February 20, 2014 8:17 AM
Groundhog got you down?
This month that rascally rodent promised six more weeks of winter and, unfortunately, he was absolutely right. So what can we do to chase away the winter blahs and remind ourselves that spring is just around the corner?
How about a healthy dose of “Hoodie-Hoo?” Believe it or not, today is Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day, a holiday created and copyrighted by Wellcat Holidays. How do you celebrate? At high noon on February 20, go outside, throw your hands in the air and yell, “Hoodie-Hoo!” That’s all there is to chasing winter away and welcoming spring, which arrives in exactly one month. Continue reading
February 17, 2014 10:00 AM
What do Presidents’ Day and the bank have in common? No, it’s not taking the day off.
It’s money. Presidents are featured on nearly all of the coins and currency we use today.
So, in honor of this Presidents’ Day, let’s have some fun seeing how much we know about money. Continue reading
February 13, 2014 9:54 AM
In cold February, what could be better than snuggling up by the fire with a warm cup of java or cocoa and popping in a favorite, classic romantic movie to make you laugh, warm the heart or move the soul? OK, I realize this may not be an idea for everyone, but in the spirit of Valentine’s Day we’re celebrating with recommendations for a top-notch romantic movie marathon.
My must-sees are first, including ratings from RottenTomatoes.com, so you don’t just have to take my word for it! Romance-loving Susquehanna employees also offered their takes on the love movies they love. I’ve added a few at the end for good measure, in case you are going for a mega-marathon! Happy viewing, and may you find a movie worth falling for! Continue reading
February 10, 2014 10:15 AM
I’ve been thinking about getting a dog for the past 6 months or so. And thinking. Annnnd…thinking.
I had in my mind what I wanted: a Goldendoodle! They don’t shed like Poodles and have the temperament of a Golden Retriever…how perfect! I even went to look at some puppies over the summer but I guess I wasn’t quite ready to make the short and long-term financial commitment that comes with a pet.
Then came Christmastime and I was doing my usual perusing of puppies online and I saw that the price of Goldendoodle puppies skyrocketed to $1,200! Well, pfft. There was no way I was getting one now. Continue reading
February 3, 2014 8:56 AM
When I was in school, I remember the excitement of waking up to a snowy morning, sitting impatiently in front of the TV, waiting for our school to appear on the closing list and then rejoicing when we finally saw it!
Times have changed. Now, you wake up to a snowy morning, check the local news station’s website from your phone, see school is closed and go back to bed. Many schools even send emails or text messages letting parents know of delays or closings. Continue reading
January 27, 2014 9:39 AM
Did you know April is one of the best times of the year buy sneakers? And May is the best time to buy a refrigerator or a mattress? Maybe you knew that, but I had no clue!
I consider myself a pretty savvy shopper when it comes to buying clothes on clearance but certainly not when it comes to the best time of the year to buy tools, carpet, or office furniture, according to this list from LifeHacker.com
While researching the best time of the year to buy furniture, I was able to pick up some more helpful tips from LifeHacker as to when to buy certain household items: Continue reading
January 22, 2014 5:00 PM
If you’re reading this from within the mid-Atlantic region, you’ve probably shivered through a cold snap in the past few weeks. In the midst of that deep freeze, I polled my colleagues for their favorite cold-weather comfort foods, to find out what recipes they turn to when there’s a serious chill in the air. And boy, did they deliver, speaking in sometimes passionate tones about their favorite winter dishes.
Classics like tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches were celebrated, as well as baked macaroni and cheese, and lasagna. Some were a bit quirky – Brenda makes cornbread and beans when she gets homesick for West Virginia, and me, I order spicy Thai lemongrass soup when nothing else will warm me up. Alyssa likes to whip up breakfast for dinner, and Sara swears by her family’s tradition of hot chocolate and buttered toast.
Numerous people mentioned the comfort of a simmering pot of homemade soup on the stove, whether it is Kate’s scrumptious-sounding sausage and tortellini concoction, or the delicious (and practical!) ham and potato soup Adam makes, using leftovers from Christmas. Then there’s chili made with four pounds of meat – Lori’s family doesn’t mess around. Continue reading
January 16, 2014 6:55 AM
For many people, the New Year is a time to reflect and make resolutions to improve some aspect of life. Common resolutions involve losing weight, eating healthier, exercising more, getting organized, spending less, saving more, improving communications, quitting smoking, and drinking less alcohol, just to name a few. Despite good intentions, many people do not stick to their resolutions for terribly long – a recent stat from the University of Scranton indicates that only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolutions! Continue reading
December 26, 2013 9:21 AM
What are you doing New Year’s Eve? It’s a question for the ages – one so popular there’s even a song about it. And year after year, I typically have no idea what I am doing New Year’s Eve!
Of all the celebrations throughout the year, New Year’s Eve is my least favorite. Staying up late. Partying with friends and strangers. Feeling awful the next day. Could it be at 33 that I’m just too old for this? My aversion to the holiday has made me adept at planning unconventional ways to celebrate. Continue reading