As that Ho ho ho! day looms ever nearer, I thought it might be fun to see what I focused on this day in years past. Four days and counting…are you ready? I know I’m not.


so you want to know if you’re ready to move out – 12/21/17

“Signs you’re ready to move out of your parents’ house (AKA fly, baby, fly)

**  You factor beer money into your monthly spending.

**  You’ve grown a full blown beard.

**  You have a credit card.

**  You find yourself navigating life as an adult under your parent’s roof.  (Diet.  Spending.  Sex life.  Awkward.)”

Apparently part of last December was spent imparting my oh so expansive knowledge on whether it’s time to get the hell out and make it on your own. (Spoiler Alert: The answer is almost always yes.)


Words Crush Wednesday – life’s lessons – 12/21/16

“What we learn to do, we learn by doing.”  Thomas Jefferson

gratitude: magic on the dock – 12/21/16

“I’ve found many ways to love my time at the lake.  Looking out over the water, soaking up the sun, watching birds soar across the sky.  There are a thousand little moments of peace, instants when the world slips away and my spirit stills.

This fall I discovered the power lurking beneath our dock…”

It looks like December 21, 2016 was reflection. Gratitude. A spirit of looking at what’s bigger than me. Huh. I must have been in a pretty good head space that week.


it’s not always tinsel and egg nog – 12/21/15

“Holidays can bring excitement, joy, love, and the holiday spirit, but they can also mean hard times for those among us.  We look around and see the smiling children and glittery decorations, but those struggling with stress and anxiety are too often overlooked…”

Missing Letter Monday: no D – 12/21/15

“90 hours ’til Christmas

and all through the place

wrapping paper lay crinkling

among ribbon and tape…”

Hectic. Juggling way too much stuff. Stressing out. Meh. Sounds like typical December stuff in 2015.


So those are Almost-Christmas Past, but what’s coming in the future? Lucky for us, I’ve got my crystal ball unpacked for the evening. Here are a few predictions for future December 21st posts. Remind me to check back in a few years to see if I hit any jackpots here.

  • Studying the wish lists for WordPress interns.
  • “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” HOA style.
  • Last minute gift ideas from your local dollar store/pharmacy/gas station.
  • “Melissa’s elf on the shelf got tipsy and hooked up at the office Christmas party: a cautionary tale.”
  • 101 uses for tissue paper and tinsel that will impress even the most hardcore hoarder