a final 10 things for 2017

My motto for 2018 is: it doesn’t have to be perfect, to be great.

(I am mostly talking about dinner parties but we can toss family, friends, work and life in there too)

Before we binge on Netflix and polish off the last of our holiday booze this New Year’s Eve, let’s take a look at my top 10 posts for 2017:

1o: Taking stock: March: My brief attempt at posting monthly “life-lately” and “taking stock” recaps had a boom in March… but then life got busy and the first to be sacrificed were these guys.

9: holy **** I finished whole30November! Talking about the Whole30 was a hit, too bad I won’t be doing that craziness again.

8: Ten-year *itch: A somewhat gloomy mid-summer slump.

7: Week 1. Done: A recap of my first week on the Whole30.

* honourable mention, the 2015 let’s taco bout a party post is still getting a bunch of visits, it came in at the 6th most read post in 2017. People really do love talking about tacos.

6: Okay, maybe I can…: After talking about things I hate, my “10 things I was not loving… but now I am”  post seemed to help mend friendships.

5: Wineglass marathon recap: Who doesn’t love reading long posts about other people’s long runs?

4: 30 whole days: The beginning of the Whole30, when things felt exciting and optimistic.

3: SUMMER starts nowish: The annual “100 days of Summer Bucket List” is always a favourite to write and attempt.

2: Forty before forty: As this is my second most-read-post, the pressure is on to execute and perform. I have 1.5 years to finish!

and the most read post of 2017…

1: I just can’t: I love that my snarky list of “10 things I can’t get behind” was my most popular post. What does that say about me? What does that say about you? What does that say about minivans?

Thanks to everyone who read, commented, pretended to read, bought a calendar and even those who accidentally landed here and couldn’t leave… It’s been fun! Shall we say a goodbye 2017 – Catch you on the flip side (The Atlantic)

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

     

Have a great weekend and happy 2018. Let’s make it great, please.(A Cup of Jo)

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10 things to discuss over christmas dinner

Merry Christmas! Here are 10 things to talk about tomorrow:

  1. O Holy Night. Who sings it better? Anne Murray or Mariah Carey
  2. Fake or real? I’m talking about the Christmas tree guys.
  3. Multi-coloured or white lights. Who does it better?
  4. Does Santa wrap his presents?
  5. Home Alone: 1, 2 or 3?
  6. Eggnog… does anyone actually like it?
  7. Jo, why not Teddy!!!

    (and I JUST learned there is a new Little Women mini-series! Sarah, grab the mulled wine, Ethan and Uma’s daughter is Jo).
  8. Holiday cards – still relevant in 2017? (I mailed 75 this year)
  9. When I say Boxing Day, you say: What? / World Juniors! / Levee it up!
  10. News to me, Santa’s reindeer are female.

    Obviously. The job gets done.

Merry Christmas!

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

           

Have a great weekend and a safe, joyful holiday! Peace and happiness. Love to all!

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colour me happy

A little late but very happy to report my favourite colour since 1983 is officially the color of the year for 2018 according to Pantone! Hello Ultra Violet, I am a big fan!

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

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Pantone is not the only one to declare a color of the year for 2018. It’s actually a big deal: The Big Money Behind Naming A “Color Of The Year”

Below are a few more colours which are lovely (hello red door) but not nearly as exciting as purple. Agree or disagree?

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Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Caliente AF-290, is strong, radiant and full of energy.

Sherwin-Williams: A collision of rich blue with jewel-toned green, a color that is both accessible and elusive, Oceanside SW 6496, is Sherwin-Williams’ 2018 Color of the Year.

Behr is pleased to announce the new 2018 Colour of the Year, In The Moment (T18-15). This cool, tranquil, spruce blue is inspired by nature and is a soothing, restorative coalescence of blue, gray and green. This comfortable colour evokes a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our busy, always-on lives. In name and colour, this hue speaks to our desire to take a break, be present and recharge.

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