Monday, January 30, 2012

What is it About Numbers Anyway?

122.
1.
77.
366.
1,234,567,890

(my "ideal" weight)
(the spot on your blog list I want to be)
(the number of anniversaries I want to celebrate with Mr. T before one of us goes home to God)
(the number of days I want to eat well, read my bible, snuggle with Mr. T, workout... etc.)
(the number of blog views I want in my idealized mind)


What is it with numbers?
I can assign one to anything and everything in life.
And guess what? My real life number NEVER matches my assigned number.
Are you surprised?
Nope, in my heart of hearts, I'm not either.

How is it that things that otherwise require so many facets of description
can be described with no question by a number?
Since when did quantifying anything and everything make qualifying it irrelevant?
I'm not sure when it all started.
But I'm holding my own little strike against numberifying (new term too!) life.

I don't weigh 122. And guess what?
No one loves me more or loves me less.
Yep, there's more to love than my "ideal" 122 pound self would possess.
But I'd have to sacrifice my thickly muscled runner's legs.
And my natural cleavage.
And my cupcake loving, chocolate craving, conversation heart obsessed sweet tooth.
(Can you tell what time of year it is?)

I'm not #1 on any one's blog list...
Except my own.
(Come on, you don't check yours out to make sure it's still there?)
But believe it or not,
no one loves me more or loves me less.
Yep, it'd be cool to have lots of fans, friends, and followers,
But I'd have to worry about what they want from me.
And my seems-too-often writer's block.
And my recipe laden, sarcastic seasoned, God given posts would be tainted by my worry about them.

 77 years.
Well, Mr. Thomas, you have no choice.
And neither do I.
And, truth be told, I'd have it no other way.
I will only love you more, not any less.
So stick around, okay?

366 days.
1 time per day.
Equals 366 times.
Doesn't seem too hard, yet it is.
Why, oh why, are habits so difficult to form?
I'm doing my best to get as close to 366 as possible.
And to grant myself grace when I fall short of my (somewhat) ridiculous expectations
for myself.
You'll forgive me too?
Many thanks.

Let's drop the number. And use words.

Instead of 324/366 (seemingly imperfect)
substitute hard-working, diligent, best effort, improvement.

 "...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace
through redemption that came by Christ Jesus."
Romans 3:23-24

Instead of 137/122 (seemingly heavy)
substitute curvaceous, feminine, strong.

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
Psalm 139:41

You get it, right?

Soundtrack:
Price Tag
by: Xenia

Friday, January 27, 2012

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Growing up my dad's idea of a fancy dinner when mom wasn't home was pizza
or if we protested, he'd go for Subway. 
Going to Subway meant that dinner was going to be followed with their
"freshly baked" cookies. 
Although the "freshly baked"ness of them was highly questionable,
we were always thrilled to munch on their white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.

While we were in Hawaii I scored a big ol' bag of Hawaiian macadamia nuts
and there was no way I could resist one-upping Subway's "fresh baked" bit. 
These did not disappoint. 
In fact, I got requests for more... 
(Talk about complimenting me)

Yes, that plate really does say one tough cookie. Oh Target, I adore you!

Ingredients
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 package instant vanilla pudding
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
(I had kefir on hand so I used that!)
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts

Directions
1. Beat butter and sugars together in a standing mixer until fluffy. 
2. Add pudding mix, egg, yogurt/sour cream and vanilla. 
3, Add flour, baking soda, and salt. 
4. Stir in white chocolate chips and chopped macadamia nuts. 
5. Spoon onto parchment paper lined baking sheets. 
6. Bake at 375 f for 7-10 minutes. 
7.  Let cool as long as you can resist on a wire baking rack. 
8. Enjoy! 

I served these tasty cookies with coconut milk (in my mason jar mug) and 
I may have consumed 2 or 4 or 8... 


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Thursday

Gracias. Merci. Gratzi. Tack.
Efxaristo. Obrigada.
Thank you.

This week my bookshelf growing in all of its glory is my thankful inspiration.




The smell of words on a page.
Characters who reach deep into my heart and remain there.
Laughing out loud.
The way silent reading feels like I'm sharing in a secret.
Covers of all colors.
Reading something new and loving it.
A book that can't be put down.
The perfect trio created by a book, a cozy blanket and cup of joe.
Passing on favorites to my real life friends.
The moral of the story.
Gold edged pages of my bible.
Highlights, lines, circles, dogears to remind me of the wisdom within.
Amazon's endless supply.
The simple act of reading lines and flipping pages.

It hasn't been a week of as much reading as I'd like...
But tomorrow starts my weekend! :)

What books do you love?
Please share, my bookshelf is becoming a home to books that have been read
not so much a home of "to reads".


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dear Mr. T... Love, Me


Dear Mr. T, 

Boy, you are romantic and it's not even Valentine's Day.
Thanks for an awesome date night
watching foolish cougars chase young, barely legal, men around.
Aren't you glad we're old and married? Me too

I know you're so busy admiring these high def pictures you can barely read.
My new camera rocks... Thanks to you and all the research you do.
And with that camera came so much praise and support... 
Thanks for bearing with the blog... And my cooking do's and don'ts.

I don't know if I've mentioned it in the last five minutes, 
so I'll tell you again.
You are my favorite funny man. No one can make me laugh like you.
I am madly in love with you, and your perfect humor.

Love, 
me




Monday, January 23, 2012

Meatless Monday: Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Let me tell you I feel stretched by Meatless Monday. 
I adore it, but I feel stretched to discover new meals that are wonderfully meatless.
As much as I feel like my culinary skills are being pushed and tried, 
Mr. T is definitely feeling the burn, so to speak. 
Every Monday he wearily eyes his meat-free plate as he tries to muster the 
strength to be genuine in complimenting my cooking. 
(I guess the lack of meat makes this mustering thing more difficult!) 

I, with much joy, get to share with you my excitement in announcing, 
this was a WINNER! 
Yep, you read that right, Mr. T loved it.
I believe he even muttered something about loving the entire meal
despite the shortage of pure muscle binding protein! 

And, as a side note, did you know quinoa is a complete protein?
I didn't either! 
But now I do (and so do you!)


Ingredients
1 acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
1 cup of quinoa, cooked as directed on packaging
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 bunch of kale, stemmed and chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil 
Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper (as you'd like)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. Cut squash in half and remove seeds.
3. Sprinkle halved, seedless squash with olive oil and cajun seasoning. 
4. Bake in oven for 40-45 minutes, or until flesh is fork tender. 
5. While squash is baking, cook quinoa as directed on packaging.
6. When quinoa is done cooking, add tomatoes, green onions, and kale. 
7. Stir together quinoa mixture and taste. 
8. Season with salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning to your taste.
9. Remove squash from oven when completed baking. 
10. Carefully (because the squash is hot!) fill the squash with quinoa mix.
11. Enjoy! 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Healthy Desert: Grapefruit Brûlée

It only seems appropriate to follow up a totally health-less 
(ok, so maybe I convinced myself that the apples are healthy...)
(And isn't the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away?)
dessert yesterday, I decided that it would be fitting to follow it with a healthful option! 

Mr. T has become obsessed with grapefruit. 
No joke, he eats them like they're going out of season. 
(I guess, technically, they are)
Then I ran across the idea of a fruit brûlée on interest the other day and thought, 
"I can do that!"
So, the grapefruit brûlée made an entrance into our household.
And a warm welcome it has received. 

Not only is this fruit tasty, but it has wonderful health benefits:
1. Cancer Killer... Actually preventer!
2. Full up of vitamin C.
3. Helps with indigestion. 
4. Boosts immune system and liver function. 

And who would ever complain about a tasty sugar layer to add some sweet to the tart
flavor of the grapefruit! 
(hint: not me)


Ingredients
1 grapefruit, halved and seeds removed
Brown sugar or white sugar
(whichever you prefer!)

Directions
1. Turn on broiler to high. 
2. Set halved grapefruit on a baking sheet.
3. Cover open face of the fruit with sugar (brown or white).
4. Broil sugar-faced fruit for 10 minutes or so.
5. Enjoy! 

The broiler melts the sugar layer, but it also heats the inside of the fruit
which makes the usually juicy pulp amazingly juicy!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Apple Pie in a Bowl

For a young married couple, Mr. Thomas and I sure act like senior citizens. 
How so? 
Mr. Thomas leaves early for work every morning before the sun comes up
so we go to bed before most toddlers do... about 8:30. 
Going to bed that early leads to us eating at what's considered happy hour.
(and we're not eating early for the great prices) 
After dinner we usually watch some recorded ridiculous "reality" show like Gold Rush
(insert eye roll here) 
or even more "real and intelligent" Alaska State Troopers,
(Mr. T's TV taste is truly deserving of an entire post in itself) 
and my attention drifts to my favorite food blogs. 

Come a fast forwarded commercial break,
Mr. T leans over and wants to see what's happening on my little screen.
The moment his eyes fall upon some tasty treat he pops on his best puppy dog eyes
and asks when we can have a dessert as delicious as the one we're looking at...
I admit, I'm a sucker for his big baby blues.

As he finishes absorbing America's greatest intelligence, 
I see what I've got in the fridge and make due. 
This little recipe came from a "made due" dessert night. 
Guess what? 
You can "make due" this one too! 

I know it looks like a bowl of oatmeal, or cereal, or granola... 
But underneath is a sneaky, surprise, apple pie layer!

Apple Pie in a Bowl
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
Servings: 2 full bowls


Ingredients
2 apples, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

For the crumble topping 
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted


Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 
2. Peel and slice two apples and place in mixing bowl. 
3. Add flour, sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon to apples. 
4. Stir apples and spices together then split into two (or more) bowls. 
5. In another small mixing bowl mix together flour, oats, brown sugar, 
cinnamon, and butter together with your fingers until crumbly.
6. Cover top of apples in bowls with crumble mixture. 
7. Place bowls on a baking sheet and pop into oven. 
8. Let cook for 30-35 minutes. 

9. Remove, pour yourself a cup of milk (or coconut milk) and enjoy! 


I know this looks tasty... But trust me, it's way better than it looks in this picture!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Just when I thought resolving was expired!

Monday, January 16th seems too late to be resolving new things for the new year.
Good thing for me, I don't really care

Every day being a new day, means I can resolve whenever my heart desires.
And let me tell you, desire my heart is doing! 

The bible says, 
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; 
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness." 
Lamentations 3:21-24
With God's wonderful mercies comes grace, love, joy... 
Thank goodness. 

Since posting about my twelve for twenty-twelve, my brain has been in overload mode.
I've been examining, questioning, analyzing all that makes up (and takes up) my life.
I will be the first to say, there's things I don't like. 
As a result, I will be making active lifestyle changes! 

That said, a fitness and clean eating section will be added to this little place.
This is not so much to tune you into my routines and food, 
but more to document my dedication, motivation, and efforts. 
They will be few and far between, but they'll be on here.

Second, I miss my bible. 
Did I lose it? Nope.
Did a thief sneak into my house and swipe my bible at midnight? Not even close.
Did I come home from work to find Fido carrying it around the backyard in shreds? Huh-uh.
I've just let myself become complacent.
Yep, you read that right. 
Have I managed to skip out on it more often than not? Yes. 
Do I plop in front of the TV before I break open my bible? Oh yeah.
Are the Real Housewives spending more time with me than God? Uh-huh. 
So, it's time to start.

Why is starting so hard? 
Who knows? 
But this time, I've told myself (a million times already) that I'm going to be different
No, ifs, ands, buts about it.
Not so much because I've got it all figured out this time. 
But because God's grace, mercies, strength, and love are renewed this morning.
And with His renewed wonders, my hope is refreshed and ready to take the world on!
Keep an eye out for some changes happening around here;
they are a reflection of bigger changes happening at home! 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Facebook Fan Page!

With my renewed excitement about my blog has come a new confidence in myself.
I really worked in college to keep my blog and my personal life as separate as possible. 
In reflecting on that choice I realize that I was nervous about how my blog would be accepted
by others in my life, so instead of venturing out of my comfort zone, I hid it. 
Yep, so mature. 

What did Dr. Suess say? 


Oh he had it all right. 
So, the Facebook Fan Page for Mr. Thomas & Me is up. 
And I'm just going to let it grow naturally, no stress about the numbers. 
You can check it out through this post... Or through the little button I have put in the left column. 

I'll be putting my posts through there and you can click through as you wish! 
Thanks for being faithful readers and for your lovely support and encouragement!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thanksgiving Thursday

Remember how I'm working on being thankful this year? If not, see here. 
I realize there are a million and four things I should be thankful for at this very moment. 
Multiply that by every moment that makes up my days, weeks, months, and years...
And, wow, we have a large number. 

But this Thursday I will give thanks for a small fraction of the millions.
This Thursday I give thanks for...


My warm bed on progressively colder nights.
The crispness of brisk morning runs. 
Flannel PJs (and changing into them as soon as I get home from work)
Sweet, stylish scarves to make me feel glamorous.
A God who blesses, not just me, but those around me. 
Hope renewed. 
Life that doesn't go as planned, but is oh-so-sweet.
Mr. T's appetite that affords me much grace in the kitchen. 
Chilly fingers and toes greeted by warm air.
Those who support me and those who don't which allows me to grow
(in one way or the other).
My new blue suede shoes with buckles.
A book that makes me laugh out loud. 

...And the list goes on. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Moroccan Spiced Butternut Squash

Let's recap.
Last night we learned how to peel a butternut squash. 
Wasn't that easy? 
And we used half of the squash last night in our Kale-Gnocchi Bake.
Well tonight we will finish off the rest of said squash! 


These roasted cubes of butternut squash tossed in spices are a delightful little taste of Morocco.

Moroccan Spiced Butternut Squash
Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes 

Ingredients
(adapted from Fine Cooking Magazine, November 2007)
1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cubed 
(done!)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Dash of black pepper

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 475F.
2. Toss squash in a bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper and spice mixture. 
3. Lay on a roasting pan sprayed with olive oil. 
4. Roast about 45 minutes.
5. Turn every 10 minutes. 
6. Remove from oven when squash is fork-tender and browned on the edges. 
7. Add more salt and pepper. 

This could easily serve four, although Mr. T and I make it more like 3 servings... 
One for my leftovers at lunchtime tomorrow! 

Monday, January 9, 2012

One Word


I found this amazing idea last year just before the wedding... 
So in September. 
I didn't try and come up with a second word, but instead, 
told myself to think of the my 2012 one word.
As the new year approached, I realized that I still needed time to come up with my one word. 
Oh my out of all the words out there, 
how do I choose just one

This year it seems only fitting to choose a word that 
encompasses all of the new adventures in my life.
Marriage, a full time job, no school, no sorority friends, 
serving in a position at church, running more, eating less, 
blogging consistently, but not overwhelmingly, reading my bible and books more...
Oh the list goes on. 

But in all of it, I want to find more of God and what He has in store for me. 
With that said, my word is 

 thanksgiving.

In all things I do today I want to give thanks. I want to live a life of thanksgiving.
To the amazingly sacrificial God I serve, to my fun-loving husband, 
to my unconditionally amazing family, to my strong Mama Bird, 
to my "real people" church Crosspoint, to those who believe in me, 
to writers who make me laugh, cry, and all that's in between, 
to you, who read the words I put here, large and small. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mason Jar Apple Streusel Cheesecakes

This past year's Christmas dinner was a little bit different. 
We left for Hawaii on December 26th, so leftovers were not an option. 
I took on the task of dessert, but had to make just the right amount. 
Enough for six. 
No more, no less. 
Boom. Challenged accepted. 

I decided to take on cheesecake for the first time ever.
Mr. T always defaults to one of two desserts: 
(1) red velvet cake
(2) apple pie
I was focused on my cheesecake.
But, learning to be a compromiser, I told him let's combine the two.
And the apple streusel cheesecake was born! 


Ingredients
(makes 8 half pint mason jars)

1 package of graham crackers, crushed
4 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup of sugar
3 8-ounce packages of cream cheese
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Juice of 1 lemon
1 granny smith apple

For streusel topping: 
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 Tablespoons butter, melty

Directions
1. Spray the inside of the mason jars with cooking spray. 
2. Crush the graham crackers. 
(I used my food processor and it worked like magic!) 
3. Melt the butter in a microwave safe dish, then mix it into the graham cracker crumbs.
4. Divide the crumbs into the bottom of the jars and pack tight. 
5. In a standing mixer whip the cream cheese and sugar together until light and airy. 
(some recipes disagree with me here... this is an airy cheesecake, not heavy and dense)
6. Beat in the eggs. 
7. Add sour cream, vanilla extract, and lemon and whip until light and airy. 
8. Top the graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of the jars with the cheesecake mixture.
(I overfilled a little bit... Leave about a fourth of the jar at the top for the apple-streusel)
9. Heat oven to 325F.
10. Peel apple and slice thin. 
(I used my food processor)
11. Place slices over the top of the cheesecake layer in the jars. 
12. In a small (but not too small) bowl, mix together streusel ingredients with your fingers. 
13. Cover the top of the apples in streusel. 
14. Add the jars to a water bath in a baking dish and pop in the oven. 
15. Cook for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. 
16. Remove from oven and take out of bath with tongs. 
17. Cool in the fridge before serving. 

You can make these the night before and they will be perfect the following day! 

After running in the frigid cold with my Mama Bird on Christmas Eve morning, 
Mr. T and I decided it would be a perfect Christmas celebration kick-off
to sample the Apple Streusel Cheesecake.
Boy were we glad we did...
The only problem: we had to share one mason jar. 


Friday, January 6, 2012

just out on a limb.

After reading this post by Kim over at oh, sweet joy! 
I couldn't help but admire her bravery in taking on a tough topic. 
In looking at the comments I realized I was not the only reader who was impressed 
by Kim's ability to handle a sensitive topic as such, while keeping true to herself. 

This snowballed into reflecting upon the way that I approach my posts and 
how I, recently, have shied away from posts about my faith. 
I found myself asking, "Why?" Feeling challenged to be truthful with myself, 
let to being truthful with you, as my readers. 
I allow my nerves to outwit my confidence. 
I'm living (as one of my Pastors once said to me) "by fear, not by faith". 
{Yes, he is a wise man!} 

So, here I am, going out on a limb, for the first time
in a long time. 


(pretty sweet pic, huh? 80 feet up in a Captain Hook tree in Kauai)

My nerves are a result of many years of judgement within the church. 
So often Christians turn all Judge Judy on one another and cast some heavy stones 
of unfair, unwarranted conjectures.

I realize that people, both Christian and not  
-myself probably being the worst-, 
read or hear what Christians write or say and assume because they opine on a specific topic, 
say temptation, the speaker is perfect at avoiding temptation. 
As is evident in the Bible, the greatest characters were far from perfect.
And often, the theme found in their writings was, in fact, their biggest flaw.

Paul, a previous murder of church members, was an encourager of churches from his jail cell.
Matthew, the worst of the worst in society, a tax collector, 
wrote the tale of Jesus' life for the Christian church in Jesus' time to know their messiah. 
John the Baptist, a fisherman, became a literal fisher of men. 
There was nothing special, extraordinary about these men, until Christ loved them. 

Just like the men above, I struggle with a list longer than this post.
But, God dwelling in me makes me a force for His glory, 
and in this, I am extraordinary. 

Christian writers, public figures... Heck, all Christians, are trying their best. 
Come on, life isn't the easiest thing. 
I pray that Christians can set down their stones and embrace one another, 
public figure or not, mistakes and all, out of God's love and grace to us. 
Then we can be the greatest, truest examples of God's goodness and glory! 



Thursday, January 5, 2012

a runner's balanced meal

While in the airport in Honolulu waiting to start our journey back home, 
my dear Mama Bird decided to pick up some reading material... 
(Besides the three books we each blew through on the trip!) 
Thank goodness she did and decided to share... 
She graced our lives with the January 2012 issue of Runner's World. 


Oh my. 

I was drooling over the amazing running shoes, shorts, and shirts throughout the magazine.
Then I found the 2012 marathon training guide... So perfect in it's timing! 
And finally, I was reading through a Healthier, Balanced Runner list of tips and tricks. 
Not only did they encourage runners to drink more water, eat fish post-long runs,
and to cross train; but they talked about a runner's balanced dinner plate. 

My plates are transforming from this: 

(Yep, talk about carbohydrate heavy!) 

To this: 


I ran cross country and track in high school, played soccer for ten years, 
and have become friends with some great running friends, but none have ever
instilled in me dinnertime wisdom like this. 
Doesn't the visual make it so clear for you? 

I also love veggies so was beyond stoked to see something I love in there.
The only thing I'm confused about... They forgot the dessert portion!
I guess that warrants an entire plate of it's own.
And, surprise, surprise, I'm okay with that!

What nutrition advice has been particularly helpful to you? 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Twelve Things for Twenty-Twelve!


We are back from Hawaii and tanner than a cowhide!
I'm enjoying my little Hawaiian sun glow in the midst of January wintery-ness....
However, Southern California hasn't seemed to got the cold weather message
and I'm sporting flats and a sun dress to work!
(You'll never hear this girl complain about warm weather)

So, after four days of the new year have lapsed, I am back with my resolution(s)
and my list of 12 To-Dos for Twenty-Twelve!
Think of it as a bucket list, for this year, which will never come again.

Twelve To-Dos in Twenty-Twelve!


Want to make your own? Do it and take a button with you!
Then comment so I can see your list!

1. Run a marathon.
(Already got this one on the books, June 3)
2. Cook 5 of Julia Child's recipes.
(Got her Art of French Cooking books for Christmas... It's time!)
3. Write for myself, to document my life.
4. Keep my workouts consistent all year long.
5. Read two books a month and review them.
(One down for January... Be looking for the review!)
6. Carry a notebook on me for all inspiration and insights.
7. Find a purpose for all the old cards I have kept for years.
(I truly love them and love the words inside them...
I have a couple inspirations and promise to share as soon as I DIMyself!)
8. Drink more water.
(Simple, but vital)
9. Write out a bible verse per day, by hand.
10. Suprise Mr. T with a fishing trip.
(You would think this ruins the surprise...
But he doesn't check this puppy out, so I'm safe!)
11. Break my 1:55 half marathon PR.
12. Take more pictures of the day to day as mundane, stupid, and silly as it can be.

And my resolutions!


1. Enjoy the moment.
I grew up in church hearing that living in the moment leads to falling into temptation.
Consistentely hearing to think bigger than the present moment,
the planner in me was born, bred, and solidified.
I realize I let my lists, schedule, and planning
overcome the little moments I should enjoy so much.
So, this year, more time basking in the sweet moments of life
with Mr. T, by myself, with God, with family... Just all of life.

2. Keep life, and my closets, simple!
I tend to keep, keep, keep. I'm organized about it, but, my oh my,
I hate to give things away, throw things away, simplify.
This doesn't just apply to physical "stuff" that can clutter closets...
In fact, I probably hold onto more in my mind than anywhere else in my house!
Memories are good; but I let things linger.
I worry about, mull over, dwell upon things that matter to no one else.
Twenty-twelve is time to breathe and let go.
This year I will empty the clutter in my life, in order to better enjoy the little things I have.

What are you resolving to do?
Do be warned, I will hold you accountable!

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