2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 53 trips to carry that many people.

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‘Tis The Night Before Christmas

Shopping is finished, everything’s been wrapped, cards have been mailed, stockings are stuffed, cookies baked and the letter to Santa has been written.  Visions of sugarplums….

Now, all that’s left to do is enjoy yourself and your family!

All of the annoying commercials (like the “it’s got a USB!” rhyming jingle) are about to cease.
Let the marathon of “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” movie begin.

Travel safely tomorrow, or better yet, stay in and remain close.  Scrounge for batteries, learn how to work that iPad, whatever Santa brings, simply enjoy!

I’m literally going over the river and through the woods to be with my boyfriend and his overly excited eight-year-old after I sleep in just a tad.

Life is good, Merry Christmas to all, and to all….

What a Difference a Year Makes…

Nothing will change what happened to our family a year ago today.

Nothing will make it better.

Nothing will erase the pain and suffering we all went through. 

But…waking up, driving yourself to BWI, boarding a plane for Orlando and ending up at Walt Disney World with your youngest and his kids sure does help!

I know how much we all wish Anna were with my dad as he spends this Christmas in “the happiest place on earth.”

The Trifecta in Disney!

Bambi, Pops & The Girls!

What a difference a year makes…

Hug tightly & love the ones you’re with!

Materialistic No More

As everyone would probably agree, we all have too much “stuff.”

New apartments go in. Nearby storage units get built.  Makes sense, right?  More people, more stuff!

And at the holidays people create lists of more stuff they want, stuff they don’t likely need, because as I began, we all have too much stuff!

This episode of LESoapbox comes after a day of pure mayhem – I mean, shopping – the second to last Sunday before Christmas.  Now, note well, we’re still in the teens on the calendar, but you would have thought I was out there on Christmas Eve, and I wasn’t just in one shopping area, I was in several.  Pentagon City, Potomac Yard, Old Town, the drugstore, independent shops, all over town.  Thank goodness this morning of shopping “fun” ended with an afternoon being serenaded into the holiday spirit by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington!  Yes, my eye was on the prize as I finagled a parking space here, and an acceptable parallel park job there!

“That’s it,” I said to myself, “never again!” Next year, I’m making a nice donation to my favorite cause (although I’ll take your suggestions, too) and calling it true Christmas “giving.”

Some lucky recipients could be:

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington

Children’s National Medical Center

Adult Congenital Heart Association

Leukemia Lymphoma Society

Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation

American Cancer Society

American Red Cross

Here’s who’s not getting a paycheck’s worth next year:





…You get my drift!