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Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Tips

Is it the season? Maybe the economy has something to do with it.  Is it just me or does it seem that everyone is on edge? 

I keep running across people that are just not happy -  It's more than just the lack of a smile.  It's their persona.  Deep from within, they're accustomed to being lonely, angry, unhappy people.

Well, it's the Holiday Season, folks.  Lighten up.  Get a grip.  Smile.  What goes around comes around and if you don't, I suspect your life is going to continue to be a downer for you and those around you.

I'm thankful for many things - my friends rank right at the top of that list.  I often get humorous e-mails with jokes, cartoons and anecdotes, all with the intent of bringing a smile to my day.  I know, we all get them in some form or fashion.  I usually don't pass them on to others, but one particular e-mail caught my eye.  I did have to share "Holiday Tips."  Share it with others, too - make someone smile and brighten their day.

As you're preparing your holiday get-togethers, or accepting an invite to one, consider these "HOLIDAY TIPS" ~

1.  Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Holiday  spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately.. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat.. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on.  Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a  Holiday  party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate and wine in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Have a great holiday season!!

Special thanks to Craig for brightening my day!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Chateaux on Central is Back!

Strolling by, you might think you're on the upper East side of Manhattan. These "mini-mansions" feature turrets, iron railings and tons of brick. Plagued by the changes in the recent real estate market, a new owner of Chateaux on Central stole the property and it's better than ever. These posh town homes are a welcome improvement to the central corridor. The development offers 21 units, now priced beginning at $1.3 million. In 2007, they were priced between $2 and $5 million.

The grand re-opening is set for this Friday, December 12 with ticket proceeds going to support Phoenix Children's Hospital. Check out the full story here: Upscale Condos in Downtown Phoenix Sold