The power of the cupcake

I had another post in mind today. But I have some work to do on it and I am tired.

And something happened at work, which warranted a short and quickie post.

Part of my job is to ensure that our researchers keep their lab notebooks up to date, that they are complete, signed and have a witness verify and sign off on the science and eventually be backed up via PDF.

Because we are closed the week between Christmas and the new year we encourage our researchers to turn their notebooks in to have our vendor PDF them. It ensures a high quality copy of the notebook should anything happen to the actual notebook.

The Law Department hosts twice a year an event called a Witnessing Party, where we provide refreshments and pizza. We don’t have the Witnessing Party at the end of the year.

But we have cupcakes.

And those little suckers are quite powerful. Not just with the researchers but just about anyone in my department and anyone who walked by.

I mean, yes, they are yummy. But wow, who knew that little sugary cakey thing could cause such a ruckus of excitement from Sibby’s.

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Happy Mother’s Day

When I was 9 and my brother was 5 our parents divorced.

The choices and decisions my mom made almost 30 years ago makes me the person and woman I am today.

At a time when few people were divorcing my mom made the best decision for herself and for her kids. And we struggled. But as I look back at the hard times and great memories I am proud of my mom and the little family we were.

One of my favorite memories were Friday nights. At the end of our week we would get a movie or two at the 99 cent video store and pizza from Little Caesars. We would pile on the sofa bed and watch movies and eat our pizza and zonk out.

Growing up with a single mom was very humbling. The sacrifices my mom made for John and me was truly an act of love. And I will always be grateful.

My mom has been retired for about 9 years, she owns her own house (has for many years), travels regularly, volunteers at many organizations (it’s like part-time job) and reads like crazy.

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Yummy lunch

My friend Alex came over to our hood to hang out and do girl things with me. We had lunch at Oliveto’s.

We shared a salad and a delicious pizza. We also tried a really nice wine. (Lunch was my splurge for the week. I have been pretty on track with eating. And this meal wasn’t too over the top.)