As much as I love the traditional foods of Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s the Fourth of July that really makes my grocery list soar. Grilled meats, fresh corn on the cob, homemade chocolate ice cream, and don’t forget the chips and salsa. And best of all, this menu is completely gluten-free.
Summer is here! (Actually, it’s always summer here in San Diego, but I won’t rub that in.) With summer comes picnics, summer concerts in the park, lots of beach days and BBQs, and that means one thing.
As a writer, there’s always a critic in my head. She compliments me from time to time, but mostly she kvetches and moans and nitpicks.
This type of negative self-talk isn’t healthy, which we all know. But what’s challenging, at least for me, is to ignore the critic. I’ve tried methods like turning my thoughts into clouds and watching them fade away, or exploding my thoughts like fireworks, but sometimes those just make my blood boil even more.
When I was in high school, about 100 years ago, my main goal in life was to be perfect. My teenaged version of perfection included a lot of exclamation points, as in “Look great in a bikini!” or “Pass the AP math test!!” … and don’t even get me started on question marks, like “Why didn’t he ask me out?” (and who knows who “he” is anymore, right?!).
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I take my shopping very seriously. And believe me, I’m a smart shopper. Whether it’s discovering the latest gluten-free ancient grain or snagging the perfect pair of beach-ready earrings, my online shopping abilities are well known. That’s why I’m so excited to be a part of Shopswell, an entire site devoted to unearthing gadgets, gizmos, books, movies and more – all at great prices.
I’ve always loved maps. Growing up, I’d pour through the maps in my history books. As an adult, I still love maps, especially the trend in mapping not as a science but as an art. And today, I do Google maps, like the one above, when we take trips – as a way to remember where we visited, what we ate, and where we just sat and enjoyed the scenery.