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January 2013

January 2013

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- Festival of Sleep Day
Shouldn’t that be the 
- International SkepticsDay18
- Winnie The PoohDay
or my mom who loves Winnie 
- National HandwritingDay
 probably a  good day to turn off  the computer and  practice this lost art 
Backward Day
National Bath Safety Month
National Blood DonorMonth
National Braille Literacy Month
National Hobby Month
Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Soup Month
each of us. In my case, the wife and I decided to tacklethe closets. A daunting task, but long past due. One lookat the dates on some of our printed t-shirts proved that.
(I’ve been hanging onto these shirts for
long now?)We ended up with ten full bags of lightly-used clothing wewere able to donate. It felt good.We looked at other clutter, too. All around the house.There are those who believe an over cluttered home oroffice can be stress inducing. Parting with some of it issupposed to keep us from becoming overly stimulated andbecome more focused. There are also health benefits, as
getting rid of “stuff” gives dust one less place to call
home. Some research is even suggesting a correlationbetween the cleaning products we all have too much ofand a big health hazard. Storing it, in theory, decreasesindoor air q
uality. Just some good “food for thought” in
my opinion.As much as Lindsey and I resolve for a better New Year bytrying our best to remain de-cluttered and focused
weadmit we had an ulterior motive. We are getting a headstart in preparing our home for a most eagerly awaitedaddition to our family. My wife and I are expecting inJune. Our biggest resolution for 2013 is to become thebest parents we can be! (Talk about new beginnings
 wow!) From our family to yours, all the best for this NewYea
r. And don’t forget, now is the ideal time to change
and the batteries in your smoke detectors and COmonitors!
Dedicated To A Healthier Environment
What is it about hanging up a new calendar that inspires
us? For me, it’s
rejuvenation. It signals hope, andreminds me that as tough as things sometimes are, eachNew Year holds a promise of fresh beginnings and new
resolutions. It’s
my renewed commitment to livinghealthier, wealthier and happier. A lot of you feel thesame way
and if we forget, it’s hard to avoid being
reminded as the bombardment of television commercialsand stuffed mailboxes encourage us to join a gym, start
a Weight Watcher’s program, take another look at
Match.com, or call Charles Schwab a.s.a.p.However you celebrated the start of 2013, or whateveryou commit to for the upcoming year
, it’s always a good
idea to assess your current state. Before going forward,back pedal a bit. Take the time you need to decompressfrom the last few weeks of shopping, cooking, diningand drinking, and all of the other exhausting craziness.Unwind. Put up an e-
mail “on vacation”
notice. Try tode-stress from work and the daily grind. They have theright idea in Rio de Janei
ro. I don’t know if it’s still
done, but on December 31st
all office workerscelebrated the end of one year and the beginning of thenext by opening up the windows, clearing desks ofevery bit of unfinished business and throwing it all intothe streets.Speaking of other cultures, we use less vacation timethan almost any other civilized country and probablyhave more stuff. Try to take a day off, and use part ofit wisely. We over-worked, over-stimulated Americanscould benefit from a little less clutter, both physicallyand mentally De-cluttering means different things to
Home: 7
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 Away: 4
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I recommend checking  golf courses if you want tosee any Bears players in 
 The NHL lockouthas officially lastedlonger than Kim
Kardashian’s lastmarriage….
“Always bear in mind that 
 your own resolution to succeed is more important 
than any other.” 
Abraham Lincoln
 2Cozy News January 2013
Comfort Hotline: (847) 397-5888  
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 These chicken tostadas feature boneless, skinlesschicken breasts in a bold and flavorful way:marinated and served alongside grilled, tangy tomatillos. Instead of frying tortillas for the base, we charred them on the grill for a slightly crispbut smoky flavor.Ingredients1/4 cup fresh lime juice2 garlic cloves, sliced1 chipotle chile in adobo, coarsely choppedKosher salt2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into1-inch pieces (1 pound)Cooking spray 4 (8-inch) flour tortillas1 pound tomatillos, removed from husk andrinsed1 tablespoon olive oil2 cups shredded romaine lettuce2 ounces queso fresco, crumbled, about 1/3 cupChopped onion, cilantro sprigs, and lime wedgesfor serving Combine the lime juice, garlic and chipotle chile ina medium nonreactive bowl; season with salt. Addthe chicken, toss well to coat, and refrigerate 2hours. Remove the chicken from the marinade;thread onto 4 (12-inch) skewers lightly misted with cooking spray.Preheat the grill to medium. Mist the tortillas with cooking spray. Add the tortillas to the grill;cook, turning once, until lightly toasted, about 1to 2 minutes per tortilla.Meanwhile, add the chicken and the wholetomatillos to the grill; cook, turning often, untiltomatillos are charred and chicken is cookedthrough, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove the skewersfrom the chicken.Coarsely chop the tomatillos and toss with oiland salt to taste. Place toasted tortillas on plates;generously top with romaine, tomatillos, chicken,and queso fresco. Serve with onion, cilantrosprigs, and a lime wedge if desired.Copyright 2010 Television Food Network, G.P. All rights reserved
Most Realistic New Year’s
Gain Weight
I will start buying lotterytickets at a luckier store
Stop exercising
Watch more TV, I've beenmissing some good stuff
Watch less T.V. instandard definition
Procrastinate more
Do less laundry and usemore deodorant
I will no longer waste mytime reliving the pastinstead I will spend itworrying about the future
Stop buying worthlessjunk on Ebay, because QVChas better specials
 3Cozy News January 2013
Comfort Hotline: (847) 397-5888  
info@corcoranheating.comI often look back at old newsletters for
inspiration or to see what’s already beencovered. This month, I’ve decided to
reprint an article from 2012, as themessage still rings true today, andserves as a good reminder that if wehave made resolutions
it’s best to try 
one or two which have a chance of success!
 Try one of these 10 easier to
follow New Year’s resolutions
this year:
1) Take The Stairs;
A gymmembership is great only if you use it,and most home equipment becomes acoat rack by February. Instead, ditchthe escalator or elevator and commit totaking the stairs.
2) Turn Off Your Cell Phone;
Despite the tempting new “apps”
foreverything, wean yourself for an houror so each day and pick up a book 
instead. It’s not impossible – 
start withthirty minutes and work your way up if necessary.
 3) Eat In More Than You Eat Out;
 You may have promised to diet. You’ll
probably eat LESS if you eat at home.Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables. Share the time preparing and cooking with family and friends,free of distractions. An added bonus?
 You’ll probably save money, too.
Nothing wrong with that!
4) Be BETTER Than Punctual;
Shoot for being five minutes early foreverything. That small goal will helpretrain you to focus your effort and.truly trying to assist you, did they? Why not give others the eye contactyou would have appreciated and seehow simple and effective it really is.
9) Leave Your Credit Cards AtHome;
This resolution addresses itself to people who struggle to rope in theirpurchasing impulses, whip out theircredit card, and anguish with remorseand regret later. Have a plan for yourexpenditures, and stick to it.
10) Write Hand Written Letters;
“Snail mail” is still appreciated,
probably more so than an e-
mail. It’s a
great way to connect with not only friends and family, but with potentialclients and business partners as well. Ahand written letter shows genuine carethat is often lost
even in the mosteloquently written computer-generatedcommunication.However you plan to celebrate orcommit yourself to just focus on agood year. A little positive can doattitude is never a bad thing for anyonein our opinion. Best in 2013.
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improve your functionality.
5) Bring Back The Phone Call;
Insteadof texting, tweeting or posting on a wall, why not pick up the phone and call who
you’d like to stay in touch with?
something about a tone of voice, or thesound of sincerity or laughter that the written word cannot convey.
6) Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone;
  Try to do one thing per day or week thatyou would not normally. This will bedifferent for each person, but perhapsyou could try smiling at people who walk by, or greeting someone you see often
but don’
t normally talk to. Notice some
good behavior? Don’t think it to yourself 
and file it away. Offer that unexpectedcompliment.
7) Turn Off The Internet
; Almost the
same as suggestion #2. Again, I’m not
suggesting that you totally disappear off the grid, but try to walk away for a setamount of time. Productivity studieshave shown what you probably already suspect: wandering aimlessly around the web nets you mostly procrastination. There are apps and software available tolimit distractions while working online if you need the help.
8) Make More Eye Contact;
This is aneasy resolution that helps prove to peoplethat you are more engaged and actually interested in what they have to say. Haveyou been at a store trying to talk with asalesperson while they have that wandering eye checking out whoever
 walks by? They didn’t seem very 
interested in figuring out your needs and

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