The week gone by — Dec. 13

Every Monday at 7 p.m., I carefully prop up my iPad in my sock drawer, log into Zoom and kick, punch, jump and shuffle for an hour in my exercise class.

We haven’t been in the gym for months, but as long as there’s a class on Monday, I’m there, whether it’s in the parking lot of a pizza place — where we gathered with cones to keep us the required 14 feet apart during the summer — or virtually in my bedroom.

After all, when the class started almost four years ago, it was Thursdays at 7 a.m., and compared to that, how hard is it to follow along on a screen?

It’s a fun class and a good workout, but the best part of the class is Jamie, our instructor. She’s fun. She’s friendly. She’s funny.

She’s basically awesome, is what I’m saying.

But don’t take my word for it. Read her new blog, Burpees & Burritos.

She’s going to be writing about health and fitness and exercise and, most importantly, finding balance between doing burpees — it’s a long-running joke in class how much I hate them — and enjoying burritos.

So make sure to check it out.

Wherever you are, remember that everyone is at a different place in their health journey. We all have to start somewhere, and there is always room for improvement.”

— “5 Tips to Start your Health Journey


Unless I had to go through Customs, crossing borders was never something I thought much about, until now.

As it turns out, I don’t find the 12 Pains of Christmas all that painful.


A laminated card gets Michele thinking about how the end comes for us all.

Rosie misses travel. Me too, Rosie … me too.

On the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Austin reflects on his father’s military service.

Pea Green contributes a story for T.B.C. about a Christmas surprise.

Michelle is OK with you liking Christmas, but she’s not a fan

Meanwhile, Becky is a fan of Christmas, but is having trouble getting into the spirit.

Renata likes watching children’s Christmas specials.

Ashley got her first real Christmas tree since childhood.

Zoe was excited to go back to the office, because absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

Speaking of offices, Vee had an embarrassing incident in hers … and she wasn’t even there.

Interested in skiing, but not spending a ton of money? Savannah has some advice.

Cass wants to make time for a few things.

I’ve been thinking a lot about staying in touch and being out of touch lately.


Mmmmmm … mozzarella sticks.

I see the Hallmark scourge has crossed the pond.

It’s a bun, but it pained me to learn people actually eat French fries (or chips, where Claire is) like that.

Me too.

I love dessert, but I also love living.


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