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Wicked Strong

23 Apr

Nearly one week ago today tragedy struck Boston. My favorite city. A place I consider home (so much so that I have a tattoo of Massachusetts inside my left arm). I sat at my work desk Monday after the news came in and I was glued to any major news network that was reporting (which were most) or had a live feed. I was also texting my three best friends who are from the area as well. One of which still lives in the area. She is safe and well, as are all of my friends and family, including those that attended the marathon and live in Boston.

I was stunned, to say the least. Patriot’s Day in Boston is a day of celebration. I’ve been to the marathon. I’ve watched and cheered on the runners. It was surreal seeing people’s faces full of terror and first responders jump into action in the streets of a city I’ve spent so much time in.

I’m still having trouble, a week later, putting how I feel into words. I feel so much for the families directly affected. The mother who lost her 8-year-old boy. The professional dancer who lost a foot. The officer who lost his life. It’s so difficult to comprehend.

But in the face of tragedy, so many people have responded to their call of duty, like the police officers that immediately jumped into action. The random passers-by who supplied drinks to those who needed just a little help. The runners who finished the marathon and kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood.

It’s so hard to deal with this from across the country (and let me say that being 3,000 miles away doesn’t mean I feel the hurt any less) but the people who have offered so much help have made me feel just a little bit better.

In the face of this unspeakable act, Bostonians have shown how strong they we are. Wicked strong.


Another World

7 Jun

Here’s how much I love to read:

I haven’t been feeling well this week. I took Tuesday off and left early on Wednesday. Earlier in the day on Wednesday though, I had been relishing in the idea of reading on my lunch break. It was the perfect day outside: warm, sunny, a few wispy clouds in the sky.

So on my lunch break, I quickly ate my leftover homemade chicken taquitos and opened the drawer I keep my purse in, only to find… I had left my book at home.

I’m currently reading Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife. HFS was slow to start and I had some trouble really delving into it but the more I read the more I was in love.

Niffenegger has such a way of telling stories that you can picture what she’s describing and hear the voices of her characters in your head.

So you can only guess at my sadness when I found I’d left my book on the bed. I emailed Todd to share my despair in losing a savored lunch-time activity. For at least an hour, I could not shake the longing for losing myself in literature.

Unfortunately I felt sick enough to leave work early Wednesday (I actually spoke to a coworker at length about which highlighters I preferred when she had actually asked me about erasers). But when I got home I was able to lay in bed, relax and once again pretend I was part of another world.

Good News All…

9 Mar

Today is my half birthday! I know, you’re all VERY excited for me. 25 and a half is a big step! What should I do with my life? Do I want to raise a litter of seeing-eye puppies? Should I buy a smart car? Maybe I should open a vintage dress boutique…

Obviously (I think) I’m already sure of what I want to do with my life. While I love puppies, I don’t think I want to raise them to be seeing-eye helpers. And I do want a storefull of vintage dresses, but only for my own wearing.

But hey, why not celebrate a random day and make your life a little happier, if not even a little cheesier? My plan for my half birthday is to have happy hour drinks and dinner with Todd’s parents. We’re going to one of our favorite hole-in-the-wall bars for beer and shuffleboard, and then to my favorite pizza place, OneSpeed! Of course none of this was actually planned for my half birthday, but a girl can pretend, right?

So when is your half birthday? What will you do to make your days a little bit happier?

Back in the Blogging Saddle

6 Mar

Everyone! I thought of a great way to keep up with my blog again. As much as I hate admitting this to anyone, let alone the whole internet, I’ve gained weight. Not just a pound or two. But 12 solid pounds in the past 6 months. For those of you that know me personally, you know that I’m rather petite. I don’t have a lot of places to put this poundage. I realized what partially spurned this weight gain: having a boyfriend who loves beer. I mean, who doesn’t love beer? I love beer, too, and Todd has introduced me to a lot of really tasty beers.

I’ve got a plan though. My cousin is getting married in Boston on May 5th. Todd and I also have a wedding to attend this weekend. So from this Sunday, March 11th, until we go back to Boston on May 3rd, we are going to severely cut our alcohol consumption. We’ve got some very tasty beer in the fridge that we don’t plan on letting to go waste so if and when we drink the beer in the fridge, it will be one beer each. And if we go out to a bar or to dinner with friends, we will either say no to beer, or only have 2 diet sodas with rum or whiskey.

Along with the beer boycott (beercott?), we’ll be joining a gym that’s a mere .3 miles from us and getting in shape as well as drinking a lot of water (which is also great for your skin!), avoiding unhealthy snacks, and overeating.

We pinky promised on it this morning: limited alcohol consumption, Wedding-to-Wedding!

Hello, blogosphere.

12 Sep

I’ve tried in the past to set up and use blogs… but it never quite worked out in my favor. One of my favorite bloggers is also a good friend of mine, and she’s inspired me in a way to blog more and make myself a better writer. I mean, I’ve got an MA in English… I should be able to maintain a blog, right? Maybe.

I wasn’t sure what to put in my first post. I could do a simple about me, which I’m sure would turn out boring. I could tell you a story, which might feel forced if I can’t think of a good one. Or, I could use Katherine’s suggestion and use some of the BEDS topics. I’ll start with the topics up until today and then hopefully keep up with the rest of the month’s topics. So here goes!

My favorite song at the moment is probably “Manners” by Icona Pop. It’s one of the few songs I can find JUST by Icona Pop that isn’t some remixed version of a cruddy pop song.

My favorite movie (of all time) is The Shining. Some other favorites include: Stranger than Fiction, American History X, The Little Mermaid, Big Fish, Garden State and Hot Fuzz. There are more, but we can get into those later.

My favorite television program by FAR is Scrubs. No competition. HIMYM is another great one though.

My favorite book is non-existent. Because I have manymanymany favorites. Jane Eyre, Catcher in the Rye, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Everything is Illuminated. Shall I go on? I shall later.

My favorite quote would have to be “Know thyself.” Good old Socrates. I do have it tattooed on my body after all.

Whatever tickles my fancy? Oh la la. I have 8 tattoos. They’re mostly small, but I want many more.

A photo that makes me happy:

Cole is hilarious. I love him.

A photo that makes me angry/sad… I don’t like that one. I like happy pictures.

A photo I took:

A photo of me taken over ten years ago:

A photo of me taken recently:

Whatever tickles my fancy, again? Another picture of Cole, of course.

Alright. That’s all for today. Signing off. Roger. Over and out.