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2009 Holiday Cookie Exchange

Last year around this same time, I offered up a holiday cookie exchange. This year, once again, I'm asking for recipes for a favorite holiday treat. You can leave your recipe in the comments, or link to a post of your own. I'll keep an updated running list for the month of December.

My recipe for 2009 is:

Chocolate Mint… Continue

Added by Tara R. on December 3, 2009 at 10:27am — No Comments

2009 Weblog Awards

The 2009 Weblog Awards

I love, LOVE my bloggy pals. Jen (Huckdoll) nominated me for Best Individual Blogger and Best Small Blog over at the 2009 Weblog Awards.

(Thank you,… Continue

Added by Tara R. on November 5, 2009 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Do-overs and take-backs

My husband and I watched the Colts/Jaguars football game Sunday afternoon. (big Peyton Manning fan here!) During the first quarter there were three challenges to the officials’ calls. Most games don’t even have one, but three during the first quarter seemed unusual.

A challenge can be made if the coach disagrees with a call. If the call is reversed, then it’s good for the challengers. If it stands, the challenging coach loses a time out in addition to whatever disadvantage the call…


Added by Tara R. on December 3, 2007 at 2:15pm — No Comments

How much do you trust your kid?

Five local high school students were hospitalized yesterday after taking some anti-depressants one of them brought to school.

Of those, four were released from the hospital and taken to another facility for mental evaluations and one remains in intensive care. It wasn’t reported how many of the pills these students took. A sixth student, who took only one pill, was not hospitalized.

The 10th- and 11th graders took…


Added by Tara R. on November 30, 2007 at 11:31am — No Comments

Chain mail, shamain mail, I'm going in

I got tagged for a meme yesterday. A meme is equivalent to a chain letter for bloggers. I was secretly thrilled…. it made me feel like I had finally been accepted by the huge, and I mean HUGE, blogging community.

I also, in the spirit of full disclosure, have to say that when I get chain e-mail, I typically read it, without opening attachments, and then promptly delete it.

We got a nasty virus from one once, totally fried our PC. Since then, chain letters scare the bejezzus out…


Added by Tara R. on November 28, 2007 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Black Friday lingers

Last year after Thanksgiving JM and I battled the mall crowds on Black Friday. This year, I had to work, but met JM and her boyfriend for lunch at a local mall… I tried to tell them that wasn’t a good idea, but you can’t tell kids anything…

The place was understandably packed. There wasn’t a single table inside, and we only lucked out on finding one outside. The boyfriend told us that his mom and sister had braved the shopping mania, having left their home before sunrise.



Added by Tara R. on November 27, 2007 at 12:18pm — 1 Comment

Sausage balls and snowmen

During the holidays we have a few time-honored traditions we must observe or it just doesn’t feel like Christmas. A lot of them involve food – green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole and angel biscuits are strict dietary requirements.

Miz Mary from across the street brings over a loaf of fruitcake, and because I am the only one in our family who actually likes candied fruit… it’s mine, mine, all mine!

A Tupperware bowl full of sausage balls is always sitting on the kitchen…


Added by Tara R. on November 26, 2007 at 1:35pm — No Comments

And another thing! Thank you

In reviewing some of my past posts, I came to the horrible realization that I am a first class whiner. Seems like I complain about most everything. Soccer, other parents, high school in general, dress codes specifically, in-laws and outlaws, traveling…. blah, blah, blah.

I’m not a generally an unhappy person; I just like to rant… a lot. My husband is not a fighter, my daughter is away at college, and my son doesn’t fight fair… what’s a girl to…


Added by Tara R. on November 20, 2007 at 10:07am — No Comments

Update: Rabbit, final

The Great Rabbit feud has ended. JM and her roommate had it out Saturday afternoon. JM discovered that the roommate was upset over something that had nothing to do with a rabbit and over something she didn’t even do.

The silent treatment tactic apparently is just how she deals with conflict. What a waste… a week lost over a misunderstanding, when a little conversation could have fixed it immediately. JM even asked her numerous times what the real problem was…


Added by Tara R. on November 19, 2007 at 4:55pm — No Comments

My name is Tara, and I am a bibliophile

Hello, my name is Tara and I love books.

Hello, Tara.

It’s not just that I love books, I buy books, lots of books. I don’t like the frailty of paperbacks. Most of my books are hardcovers, so this is an expensive habit. I don’t like to get my books at the library because sometimes I have to wait for the ones I want… and I want them now, even if I won’t read them for weeks.

I always have a book with me, in my purse, in my car or on my desk at work. If I…


Added by Tara R. on November 19, 2007 at 8:28am — No Comments

Have a fat and happy Christmas

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself

Clement Clarke Moore wrote these immortal words in 1822 and forever established the image of Santa Claus. It was this description that advertisers used when creating the commercial stereotypes of Santa in the early 1930s.



Added by Tara R. on November 16, 2007 at 12:47pm — 2 Comments

Random Wednesday

Lost Persons Area

“There but by the grace of God go I.”

(In the infinite wisdom of my beloved son, since the items I place here are not all bumper stickers, he informed me that the title is a misnomer. The randomness of the postings led to the name change. Please keep coming back, they only get stranger.)

Read more at If Mom Says…


Added by Tara R. on November 14, 2007 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Update: Rabbit

As of Friday, JM made it abundantly clear to her roommate that she does not want a rabbit or any other sort of live pet in their dorm room. She now has to deal with a petulant child that will either repeat everything she says back to her, turn her back when JM is talking with her, or simply not say anything. She actually ate dinner in their closet because she didn’t want to be in the same room with JM.

Class was out on Monday in observance of Veterans Day so JM had the room to herself…


Added by Tara R. on November 13, 2007 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Tell a soldier thank you

Sunday was officially Veterans Day, but today local businesses, schools, banks and government offices are closed to mark the commercial observance. My husband and son have the day off from work and school. I came into the office as usual.

Parades marched down area streets over the weekend, and ceremonies are being held at several Veterans Memorials and cemeteries. One restaurant in town is offering veterans and active military free dinner today.

I say it’s just not enough.…


Added by Tara R. on November 12, 2007 at 11:41am — No Comments

Roommate Drama

Here is one of those situations where the kid is more than four hours from home, she is having a crisis and wants to handle it herself. I’m incensed and want to help, but also want to give her the opportunity to see it through alone.

Gotta love college roommates.

Puppy Seems JM’s roommate is a little lonely so her boyfriend offered to get her a puppy. A puppy the roommate believed she could hide from the Resident Assistant by putting it in a kennel under her bed. I…


Added by Tara R. on November 8, 2007 at 12:28pm — No Comments

I was my daughter

Mom and daughter Our first born came home from college this weekend. It was a short, but nice visit. She was here to attend Homecoming at her former high school. We knew she wanted to hang out with her friends while she was home, and we also knew that if we wanted to see her at all we needed to ask her boyfriend over for lunch on Sunday.

when I was JM’s age, I seem to remember spending most of my time at my boyfriend’s house or out with my gal pals. I pointed this out to my husband - again -…


Added by Tara R. on November 5, 2007 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Over the river to Grandma's house

My boss sent out an e-mail yesterday asking us for our holiday requests – what days did we want to take off for Thanksgiving and Christmas? That came up fast… I’m still getting over Halloween. I haven’t even thought of Thanksgiving and shopping for Christmas is not on my To Do List any time soon.

I have no idea what my family will be doing over the holiday, but I do know what we’re not. We’re not going anywhere or visiting anybody!

Last season we visited my family in Tennessee…


Added by Tara R. on November 2, 2007 at 3:01pm — No Comments

To Kill 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

A local high school’s drama department’s plan to stage a production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” appears to be a losing battle. They can’t keep the dialogue that uses the N-word on the off chance that it will incite an already hypersensitive community. They can’t change the dialogue because to do so could be a copyright infringement.

I would like to think that the adults in our community could recognize that the play’s dialogue is not meant to offend, but to open discussions about…


Added by Tara R. on October 26, 2007 at 3:41pm — No Comments

A quiet voice within

I think everyone, or at least I hope everyone, has a quiet monologue going on their head, a comforting voice that guides them through their day. It could be their conscience, God, or some other force that helps them when life gets to be too much or when they have a decision to make that affects more than themselves.

Sometimes the little voice in my head sounds like a more assured Me, sometimes it takes on the tenor of a male voice, other times it sounds remarkably like my Mom. That…


Added by Tara R. on October 25, 2007 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Just for the fun of it

What does it take to get a kid to read a book just for the fun of it?

The syllabus for WK’s English class includes some great books and novellas – “The Pearl” by John Steinbeck, Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allen Poe, and one of my lifelong favorites “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee.

These tales are full of suspense, danger, crime and intrigue – perfect reading material for a young male. It’s like pulling teeth.…


Added by Tara R. on October 23, 2007 at 2:23pm — No Comments

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