Holy, moly, it’s cold out there! My usual M.O. includes drinking a full pot of coffee in the morning, but with the wind chill well below zero in Chicago this week, why not pour yourself a cup of Joe and enjoy some with me as I brew myself a second pot? If we were having coffee, I would tell you I have majorly slacked on my diet in the past month. I’m usually not too bad at this time of year, but between a trip to Vegas in the middle of December and hosting both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at our house, well, youRead More →

As the year draws to a close, it’s time for the final installment of Let’s Wine! Why not pop open a bottle of your favorite bubbly and enjoy a glass (or two) as I reflect upon this past year? Overall it has been a great year, both personally and professionally. I have been working in a variety of nursing roles in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) setting since graduating from nursing school in 1983, and in July of this year I celebrated 30 years in my current job along with the 30th anniversary of our NICU. I was even featured in a promotional video that youRead More →

Oh Lordy, Lordy, December has come and gone and it is once again time to enter the runfessional! It’s been a productive month for me in so many ways–except when it comes to running…and blogging. I have been pretty much absent from social media this past month. Sometimes that’s a good thing.  I’m linking up with Marcia’s Healthy Slice for another Runfessions session! The last time I ran was during the Ragnar South Beach in November. That’s right, it’s been six weeks. Not good. But I also have to runfess that I don’t feel too bad about it. I was sick for a full two weeks after that race, and IRead More →

It’s that time of year! December 1st is here, and for many of us, that means it’s time to launch into full panic mode as we haven’t even started our holiday shopping. For me personally, Black Friday left me a little meh. I bought one gift item online but most of what I saw that day didn’t seem like that much of a deal. Cyber Monday came and went without much luster for me either. And so begins my annual trek to stores both physical and virtual, trying to find just the right gift in just the right size at just the right price. IRead More →