Eye Candy Friday

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I truly thing there is nothing prettier and more summer-y than sunflowers. And when you stick them in a mason jar they are even better.

And hey! It’s Friday and there is nothing better than that. Happy Weekend!

College Memories

Yesterday I had to attend an all day training session as part of my job administering the transportation at our Council on Aging. The day was divided into two parts, the morning session was to be certified as a Drug and Alcohol Program Manager and the afternoon was devoted to learning about Reasonable Suspicion Decision Making.

The whole thing, while necessary, was a little, ummmmmm, dry. Mostly it made me want to drink alcohol but I don’t think that was the intended outcome.

There was an upside to the whole thing, though.

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The training was held at Wheaton College. My alma mater.

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It was a gorgeous day and at lunch I grabbed a bagel and coffee and sat outside in the sunshine. I was flooded with so many memories of happy times I spent there.

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It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 30 years since I graduated but I’m still as proud as ever to be a Wheatie.

Ten On Tuesday

When Dale and I flew into Chicago and then drove to Kalamazoo I had a playlist of songs for us to listen to. Songs about Michigan and Chicago, of course. And it got me thinking – there are songs about lots of places! and wouldn’t that make a great Ten on Tuesday topic?! So, here we go with 10 Songs About The Place Where I Live: Boston (and also) Massachusetts.

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  1. Dirty Water by The Standells. This one says it all.
  2. I’m Shipping Up To Boston by Dropkick Murphys. Loud rock and roll, baby!
  3. Please Come to Boston by Dave Loggins. This covers a lot of geography but it starts in Boston.
  4. The M.T.A. Song aka Charlie on the MTA by The Kingston Trio. If you aren’t familiar with this one it’s definitely worth watching the video.
  5. Rock and Roll Band by Boston. A song from my youth and one of my all time favorite Boston songs – the band and the city.
  6. Tessie by Dropkick Murphys. Again, a video worth watching.
  7. Whoever’s In New England by Reba McEntire. Corny! But the video has some scenes from around the city.
  8. Sweet Baby James by James Taylor. It’s a stretch to make this about Boston but he does mention the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston in the 2nd verse.
  9. Roadrunner by The Modern Lovers. This one is new to me but how could I not include a song that mentions not only Stop & Shop but also Route 128?
  10. Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. It’s the unofficial theme song of the Boston Red Sox, in case you didn’t know.

I could have also included songs by J. Geils and Aerosmith since they are from here but I think that lists covers the best of Boston in music. I hope you had fun with this topic and wrote a post for today. Please include your link below so we can all check it out. As always, click here to subscribe to the Ten On Tuesday email list.


Summer Reading Update

Can I get a drumroll please? Because I have a B-I-G announcement to make. And it includes 3 of those letters right there.

That’s right. I have my first B-I-N-G-O of the summer.

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Woot!

I read, from left to right on that fourth row down:

Square: With a main character over 60. Book: Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman Justification: Britt-Marie is 63.

Review: I think this is the weakest of the 3 of Fredrik Backman’s books that I have read, with A Man Called Ove way in front. I do like his style, though, and the way that Britt-Marie is transformed in this book is reminiscent of Ove. Some of the writing, particularly about sadness and grief, is really really beautiful and there are good life lessons here. Recommended.

Square: Hated by someone you know. Book: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult Justification: I have a friend who hates anything written by Jodi Picoult.

Review: A bit predictable and contrived but entertaining. I know Picoult is very popular but I don’t think I’ll be rushing to read anything else by her.

Square: An audiobook. Book: LaRose by Louise Erdrich Justification: Ummm. I listened to it? hahaha

Review: How do you fix something that can’t be fixed? How do you repair the damage when you rip someone’s life apart? And how do you being to recover, to come back to a life of hope and love? You do it with compassion and humility, with tradition and unselfishness, with kindness and understanding and maybe even a little help from a whole host of ancestors. I can’t really explain this book more than that but what I can say is READ IT. Right away.

Square: Includes recipes but is not a cookbook. Book: My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl. Justification: Okay, some people might label this as a cookbook but in my interpretation it’s a memoir.

Review: I always enjoy anything by Ruth Reichl and this book didn’t disappoint. I love the combination of memoir and recipes and enjoyed hearing how Reichl recovered from the demise of Gourmet.

Square: With a family member in the title. Book: My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. Justification: A grandmother is a family member. Duh.

Review: A wonderful story with a cast of characters who will make you smile and cry and laugh. There is sorrow but also joy and, ultimately, hope.

I’m closing in on another row and going for a cover-all, ultimately.

How’s your summer reading going?

 

 

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