Moderation Gone Wild: Boys, Exclamation Points & Pie



Not exactly the merriest of words during the month of December.  Especially not if your brain –and Pinterest boards–are crowded with cookie exchange party ideas, holiday menus and pie.

I like pie.

Thanks to Barbara over at Just a Smidgen for planting the idea of pumpkin and meringue in my head.  Yum.  It haunted me excessively.

Some days I think I have moderation under control.  Some.  It’s a work in progress.

Take my very first diary.  I’ve mentioned it a few times here.  I keep this diary in a place of honor in my office because it has oh so many emotions packed into its tiny gold edged pages.  Some of those words–many of which were written with a perfume pen (not kidding)–have the ability to make me laugh and cringe at the same time.

Boys are mentioned excessively.

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Rob Lowe’s crush dedication page.  There are many, many others.

Crush moderation wasn’t something I considered.  Although on one page of my diary I wrote, “I’m tired of bellyaching about it.”

But then I went back to I heart boys.



Apparently this is also true for exclamation points.  Admittedly, I still have a problem overusing them, but once upon a time, my indication of intense emotion had no boundaries.

Excessive punctuation.

In case you can’t read my handwriting, that diary page says, “Nothing spectacular happened!”

Of course, you know and I know, that exclamation points can be used in better ways . . .

Meringue topped pumpkin pie!

Cookie exchanges!



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What do you think about moderation and the holidays? If you could pick one thing that deserves an exclamation point this holiday season, what would that be?

Have a fantastic day! (FYI that punctuation is from the heart.)

46 thoughts on “Moderation Gone Wild: Boys, Exclamation Points & Pie

  1. Insightful post, as usual, Coleen! I don’t think about moderation, though I value and practice it. A healthy, mindful lifestyle makes moderation a near-given. It can take a while to get there, but it’s worth it, IMO.

    Hope you and yours are having a wonderful holiday season. 🙂


  2. Coleen, you’ve inspired me to go back through some of my junior high journals to mine them for ideas. I know I’ll find Rob (the ORIGINAL vs. Pattinson) in there too!!!!! And somehow far less moderation even than yours!!!! 🙂


  3. I think part of moderation is letting yourself splurge once in a while. That way you don’t fight quite so many cravings. So I try to eat with moderation most of the time and I know that around the holidays there will be days where I don’t eat with moderation at all. And I think that’s okay.


  4. Nope, not at Christmas. OK, I’m lying. I still *try*, but I’m not very hard on myself when I fail… LOL! Yes… pie… mmmm :d Rob Lowe… mmmm…. And BAH! At the exclamation point for “nothing much happened.” Hilarious! Have a super week~


  5. Cute post! Nice that you have your high school journals. I did sacred burnings of my journals at important times in my life — when it was time to move forward. It was my way of detaching. My mince meat pies! Only over the Christmas holidays, though!


  6. Love this post! I overuse exclamations in the worst way!!! I’m a very serious offender!!! I’ve noticed that I have been moderating a bit more on holiday treats this year. It’s a first for me and I seem to just be doing it because, I haven’t made a conscious decision to “moderate your sweets this year Moll you sugar crazed maniac!!!” 😉


  7. Something new, pie porn. The slow reveal was brilliant. Though I’ve sworn off pie, every now and again I get the urge to whip up a Pecan Bourbon Pie. Then I sit down, take my blood sugar and the feeling passes.


  8. I am trying to live a more balanced life, and that means living in moderation. I’m okay with it, actually, because I have witnessed what excess living can do to a person.This way I’m healthy in mind/body/spirit, and I can still make a double batch of eggnog!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oops, one too many exclamation points. 🙂


    1. There are things that don’t even tempt me like they used to simply because I don’t like how they make me feel. Guess that’s when balance and moderation kick in. 🙂 Thanks Kate!


  9. “Rob robbed your heart!” Isn’t that sweet? I had a crush on Rob Lowe too. And Shaun Cassidy and Parket Stevenson, and Magnum PI and the list goes on and on.

    Pumpkin and Meringue? Hmmm I’ll give that a try.

    Exclamation point for the holidays? Time off to write!!!!!!!!!!!


    (Those exclamation points are from the heart too!)

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


  10. I’m with Patricia, “Time off to write!!!!!”

    LOL, you’re braver than I to share some of your diary entries. I may have to take another look at mine . . . maybe I have a moderately safe line like “nothing spectacular happened!” ❤ 🙂


  11. I got stuck on the “perfumed pen”! I want one of those! I, too, suffer from gratuitous exclamation marks and wonder why I find it so difficult to end sentences with a period? Even when commenting, like now, I want to use ! everywhere:D I’m glad you’re crushing on that pie.. it was worth a heart or two.. but you’d better invite a crush over to share it with.. maybe Rob? xx Smidge


  12. Your diaries are so cute! I’m impressed with how they still feature in your everyday life… mine are a shameful secret in a musty box in the garage. But on the topic of moderation… the obvious thing for Christmas moderation to me is alcohol! Then again, moderation spoils the point of holidays, right? 🙂


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