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Sometimes the week is tough.  Sometimes it’s full of disappointment and people who’ve disappointed you.  Sometimes it’s about treacherous walks home in ankle-high icy snow.  Sometimes it’s packed with responsibilities and commitments and work.


Friday arrives.

Friday evening comes and presents an opportunity to start anew.  To contemplate.  To rejuvenate.  To find meaning in the days once again.

It’s my favorite time of the week.

I’m unattached this Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean I’m hating on the holiday.  Love isn’t just roses and champagne or lingerie and chocolates.  Love is in the details, in the small gestures of everyday life.

Love is…

…my mom traipsing across town to bring me orange juice, soup, tissues and my favorite candy when I’m too sick to shop for myself.

…my father coming over to my apartment specifically to “take care” of the fly that had pitched a tent for almost two weeks after I’d tried in vain to take care of it myself.

…the stranger who walked me home as blood ran down my leg after I’d taken a nasty fall and banged my knee up pretty good.

…my doorman who never fails to make me laugh before I leave for work.

…the unexpected friends who checked in with me regularly during a family crisis just to see how I was.

…the cashier at Cipriani’s who saw me standing at the end of a very long line and grabbed the last piece of the veggie egg white frittata because she knew that’s what I bought every morning and didn’t want it to sell out before I got a chance to order.

…my guys at Starbucks who never fail to give me a grande when I’ve ordered a tall.

…Carol Sue, my “other mother” on the opposite end of the country, who knits a scarf for me every year for Christmas.

…my nephew illustrating his feelings for me in a recent work of art.

Love is everywhere.  Take a moment to embrace it in your life.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo, Goodness & Grace

If crack was cookies, it would look like this.

The first one starts off innocently enough.

“It’s good,” is usually the non-committal reaction when I’ve coerced someone into trying one.  If I’m feeling particularly devilish – or gracious – I’ll convince them to have another.  This is usually when the fun starts and the addiction begins to kick in.

“Hmmm…I think I’ll have one more…”

Uh-huh.  Before you know it, an entire sleeve is gone, and the words “I can stop anytime I want…” are uttered.

Not that I’ve ever said that or anything…

But who cares anyway?  They’ve got ORGANIC ingredients, after all, coming together to make a cleaner version of the cookie we loved as kids.  We’re saving the planet here, people.

Newman-O’s.  I dare you to just have one.

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