November 11 : Veterans.

amflagThank you to all of the men and women who have honored our country through their military service! Freedom is absolutely, positively, not free.

Day 5: Being in the right place at the right time.

Traffic traveling southbound on Interstate 5 comes to a crawl as it makes its way through Vancouver under rainy conditions on Wednesday morning, Oct. 7, 2015. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Maybe I should have gone to Starbucks this morning. And the gym. This morning was a snowball that was moving rapidly downhill, picking up enough snow to wipe out some poor little unsuspecting village below. My oldest had an attitude, my second oldest was moving really slowly and missed his bus. My youngest decided that he forgot how to keep his hands to himself and other people in the house could not find anything. After things were found and everybody else was off to start their day, Nat and I found ourselves sitting still in traffic, which meant that a few of my personal morning plans were derailed. I was trying really hard to find something to be thankful for, when an opportunity presented itself for me to share with Nat how much I believe in him and how proud I am of him. I think I completely caught him off guard, but I hope that he remembers it down the road when he has accomplished something great.

I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas.

I did. I was a bit winded due to the flu or the crud or whatever it was, but I was more than happy to celebrate another year with my family, friends and loved ones.

Monday Music?

See, I had plans to post this Friday, but I think the Christmas parties and issues of life (including making some changes to my spending situation in the aftermath of the Target breech) caught up with me. Since it’s better late than never, this year Mary J. Blige put out her first Christmas album, produced by David Foster. I thought it was really well put together, and I’m really picky about my Christmas music. :) Enjoy.