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Friends

Did you ever feel like you lost your best friend? That’s how I’ve been feeling lately. 

I just came back from a whirlwind trip to Milan with a good friend.  Three days with a compatible companion in one of the greatest cities in the world was so much fun. Now we’re back to the normal routine, where she and I get together about every 6 weeks or so.  I guess you could say I’m going through withdrawal.

best friends

Another good friend just moved out of the area. I thought she had trained me to not miss her by getting together infrequently before she left.  I was wrong. Knowing that she’s not a short drive away anymore really makes me sad.

I was lucky enough to get together with my childhood and onward BFF last month.  We celebrated her birthday with other childhood friends and it was so much fun!  Texting, emails and phone calls just cannot replace spending time together in person.  We always manage to have some kind of adventure, or misadventure, that keeps us laughing and this time together was no different!

best friends

…and LD moved to the other side of the country after her college graduation.  It’s slowly occurring to me that she doesn’t live here anymore.

Here’s a toast to all the lovely friends in my life!  I love my friends…I just wish we could be together more often.

Blowing Kisses to My Bed

Imagine my surprise when I found myself blowing kisses to my bed.  I have been missing my bed, spending very little time in it (sleeping or otherwise), and find that I can’t wait to get back into it.

blowing kisses

Let me explain. I have been away for business working really long hours for almost a complete month now. I come home for about 20 hours each weekend which enables me to have one night in my own bed each week.

Not thinking about the lack of time to do anything personal, it’s surprising what I miss in terms of having access to, leaving out the obvious of family and friends….

  • My bed
  • My sheets
  • My bathroom
  • The towel warmer in my bathroom
  • Getting the NY Times from the driveway
  • Reading the paper version of the Times
  • Being able to binge watch what I’ve DVR’ed
  • My Ninja coffeemaker
  • Reading in my own bed
  • My golf lessons

But the bed. Every time I leave to go back to the hotel, I say a fond farewell and look forward to the next time we are together.

Staycation!

My mother came up to visit me for a staycation.  We were on the same page about taking it easy, and it was great!  We did go out of the house each day, whether to take a walk, run errands, browse the local shops or go out to eat.  We didn’t leave the house until sometime after noon each day, and spent the time at home reading the newspaper, knitting, beading, crossword puzzles, etc.

I wanted to share the following sales with you for July….a long weekend’s coming up, you may want to stock up on some supplies…
 
This Interweave sale is through July 10th.
Save 80% on Select Products at Interweave Store

Take 10% Off at Patternworks with Offer Code PWJULY10

Take 10% Off at Keepsake NeedleArts with Offer Code NAJULY10

Up to 67% off stock clearance items

Create and Craft Flate Rate Shipping

My mom also quilts…
Take 10% Off at Keepsake Quilting with Offer Code KQJULY10

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Have a great July 4th weekend!

Let’s All Go to the Movies!

I missed a whole era of movies while I was married (before being with DDSO). For a variety of reasons, the only movies I saw during my life with young children were ones that I could share with them. (“There was a lost decade, so I don’t really know,” Bill Nighy’s character, Quentin, in Pirate Radio.)

Let's all go to the movies

I am rediscovering the pleasure of movies. They are a reader’s cheating version of getting immersed in someone else’s story.  Sit in a darkened theater and engulf the story in under 2, 2 1/2 hours instead of taking 24+ hours to read it.  Having missed so many movies in the 90’s not only do I not want to miss any current movies, but I also have so many to catch up on!

I thought I had done really well seeing 24 movies last year, but when I looked at a list of all the movies that had been released in 2014, I was aghast at how many I had not seen!

Now, I am a movie glutton.

We got out of work early on Friday for the long weekend and I immediately headed to a 5:00 movie (In the Name of My Daughter).

I carved out time on Saturday for another movie (Saint Laurent).
Let's all go to the movies
I am toying with checking out the IFC Center in Manhattan that plays only Independent films.

Actually, let me restate that….I am thinking of switching my art museum memberships to a membership at IFC. I know, why not do them all? But I am trying to be realistic about which establishments I will actually visit (rather than just support as a distant admirer).

I was so pleased when I was reading The NY Times this morning, and realized that I had seen half of the movies advertised for the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas! Prior to that, I would have been pleased to just recognize the movie titles and know if I wanted to see them or not.
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Of the advertised movies, I’ve seen the In the Name of My Daughter, Iris, and Wild Tales.
And recognizing a movie that I want to see:
Let's all go to the movies

I purposefully haven’t given my opinions on the movies as I already track them on my Resolutions page and I don’t like to be (too) repetitive. That’s also not the point of this post. Just getting to the movies and experiencing them in a theater is so enjoyable. I’m glad I’ve rediscovered and am allowing myself this pleasure.

Happiness Challenge

A friend of mine tagged me in the “Happiness Challenge” on Facebook where I was instructed to post 3 things that define my happiness for 6 days.  I’ve collected all the posts here.  In doing this challenge,  I found myself recognizing happy /  amusing / funny moments throughout each day.  That was the true reward.  Although, picking 3 and sharing them each day with my Facebook friends also made me happy.

Day 1
1. Happiness is being tagged for the happiness challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated Marcy’s posts and while I am more typically a voyeur than a participant, I am touched that she tagged me to do this.
2. Happiness is seeing my son growing up and settling into his new independent life.
3. Happiness is reading true life love stories in the NY Times In Memoriam section. One of my favorites is “I don’t need to visit you because you are with me every day.”

Happiness Challenge Day 2
1. Happiness is sleeping with the windows open.
2. Happiness is thinking of the next trip with my daughter. Barcelona? Milan? Paris? Florida?
3. Happiness is watching my daughter excel in and completely enjoy her college experience.

 Happiness Challenge Day 3
1. Happiness is transforming a ball of string.
2. Happiness is visiting my local library at 11 PM via my kindle.
3. Happiness is our weekly mah jongg game even if I don’t win and even if we have to miss a few weeks here and there.

An impromptu happiness post. Happiness is seeing Italian tourists at MY farmer’s market, glad to be able to share a nice American experience with them!

Happiness Challenge Day 4
1. Happiness is clearing out my garage and having a little extra cash in my pocket. (Thank you, Lois, for organizing the community garage sale, and thank you, Jill, for selling alongside me.)
2. Happiness is being able to go to bed early and sleep late after a long day.
3. Happiness is knowing what I need to do today, and fitting spending a long morning in bed (unfortunately by myself!) into the schedule.

Happiness challenge - a cleaner garage

A clean(er) garage!

 Happiness Challenge Day 5
1. Happiness is finally having the sense to turn my air conditioning back on and enjoying a good night’s sleep.
2. Happiness is knowing that I did not miss the canning season and will have fresh tomatoes in the winter. (I’m thinking creamy tomato soup on a cold winter day.)
3. Happiness is seeing my friends’ travel posts. Thank goodness for FB since getting together for slide shows like my grandparents used to do just would never happen these days.

Happiness Challenge

Ready for canning

Happiness Challenge Day 6, the final day of posts
1. Happiness is dragging myself out of bed, late, this morning, after having spent a wonderful evening catching up with an old friend.
2. Happiness is having the opportunity to review one’s life (while catching up) and being content with the decisions I’ve made in it.
3. Happiness is having a bright spot of color in an otherwise drab landscape (i.e. photo accompanying this post).
The tradition is for me to now tag other people to continue this practice of posting 3 points of happiness for 6 days. Only because it really isn’t painful, and it’s actually been nice to recognize points of happiness, I hereby nominate Christine, Gisela, Kathy (when you’re feeling better) and Linda. I look forward to reading your posts!

Happiness Challenge: a spot of color!

What are some of the things that make you happy?

Penguin Books

Penguin Books

In the bookstore the other night I realized I have an unabashedly faithful relationship with Penguin Books.  I automatically assume a book published by Penguin is going to be good.

This started with The Phantom Tollbooth…

the book that started it all?

and continued on in a family trip to England, probably around middle school years.   Some of my best souvenirs were Penguin Books that I brought home to read…and probably still have to this day.

Now that Penguin has merged with Random House, I am doubting my allegiance.  Will Penguin lower its standards?

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Will “Published by Penguin Books” warrant the same level of anticipation as in years past?

Guess which one I'll pick up first?

Guess which one I’ll pick up first?

I am unwaveringly loyal until proven wrong.

But that’s a whole ‘nother conversation!

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