Monthly Archives: December 2011


I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately – as I am wont to do right around the solstice and the turning of the year – about ways in which I can tweak my habits and behaviors to more closely align with my energy.

You see, I am a true believer in the limitlessness of our beings: I know for sure that we can be or do or manifest all the good we could ever handle, but that we haven’t figured out yet how to stop sabotaging ourselves to get it.  I know that I’m my own worst enemy; I have it in me to be infinite, yet I weigh myself down with unnecessary things and find excuses not to allow myself to express my highest and best self.

I also understand, though, that for all that we CAN change in an instant, we tend not to.  We (and I count myself among us) have far greater success in making changes to ourselves, our environments, and our energies when we take baby steps; smaller changes maintained over time become the habits that lead us to where we want to be (or, and sadly more often, to exactly where we don’t want to be).

That being the case, I am resolving to do one thing every day.

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That one thing may be cleaning out a drawer or walking for an hour or finally getting round to sewing the button on that damned blouse.  That one thing might be taking the stairs or donating old clothes or sorting through email files.  It may be taking a half hour to sit still and quiet, it may be rearranging my desk, or it may be making plans to spend a dinner with friends.  I don’t think it really matters what that one thing is, just so long as one deliberate, demonstrable, measurable thing happens every day.

So that, Dear Readers, is Mrs. Chili’s New Year’s resolution; this year, I am going to do (at least) one thing every day that makes my life cleaner, healthier, prettier, friendlier, and more satisfying.

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(Do me a favor, would you, and ask me, every now and again, what my one thing was, just to keep me honest.  Today, I’m very productive; I’ve already cleaned out the cereal and bread cabinets in the kitchen – the tea drawer is next – and I’m planning on tackling my desk, too.  I’m kind of getting a jump on the “one thing” idea and trying to get as much done as I can while my motivation holds out.)


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Quick Hit: Calvin Wisdom

I know I’m NOT perfect the way I am, and though I know I’ll never reach perfect, a big part of my practice is to continue to strive for the best self I can attain.

Much of my thinking as of late has been centered on how I can forward some of my goals and aspirations.  I expect to put some of that thinking here in the next day or so.


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Quick Hit: Behold!

My first successful attempt at fibre arts!

It took me something like seven tries to get it right, but I think I finally figured it out!!


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Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Learning to crochet.  I’m not delighted with my freshman efforts.

Punkin’s having a date with her new boyfriend in the family room.  They’re watching a couple of holiday movies. So far, they’ve knocked off The Muppets’ Christmas Carol and The Santa Clause.

The boys are working on helicopter missions.  Their first was to start at the edge of the dining room and land on the table.  Mr. Chili’s first attempt did not go well.


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Ten Things Tuesday

A “Whole Lotta Nothing” edition:

1.  Gerry (formerly known as TwoBlueDay) is writing again!  Go here and be part of his chorus.

2.  Suzanne (aka Mama Wayfarer) came to visit yesterday and, while we were chatting, she brought out a gorgeous cowl she was crocheting as a gift for someone.  Since I’m currently obsessed with cowls and circle scarves, I insisted she teach me how to make one of my own, which led to an impromptu trip to a Michael’s to buy yarn and a crochet hook.  Of course, I can’t do ANYTHING the easy way, and I purchased yarn that just wasn’t going to work for a first project (it’s lovely and soft and fluffy, which makes discerning where the stitches are damned near impossible).  I may have solved the problem, though, by borrowing circular knitting needles from Mother Chili; I’ll report back.

3.  Even though I balk at the idea of “resolutions,” I’m kicking around the idea of a few really important ones this coming year.  I need to let my thinking about it marinate a bit more (good thing we’ve got a few days left until the turning of the calendar!) before I commit, though; if I’m going to do these things, I have to know that I can really DO them.

4.  We’re planning to see a movie today, but we’ve not settled yet on Mission Impossible, Sherlock Holmes, or Tintin.  I’ll report back.

5.  Today is latkes at the O’Mama household!  I haven’t seen my friend in too long.

6.  Today is also dinner with Auntie and The Girl, which I’m VERY much looking forward to.

7.  It just occurred to me that I need to update my Chili Reads list for this year; I’ve got a bunch of titles to add, but I don’t know when I’ll have time (certainly not today; see items 4-6) to do that.

8.  Despite the crazy-hectic that has been happening in my house these last three days, the place looks amazingly not-destroyed.  This surprises me.

9.  That being said, there ARE little bits of severed leaves everywhere as the boys keep running their iPhone helicopters into the houseplants.

10.  We need to take our family picture before we take our tree down.  I need not to forget to do that!



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Boxing Day

I’ve come to love the day after Christmas just as much as the day itself, for Boxing Day is the day when my dear friends, the Wayfarers, descend upon Chez Chili for brunch and fellowship.

The younger girls wander off to conspire while the adults stand around the kitchen (why do humans love to stand around the kitchen?) and chat as breakfast-y things are prepared; usually waffles, though this morning’s offerings were pancakes, courtesy of Mr. Chili – Wayfarer Papa having informed me that the main focus of the meal is, of course, the syrup, so the vehicle doesn’t matter much-  and yummy, thick-sliced bacon.

I treasure this tradition, which, I believe, is on its 6th or 7th year by now.  I see these friends rarely, and I’m always happy to be in their presence.  It’s my dearest wish that this will be a tradition that we’ll continue to carry on; it’s in integral part of what makes my holidays special.

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Quick Hit: The Big Presents

I got Mr. Chili, Auntie, and Bruder iPod/iPad controlled helicopters!


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