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Around the bend: Texting pushes my buttons; just call

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



I hate to sound like an old square, but I have to say it: I just don’t get this whole texting thing. What’s wrong with a phone call?

I admit a text message is more appropriate than a phone call in certain situations, like when it’s too loud to talk, or when you’re being held hostage by crazed gunmen and need to keep it down. But most of the time, I just don’t see the point.

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Around the bend: Dream leads to big lottery 'jackpot'

Posted on January 27, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Guess what: I won the lottery.

I never thought it would happen to me. I don’t win at games of chance. I’m not one of those charmed people who spend $50 a week on scratch tickets and score a $1,500 jackpot every decade or so. I just don’t have that kind of luck.

I’m amazed I actually won. But what’s even more incredible is that I knew it was going to happen. The numbers came to me in a dream.

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Around the bend: A new year brings hibernation time

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



I’m not opposed to New Year’s resolutions. I just don’t think Jan. 1 is a good time to start anything that requires self-motivation.

In Vermont, the deepest part of winter is just beginning. People may feel obligated to make New Year’s resolutions to exercise and lose weight and get organized, but right now all anyone really wants to do is curl up on the couch and eat. Anything. With extra butter.

Even my cat gets fat in January.

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Around the bend: Can't teach an old Santa new tricks

Posted on December 30, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



For couples with conflicting spending habits, the end of the Christmas shopping season always comes as a relief.

With these couples, one partner dislikes shopping and hates to waste money on overpriced gifts. This person declares solemnly, “Christmas isn’t about presents; it’s about family spending time together.”

That’s a lie, of course. But for people like me, who get chest pains at the thought of paying $119.95 for a set of Legos that will fit in a shoebox, it’s all we have.

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Around the bend: Putting on a festive face — gingerly

Posted on December 16, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Every year at about this time, I get the urge to put on a red-and-green apron, crank up the Christmas music, and bake cookies. The warmth of the oven, the aroma of cinnamon wafting through the house, the thought of sharing homemade treats with loved ones — it all puts me in a holiday mood.

Unfortunately, it’s usually a bad mood.

Despite my good intentions, baking cookies leaves me stressed out. I end up with flour in my hair and misdirected feelings of animosity toward Burl Ives, Bing Crosby and yes, even Jimmy Stewart.

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Around the bend: Renovation not always constructive

Posted on December 2, 2010 | Blog Category:
By Jessie Raymond



If you stopped by my house Thanksgiving Day, you might have noticed something unusual about our living room. That morning, we turned the furniture around backward, facing a corner that currently features a weight bench, an abandoned cat toy and a few dust bunnies.

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Around the Bend: No lying down on mattress move

Posted on November 18, 2010 | Blog Category:
By Jessie Raymond



Last Saturday night, I decided to move a full-size mattress — and box spring — up a flight of stairs in a narrow hallway. Alone.

Why do I do these things? Where was the voice of reason saying, “Many hands make light work?"

It was being drowned out by the voice of optimism, which kept shouting, “You can do this! Probably!”

My husband and daughter were gone for the evening, and I thought I would surprise her by moving out her no-longer-wanted single bunk beds and moving in the double bed some friends had brought over earlier that day.

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Around the bend: The squeaky wheel gets the BaNilla

Posted on November 4, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



The woman standing next to me in the dairy aisle didn’t share my enthusiasm.

She seemed not to understand she was witnessing one of my greatest personal triumphs.
She did not congratulate me; in fact, she told me not to hug her ever again.

She didn’t care that there, on the bottom shelf next to the butter, lay proof that my voice had been heard.

Stonyfield had listened to me.

Yes, this is a tale of yogurt and the power of free speech, two things I’m in favor of but rarely think about simultaneously. Through my input, I effected meaningful change in the yogurt industry.

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Around the bend: Staying warm is winter's challenge

Posted on October 7, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Here we are, just one week into October, and my brain has already slipped into winter mode. For the next six to eight months, at least 40 percent of my waking thoughts will focus one elusive goal: staying warm.

I’m one of those people who are always cold. You know the type; every household has one. We scream, “Close the door!” the second it opens, before our family members have time to go through it. We wear socks 11 months of the year. We think the inventor of the Snuggie deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarianism.

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Around the bend: Weekend not for canned laughter

Posted on September 23, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Oh, how I love Mondays.

This is a change; I used to look forward to weekends, a time for relaxation and respite from the hectic workweek.

But after spending yet another Saturday and Sunday preserving endless bushels of produce from the yard and garden, the thought of going back to work and sitting in a chair like a slug for five straight days makes me happy all over.

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