Joyous Joy 68: Three Big Smiles Before 2pm

What a lovely and productive day I’ve had! Many wonderful things have already happened today and it isn’t over!

Here are my 3 favorite joys (so far):

This little guy looks like the victim of a food coma

This little guy looks like the victim of a food coma

Joy #1: I saw this photo of a squirrel sleeping in his food dish and just had to share – I LOVE squirrels! It came from my favorite blog, The Worlds top 10 of Anything and Everything!!!. There are so many people out there who don’t love squirrels and I don’t get it. Look how adorable he is!!!

If I was an animal, I’d surely be a squirrel! What type of animal would you be? Continue reading

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Joyous Joy 66: FABULOUS Event Publicity = SUPER Joyous Kate

Hi Everyone!

Most of you know that Miss Meredith Adams, owner of Nom and the City Food Tours, and I have teamed up to produce a very special event this weekend called – Culture Crawl: Food, Fluids & Friends.

Our dear friend Meg Kelly, author of the blog “The Compost Cook” wrote about it today and her post is even better than the write-ups we received on more “official” websites like DNA Info and The Brownstoner.

Great job, Meg! YOU are the JOYOUS JOY of my day!

Here is the post –  I know my followers will all agree that this is AWESOME!  Continue reading

Joyous Joy 58: Leprechaun Brunch

Showing off these cool green glasses with my friend Fidel

Showing off these cool green glasses with my friend Fidel

No, I did not host a potluck brunch for a group of leprechauns yesterday, but I did for some of my very favorite people.

For years I have been waking up at the crack of dawn to go to St Patrick’s Day parades and later pushing my way through crowded, noisy bars filled with festive (read annoying) drunkards. It was fun and all in my 20s, but at 32 I have officially had enough of it! Continue reading

Joyous Joy 55: An Unconventional Lenten Sacrifice

Last night around a table of my three smiling friends, the subject of Lenten sacrifices came up. Who was giving up what, and what had we given up in the past?

During Lent, which lasts for about six weeks leading up to Easter, Christians commit to fasting or giving something up as a form of repentance. I’ve always been fond of a more positive approach (shocking, I know). I prefer to DO something proactively, rather than give up things like chocolate or coffee.

I met Meredith last summer while on one of her NYC food tours. Click on her name in the post to check out her website

I met Meredith last summer while on one of her NYC food tours. Click on her name in the post to check out her website

In the past, I’ve done things like eating more veggies and sending handwritten notes to my loved ones.

Last night, I heard one of the best Lenten sacrifices ever. My friend Meredith decided to give up hating herself. Interesting, right?

We all have self-loathing thoughts – it’s inevitable. We are often hard on ourselves and assign self blame for things out of our control. This is clearly not healthy behavior, and as much as we understand that, how many people do something to change it? Continue reading