Ten On Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and it’s Groundhog Day and in honor of the fabulous movie that goes along with this day Kym came up with what I think is a brilliant topic for us: 10 Moments/Events/Days In Your Life You’d Like To Repeat. I’m ready to go back in time and relive some of those glory days. Let’s sit back, relax, have some cheese and crackers and a cocktail and consider those days and times I’d like to repeat.

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  1. My junior and senior years of college. Everyone always says it’s the best years of your life and, while I love my life now, I have to agree that college was the bomb. Seriously. If they hadn’t kicked me out at graduation I’d probably still be there.
  2. Summers when I was a kid. They stretched on forever, filled with long mornings watching Dick Van Dyke and I Love Lucy and even longer afternoons lazing in the backyard with a book. Heavenly.
  3. Hannah’s infancy. I was so overwhelmed and completely insecure about being a mom. I’d love to go back and relive it and just relax and enjoy it.
  4. Hannah at 6 months old. She was SO fun. Crawling around and communicating with sounds, sleeping through the night, nursing like a champ, and just a joy. I’d love to go back and see her little face light up the way it did each day when I  got home from work.
  5. A Saturday with my mom. Really, any given Saturday. We hung out, sometimes went to craft fairs and out to lunch, sometimes did craft projects at home or cooked something delicious. I’d love to go back and repeat an ordinary day with my mom.
  6. The summer my Nana tried to teach me to knit. She thought I’d knit left handed so she tried to teach me that way and it never took. As it turned out, I’m a left handed person who knits right handed. I wish I could go back to that summer and have my Nana try again and show me to knit the way she knit herself. I could have been a knitter for 44 years now instead of only 15.
  7. The day I married Dale. Another cliche but it was the happiest day of my life. That’s not to say we aren’t happy now, in fact I think we are happier now, nearly 19 years later. But. That day? So much joy and love with all of the people who mattered most to us in one room. It was beautiful and perfect in every single way.
  8. Our trips to Mexico. I can’t decide which was best, the first, when we went with Sharon and Al and everything was new, our second, when we went on our own for the first time and mostly just chilled, or our third, when we got a little adventurous and did new things but really found our groove. We aren’t planning on going this year as we’re saving for a bigger type of trip next year but I hope we will go back the following year because some of my favorite days are the ones I spent there with Dale.
  9. The first time I went camping with Dale. I was such an idiot and had no idea what I was doing. This was a pretty strange feeling for me and I remember being so completely cared for by Dale that I just let him teach me and show me and it was so nice for me, the person who was always in charge and in control, to let him take over.
  10. The day I got my Master’s Degree from URI. I did not originally want to go to the ceremony but my mom, who happened to be dying of cancer at the time, insisted. And who says no to a mom? And particularly a dying mom? Anyway. I went and I’m so glad. It was just about a month before Dale and I got married and he was there, of course, along with my parents and Hannah and they were all so proud of me and it felt great, not only to be done done done with grad school, but also to share that moment with my family. It was a completely different feeling than when I got my undergraduate degree and we all had a lovely lunch in Newport afterwards and it’s a day I’d love to repeat.

So there you have it – 10 great times of my life that I’d love to go back and experience again.

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Ten On Tuesday

I think it’s fun to go on vacation and visit new places. I also think it’s important to recognize the things that are unique and special about where we live and that’s why this week’s Ten On Tuesday topic is 10 Interesting Things About My Community. For the sake of this exercise I am defining my community as the town of East Bridgewater, MA.

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  1. We were settled in 1630, just 10 years after the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth.
  2. We were incorporated on June 14, 1823. In 1997 I married Dale on June 14th.
  3. Sachem Rock is located in our town. This is historically significant as the site of a meeting in 1649 between English settlers from the Plymouth Colony, including Myles Standish, with the Wampanoag sachem Massasoit. In this meeting the colonists, ummmm, purchased rights to a large tract of land, including East and West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and Brockton.
  4. Former Red Sox Pitcher Manny Delcarmen lives in my town. I have met him.
  5. Actor Tom Everett Scott is from my town. I have not met him but my kids have.
  6. The famous bank robber Jack Turner had a brother who owned a home in East Bridgewater during the mid-19th century. It is widely believed that Turner had left his fortune there before he was mistakenly shot by Union agents outside of Richmond, VA in 1864. I found this on Wikipedia and had never heard of this until now. Maybe that fortune is in my back yard!
  7. We have a movie theater but not a grocery store.
  8. We have a YMCA. Not every town has one and I am incredibly grateful for ours and the people that work there.
  9. We have a beautiful town common. It’s very classic New England-y and we have lots of great events there. My favorite, of course, is the annual Dale and the Duds concert every June.
  10. We have our very own sushi restaurant. Considering that we are a residential community and certainly not even remotely cosmopolitan, I find this quite interesting. And my friends and I are doing our best to support this place and make sure it stays right up the street.

What’s interesting about where you live?

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Currents

Here’s what’s happening in my world. Right now.

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Remembering: Our awesome visit to the MFA last week to see the Class Distinctions exhibit. It was crowded (it was near the end of the run) but I’m so glad we went.

Watching: All the movies. The Oscars are just around the corner and I have the same goal as every year – to try and see all of the Best Picture nominees. Dare I say that I’m on track for this? Time will tell.

Listening: To podcasts. I recently discovered Happier by Gretchen Rubin and I’m going back and plugging my way through an entire year of episodes. I’m still enjoying Books on the Nightstand, Literary Disco and 2 Knit Lit Chics. Serial is back and, while I can’t say I’m truly hooked, I am not going to stop listening.

Reading: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

Visiting: With great people and friends. This week I had lunch with the “band wives” – the group of women married to the men in Dale’s band. We have been together many many times over the years but this is the first time we have ever gotten together for lunch and I hope it becomes a regular thing because it was wonderful. We shared stories, laughed and cried, and I remembered – once again – that this is a group of women who will always, always have my back.

Cooking: Lots of dinner in the Instant Pot. Still going strong and recipes I’ve added to my repertoire include chicken noodle soup, chicken piccata, pot roast, and homemade yogurt.

Training: With a new personal trainer. It’s scary starting with someone new but it’s good for me and I’m pushing through the fear.

Anticipating: Snow this weekend? Depends on who you listen to at the moment. It could be snowmageddon or it could miss us completely. My bet is it will be something in between.

Hoping: For a Pats victory on Sunday.

Laughing: Over this knitting time calculator. $2250 for a pair of fingerless mitts and $11,250 for a lace shawl. I’m sure my friends will be jumping to place their orders.

What’s happening in your world right now?

Ten On Tuesday

Today’s Ten On Tuesday topic is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Specifically, it’s in honor of his commitment to serving others and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. As Dr. King said, “life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” Here are my ideas for 10 Things You Can Do To Serve Others.

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  1. Donate to your local food pantry. This is the easiest thing to do – just buy some extras next time you grocery stop and drop them off. If you want to talk it a step further you could contact the food pantry and ask about specific items they might need. I try to buy things that can’t be purchased with SNAP benefits, things like toothpaste and soap and personal hygiene products.
  2. Join a service club. I haven’t been in Kiwanis for a super long time but I can’t imagine my life without it now. It feels good to work hard and have fun and know that others will benefit.
  3. Volunteer at a local shelter. You could serve meals (we have done this through Kiwanis) or perform other tasks as neeeded.
  4. Volunteer at your public library. We use volunteers a lot for shelving materials and it’s a big help as it frees us up to do other tasks.
  5. Contact your local senior center and ask about helping out. I get a lot of phone calls from seniors looking for rides to medical appointments in Boston (our transportation program doesn’t go beyond the local area), looking for someone to help them with yard work, snow removal and more. I don’t get a lot of phone calls from people offering to help with these things.
  6. Volunteer at an animal shelter. Or become a foster parent to animals looking for adoption. I’m a soft touch and wouldn’t be able to handle this one myself – I’d fall in love with every cat I saw – but it’s a good option for someone who can keep themselves in check.
  7. Help a military family. I know our local Veteran’s Agent would be a great resource for finding families to help. It could be something as simple as dropping off a home cooked meal, you never know what can make a big difference for someone.
  8. Donate money. Now, in some ways I feel like this is not the best way to serve others because you probably won’t have direct contact with anyone you are helping. However, it’s still a wonderful thing to do if you are in the position to do so. Doctors Without Borders is a great charity and they make it very easy to donate on a monthly basis.
  9. Knit for a charity. There are lots of programs that accept hand knitted items and, my friends, this is right in our wheel house!
  10. Identify a skill you have and find a volunteer opportunity to match. I mentioned knitting but there are also volunteer opportunities for people with computer skills, carpentry skills, and so much more. Do a quick google search and you’re in business.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get involved somewhere and do some volunteer work. If you still need more convincing, check out the statistics on this page.

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Ten On Tuesday

Yesterday morning when Dale woke me up he asked if I knew David Bowie had released a new album the other day. And I said I did. And then he said, well, he died today. And I was stunned. And sad. And I started thinking about all of the David Bowie songs that I love. And (how many times can I use that word in the first paragraph of this blog post anyway) I decided that listing my 10 Favorite David Bowie Songs would be perfect for this week’s Ten On Tuesday topic. Ready?

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  1. All the Young Dudes
  2. Ziggy Stardust
  3. Rebel Rebel
  4. Heroes
  5. Young Americans
  6. Suffragette City
  7. Changes
  8. Space Oddity
  9. Let’s Dance
  10. Under Pressure with Queen

And I could go on and on. I think Heroes is probably my favorite but Young Americans and All the Young Dudes would be close behind. Do you enjoy David Bowie’s music? Because that will live on forever and I can’t help but thinking about how lucky we were to have this talented man live and breath and walk the world with us. He will be missed.

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