My Favorite Holiday


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Growing up Halloween was my favorite holiday.  When I was young, I’d decorate my mom’s house and yard, get dressed up, go to haunted houses, and just generally enjoy the season.  As a college student I’d go out with friends while wearing risque costumes and party the night away.

As I’ve gotten older, though, Halloween has waned in my holiday popularity.  I love to dress up my son and see the photos on Facebook of my friends’ and family’s kids, but overall I don’t enjoy it like I once did.  I think a big reason for that is I no longer feel like I need to hide or change, which is really what Halloween is all about.  I’ve also realized that if I want to be someone different, I can do that now, I don’t need to wait for Halloween.

Now my favorite holidays are Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.  Celebrating being grateful and seeing family and friends is a much better place to be.


Why List


I’m back to Weight Watchers, though I missed this week (need to figure out a better time), and trying to get healthy and lose weight.  “But why?” you ask.  Excellent question.

  1. Because I want to be hot.  Or if not hot, I want feel beautiful in my clothes.  Plus, clothes are nicer at smaller sizes.
  2. Speaking of which, I want to wear knee high boots and pretty stuff from Victoria’s Secret, and to fit in NY & Co. clothing again.
  3. I have a 3 year old and I want to be a fun, active mommy and show him how to live healthy.  Plus, since I have him, I obviously need to live forever, or as long as possible.
  4. On the same vein, to have a happy, healthy marriage.  We’re pretty good, but it’d be better if I felt better about myself (which is all me; my husband has loved me at every size.)
  5. To easily fit in airplane seats and rides at Disney when we go in a few years.
  6. To mitigate my PCOS and family history of heart disease.
  7. To show myself that I can do it.


Thanks for visiting 🙂  I’m Mandy.  I’m 34, living in Central New York, a mom to a 3 year old boy, and a librarian.  I like traveling, reading, genealogy, wind turbines, and long walks on the beach (with my husband).

I’ve recently started a journey to health and happiness by joining Weight Watchers,  a spiritual development program, and now, to track it all, this blog.  Thanks for coming along on this journey as I try to answer Mary Oliver’s question: “What will you do with this one wild and precious life?”