I Need My Long Winter’s Nap

I don’t know what it is about this year, but the shorter days and colder weather makes me want to hibernate like a bear. I hate that there is a full four hours less daylight by December 21 than there is at the height of summer. Even though it is only currently 7:25 PM as I write this, I would like nothing more than to get inside my warm bed and go to sleep! I don’t want to do anything. And it is cold. Grr.

A surplus of energy is hard to come by for me at this time of year. I feel like I am spread too thin, when one factors in shopping for the holidays, baking for the holidays, keeping up with planning for class, keeping up with grading, cleaning, and decorating. I don’t even send Christmas cards anymore; it is one less thing to do! This is not my favorite time of year, to say the least. I haven’t even mustered up the energy to put up my special Charlie Brown ornament tree. I put up the tree, just none of the ornaments on it. (I have a special tree just for all my Peanuts Gang ornaments.) General laziness on my part has been a factor, too.

I’m not a Christmas person, either. If I didn’t have kids and a husband who loves the holiday, I wouldn’t even decorate my house. There are only three Christmas songs I like: “Mele Kalikimaka,” “Dondé Está Santa Claus,” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

March. I’m ready for Spring to come back! March is one of my favorite months. Bring on the warmth! Bring on the daylight!

Anything special YOU are looking forward to?

Rainbow Sprinkles Are The. Best. Thing. Evah!


I don’t know why, but I love rainbow sprinkles. I think it was when I was in junior high that my fascination with rainbow sprinkles began. Frozen yogurt shops were popular then, just like they are now. When we had free time on a Saturday, of if there was a short day like my students have periodically, we would all walk to the yogurt shop at East Anaheim Center. I always got rainbow sprinkles on my yogurt. To me, they seemed like little frostings. (Even my best friend remembers me — and reminds me on occasion — that I told her they taste like mini frostings.)

When I got older, I happened to work in a location where I could periodically help myself to frozen yogurt. The coolest thing was that I could put as many of the rainbow sprinkles toppings onto my yogurt as I pleased. Needless to say, my yogurt was swimming in sprinkles.

Even today I love rainbow sprinkles.

I love that you can go to self-serve places like Yogurtland and still put on as many rainbow sprinkles as you like. My favorite yogurt place is Golden Spoon, but I don’t like that one cannot choose how many toppings are put on a serving. AND . . . one time I went there . . . and . . . they . . . didn’t . . . have . . . the . . . right . . . kind . . . of . . . sprinkles! There are rainbow sprinkles that are “crunchier” than the other kind of rainbow sprinkles. They are deceptively similar to the ones that are available to put on yogurt, but those are not the right kinds!

Rainbow sprinkles taste terrific on sugar cookies. There are different kinds of sprinkles to put on sugar cookies, however. These type of rainbow sprinkles are called non pareils. There’s an Italian deli that I shop at that sells these delicious, buttery sugar cookies with the  round rainbow sprinkles on them. These are crunchy, and that’s okay in this situation.

What is YOUR favorite topping? 🙂