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Quick Hit: Dinner

I headed down to my old hometown tonight to have dinner with Eddie and his lovely bride.  He’s in Boston* to run the Marathon (and yes, that is a proper noun) on Monday, and we managed to coordinate our schedules sufficiently to meet for a few hours over a fantastic dinner at an Italian restaurant situated in the shadow of the ice rink where I learned to skate as a little girl.

I desperately wish that Eddie and I lived closer; I really enjoy his company and I LOVE the conversations we have when we’re together.  I think, perhaps, we need to set up a monthly Skype date; I like how I feel after I’ve spent some time with him.


* Two things – one; Mr. Chili was also at this dinner; he’s in Boston for instrument testing (he’s shooting protons at a toy they’re going to launch into space) and was able to connect with Eddie so they could carpool together.  I feel better for having seen him today.

Two; watch this space; I’ll be posting updates of Eddie’s Marathon run all day on Monday.

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Quick Hit: Coming Home

Mr. Chili returns to the roost after being away for a full week.  I know that I’m still crazy in love with my husband because, in preparing to head to the airport to pick him up, I’ve put on makeup, changed my outfit three times, and am fighting back a wicked case of butterflies.

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Ten Things Tuesday

I am 44 today.  I’m not a suspicious person by nature; I don’t believe in astrology or numerology or anything like that, but I am gearing up some hopeful anticipation that this year is going to be a good one (Lord knows I deserve it; ’11 and ’12 were much harder than I ever expected).

Here, then, are 10 things that I am looking forward to in my 44th year.

1.  I make no secret about the fact that my marriage is the most important part of my life.  I’m very much looking forward to another happy year with Mr. Chili.

2.  Being the mother of two (three, if you count Sweet Pea, and I do) teenage girls can be a challenge sometimes, but that doesn’t keep me from loving them to the center of my being.  I’m looking forward to my girls and our continually evolving relationships.

3.  I’m really hoping to nail the perfect job.  I don’t want to settle for whatever I can get, and I don’t want to find a position where I have to bend and twist my ethics or my enthusiasm to accommodate others’ fear or laziness.  I know that job’s out there, I just have to find it.

4.  I’m really digging having Bowyer back in our lives, and I’m looking forward to more family time with him and the boys.

5.  I’m also really loving having Sweet Pea’s family as part of our tribe, and I’m eager for another year of our easy, funny, harmonious companionship.

6.  I’m hoping to go places this year, though I’m not sure what our travel schedule will look like (given my current unemployment and the girls’ hectic schedules).  Punk’s going to England with the school band and Bean’s eighth grade class is going to DC in the spring; I’m hoping that, along with our annual haj to the lake, we can squeeze in a family trip to either DC or Florida sometime this coming year.

7.  I’ve been doing well with my increased focus on my yoga practice, and I’ve managed to get some other kinds of exercise in during these last few weeks, as well.  I’m going to keep at it so that my 44th year will be marked both by easier movement (I’m still battling the constant drag of arthritis) and my presenting slightly less force on the Earth.

8.  I’ve also been doing pretty well keeping in touch with people I love.  I get to see O’Mama fairly regularly, I reconnected with Ellen (formerly known as the Goddess of the Front Desk), and have managed to keep up with farther-away friends a little better, too.  I’m going to keep that up; I’m happier when I get to spend time with people I love.

9.  I’m loving being a student again, and am sucking up all the opportunities I can find to take classes, attend lectures, and participate in workshops.  I fully expect to complete my CAGS by the summer, and I’m going to have all of my professional development hours in the bag, as well.

10.  I fully intend to continue being actively engaged in politics and social issues.  Despite the fact that I get “all worked up” (as so many of my friends like to point out), I love the energy and purpose that I feel when I’m thinking, working, and educating.  These things matter, and I plan to stay in for as long as I can stand it.  If I can make even a little difference that makes the world better, it will be worth it.

Here’s to another trip around the sun!


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Quick Hit: Catchy

So, Mr. Chili gave me a spiffy new radio for my car last year, and it came with bluetooth capability, which means that I can play stuff through my phone.  Sometimes I’ll play my iTunes list, but if I’m going to be in the car for a while, I’ll log into Pandora and let that go.

I have a bunch of Pandora stations that I really like.  One of the things that I particularly appreciate about Pandora is that it exposes me to music I wouldn’t otherwise discover; I don’t listen to commercial radio because I can’t stand the inane chatter (or, you know, the commercials), and I haven’t figured out how to use Spotify yet.  If I don’t like a song, I give it a “thumbs down,” but I’m just as often giving “thumbs up” to the stuff I do like and, as time goes on, the station gets better.

One of the stations I created started with a Maroon 5 song, and that’s the station I’ve been listening to lately (I was on a big Dave Matthews kick this summer, but I’m trying to branch out).  This song is patently ridiculous, but it is also completely infectious.  It’s been in my head since I heard it three days ago.


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Quick Hit: Cold!

It was so cold this morning, Daddy could make snow with water from the tea kettle.

No, Bean, that is just so COLD!!!

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Quick Hit: Holiday Bush

We have procured this year’s tree!!


It’s nearly 13 feet tall and has, by far, the biggest trunk of any tree (of any height) we’ve ever had before.  In fact, one of the guys who helped Mr. Chili wrestle the thing on top of his Tiguan commented that “she’s an old one.”


You can’t really tell from the picture, but the trunk is wider than the span of Mr. Chili’s hand.  Seriously.  We were concerned it wouldn’t fit in the tree stand.  It does, but there’s not much room for water in there; I’m going to have to tend to her a couple of times a day.



Without the able assistance of our neighbor (who, himself, wrestled his ginormous tree into his living room yesterday), we never would have gotten the thing upright.  Mr. Chili will be pressured into putting the lights on it tonight so that the girls and I (all four of us; I promised Sweet Pea she could be in on it) can decorate it tomorrow.

Thus, my holidays are officially begun.



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Ten Things Tuesday

The obligatory thankful post.

1. I am deeply, profoundly, wordlessly grateful for my husband. He loves me in a way that makes me feel real, and I never expected to be as happy as I am.

2. I am thankful for my beautiful, healthy, wonderful daughters (all of them) and the relationships that we share.

3. There are a lot of really wonderful people in my life who call me friend, who offer me love and compassion, and who remind me over and over that they are there for me. I am humbled that such remarkable people think enough of me to give me that much of themselves. I’m not going to name names, but you know who you are.

4. I am also deeply grateful to the people who come here, who challenge me to think and to question, and who offer me their support and encouragement. This space is a big part of my life, and I’m thankful that you make it a part of yours, too.

5. I am thankful for the things I have in my life: a beautiful, warm, comfortable home; a fun, reliable vehicle; good food; warm clothes; vacations; entertainment. I have a lot and I’m aware of my privilege.

6. I am healthy. I can use my body in the ways that I want to. My mind is sharp and agile, and I can use that, too. I am aware that a lot of people don’t enjoy those riches.

7. I am crazy in love with technology. The internet delights me, I love my cell phone, and I’m completely enamored of indoor plumbing and central heating. I pause every once in a while to offer up gratitude for the fact that I can flip a switch and have light in the darkness, or turn a knob and have safe, clean drinking water.

8. I am grateful to the people who do jobs that I can’t (or would prefer not to). I love my mechanic. I have wonderful physicians. My mail delivery people and my trash collection people and my daughters’ teachers all rock my world. I try to be aware of all the people who work to provide all the things we all enjoy.

9. I am grateful for the many things that make me think. I get a lot of really great information from a lot of really smart people, and I’m honored that they share that knowledge with me.

10. I’m grateful for chocolate. Duh.

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