To say that I was a bookworm as a child would be an understatement. I not only spent almost all of my discretionary time reading, I modeled my life after the heroines in my favorite novels. I wore bonnets and pinafores to school, insisted on drinking out of tin cups at meals, made molasses candy whenever it snowed, convinced my parents to put my desk in our unfinished attic (to simulate Jo's garret in Little Women), and founded a babysitters club and detective agency.
Like most people, my holiday traditions include lots of food and drink: cheese pizza is essential when watching Home Alone for the hundredth time, hot chocolate is a must for Christmas tree decorating, and champagne feels like a key ingredient to most holiday celebrations. While treats are an important part of the holiday spirit, as I anticipate the season’s packed bucket list, I already find myself looking forward to the discipline and detox that the New Year will bring. This year, rather than waiting until the New Year, I’m applying some of what I’ve learned during my Fresh Drinks Project research to make December a bit healthier.
Over the last two years, I have been researching the question of how to drink better without giving up alcohol entirely. A delightful byproduct of my research has been developing a happier relationship with my beloved candy.
Whether you are spinning your wheels on a big deadline, in a bad mood, or struggling to rally for a big night out, a power nap might be just the magical fix you need to feel better.
A party done right can be a great gift for an introvert who would be especially unlikely to throw their own because they’ve been turned off by past traumas of piñata scrambles, forced karaoke, and the awkward 15-second during which a huge crowd is singing Happy Birthday at you.