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Last week, our minivan began making a horrid noise. It would lessen once the van warmed up, but it was worrisome nonetheless. We took it to our trusted mechanic and anxiously awaited the test results. Diagnosis: a bad power steering pump. $670 and loss of the van for an entire day was the prescription.

Guess that will be the family Christmas present this year.

But while I was mired in a pity party over this, which given our humble finances (my husband’s a career military man, after all, not an investment banker) is akin to near catastrophe, my dear friend was facing a financial hurdle of her own. One much harder than my little old car problem. And she wasn’t throwing a pity party about it.

Her husband was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, and while he is currently in remission, the toll the disease has taken on…

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The draft of this post has changed direction several times since I started writing it last Friday. It started out as a casual post that morphed into a rant and then changed focus again as I tried to make it more positive.

Last week I was struggling with the notion that my life had gotten back to “normal” after not really being disrupted in a major way by Superstorm Sandy. One of our huge pine trees fell toward the house and, had it been a few feet taller, then it probably would have hit the roof and crashed into our child’s bedroom. While that thought makes me shudder, I’m extremely grateful for what did NOT happen. We didn’t experience much damage and we didn’t lose power, except for one hour on Wednesday when the utility company was working in our area.

Yes, we went a bit stir-crazy at home with…

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My latest Five on Friday post at A Common Sea. Come say hi!

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Welcome to Friday Fun, a bit of nonsense or lighthearted discussion in anticipation of the weekend.

This week: more than you ever wanted to know about what I eat for breakfast.

True story: About two years ago, I was shopping at a local grocery store, not having a great time because I had gone there with a detailed list and coupons, and I was getting increasingly irritated at not being able to find everything I needed. I had stayed up late the night before, planning the week’s menu and collecting coupons for the good deals. What I thought would be a quick hour of shopping turned into an hour and a half, and I was losing patience.

At least I had some comic relief in the dairy section. I overheard one shopper ask another, “Are you going to take all of them??” Apparently, she was referring to the latest craze in the…

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Mind the Gap: An Update

OK, I know it looks like I haven’t updated this blog since 2010, which is partially true. I started some new spaces over at Posterous and it was going quite well until they decided to sell out, I mean become “acquired” by Twitter. I was a little bitter at first because I liked the spaces I had over there, but anyway, I’m back here on WordPress now, along with one of my BFFs.

She and I are here a lot. Come visit.

So anyway, sorry for the apparent gap but I decided to just pick up from here rather than trying to import old blog entries that don’t really matter anyway. Thanks a lot, Posterous. Just kidding; they probably did what they had to do for their business. Now I’m just waiting from the ominous note from them that my spaces are about to disappear….