Enact the Fifteen Minute Rule

Call your girlfriends. (Photo courtesy of tucsoncitizen.com)

One of my greatest friends made a suggestion not too long ago and unfortunately, it took me a while to let it sink in, and to realize how beneficial it is.  I wanted to share it with you.

Regardless of how busy your week is, take 15 minutes to call the people who are important to you.

Sounds obvious right?  My oldest and still my closest friends are, for the most part, scattered around the country.  With different careers, relationships and social lives, it’s nearly impossible to keep up on the day to day things that matter.  I hate it.  It’s embarrassing to not know a heck of a lot about people you love and care about.

The thing is, I always felt that if I made a call, the inevitable would happen; we’d tell the most recent random story, we’d laugh a ton, ask about each other’s families, jobs, significant others, reminisce about an old story, etc. and before you know it, two hours has passed.  Which, on a slow night is great and I can hang up the phone with a huge smile and say to myself, “After all these years, we still click”.  And we do, too much, over text and emails and not enough real conversation.

If we all said, “Listen, I have 15 minutes to get to point B, I wanted to check in and see how you are”, we’d talk more often and be more in tune.  Since none of us are sitting at home bored, I don’t think it’ll be offensive because we are all just as busy.

Call me old fashioned but the sound of friends’ laughter beats an “LOL” any day.  And imagine this, telling your friends how excited you are about their news instead of “Like”-ing it on Facebook.  Who knew.

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Christmas time is here

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For those of us who celebrate Christmas, it really is the best time of the year.  There is a warm and sentimental feeling that encompasses the soul.  But like everything else, time passes so quickly and before you know it, the lights are gone and the cookies stale.

This year, we didn’t wait to celebrate.  And I wouldn’t let the Grinches force us to hide our spirit, with their “Are you serious? The mall is decorated for Christmas already?” comments.  Well, excuse my French, but screw them.  As a matter of fact, we’ve been watching Elf since September.  (Who am I kidding, we watch it all the time really.)

I learned my lesson from this summer, when too many tomorrows passed us by and my plans for making real fresh jam went by the wayside.  I’m going to dig out the most sentimental family cookie recipes I have and get going.  Even the ones that seem too complicated and require odd ingredients will get a fair shot. 

As we hang our handblown ornaments and get out the old cookie press, we wish you a Merry Christmas.  Don’t forget  that “the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear”.