How’s Your Pu Pu Platter?

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When life hands you a pu pu platter, do whatever you can to make the best of what’s on it. Some pu pus you’ll love and want to devour, others will appear to be actual poo poo. But however it looks to you, you have the power to change it. Like add some ketchup, sriracha, chilies, or just order a new pu pu .

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Obviously this year has been a year unlike any that any of us have experienced, and I am glad to report that my platter has been been more pu than poo.

Here’s my list of how my pus were not poos. Maybe you can think of your own – or several different ones.

  1. Positive challenge pu – I was reluctant to take a bit of a leap into working on something that was really new to me. Ok, it was a pretty big leap. I knew there was a lot of learning and work to do, which I always welcome and know that I will grow in some way. But I knew this work would bring me to a place of greater exposure which was uncomfortable for me! But I was stuck! I knew I had to dive in, so I accepted a mild challenge from a very special friend who brought me into another dimension of a world I didn’t know I needed or could be in. And it has been awesome. I know it sounds obscure, but you get the idea. I just had to be brave in a weird time.
  2. Intellectual growth pu – The last few months I have learned so much about more than than I thought I could in a short amount of time, and more than I knew I needed to. Why did did underestimate myself? I guess that was one of the poos on my platter. But now, I am fortunate to not only have learned a bunch of valuable knowledge and am in the process of working on associated skills.
  3. Socially positive pu – Even in this pu/poo platter of 2020, I managed to stay fairly human and connect to a new batch of people I am learning from. I have stayed connected to my #BFFs, old and new. All just the best people for which I can rely on and they on me, there to offer warm words yet also call each other out on our feeble attempts to tell ourselves some BS – a real self-sabotage technique we’ve all tried! Thank goodness for them! They are driven and ambitious. They are goal-setters and achievers. They are molders and givers. Without them, my pu pu platter would probably have been the kind offered in A Bug’s Life. Not the kind I want. But each to their own.

How’s your pu pu platter?

Special thanks to LaVonna xoxo

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Holiday Season is Here

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First, I am very thankful that I was able to sleep in until 8:30 this morning, despite Brett and I both forgetting to turn of our alarms. At this time of year, sleep is so essential.

So we got up, bundled ourselves and headed to our usual diner around the corner for breakfast. In conversation during breakfast I mentioned to Brett that we should walk over to Dunkin on Lex to pick up the correct K-cups and possibly from there we would be able to see the Macy’s parade balloons. Neither Brett or I are parade people but this was the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and it’s the kick-off to holiday season!  So Brett made a face and said he would go, but only as far as Lex.

Well, we left the diner, picked up the coffee, stepped back out onto the street and looked across the avenues … and we couldn’t see anything. It was pretty chilly and I contemplated going home, but instead I told him to go home and I’d just walk over to catch the end of the parade. I had to!

I hung a right and headed toward Rockefeller. I’d say my timing was pretty smack on – I got to see some of the enormous balloons as I approached 6th Avenue, just on the other side of Rockefeller. Many people, young and old – toques, puffy scarves, mitts and parkas on, to experience this iconic NYC event. It was energizing absorbing everyone’s holiday spirit! Although the end of the parade is not as cool as the beginning – all the new balloons are at the front – it’s still pretty cool to watch numbers and numbers of people controlling these huge inflatable characters and shapes. They look so small in comparison.

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I’d say my hour this morning walking through Rockefeller, watching families all bundled – some making special trips into the city just for the parade and to experience the festivities, and observing that 15 minutes of parade pushed me into the Festivus season! For these moments and opportunities I am forever grateful.


Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Chanukah, and Happy Holidays everyone! Take one of the most stressful times of year and turn it into a relaxing season of sharing, giving and cheer!