Christina’s Corner: January 27, 2023

A wooden board with bread, meat, olives, cheese, and asparagus.

I’ve been examining a lot of my thoughts and behaviors lately, inspired by books and podcasts I’ve spent time consuming. The biggest question that I’ve come up with is: who made this rule for you? Why do you follow it? Gosh. What a big question. And the answer is equally big: I don’t know, it’s just something I thought adults did. I just thought that adults meal planned. I assumed adults didn’t rest unless everything on their to do list was done. I grew up seeing homes that looked a certain way, and though that’s not something I care about particularly, it’s what I did.

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Show Off Your Knowledge at Palentine’s Trivia!

It’s time to get the crew together – not only to celebrate The Power of Friendship™ but to show your stuff at Palentine’s Day Trivia!

We’ll be having a two-hour virtual trivia night in our brand-new Cactus HQ, complete with virtual pizza and drinks and mini-games. You can come with a pre-formed group, or show up solo and we’ll assign you to a team of friends you just haven’t met yet.

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Christina’s Corner: January 20, 2023

A dated planner open on a white tabletop with a cup of coffee in an espresso-sized cup in the corner. There is also a basket lined with a towel containing baked goods.

Is it February yet? My two least favorite months, in order, are 1. April and 2. The second half of January. Maybe it’s the rain talking for me, or the fact that I don’t want to take down my Christmas tree because I’m feeling especially cottage core at the moment, but I’m feeling lost in time. Never fear: I found a few ways this week to mark, nay, enjoy the passage of time.

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Christina’s Corner: January 13, 2023

A cherry blossom branch overhands a view of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.

It’s a long weekend for many here in the United States. Whether that means that you have off from work, or simply don’t get the mail delivered that day, I encourage you to think about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s words are just as relevant now as they were then, because the same injustices run rampant in our society in 2023 as they did in the 1960s.

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Christina’s Corner: December 23, 2022

Two gray hands in gray mittens hold a white mug with a steamy dark liquid inside.

Christmas gets a lot of attention this time of year, in all its commercial glory. Loving Christmas isn’t a bad thing, but there are so many other celebrations this time of year that deserve observation and celebration. Sunday started the first night of Hannukah, and while it’s a relatively minor holiday in terms of theology, it’s one that I loved celebrating as a kid. Whether you are religious or not, I hope these suggestions remind you to embrace the small pleasures of the season: secular, religious, and cultural.

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Survey Says…

A succulent rests in a light blue planter on a white surface with a white background.

Did you watch re-runs of Family Feud when you were a kid, or do you watch the series with Steve Harvey now? There’s the moment where they turn to the board and say, “survey says…!” We’re almost at that time when we find out what our survey said, but we want to make sure we have everyone’s opinion in the mix!

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Christina’s Corner: December 16, 2022

The sun can be seen over the clouds from a snowy mountain. Rolled snow casts shadows across the glittering landscape.

Next week is the Winter Solstice, and I can feel it. It will be the longest night of the year. I’m always encouraged by the idea that after that, the nights will be shorter and the daylight hours will get longer. I’m thinking a lot about the things that bring me comfort during long nights – and between some delicious snacks, a score from my childhood memories, and some creativity, I’ve got some suggestions to share.

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