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This is Where the Frustration with Breakfast Lies

A few weeks ago during a staff meeting the employees in my department mentioned that they wanted to get together for more department breakfast and luncheon events.  They wanted to take a few moments to enjoy a meal together and socialize instead of all going their separate ways during their lunch hour.  We all decided to hold the first event on Valentine’s Day (today) and have a “Made with Love” employee breakfast in the office.  Everyone was asked to bring a homemade dish (made with love) to share with co-workers.  This is what is being served at our Valentine’s Day “Made with Love” Breakfast this morning:

  • Two boxes of frozen microwavable pancakes
  • One box of frozen microwavable sausage biscuits
  • One bag of McDonald’s hashbrowns
  • One bad of McDonald’s sausage and egg biscuits
  • Two store-bought apple pastries
  • One homemade bacon and egg quiche
  • One homemade hashbrown casserole

The department manager and myself supplied the Valentine-themed plates, napkins, silverware, cups, decorations, juices, muffins and other foods.

McDonalds’s?  Really???  She said it was “too cold” to get out of her car to go into the grocery store to buy anything else.  The drive-thru was open and her car heater was on.

There is nothing quite as frustrating as putting the effort into organizing and decorating an event that people ask for only to have them show up with frozen pancakes and McDonald’s biscuits.  This was planned over a month in advance.  I know I’m whining but I’m just feeling a bit disgruntled.


One Year Later

I’ll cry if I write too much about this so I’m not going to say too much, ok?  Just a few words.  Last month marked one year since my grandfather died and I miss him as much as ever.  He used to sing silly songs and one of my favorites was,

“Way down south in the bowling green,

A bullfrog went a-riding on a sewing machine

That sewing machine got to going too fast

and the bullfrog got nine stitches in his…


RIP Grandpa.  <3

What To Do About Work Hair

It’s a frustration I face every single morning.  What do I do about my hair???  My long, dark, boring hair.  :-/   Here’s the scoop…

I work in lower management for the city.  I speak with citizens of our city every single day and occasionally speak at public and commission presentations.  I have to look professional at all times.  My hair remains a constant source of stress in my life.  Living in Florida the humidity is atrocious and even with anti-humidity and anti-frizz creams my normally straight hair will frizz and wave all by itself.  It looks sloppy on humid days.  It does the same thing on rainy days (which are also frequent) again because of the humidity.  It’s also excessively hot all the way down here in South Florida.  Excessively hot means getting little beads of sweat from time to time which seem to enjoy being on my brow making bangs a terrible, terrible idea or on the back of my neck making leaving my long hair down a bad, bad idea.

So, what’s a girl to do?

Sure, I could cut my hair but I really, really, really don’t want to do that.  I like long hair.  I could wear it up but I’m so awful at updo’s.  I still have the dexterity of a 6-year old when it comes to styling my own hair.  Have you ever seen a 6-year old try to style her own hair?  Would that look good in a city office?  Yeah, I don’t think so either.

So, what do I do?  I spend hours upon hours browsing Pinterest for hairstyles I love and yet know I could never pull off by myself.  I need someone to come to my house every single morning and just style my hair.