And One To Grow On…

366 Wishes Candle Set/Red Envelope

Happy New Year! The photo above is part of a candle set I wanted for Christmas. Yes, I do have a new candle company and no, I didn’t make up this idea but I love it anyway. When youngest daughter asked for my Christmas wish list, this was on it. So I taped a picture of it to her forehead, sue me. There is an inspirational word on each of the 366 candles. Burn one a day. LOVE. Anyway, yesterday being last year and all, I chose to burn my “extra” to start the new year off just right. I randomly chose “Laughter“.

Laughter, is there anything better? (Yes, I am well aware of other better things, but let’s just stick with laughter here, ok?).  And that was the perfect word for the last evening of the year. A casual dinner with close friends at home and SO MUCH LAUGHTER. And good food, lots of champagne, and dancing all through the house and out into the backyard. My kind of fun. As a matter of fact, I’ve spent many a New Year’s Eve with these same friends and was reminded of an especially eventful one two decades before.

I was 17 months pregnant with baby #2. Nevertheless, I donned a cocktail tent and high heels and we left all the birthed babies with one  babysitter. When we returned to our friends’ home to fetch baby #1, the sight of the poor woman trying to juggle three very miserable babies (mine was literally tied to her back with a dustrag), made me lose control of myself. We started laughing so hysterically and I was so ridiculously pregnant, well … I had a wee accident. It would have been no biggie but Mick kept shooing me off their Oriental rug like I was a bad poodle. Which made me laugh so hard I channeled a racehorse. Not my most dignified moment nor was the rug ever the same. But it was funny. 

I did mind my manners last night. Or not. But no rug accidents. And I’m not pregnant. Or if I am, it IS a miracle AND the Second Coming. Not to change the subject but my contribution to the dinner was Spinach Gratin, recipe by the Barefoot Contessa.  It is a great recipe and I highly recommend it, but you really must love onions – 4 cups of chopped onions in a recipe that says it serves 8? Good grief … my house still smells like Coney Island.

Sorry I am all over the map as I write this. Main thing is – laugh! I thought of a good way to make myself laugh when I am not feeling it. Watch those crazy laughing baby videos on YouTube. Hilarious!

Dying to know what today’s candle is? Imagination. I don’t know what to think. Have to go light my way and see what pops up.


*It might seem that I was callous toward the feelings of the babysitter in the incident mentioned above. I was. But she was paid handsomely. And it was a long time ago … just sayin’…

22 thoughts on “And One To Grow On…

  1. You’re so right….LAUGHTER…..there is nothing better! Glad u had a great time. Have a GREAT year Izzie! 🙂

  2. “a wee accident” Ha! Great punnage, my friend!

    May your 2011 be full of laughter and imagination!


  3. I like this candle idea and your post. It’s like lighting a daily affirmation. You could have some blogging fun with these words.

  4. Thanks for always making me laugh.
    Happy New Year, I hope it’s filled with love, light and laughter.

  5. Laughter and imagination are good ways to start the year.

  6. Nice candle set! 🙂 I don’t burn candles that often, but I do like the idea.

  7. I love the candle set, and the wee incident. I’ve never laughed so hard I’ve weed, but I’ve laughed so much I pulled a muscle – does that count?! I love it when you laugh so hard your cheeks hurt.

  8. This is a fabulous post! First, I think it’s lovely to base a post on the light cast by an inspirational candle. But best all–you made me laugh–a great way to start my second day of the new year. Thank you!

  9. I have no idea what happened to the comment I was writing, but here goes again: I was getting all warm and nostalgic, reading the first part of your post. Then suddenly, I was thrown into the hilarity of what followed. I love this post.

  10. Ah, Iz, you crack me up! I can just see a very pregnant woman giggling hysterically as the rug undergoes a slight mishap! The poodle image is indeed perfect, too. I’m glad this year doesn’t find you in such a situation, and I look forward to reading about your adventures with the candles.

  11. That candle set sounds cool!

  12. Hilarious!

    I love the idea of the candle a day thing. Wonderful with a hot bath and a glass of wine.

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