Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Just think: "She's Driving" ........

I have always been known to answer the phone on the second ring. I have always been known to answer a text within the same minute of receiving it. I always have my phone on me.

And the funny thing is -- when I don't answer the phone or message right away, my friends and family think something is wrong. They automatically assume, "her phone must be dead" or "someone kidnapped her" or "she's in the shower or at the gym."

But when Massachusetts passed the "no texting while driving law" I made a conscientious effort to keep my cell phone at a distance. I kept it in my purse or even left it on silent while I was driving.

However, as the months started rolling by and the law wasn't "news" anymore, I noticed how I started picking up old habits; making useless calls while I was sitting in traffic or reading texts at stop signs or lights.

I've never been dumb enough to write or read a text while I was driving 55 mph  on the highway or when it was dark outside, so I still considered myself a safe driver & texter. But there was one thing I never asked myself while sending a text -- Will your friends and family handle it with the same caution?


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

I love the snow.

I love snuggling up by the fire and watching it fall from my window. I loved jumping in it when I was a little girl. And I don't even mind shoveling it at six in the morning before my commute to work. It's a great way to wake up.

And I want to make you love it too. The following are some pictures and poems that will help get you excited for this snowy winter season.


THE SKY is low, the clouds are mean,
A travelling flake of snow
Across a barn or through a rut
Debates if it will go.

A narrow wind complains all day
How some one treated him;
Nature, like us, is sometimes caught
Without her diadem.

- Emily Dickinson


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What's Your 'Professional' New Year's Resolution?

New Years is nothing more than excuse to set a start date on all the goals you have been procrastinating about: lose 15 pounds, take snow boarding lessons or finish reading that 1,000-page-book sitting on your desk .

But let's be real -- New Year's resolutions only last the month of January (because by then, everyone is tired of trying).

So my trick to succeeding in New Year's resolution is to make a goal that you legitimately care about.

For example, I am proud to say that my 2010 New Year's resolution was a success! My resolution was to reconnect with my family -- specifically my sister, who is six years older than me.


Great Minds .....

Just wanted to share something I found eerie, yet artistic......

I was checking out Snowy Scenes on The Big Picture and came across a picture of the gondolas in Venice during the winter time. What is "eerie" about this is that I had taken the exact same picture, in that exact spot during the Spring time.

See for yourself......

Great minds think a like!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"A Secret Kept" Reveals an Awful Truth

No family is perfect.

That is probably the strongest message the reader will take away from "A Secret Kept." This book is probably going to go down on my top ten favorite books; not because it had romance, mystery or suspense -- but because it was real.

Tatiana de Rosnay touches upon the realities of marriage, rebellious teenagers, sex, love and life. Every experience a "typical" 13-to-50-year-old female or male could possibly live through is mentioned in this book. And once again, these experiences are not sugarcoated.

It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Next Trip.... London!

I love traveling. I've been to Prague, Budapest, Jerusalem, Edinburgh, Barcelona ....everywhere. But my next trip will be more of a return to a place I called home for four months -- London.

Enjoy the pictures from this incredible trip. If you ever have a chance to go abroad for school, work or pleasure -- DO IT. You'll never regret it.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Hanukkah!

The Jewish holiday Hanukkah is all about giving thanks to G-d for (once again) giving the Jews the strength to defend themselves and defeat their enemies. It's also a celebration of miracles because a one-day supply of oil lasted eight days.

Hanukkah has always been my favorite holiday because of this: It combines action with miracles. The Jews and G-d work together.

The Maccabees did all the fighting and proved themselves to G-d; just as G-d made Himself known and put faith back into His people. It's one of the very few holidays where there is a partnership between G-d and the Jews.

I think this type of holiday is so important, especially in today's economic difficulties. It's extremely hard to see any positive in today's society, and it's even more difficult to believe that there is anyone really looking out for us.