Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Grace in Small Things 159:365

1. all the rain this afternoon & evening meant i could turn off my a/c for the first time in almost a month.

2. July issue of Redbook!

3. was *finally* able to catch up with Giuseppina for a chat!

4. a thank you note in the mail from Alison that made me laugh. and bonus: photos of her girls inside!

5. being able to find the silver lining in the Sox loss last night. ;-)


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Photo Hunt 2: June 2009

my submission for Photo Hunt 2.

A View from Above
the reverse waterfall fountain outside Journey Into Imagination at Epcot as seen from the Monorail.


A Macro Shot


Laughter


Relaxation
one of the most relaxing places i have ever been.


A Celebration
bridal shower.


A Sunset


Sun/Lens Flare


A Bridge


A Shadow


A Garden
hydroponic garden in Living with the Land at Epcot.


A Park
the icon everyone associates with Magic Kingdom Theme Park. if i say i'm going to a park, there is a very good chance this is where i'm heading.


A Street Scene


Signage


A Summer Activity
take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd...


A Summer Treat


Earth
Spaceship Earth, Epcot


Air/Wind
wind-whipped around Test Track, Epcot.


Fire
the fire i put out five days a week.


Water


Something Vintage (pre-1980)
this Easter egg candle was my Dad's from before i was even born & is a very special piece of my Spring home decorations.


Something Made of Glass
glass pyramids housing Journey Into Imagination, Epcot.


Something Made of Wood
Tom Sawyer's Island, Magic Kingdom


Something that Floats


Something Railroad Related
the Roy O Disney steam train at Magic Kingdom pulling into the Frontierland Station.


Something Round
Summer and Autumn "balloons" as part of the "Four Seasons" decorative detail theming in the Land Pavilion, Epcot.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Grace in Small Things 158:365

1. one work day down, three more to go.

2. tried a new recipe that was a success. even if i did trash my kitchen while i made it.

3. having a nice clean kitchen again.

4. the catch JayBay made to end the game against the Orioles. strong defense is my absolute favorite part of baseball.

5. the way my face feels after it is freshly washed.


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Slice of Life: June 29


my Summer placemats.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Grace in Small Things 157:365

1. having a good conversation on the phone with my Dad after trying to catch up to him for the past week.

2. my shoulders finally stopped hurting!

3. i managed to find a couple of cute shirts on sale for an unbeatable price. which is good because i really needed a couple more.

4. quiet Sunday evenings.

5. the weekend may have flown by but i'm staring down the barrel of a 4-day work week, leading to a 3-day weekend.


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20 Questions: June 28, 2009

1. Where’s a good place to watch people?
one of the best places to people-watch is at Disney. you just never know who or what you're going to see. (i'll be diplomatic and leave it at that...) one of the best places in Disney to people-watch is upstairs in the Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom. there is a little "wing" that juts out over the walkway of people passing through from Liberty Square to Fantasyland, and you can sit there, out of sight of the crowds & just observe from one of the windows while you have some lunch.

2. Pancakes or waffles?
waffles. i like the way pancakes taste but they sit in my stomach like a brick.

3. Do you generally think before you act or act before you think?
unless i am particularly fired up, i tend to think before i act--or at least i try to. i think being a quiet person keeps me from being impulsive & acting without giving it some thought...though some might claim i over-think at times. double-edged sword, i suppose.

4. What is something you currently hate?
much as i love the people i am going to see & the fun we're going to have, i am currently hating all this traveling i've done recently. it wears me out & leaves me craving some quiet time at home.

5. What would you like two of today?
extra weekend days.

6. If you had to name the one thing about your life right now that you would NOT change, what would it be?
the people who are a part of it.

7. If you had to eat in only one restaurant for the rest of your life, which one would you choose?
oh wow... ummmm... Macaroni Grill maybe? NO! Biergarten at Epcot! all i can eat of what feels like eating at my Gram's house again in a way!

8. If you had to name the one most important ingredient of human beauty, what would it be?
being genuine.

9. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
my groceries.

10. What is/was your paternal grandmother's name?
Mildred.

11. And your maternal grandmother's name?
Juliette.

12. What did you watch on tv last night?
do you even really need to ask? the Red Sox game.

13. Who were your last 3 texts from?
Daniel, Troy & Daniel.

14. What is your favorite movie whose title begins with the letter B?
Beauty & the Beast.

15. Name five staples on your grocery list besides milk, bread, and eggs:
yogurt. granola bars. tomatoes. cranberry juice. frozen broccoli.

16. What was the last thing you ate?
a glass of cranberry juice & a granola bar.

17. What was the last pill you took?
a couple of Advil for my shoulders.

18. What did you do on Thursday?
i went to work. then i came home, made dinner, ate it, and watched the Sox game. pretty much the same thing i do most weeknights from April through September.

19. Who would you'd be surprised to wake up and find in your bed?
pretty much anyone, considering there was no one there when i went to bed.

20. Four things on my calendar:
Sox game at Fenway (July 9). Alison's wedding (July 11). meeting Lil Foot's Mommy (July 12)! seeing the Sox play in Tampa (September 2 & 3).

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Grace in Small Things 156:365

1. going out for dinner & a movie.

2. fresh highlights. there's just something about freshly highlighted hair that is good for the soul.

3. as i was driving home from my hair appointment, they sky was dark with storm clouds. at one point, it was clear that it had recently rained. the sky was still filled with grey clouds but i caught sight of one tiny patch of blue sky with puffy clouds reflected in puddle on the road. it was almost like a natural reminder of the existence of hope illustrated by nature.

4. an unplanned two-hour nap that ended up being completely refreshing.

5. watching the Red Sox spin together a 1-0 victory for Tim Wakefield.


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Friday, June 26, 2009

Grace in Small Things 155:365

1. a five-day forecast that has highs of 89-90 and lows of 77-78. what a welcome relief!

2. a hot shower made my shoulders feel a little better.

3. we had a retirement luncheon for one of our sales reps. it was nice to take a long lunch that was uninterrupted by the telephone. and there was cake. mmmmm...cake.

4. a co-worker brought his six-month-old daughter in to visit us today. which means i got a baby fix. if only she weren't so darn cute! ;-)

5. my heart is full.


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what a pain.

i have no idea what on earth i did, but around 7pm last night, my shoulders started to feel tight. i rolled them a bit & tried to stretch them out but nothing doing. as the evening progressed, it started to hurt if i turned my head too quickly or when i tried to push from a reclined position to sitting up. i tried taking some Advil at that point, but nothing seemed to help. by the time i went to bed, it hurt just to move.

it wasn't in my neck at all, or in my back either--turning my head or twisting my back only hurt specifically in my shoulder area. just a wicked feeling of tightness, right along my shoulder blades. the place where i typically carry my tension, but i haven't been stressed at all lately. and it wasn't giving me a headache or traveling up into my neck or anything, as typically happens when my stress level manifests itself as pain my shoulders. strange.

i finally got myself into bed, at which point began the dilemma of how to get comfortable enough to sleep. my usual pillow arrangement--laying on my side with my arm under the pillow--was *not* a good option. flat on the bed didn't work. propped up hurt. and to make matters worse, every time i moved in an attempt to find a position that would lend itself to sleep, *that* hurt too.

i must have finally managed to get into a semi-comfortable position, because the next thing i knew, i was waking up an hour after i'd last seen the time. i had woken myself up by moving in my sleep. which i proceeded to do all.night.long. thankfully, i was able to fall asleep again almost instantly each time--it seemed to be just the actual moving that would wake me for a moment, but as soon as i stopped moving, it stopped hurting & i was able to sleep right away again. which is good. at least i didn't wake up this morning feeling tired.

when i got up this morning, they were still sore. not quite as bad as last night since i am able to at least move without wincing. a hot shower seemed to help a bit, but the effects are starting to wear off now. i guess i will try some Advil again & hope it works this time.

i still have no clue what caused it but i will tell you this: you have no idea how many quick movements you make or how many times you turn your head & upper body while you drive...until it hurts & you feel every single one of them.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Grace in Small Things 154:365

1. the work day went smoothly.

2. John Smoltz made his debut for the Red Sox. the Sox didn't win the game, but other than a rough first inning, i thought Smoltzie looked pretty darn good for someone who hadn't pitched in a major league game in a year. i am very excited about the possibility of things to come!

3. getting used to my new phone & discovering some new features that i really like! now if i can only remember that some of the "function shortcuts" have swapped buttons...

4. my quiet nature that allows me to listen well.

5. realizing how far i've come over the last three years & feeling a quiet sense of accomplishment...and gratefulness for those who have surrounded me with their support when i needed it most.


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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Grace in Small Things 153:365

1. my new phone arrived! which is good because i am not sure how much longer my old one was going to hang on.

2. an overcast morning. the heat & humidity are so much easier to handle when you don't have the sun beating down on you. it's also so nice not to have to squint so early in the day.

3. chocolate cake. birthdays at work are a good thing.

4. i am really truly genuinely happy. i am so lucky & i know it.

5. "And I Thought I Loved You Then," by Brad Paisley. i'm going to need to get this song.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Grace in Small Things 152:365

1. familiarity.

2. making my friends laugh.

3. speaking of laughter. while watching the Sox-Nationals game, they did a Famous Presidents race. people dressed in costumes of George Washington, Abe Lincoln & i don't even know who else, with these huge heads, which made me laugh til the laughter was silent & there were tears streaming down my face.

4. and speaking of the Sox-Nationals game. two thumbs up for the Nationals announcers. i completely enjoyed their broadcast of the game. entertaining. well-called. and they aren't *so* "homer-ish" (i do expect the home announcers to root for their team but not to the exclusion of acknowledging a great effort by the visiting teams) that they can't praise the opponent for a great play.

5. *and* speaking of great plays. i am loving Nick Green and not just because he isn't Julio Lugo. it's been fantastic to watch him emerge as a short stop & blossom under the opportunity to play every day. the more experience he gets by starting every day, the more times i catch him making plays that drop my jaw. like last night's diving catch, tag of the runner, tumble-spin, and bullet to Youk for the double play.


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Monday, June 22, 2009

Grace in Small Things 151:365

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries ice cream by Blue Bell.

2. knowing that if i can just make it through this week, the next two work weeks will be short ones! four days next week, and three the week after!

3. taking the opportunity to watch other teams i don't normally see when the Sox have an off day.

4. the little air conditioner that could keeping me cool while the weather is steamy.

5. my couch which is perfect for a good post-work snooze.


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home sweet home.

i am a homebody.

don't get me wrong. i like to go out for an occasional dinner or to see a movie. i enjoy spending a day at WDW or an evening at a baseball game. i like to travel from time to time.

but mostly? i like to be at home. i don't mind eating a home-cooked meal most nights. i am just as happy watching the Sox game as i am doing anything else. and when there isn't one on, i can mess around online, read a book, flip through a magazine. even doing housework doesn't bother me--after all, it's not like i leave a path of destruction in my wake!

i don't get "the itch" where i really *need* to get out of the house that often. i rarely find myself bored or stir crazy. it fascinates me how many people are constantly on the go, to the point that it seems they are *never* home, because i am so not like that. i much prefer a lot of down time with other plans sprinkled in than the reverse. it actually makes me tired & irritable if i don't get enough time to recharge between plans, events, trips, things that take me away from home. i can tell when i haven't had enough time at home, because i feel tense, overwhelmed & just plain burned out.

my home is my sanctuary. my refuge. my place to relax & be at peace. i'll take my calm, laid back life (though i am sure some would find it dull) over running myself ragged any day.

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Slice of Life: June 22


the season has officially changed.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Grace in Small Things 150:365

1. i got up & outside fairly early this morning in search of a photo for the Photo Hunt i joined. while i was out on my mission, i walked past a flowering bush that smelled *so* good. i have no idea what it is, but i stood there breathing in the sweet scent, heavy on the moisture-laden morning air.


2. also during my early morning venture, i passed by an older gentleman who lives in my complex, out for his morning stroll. he tipped his cap & simply said, "ma'am" as our paths crossed. now, i know that women are supposed to get all freaked out when they go from being "miss" to being "ma'am" and that we're supposed to get all up-in-arms in this pro-female world if men hold doors or pull out chairs for us, but i'm a traditionalist at heart and i never mind a little good old-fashioned manners & chivalry. so when this elderly man, who very obviously grew up in the deep south & has that "southern charm" just as deeply ingrained in him, it really just made me smile.

3. waking up from an impromptu nap just in time to see Nick Green hit a walk-off home run for the Sox.

4. finding some cute little Summer decorations in the Target $1 spot this morning. score for cheap fun decorations!

those little pails are adorable & the sparkly wooden stars are perfect for Summer decorating! i have another one tucked in between my candle holders on the other corner of my cabinet. i have so few Summer decorations that i've been very excited to find even a couple of new additions!

5. discovering that the new Autumn scents are listed on the Yankee Candle site. i *know* it's only the first day of Summer, but Autumn is my favorite time of year & i am almost drooling over scents like "Autumn Fruit," "Farmer's Market," "Lakeside Birch," "Macintosh Spice," "Moonlight Harvest" and "Vanilla Pumpkin."


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20 Questions: June 21, 2009

1. What is your favorite physical characteristic in the opposite sex?
it would have to be their smile. it's not something i can give a specific description of but more the feeling it sparks. it's what i call "the slow burn smile."

2. What is the first TV show you remember watching as a child?
Sesame Street. i distinctly remember watching it, my Gram's house, as a very small child. my dad would always ask me what the letters & number of the day were when he got home from work.

3. What is your favorite quotable line from a movie?
my favorite movie quote is: "Have fun, that's what your twenties are for. Your thirties are for learning the lessons and your forties? Are for paying for the drinks." (Carrie Bradshaw in the S&TC movie) but the one i actually use most often in actual conversation? probably "So let it be written, so let it be done." (from the Charlton Heston classic, "The Ten Commandments")

4. What is your favorite kind of sandwich?
oh man... so many yummy options! i love ham & cheese with mustard. or grilled cheese. or a BLT on toast. or a tomato sandwich with just the right amount of mayo. i tend to eat a lot of sandwiches this time of year too.

5. How old were you when you got your first kiss?
15, i think? heh. clearly it wasn't that memorable.

6. I don't understand:
how anyone could ever intentionally harm a child.

7. Your opinion about love at first sight:
i think it's rare but i believe it is possible because you can never underestimate love.

8. How does it make you feel when you hear people argue?
very awkward & uncomfortable.

9. Have you ever fallen for someone who turned out to be nothing like they seemed?
hooo-boy. let's just say a resounding "hell yes" and move along, mm-kay?

10. Do you mind sharing the food that is on your plate with someone?
it depends on who the someone in question is. i would make a few exceptions, but by & large, i take my food seriously & you enter the plate region at your own risk. ;-)

11. Somewhere, somebody is asking him- or herself whatever happened to you. Who is it?
thanks to Facebook, i would say that the people i would normally list don't have to wonder. but now i'm curious who i'm *not* thinking of!

12. How did your car get that little scratch/dent?
someone at work backed up into it with one of the golf carts. right after announcing that he knew how to drive it. he did come in & own up to it, though, to his credit. karmic retribution? a month later someone bumped his truck with a forklift. and he couldn't lose his cool over it because i didn't freak out about his little incident. heh.

13. Would you rather get up early or sleep in?
i'm not much of a "sleep in" kinda girl. in fact, my idea of sleeping in would probably be considered getting up early by most people. if i'm in bed much past 7am, i either got to bed very late or i'm not feeling well.

14. Last person to leave you a comment?
that would be Giuseppina!

15. Who out of your friends has the next birthday coming up?
i have some family birthdays coming up in the next week or so and then again in August, but the next friend birthday would be Alison on September 14.

16. What is your favorite Disney movie?
Sleeping Beauty.

17. In what position do you sleep?
usually on my side (either one, doesn't matter) but sometimes on my back.

18. How long does it take you to get out of bed in the morning?
about ten minutes. i like to wake up slowly & stretch & gently ease into my day.

19. What do you have for a ring tone?
"Sweet Caroline," by Neil Diamond. which poses a dilemma for me when someone calls. because i end up singing along & not wanting to answer.

20. What scent is the air freshener in your bathroom?
it's called "Clean Linen," just a clean fresh scent.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Grace in Small Things 149:365

1. light crowds at Disney World today.

2. a Dole Whip--the perfect refreshing treat on a hot day.


3. getting a seat in the top row for Soarin'.

4. a nice cool shower after being outside in the Florida heat.

5. the standing ovation the Fenway crowd gave old friend Derek Lowe tonight when he came back to pitch for the first time on a visiting team.


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ask me.

K did a couple of posts on her blog where she had some other bloggers ask her five questions. the basic idea is to answer the questions posed to you & then offer to ask five questions of any of your own readers who put in a request via comment. it's a fun way to share a few tidbits about yourself that you might not have already covered on your own--and in K's case, this came as a bit of a challenge since she's been reading almost as long as i've been blogging, in addition to chatting via email!

1. If you could break any law for 1 day without consequences what would it be?
oh wow... i am *so* not a rule-breaker! hmmmm... i think maybe i would have to kidnap Mike Lowell for the day. ;-)

2. What is your favorite place in the world and why?
i bet this will come as a shock, because you're probably expecting me to say something like "Disney World" or "Fenway Park," but my favorite place in the world is my home. it is my refuge. no matter how wonderful my day is, i always look forward to coming home at the end of it & being in my own comfortable, peaceful space.

3. If you could spend one day with someone BESIDES YOUR GRANDMA (because I am certain that would be your answer), past or present, who would it be?
well, since i already kidnapped Mike Lowell for a day... (and yes, you know me *way* too well by eliminating Gram!) i think i would like to spend the day with my Gram's mother. i would love to hear some of the stories she could share about my Gram as a little girl, as well as her own experiences as a woman of that generation & in that time. i am fascinated by history and also by my personal family history and there is something to be said for hearing the stories that make up who we are before we were even here.

4. What was high school like for you? Were you geek, jock, loner, burn out or other?
oh boy. LOL! i was *such* a nerd. i loved my English & history classes--i even took Advanced Vocab as an elective! i hated anything to do with math or science, though, with a passion. i was really active in the music department (played flute & piccolo in concert and marching band, sang in concert choir, and was stage manager in the drama club). i was super quiet; after going to a small Lutheran school through eighth grade (my graduating class was 16 kids!), i was a little shell-shocked when i arrived in a public high school where there were more kids in my homeroom than in my entire class the previous year! i'm pretty sure i said about a dozen words my first three years combined, though i did finally start to warm up a bit by senior year. much like now, my circle of friends was small--quality over quantity!--but i could get along with almost anyone. if i had any "enemies," i was blissfully unaware.

5. If you had $100 that you had to spend within 1 hour, what would you buy - and it can't be baseball tickets, because I said so and I make the rules - right now anyway.
i would hop online & get myself a Jon Lester jersey. (what?? you said no *tickets*. i complied!) and that's only because i wouldn't be able to make it into a Disney park within the set time limit. ;-)

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Grace in Small Things 148:365

1. free shipping & fast delivery for my new phone to replace my broken one (at the hinge). if it weren't Friday, i would have had it next-day. Monday will do though. i hope.

2. cool air, if only in the early morning.

3. sunglasses.

4. face cream with built-in SPF30.

5. the start of the weekend.


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Friday 5: June 19, 2009



Dairy

1. What are your feelings about milk?

it's fine for me to cook or bake with, and i like a splash on my cereal, but there is no way i am drinking a glass of it. ::shudder:: funny thing, i used to love milk & drink it all the time & then one day, the way it coated my mouth just grossed me out & i didn't want it anymore. however, i could tolerate drinking it if my options were to either drink a glass of milk or eat a banana.

2. What are your feelings about cheese?
mmmm... cheeeeeeeeeese. gimme.

3. What are your feelings about yogurt?
i eat a container of yogurt every morning (well, Monday through Friday, the weekends are for cereal) for breakfast. it's a good thing there are a lot of flavors so i don't get tired of it. i try to do that since i don't drink milk & the calcium intake is important.

4. How do you feel about soy milk?
i want to say it's nasty but i've never actually tried it. i can't bring myself to try it because i am predisposed to believing it will smell like soy formula. which? nasty. it may actually taste just fine but the smell of it turns me away.

5. How far are you from the nearest cow?
less than five miles for sure, since i know there are some living in someone's fenced-in front yard between me & church. there may even be some that are closer that i'm not thinking of right now. anything is possible where i live!

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friends

i've mused on this before. how crazy it is that this whole blogging thing has exposed me to people i likely never would have crossed paths with and yet i have found people who have become some of my closest friends. all because i typed some words in a teeny tiny corner of the vast expanse of Internet. it's as if the Internet were comparable to the universe and my blog the equivalent of my linen closet inside the universe: small, insignificant & really not all that captivating.

it's kind of humbling really. and i cannot imagine *not* having these wonderful friends inside my computer--some of whom have actually materialized and become real live actual *people*. that i know. like for *real*.

i will admit that i often don't "play along" with the whole "blog award" thing, partially out of not wanting to do the whole "tag this many people" part, but this one i felt compelled to follow through, because i found a way to put the spotlight on some truly awesome people i am lucky enough to call Friend.

i was tagged by both K (a blogger i discovered not long after The Broken Road was born and who i *will* meet one day) and a new blogging buddy Rachel. their sweet words really brightened my day--and you should most certainly make your way over to their blogs, if you don't already read them!

Apparently this award is bestowed on to blogs that are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

i'm going to share eight bloggers with you that i am proud to call friends. (each of you can feel free to play along yourselves or to simply accept the award graciously, whichever you choose, without anyone's feelings getting hurt. i promise.) at the very least, it is the perfect opportunity to share some fantastic blogs with some of you who only recently joined in over here!

1. i am going to start with my friend Nichole. i met her in person three years ago this past May when she & her husband were vacationing at Disney World. Nichole is a remarkable woman. she has been a true friend when i really needed one. she has opened her home to me for vacations & holidays, and introduced me to all sorts of things i probably never would have thought to try. she has graciously shared her Disney vacations with me. for two very different people in some ways, we share so much common ground as well--a truly wonderful case of two people complementing one another. i liked her immediately; she was one of those rare people i feel like i've known forever, almost as soon as we met. Nichole blogs about life in Southern California, about being a surgeon, and about the variety of adventures & experiences she has that make her such a well-rounded person.

2. next is my friend Heather. i didn't meet Heather through blogging. i have been friends with her since we were three years old, when we met in nursery school. Life took us some places that required our paths to break apart for a little while, but they converged again, and the few years we spent on our own separate journeys almost seem as though they never happened. it is an awesome & special thing to have a friend who has known you literally almost your entire life & yet isn't a blood relative. Heather shares stories & photos of her two children on her blog--one of whom is my very sweet god daughter!

3. our next stop is Chele. we went to high school together and were great friends during some of the most trying years of anyone's life. we giggled through geometry class (and geometry tutoring LOL!), were active in many areas of our school's music department together, and spent quite a bit of time hanging out outside of school as well. we lost touch after we graduated. the details are a bit hazy now, but one day after moving to Florida, i thought of her. it was very close to her birthday & i wanted to send her a card. so i did. and thanks to the internet, we've reconnected across the miles. it was Chele's blog that inspired me to start my own, and her blog is an amazing collection of thoughts, snippets, photos and wonderings as she continues to discover who she is.

4. moving along to Lil Foot's Mommy. i don't recall if she found me or if i found her, but she is such a warm, sweet person. i have had so much fun getting to know her online and next month (
22 days and 16 hours from now!!) i will get to meet her in person! i am so excited. she is another one of those special people who you feel like you've just known your whole life. i just wish i had known she was there when i still lived in Connecticut! Lil Foot's Mommy shares wonderful stories & photos of her adorable little girl on her blog, as well as some of her own thoughts & experiences.

5. last weekend, when i was up in Connecticut for my god daughter's birthday party and a bridal shower for the wedding i'll be in next month, i had the opportunity to meet Keri. she is friends with the previously mentioned Chele (which is how i, in turn, discovered her blog) and now, through blogging, has also become friends with Heather. Keri's blog is full of picture of her two cute kidlets, some of the hysterical things they say & do, and her thoughts on being their mom. the conditions weren't the greatest for getting to know a new friend, but i am looking forward to getting together with Keri another time i am visiting my New England friends, maybe for a girls' afternoon or evening!

6. i can't even remember now how i stumbled across Carrie's blog, but i am so glad i did! she is funny, loves the Autumn (just like me!), has adorable kids, and is a history buff--any of which can make an appearance on her blog! someday i am going to travel to her neck of the woods & let her tourguide for me! ;-)

7. Brandi is a recently discovered fellow Floridian who i am so glad i wandered into on the Internet. she was a regular reader of K's blog and one day, i decided to follow the link over to her blog, because she seemed awfully nice in the comments she left. let this be a lesson to all of you: if you are a regular reader of someone's blog and you notice other regular readers there who you don't already "know," it is so worth taking the time to explore. you can find some absolutely wonderful bloggers this way! i am typically somewhat hesitant about leaving those first few comments on a new blog--i always feel like i'm crashing the party!--but i stepped outside my comfort zone & left her a couple of comments. and i am so happy that i did! Brandi blogs about life & living in the Tampa Bay area...and one of these days, we're going to have to meet up somewhere!

8. last but certainly not least is the first e-friend i ever met: my friend Andie. Andie is also a huge Disney fan who happened to live in Florida at the time we got to meet. she & her husband & Jett the Wonder Dog have since relocated to Texas, but that doesn't stop us from keeping in touch. Andie is an amazing photographer and she shares some of her incredible photos on her blog, as well as sprinkling in anecdotes of every day life and lots of fun links.

my friends are a diverse group, and they may be scattered from sea to shining sea, but they are all incredibly special, wonderful, inspiring people...and each precious to me in her own way--whether we've known each other for decades or have only recently gotten to know one another, whether we've met in person or only in the realm of cyberspace. friendship cannot be contained or defined by how we've met or how we stay in touch or how many miles exist between us.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Grace in Small Things 147:365

1. the monsoon let up in time for me to not need to choose between staying late at work or attempting to drive home in it.

2. window open, listening to the crickets chirping & the rainwater dripping off the eaves & trees.

3. the Google Reader has been tamed down to a manageable 11, down from the ominous 1000+ that i found after four days away from it. and those remaining 11 have already been read & left unread for near future reference.

4. daydreaming.

5. the song "About Life," by Julianne Hough. and singing along to it at the top of my lungs.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Grace in Small Things 146:365

1. my lucky Red Sox bracelet that i wear during every single game. whether i am watching or not. sports superstitions are so much fun!

2. reading total brain candy that i have read at least three times before but it's an old favorite.

3. crunchy green peppers in tonight's salad.

4. heading to bed drowsy & knowing you'll fall asleep ten seconds after your head hits the pillow.

5. ceiling fans.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Grace in Small Things 145:365

1. four-day work weeks.

2. July issue of Good Housekeeping! yay!

3. getting to watch a Sox game for the first time since last Thursday. i was starting to go through withdrawals!

4. starting a new bottle of shower gel means a new scent: Sweet Pea!

5. i was surprised with this wonderful little friendship tile & the sweetest card in the mail from my friend K today. the Spring decorations will be coming down this weekend as we move along to Summer (on the calendar--the weather has been Summer for two months now!) but that little goody will be staying up.



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five.

i still can't believe my god daughter turned five years old. (you'll have to forgive poor photo quality; fluorescent lights plus active kids equal washed out, grainy or blurred photos.)


birthday girl.


Christian.


Catherine & Seamus (Gosia's older son).


a friend's daughter, baby C.



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