Year: 2022

New Year’s Eve Inspiration

In between Christmas and end of year, the plans for New Year’s Eve celebration is in full force. Here’s what I am thinking for a formal dinner setting Source Cocktails from here Appetizers Recipe for New Year’s Eve Cake I intend to bake Roast beef is on the NYE menu, with my secret recipe rub. But since I cannot share, here’s a recipe close to the one I intend to make. And for new year’s day – a reset might be in order from here. Have a wonderful celebration, stay safe, drink responsibly and enjoy your company 🙂

Winter Solstice

Yesterday, as I wished my co-workers around the globe through Teams chat, the happiest of holidays, those in Finland also wished me ‘happy winter solstice’. Which had me raise an eyebrow, thinking it was not yet the 22nd of December. Naturally, I had to point it out, and the response was – OH BUT IT IS… You see I had sent the message at midnight California time, and it was already 10 in the morning there – on Solstice day. Which by the way is the longest darkest daytime in Finland. Amazing don’t you think?

Sharing Too Much…

If I were to share all personal and professional of things…I’d air what one might consider ‘my dirty laundry’ So I do wonder how some have no issue sharing, nor any consideration of the outcome of all that is saying too much without regard… You must know what I am referring to. What would one gain by doing so? Empathy, relatability, compassion, care, understanding…drama, ratings, income? This issue had me wondering – why have we reached a point of such mindlessness and where do we go from here if we are unable to save ourselves? So, I did the usual search online and found this article which done a descent job of explaining, and naturally I decided to share to see what you all think? …after the World Cup Final On Sunday of course 😉 Go France!

Let’s Touch Base

Recent meetings at work are titled…let’s touch base. I suppose only because of yet another re-org, restructure, and re-re et all. Which gets me thinking on days where I feel off, that if it is still worth the fight? To stay focused, see the bigger picture, and all things that drives one to aim for the ultimate success in their career. Until…that part of life, trumps all others and you realize on the seventh day of December, that you haven’t made an effort to decorate the house, nor focus on the upcoming holiday. Then you look around, and think, perhaps the joy of the holiday season is no longer the way it once was. And that we are all simply going through the motion of making Christmas happen. Am I alone in this thinking? And…forgive me for sounding downbeat…but I do wonder if we will ever get back the true spirit of Christmas? What are you thoughts?

Weekend Conversation Starter

I’ve been watching The Crown season 5 on Netflix, one episode a night. The sad truth is, midway through an episode, I fall asleep or zone out. And my partner in crime turns off the television, disappointed that I am not keeping up. I don’t know about you, but for some strange reason season 5 has been a bit difficult for me to watch for so many reasons. Are you having the same issues? If so please tell me why? Photo source and full credit One film I do recommend is Where the Crawdads Sing, past the novel, the film is captivating and very well paced. I’ve read the book, and normally films do not do justice to the story. But in this instance, the filmmaker took all the right precautions to ensure the screen version captured the essence of the well written story. Image source and full credit Where are we with Thanksgiving? I mean this is the first year for me where I am not the host and since my mother is unable …

Interesting Topics To Share

Living in San Francisco, I have to say, I frequent the wine region and spend a day just soaking it all in. Also a history puff, I tend to do some research about the different wineries, and all things encompassing the art of making wine. So this article caught my interest, about a samurai who forever changed California wine region I have to admit I cannot move away from the coast. I tried for a decade to go more inland, but the coast has always beckoned me to return and now I understand why. The impact of blue spaces on our mental health makes it all too clear. The seriousness of saving our planet should take precedent over all else. Don’t you agree? Here’s one topic about limitless renewal energy I want to share. And finally, climate change explained…

Cozy Sunday

For the first time in a while I feel the need to simply stay home and read, nap and watch Downton Abby – A New Era on Netflix. Also make a cozy dinner for the clan struggling with all sorts of food allergies. Here’s what I am currently reading – mostly for the escape, or in place of the travel I’ve been aching to do, but can’t at the moment. Since I have become my mother’s caregiver. Naps are always a good idea on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It’s the best way to reset for the week. I wish Downton Abby could return as a series on television, as these bits of stories told through film is simply not enough. Hopefully setting back the clock this weekend will level us all. I don’t about you, but I’ve had many sleepless nights leading to… Lastly Sunday dinner plans – I normally keep pretty basic. Roast chicken is my go to for Sunday dinners and this recipe is one I will be aiming for tonight: How about …