Year End Markdowns: All Thoughts One Dollar
December 22nd, 2010

I’m going offline for a couple of weeks.  It’s time to close the books on 2010 and settle into uninterrupted time with my family.  But before I sign off, I want to offer one last Ten Dollar Thought for the year.  This blog will turn one while I’m away, and before I hit the ground running in 2011 I want to say how much this year of writing and conversing with each of you has meant to me.  I believe I am a better person because of Ten Dollar Thoughts and because of your contributions to it.  Thank you for reading, for thinking with me, for challenging me, for supporting me, and for being a part of this journey.  With that, here are the exquisitely pedestrian thoughts I plan to explore over the next couple of weeks. 

How much cream can you put into oyster stew before it gets really shameful?

Will I be able to finish the book I’m reading before the end of the year, or am I giving up?

Homemade marshmallows are so much tastier than store-bought, but kind of a hassle to make.

For the first time in my life, I don’t think I’ve listened to enough Christmas music this year.

I can’t wait to meet my new niece in April.

What does a roasted chestnut actually taste like?

I wonder if Katie Couric will go back to the Today Show next year.

I’m so happy that today is my last day of work this week.

I miss my sisters-in-law.

Maybe I should just pony up and make the stupid marshmallows.

Oh, and a coffee cake too!

I haven’t watched Elf or Christmas Vacation yet this year and I’m almost sure that’s some kind of crime.

Things that solve most problems include: soft sheets, pasta carbonara, and a hug from IEP.

I hope 2011 is as terrific as 2010 has been.

7 Responses to “Year End Markdowns: All Thoughts One Dollar”

  1. Kristen @ Motherese Says:

    Happy almost blogiversary, Gale. Enjoy your time off!

  2. Laura H. Says:

    Thanks Gale! I obviously read and enjoy your blog! It’s been a fun year! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. ayala Says:

    Happy almost anniversary! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  4. BigLittleWolf Says:

    Home made marshmallows? Wow. Never considered that.


    It’s been wonderful reading and getting to know you. I hope your household is getting some relaxation time (and that you’re getting to read) – and on that note – I’m looking forward to some downtime once we hit January 1. Even if it’s only a day! Meanwhile, I have a kid glued to a spreadsheet, and grateful to have it…

    Have a wonderful new year’s celebration! And I look forward to continuing ten dollar thoughts in 2011.

  5. Gale Says:

    BLW – Yes, it’s been nice to have some extra time lately (augmented by two short weeks in the office). Christmas was at once peaceful and chaotic and we had a great time catching up with family we hadn’t seen in a while.

    Marshmallows are actually quite easy, just messy to make. If you ever get a wild hair you can find a recipe here. They are delicious and have much more flavor than store-bought ones. I love to dip the finished marshmallows in melted butter and then roll them in graham cracker crumbs. Mmmmm.

    Yours in spreadsheets,

  6. Says:

    Your niece is excited to meet you too:) Happy New Year, and congrats on one year!

  7. Jack Says:

    Happy Blogiversary.