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What is it about hanging up a new calendar that inspires us? For me, it’s rejuvenation. It signals hope, and reminds me that as tough as things sometimes are, each New Year holds a promise of fresh beginnings and new resolutions. It’s my renewed commitment to living healthier, wealthier and happier. A lot of you feel the same way – and if we forget, it’s hard to avoid being reminded as the bombardment of television commercials and 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 whatever you 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 decompress from the last few weeks of shopping, cooking, dining and drinking, and all of the other exhausting craziness. Unwind. Put up an e-mail “on vacation” notice. Try to de-stress from work and the daily grind. They have the right idea in Rio de Janeiro. I don’t know if it’s still done, but on December 31st – all office workers celebrated the end of one year and the beginning of the next by opening up the windows, clearing desks of every bit of unfinished business and throwing it all into the streets. Speaking of other cultures, we use less vacation time than almost any other civilized country and probably have more stuff. Try to take a day off, and use part of it wisely. We over-worked, over-stimulated Americans could benefit from a little less clutter, both physically and mentally De-cluttering means different things to
each of us. In my case, the wife and I decided to tackle 3rd - Festival of Sleep Day the closets. A daunting task, but long past due. One look Shouldn’t that be the 1st? at the dates on some of our printed t-shirts proved that. 13th - International Skeptics (I’ve been hanging onto these shirts for how long now?) Day We ended up with ten full bags of lightly-used clothing we 18th - Winnie The Pooh were able to donate. It felt good. Day – for my mom
23rd - National Handwriting We looked at other clutter, too. All around the house. Day – probably a There are those who believe an over cluttered home or good day to turn off office can be stress inducing. Parting with some of it is the computer and supposed to keep us from becoming overly stimulated and practice this lost art become more focused. There are also health benefits, as 31st – Backward Day getting rid of “stuff” gives dust one less place to call home. Some research is even suggesting a correlation National Bath Safety between the cleaning products we all have too much of Month and a big health hazard. Storing it, in theory, decreases National Blood Donor Month indoor air quality. Just some good “food for thought” in National Braille Literacy my opinion.
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As much as Lindsey and I resolve for a better New Year by trying our best to remain de-cluttered and focused – we admit we had an ulterior motive. We are getting a head start in preparing our home for a most eagerly awaited holidayinsights.com addition to our family. My wife and I are expecting in June. Our biggest resolution for 2013 is to become the “Always bear in mind that best parents we can be! (Talk about new beginnings – your own resolution to wow!) From our family to yours, all the best for this New succeed is more important Year. And don’t forget, now is the ideal time to change than any other.” filters – and the batteries in your smoke detectors and CO monitors! – Abraham Lincoln Locked-Out
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Most Realistic New Year’s Read less Gain Weight I will start buying lottery tickets at a luckier store Stop exercising Watch more TV, I've been missing some good stuff Watch less T.V. in standard definition Procrastinate more Do less laundry and use more deodorant I will no longer waste my time reliving the past instead I will spend it worrying about the future Stop buying worthless junk on Ebay, because QVC has better specials
These chicken tostadas feature boneless, skinless chicken 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 crisp but smoky flavor. Ingredients 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1 chipotle chile in adobo, coarsely chopped Kosher salt 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces (1 pound) Cooking spray 4 (8-inch) flour tortillas 1 pound tomatillos, removed from husk and rinsed 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce 2 ounces queso fresco, crumbled, about 1/3 cup Chopped onion, cilantro sprigs, and lime wedges for serving Combine the lime juice, garlic and chipotle chile in a medium nonreactive bowl; season with salt. Add the chicken, toss well to coat, and refrigerate 2 hours. 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 1 to 2 minutes per tortilla. Meanwhile, add the chicken and the whole tomatillos to the grill; cook, turning often, until tomatillos are charred and chicken is cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove the skewers from the chicken. Coarsely chop the tomatillos and toss with oil and salt to taste. Place toasted tortillas on plates; generously top with romaine, tomatillos, chicken, and queso fresco. Serve with onion, cilantro sprigs, and a lime wedge if desired. Copyright 2010 Television Food Network, G.P. All rights reserved
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I often look back at old newsletters for inspiration or to see what’s already been covered. This month, I’ve decided to reprint an article from 2012, as the message still rings true today, and serves as a good reminder that if we have made resolutions – it’s best to try one or two which have a chance of success!
improve your functionality. 5) Bring Back The Phone Call; Instead of texting, tweeting or posting on a wall, why not pick up the phone and call who you’d like to stay in touch with? There’s something about a tone of voice, or the sound 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 that you would not normally. This will be different for each person, but perhaps you 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 unexpected compliment. 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 set amount of time. Productivity studies have shown what you probably already suspect: wandering aimlessly around the web nets you mostly procrastination. There are apps and software available to limit distractions while working online if you need the help. 8) Make More Eye Contact; This is an easy resolution that helps prove to people that you are more engaged and actually interested in what they have to say. Have you been at a store trying to talk with a salesperson while they have that wandering eye checking out whoever walks by? They didn’t seem very interested in figuring out your needs and truly trying to assist you, did they? Why not give others the eye contact you would have appreciated and see how simple and effective it really is. 9) Leave Your Credit Cards At Home; This resolution addresses itself to people who struggle to rope in their purchasing impulses, whip out their credit card, and anguish with remorse and regret later. Have a plan for your expenditures, 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 potential clients and business partners as well. A hand written letter shows genuine care that is often lost – even in the most eloquently written computer-generated communication. However you plan to celebrate or commit yourself to just focus on a good year. A little positive can do attitude is never a bad thing for anyone in our opinion. Best in 2013.
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Try one of these 10 easier to follow New Year’s resolutions this year:
1) Take The Stairs; A gym membership is great only if you use it, and most home equipment becomes a coat rack by February. Instead, ditch the escalator or elevator and commit to taking the stairs. 2) Turn Off Your Cell Phone; Despite the tempting new “apps” for everything, wean yourself for an hour or so each day and pick up a book instead. It’s not impossible – start with thirty 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 for everything. That small goal will help retrain you to focus your effort and .
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Any company in business for decades – like ours – ends up accumulating a roster of employees. When Corcoran Heating and Air Conditioning began in 1983, there was only one. Now there are nine. The years in between have seen some who have stayed for a few years, some who remain with us. Unbelievably, we have been around long enough to face the retirement of one of our favorites. Tim Juettner began as an installer in 1992. It was apparent from the start that hiring Tim was one of our smartest moves. He possessed all of the qualities a service business could hope for in an employee: a hard worker, careful and precise, innovative, thoughtful, very highly sought after craftsman and perhaps most importantly – our customers loved him. As hard as it is to believe that twenty years have gone by and as much as we hate to face it, his decision to retire has to be one that we regretfully accept. It’s lucky for us is that Tim and his family are neighbors. He and his wife
B.C. live right around the corner in the home where they raised their son John and daughter Annie. I imagine our paths will cross often. Tim and B.C. (also recently retired), plan to spend well –deserved time relaxing and travelling. They are both involved volunteering with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and want to step up those efforts. There’s no doubt that Tim will give as much to his future endeavors as he did to those past. We thank you, Tim, and wish you peace and happiness. For the upcoming year, and many, many more, we raise our cups in toasting you: For Old Time’s Sake, my friend. For Auld Lang Syne.
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