up…….had some hot sauce on my salad along with the dressing, see how you have inspired me????? 🙂 (the roof of my mouth is tingly)

    • I am turning you into a true hot sauce lover!! Eeek, I would love one of your cards – they are absolutely gorgeous! I’ll send you my mailing address – hugs Louise!

  13. Hi Biz! I love your graciousness in this post–lovely! My college daughter is arriving tomorrow. We’re planning a family car trip to Chicago for pho soup and H-Mart. The teens are excited.

    🙂 Marion

  14. I’m thankful that my children are safe and healthy.

  15. Hi Vat. I’m thankful for my family and my friends, in “real life” and blog friends like you!!! 🙂 Sorry I missed the funky post yesterday, I’m sending belated hugs. Dennis and I are on a serious budget this year too, but we’re managing to shop carefully so we can still give back a bit, make other gifts and are enjoying the holidays. Music, lights, and love….really, that’s all that is needed to make the holidays bright. Many hugs across the miles my friend!!!

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