(Not) Wordless Wednesday: Why I Love Wednesdays

(Not) Wordless Wednesday: Why I Love Wednesdays

See this? This is why I love Wednesdays. I know this is supposed to be “wordless” Wednesday, but let me explain. I have a standing date with Anthony and his “cardio kick” class at the Y every Wednesday night at…

Update: January spending freeze (in which I shift all my emotional energy from furniture to frozen yogurt)

Update: January spending freeze (in which I shift all my emotional energy from furniture to frozen yogurt)

January is halfway over, so I thought I’d update you on my January spending freeze. The good news is that so far I’ve kept my resolution. It has not been without temptation. First, we took down our Christmas decorations last weekend….

2014 Resolution #1: The Big Freeze (or, stopping the shopping)

2014 Resolution #1: The Big Freeze (or, stopping the shopping)

It’s January 5, pretty late for a post about New Year’s resolutions. What can I say? I got a late start to the new year. After all, I’m still working on my Christmas cards. So this will have to do….

Babies, I've Had the Blues

Babies, I’ve Had the Blues

The last couple weeks have been rough. Sure, here on Hot Breakfast it’s been all “I’m making soup” and “Tell me what books to read.” But behind the scenes there have been some gray clouds. Collapsing onto couches, big sighs,…

Happiness Commandment: #5 Books >TV

Happiness Commandment: #5 Books >TV

For a good part of my late teens and early twenties, I lived under the assumption that it was not cool to like TV. During my last year of college and first few months living in Chicago, I did not…

Commandment #4: Cook most days (or, man vs. garbanzo bean)

Commandment #4: Cook most days (or, man vs. garbanzo bean)

Confession: I have made zero progress on Commandment #3, Go to bed earlier. With the move coming up, it’s just not gonna happen. Instead, I’m making the coffee a little stronger, trying to sneak naps when Pat has the kids…

Happiness Commandment #3 - Go to Bed Earlier

Happiness Commandment #3 – Go to Bed Earlier

Previously on Hot Breakfast: Recently laid off and clutching a well-worn copy of The Happiness Project, I wrote  Ten Happiness Commandments. The idea was to create guideposts to keep me on the right path when the days at home got long…

Decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions

It was a big week for big decisions. – I had two conversations about possible job opportunities. – Our childcare provider, Kelly, who had been on an extended “vacation” while I determined if I was going to work again full…

Happiness Commandment #2: Get Sweaty (Or, Happiness is a Warm Run)

Happiness Commandment #2: Get Sweaty (Or, Happiness is a Warm Run)

I’m back, and it feels good to be back!  First, I’m back online, typing on the very first computer I have ever owned. I kid you not. For the last 17+ years, all computing has been done at the mercy…

Last day of work jitters: confessions of a Maxxinista

Last day of work jitters: confessions of a Maxxinista

So. Tomorrow is my last day. And I’m freaking out. I’ve had two months to prepare for this. And I have not been lying; I do feel good about it, it’s a blessing in disguise and an opportunity and so…