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Sunday, 08 February 2015 15:48

By Melissa Tosetti

On Friday night we hosted a get-together for the coaches of Paul's martial arts school.  Coach Marc and Coach Wayne brought fantastic bottles of wine.  Coach Geralyn made the best bread pudding I've ever had in my life!  For dinner, Paul made a slow cooker full of meatballs and I made a broccoli and also a macaroni salad.

We had a great time Friday night and look forward to doing it again in a few months.  One of the happy by-products of the event was all the leftovers.  Yesterday we feasted on meatballs, salad, bread pudding and the last of the brie we had as an appetizer.  Cook once, eat 3-4 times, just like my Grandma taught me.

 
This Morning's Earthquake PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 06 February 2015 07:09

By Melissa Tosetti

At 3:45 am this morning I was reminded, rather forcefully, of the importance of having an emergency kit. We were hit with a 3.1 earthquake

I'm grateful that everyone is safe and there was no damage.  I'm also grateful that there's 10 gallons of water in our shed, plenty of food and other supplies in case of such an emergency.

I didn't always feel that way.  Despite living in California all my life and experiencing enough earthquakes to know better, it wasn't until Dante was born that I got serious about putting together an emergency kit. 

Before, every time there was an earthquake or a big storm somewhere in the U.S. I'd always experience a little jolt of anxiety and think, "I really need to build an emergency stash".  And then I'd do nothing.  Just go through that same anxiety the next time.

When I finally did take the time to gather supplies, I felt like an idiot.  I realized that all I had to do was buy a few extra gallons of water when it was on sale and the same for canned and prepared food.  I already had an empty plastic tub so I put everything in there, including the extra flash lights and first aid supplies that we already had on hand.  Thanks to a gift from Paul's uncle, we have an emergency radio as well. 

I hope I never have to use the kit, but I'm really, really happy to know it's there!  No more pangs of avoidable anxiety.

 
Resolution Do Over PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 07:00

By Melissa Tosetti

Many of you know that my husband Paul is the owner of the Tosetti Institute of MMA & Fitness and I moonlight there a few nights a week teaching classes. 

One of the things we've learned in the last nine years is that contrary to popular belief, January 2nd is not our busiest day with new students streaming through the door.  We were reminded again last night that it's actually the last week of January and first week of February that tend to be the busiest.  We were packed last night!

There's a lot of pressure on the month of January to be transformational.  In truth, January tends to be a recovery month from the frenetic pace of the holidays and if you're like our family this year, a common time to come down with whatever flu or malady is floating around which can throw off the best of fitness and financial intentions.  

I'm starting to think that February actually needs to be the month of change.  What do you think?  Would you like a New Year's Resolution do over?

Blocking a kick during a workout. 

 
Borrowing Is Equally Savvy PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Sunday, 01 February 2015 17:09

By Melissa Tosetti

Last night I was talking with my friends Janna and Karl about the fill dirt we acquired through Freecycle.org.  I mentioned that we were going to buy a wheelbarrow in the morning so we could move the dirt from our driveway to the backyard.  Janna immediately offered her own wheelbarrow for us to borrow as well as an extra shovel.  

Janna lives just over a mile from us and we've often borrowed each other's tools.  We're even occasional Costco buddies splitting 20 pound bags of potatoes.  I don't know why it didn't dawn on me to see if she had a wheelbarrow we could borrow.  The timing was perfect! 

Allowing us to borrow the wheelbarrow and extra shovel saved us another $70 or more on our backyard project.  That along with the fill dirt we got for free, brings our total savings to around $642.

Thank you again Janna & Karl!

 
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