“Eating Broccoli” “I bought more broccoli because I knew you were coming,” my mother informed me. You can never get enough broccoli, that is my belief.
“Fancy Dress” I was excited to wear my new dress.
I have mentioned before that all of the reasons I have for never wanting to have children are ever-growing and each could be made into its own dissertation.
Q: What’s in store for the second session of the 117th Congress?
“New Year Inventory” The New Year is when we take stock. In some cases, like my husband Peter’s, this is literal. He keeps an inventory of our canned goods and chastises me if I mess up his inventory.
I had planned to start off the New Year with a cleaning routine, beginning with vacuuming the basement and stairway, then working my way up to cleaning the bathroom, and finally organizing and cleaning my room.

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