my favorite ornaments

Days Until 2012: via Apparently, when I uploaded these photos from my phone, I neglected to upload the words I typed. Don’t fret, readers! It was as easy as pressing “upload” again on my phone and problem solved!

A few of my favorite ornaments in no particular order:

Mumble! (Did you know that was his name? I thought it was Mambo)
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A few of my very good friends were stationed on the USS Enterprise, and one of them got me this ornament. I’ve experienced many Big E deployments, and this ornament was actually purchased when they were stationed in the Middle East during September 11th. This one is real important to me.
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This was my first ornament ever!
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This is one of Wolverine’s new ornaments this year. He’s sitting right at the top of the tree close to the star (right near the actual spider we have living in the tree who Wolverine named after himself)
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I got this ornament last year in honor of my very good friend Robert who was killed in 2010 while serving his country. This one is also pretty symbolic, because he died on my brother’s birthday (who he was closest too) and my brother has loved nutcrackers since he was a little boy.
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How artsy is this one? This is the first ornament that I made (in 1988). I think I vaguely have some memory of making it too in nursery school, but nothing particular stands out. The ornament in the back was given to me by my best friend’s mom, who is like my second mom.
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And here is the completed tree! Gorgeous isn’t it?
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ten on tuesday

Today I decided to participate in my very first Ten on Tuesdays. Many of my favorite bloggers do this, and I’ve always wanted to jump right in, but I never do. Well, there is no time like the present, folks!
Check it out here.

1. How do you eat your eggs?
I like all kinds of eggs. I usually eat egg white omelets with peppers, onions and a little cheese, but I’m open to anything.

2. Do you volunteer?
Yup, when a situation presents itself.

3. What’s your favorite brand of jeans?
Umm, I don’t have a favorite anymore. My old favorites were my Bitten jeans from the SJP line at Steve & Barrys when they were still open, but I’ve lost a little weight and they are too big for me (I’m not complaining!). So now I’ve been wearing some jeans from Old Navy and Target, but I haven’t found anything I’m really happy with.

4. What was your child’s first word? Or what was your first word?
I don’t know what my first word was to be honest with you. It was probably “ice cream” or “supercalifragilisticexpialidosious”

5. Can you french braid?
Pshhh. I WISH I could. I really need to find someone who can though, because I would LOVE my hair to be braided.

6. Do you prefer wide rule, college rule, or blank paper?
I find this to be such an important question. COLLEGE RULED ALL THE WAY! I hateeee wide ruled paper. I can live with blank paper, but life is a lot easier with college ruled…in my opinion.

7. Is there a specific treat do you always make during the holidays?
No, but I would like to start some traditions. I try to make some little sugary treat for people. Last year I made chocolate covered candy canes to be used as hot cocoa stirrers. This year I made peppermint pretzel sandwiches (I’m making more! and mint ones too!) And I’m also going to make choc covered snowmen.

8. Do you have a KitchenAid mixer? Do you want one?
Oh I want one, I want one, I want one! But I have a brand new hand mixer, and I don’t have a home to put it in. So I won’t need one for a while.

9. What kind of computer do you use?
I have a MacBook Pro at home. I use an HP Probook at work. I definitely prefer Macs to PCs. Never in my life did I think I would say that, but it is true.

10. Favorite Christmas movie?
This is easy. Elf!!!! I LOVE THIS MOVIE! I’m not the “quote from movies” type of person, but I could quote from this one all year long! I’m soooo going to watch it tonight or tomorrow.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christimas Tree

Days Until 2012: via I am super proud to announce that I have my very first real Christmas tree since 2006! Oh, and it’s my first tree with Mr. O and Wolverine too.

Oh… and… today is my brother’s birthday! Happy Birthday Brother!

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Elf on the Shelf!

Days Until 2012: via

We have an Elf on the Shelf!!! Mr. O, Wolverine and I have been quite busy keeping an eye on Logan, our elf (Logan is Wolverine’s “human” name, hence how he got his name). I don’t have a picture of how we found him after the first night he came to us, but let’s just say we woke up in the morning to find him with the Xbox controller on his lap and his hands on the buttons! This next picture is him ironing Wolverine’s pants.20111210-204924.jpg

The crazy elf loves Super Hero Squad too. Check out his Hulk hands!
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P.s. Happiest birthday to Holly one of my closest friends in the whole world.

i hope you’re feeling lucky!

Days until 2012:

Today is a big day on my blog! It is my very first giveaway! How excited are you? I’m pretty darn excited.

 I’ve been searching for cheap business cards for quite some time now. A year or two ago I purchased lovely cards for a networking event I was attending. They were beautifully designed but had minimal information, because I wanted them to still be applicable for all areas of my life. I’ve done a lot of event planning and floral design; I’m also a freelance writer, so instead of purchasing two sets, I figured I would just get one all-encompassing unspecific card. This plan worked for the most part. However, I got a lot of “Do you have a webpage with any of your designs?” or “where are you located?” (Note: I am still not “located” anywhere, but if someone wants to pay the rent for me to have a cute little boutique-like office, I am GAME). Plus, now that I am writing more often, I tend to hand my card out more often. So recently I’ve decided to purchase two sets of cards. I’m sure they will still be slightly nondescript, but they will hopefully seem more professional.

Here is my problem: I’m poor. I’m trying to buy a house, and I’ve recently found out how much my monthly repayment will be on my student loans (BARF!). Buying two sets of fantastically designed business cards really isn’t in the budget. I have champagne taste on a beer budget.

Cue the most awesome website ever! Overnight Prints! They have cheap business cards that are über professional and gorgeously designed. Cheap business cards! What could be better? (Hint: Not very much) Oh, and they are having a deal right now where you can buy 500 business cards for $15.45. I challenge you to find 500 business cards for that price that are printed on quality stock. Oh, and you can choose to gloss one or both sides for FREE! (Free is one of my favorite words.) There are so many great things about this company. It is called Overnight Prints because you can literally design something (by 8pm) and get it in the mail the VERY next day if you need to. Oh, and they have mini-business cards too, which are the type I have (and am running out of) right now. I get SO MANY COMPLIMENTS on these cards. They stand out so much more because people expect all business cards to look the same, and mine don’t. Plus, did I mention they are inexpensive?

What does this mean for you? Well, you can win a $25 gift card to use at Overnight Prints! Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Oh, and no, you do not need to purchase cheap business cards with this gift card. You can get whatever you’d like! I think it is the perfect time of the year to have a giveaway, because the winner will have the option of using the card to buy holiday gifts for other people or they can simply spoil themselves! Awesome, isn’t it? I do have ideas though if you’re thinking of using it on gifts. You can make a 2012 calendar or personalized stationary. Are you planning a wedding? You can make magnet save-the-dates to send to your guests. Have a business? There are lots of marketing materials you can customize.

Oh, most important part (duh)! Here is how you can win this great prize:

1) Mandatory: Leave a comment ON THIS POST ONLY telling me what you think you’d buy if you won. This will enter you in the giveaway.
2) For an extra entry, include a link to this post on your blog, then leave another comment ON THIS POST ONLY with the link to your post.
3) For a third entry you can share this link on your Facebook page (you’re going to have to leave another comment ON THIS POST ONLY letting me know you did)
4) And finally, for a fourth chance, tweet about the giveaway. If you tweet, make sure to include my handle (@reinventingerin).

The contest begins immediately, and you have until Thursday evening at 11:59pm EST to enter. So what’s that, like 5 whole days? Anyway, I will pick and announce a winner sometime before 5:00pm on Friday (I’m hoping to do it in the morning though). So you now officially have five days and four possible chances to win, folks. Get moving!

sharing is caring…

So I’ve seen a few great posts out there in blogland of the items that are on people’s holiday wish lists, and I’ve decided to share a few of my own. In all honesty, there is really not very much that I want for the holidays this year. Ideally, I’d like to purchase The House (can you believe I want to GIVE the bank my money for my Christmas present?). That would make me the happiest this holiday season. But, besides that… well, I just don’t really need anything. Are there things I want? Of course! I want things all the time! I’ve just gotten better at differentiating between wants and needs. But for the fun of it, here is my “wish list” in no particular order… and no, it isn’t a complete list… but I didn’t overwhelm all  you bloggers that plan on buying gifts for me 😉

When it’s chilly, there is no reason to look frumpy (I can pretty much 100% promise you that I DO look frumpy in the Winter- THIS could change that!)
Just so you know, I WILL own this stamp (or a similar one) after Mr. O and I HAVE our house. Sigh. Hopefully soon. This is GORGEOUS!
How cool is this instant camera that prints out credit card size photos immediately? Damn cool.
Way too expensive at $60, but uber cool.
Obviously, this would need to be E <3 “Mr.O’s Initial”….Now you all know his name doesn’t start with a B!
Ahhhhh-may-zzziiinnngggg
Pretttyyyyyy   

double dose of erin

Two posts in one day? After not posting for over a week. Gosh you guys are getting spoiled. Because I’m a nutjob, I’m attempting another round of NaBloPoMo this month. (Seriously, what the HELL is wrong with me?) I’m going to try to keep this focused. When I mentioned earlier that December really isn’t the most wonderful time of the year, I forgot to mention that New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are both probably in my top 5 days of the whole year (the other two being my birthday and ehhhhhh, the Fourth of July and Christmas might be tied for the final spot).

Anyway… I’m going to try to do a countdown until the 2012 on this blog. Who knows what I will post. I’m not doing anything nuts. Ideally I’d like to post things that make me happy or grateful or lessons I’ve learned or goals for myself… but you might get some complaining too. Oh the suspense!

Image originally found via Google Images via here

So today begins it all. I’ll keep it simple- My goal for this month is to actually succeed with this project. I’ve got 31 days until we reach 2012. Wish me luck.

Oh and before I finish, I want to tell you guys to head over to Erin B. Inspired’s blog. I’m being selfish by posting this, because I’d love to win her giveaway, but oh well… you guys should check it out too.

it’s the most wonderful time of the year

This post probably will have nothing to do with December being “the most wonderful time of the year,” because in all honesty, I think that’s a crock of shit. Late spring/early summer is the most wonderful time of the year.

But anyway… I really wanted to sing you a song.

WAKE UP, WAKE UP, WAKE UP….. IT’S THE FIRST OF THE MONTH. (Maybe one day I will actually post a video of me singing that…)

Yup, that was it. I typed up a whole blog post for you, and accidentally deleted the majority of it, so I decided to just keep it short and say what I meant to say:

It is the first of the month, and while it is hectic, December is a beautiful month. It is filled with birthdays of some of the most important people in my life, the holidays and another upcoming residency for school. My graduate school career is quickly coming to an end (how the HECK did that happen?), so I’m going to really try to cherish this last residency.

Here is to the month of December. I hope it brings beautiful moments into all of your lives. I have high hopes for this month. I sense the beginning of a special time in my life, and I know that no matter what happens this month (or in the next 7 months until I graduate), everything that happens is meant to happen.

Cheers.

i just don’t..

Inspired by Ashley and Becky’s posts, I decided to also share all the things I don’t do.
Ashley wrote about the mask of perfection, in the sense that, while there are so many wonderful things she has experienced or witnessed via blogging, she also see so much “perfection” on blogs that just seem too good to be true. She suggested we “declare ourselves rife with imperfection” (love that phrase) which I think is just the greatest thing we can all do. Here goes nothing…

  • While I do actually work at my 101 in 1001 list, I never update the blog. This drives me insane personally, because I take notes and take photos; all I need to do is post them. My first 101 list ended on 10/1/2011, and my second one started 10/2/11. I haven’t even posted or updated anything about the new list! I’m so behind schedule.
  • I don’t write nearly as much as a graduate student (in creative writing) should. I hate to admit it, but it is true. That is something I have been working on very hard this semester, and I should probably pat myself on the back and admit that it is slightly getting better.
  • I haven’t been on the 20SB site in forever. I love the community and what it has grown to be, but I’m neglecting it.
  • I buy birthday, holiday, new house, new baby, new job, congratulations, thank you, retirement and sympathy cards all the time. When I need one, I usually fill it out and address it. Then it sits somewhere stamp-less for way too long. I just found a card for one of my friend’s who got an awesome job in May. It is November and it was never mailed.
  • I don’t know how to cook very much. I can cook killer breakfasts: anything with eggs, pancakes, waffles, french toast, cinnamon rolls, monkey bread.  I make a mean spaghetti, great chow mein, mac and cheese, oh yeah I made a great salmon (like twice) ehhhh… I can grill stuff good too. I sear a tuna like a  pro. Basically, I’ve been learning how to cook. Mr. O has been helping me learn, and I’m excited about it.
  • I don’t spend as much time with my grandparents as I would like to. I know how important it is, and I just need to put more effort in.
  • I don’t comment on blogs like I used to. I read every single post in my reader, and I “star” so many of them so that when I have a chance I can go over and comment. But 1/2 the time I never end up doing it. 🙁
  • I don’t ever complete a NaBloPoMo. Ever. I’m on day three and going strong though, so I’ve got hope for this month.
  • I don’t clean my apartment like a normal human. I’m hardly ever there, so I tend to just let things pile up until it is a big mess and then try like hell to attack it all at once.
  • I don’t do my laundry more than once a week. In fact there is a good chance that I do my laundry every other week. How? Well, I’m fortunate to own a LOT of clothing. The only thing that stinks about this is that I usually do a LOT of loads all at once.
  • I don’t get my oil changes on time… EVER. I wait and I wait and I wait and then the guilt piles up and finally I get it done.
  • I don’t send attachments in emails. Most of the time. I’ll send an email out at work that says something like, “reference the attached email,” but then forget to attach it.
  • I don’t remember half of what I am supposed to. It is sad, but true. Lists keep me sane.
  • I don’t complete 98% of the DIY or craft projects I aim to. I still however love to shop at Michael’s and AC Moore.
  • I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy this season. It is my favorite show, but I just can’t remember to put it on.
  • I don’t wash my hair everyday. If I did it would be stringy and gross. However. If I go more than 48 hours without washing it, it will be ridiculously greasy. It’s a lose-lose.
  • I don’t floss as often as I should. I’ve got no excuses for this one.
  • I don’t write in my diary. I like my diary, but between school, this blog and the talking I do with friends and family, there isn’t that much more to say.
  • I don’t wake up early enough for work every single morning, which in turns make me rushed and almost/sometimes late.

lists

I like lists.

  • I’m pretty proud of Ray Allen for breaking the 3 point record last week.
  • I had the best Valentine’s Day of my life last night. It was heartfelt and noncommercial-just as it should be.
  • Yes, I celebrated Valentine’s Day.
  • MY GRANDMOTHER TURNED 100 YEARS OLD LAST WEEK!
  • I’m kind of overwhelmed with life in general (in a good way). I just wish I felt more organized while feeling overwhelmed. I don’t mind being calm and pulled in a thousand directions. I do mind being disorganized.
  • I turn in my first packet of the semester today. I guess I can take a day “off” tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow I’m going party dress shopping.
  • This weekend I will be going to Foxwoods to be celebrating my friends’ birthdays.
  • I have unrealistic expectations about writing. Somehow I think just because I’m so dedicated to it that it should come naturally. It does not work that way. Writing takes practice. Regular practice.
  • I started watching Glee, and all I can think about is how I should have started long, long ago.
  • I haven’t updated my 101 in 1001 in a serious amount of time. MUST do so this week!
  • The first official Masshole Writers meeting happened this past Saturday. It was spectacular.
  • I love my FUMFA older brother and little sister like WOAH.
  • I got my FUMFA Polar Bear Plunge tshirt in the mail. Cant wait to wear it!

…to be continued

intention

So, I’ve got this thing… It’s called: A GREAT LIFE.

I feel the most myself here on little Ender’s Island during my graduate school residency. I’m surrounded by brilliance in so many shapes and colors and sizes.

There are the teachers who have published remarkable books and memoirs and poetry. The teachers who are passionate about sharing what they know of the craft. The teachers who not only want to help you grow as a student writer, but as an individual- someone who will influence the world in small and large ways. The teachers who are cheerleaders, motivating us whether or not we’ve ever stepped foot in their classroom or their seminars. The teachers, who might write in a different genre than us, but are devoted to our survival and success and honestly invested in our writing and goals for this program and beyond. The teachers you get to know on a personal level. They ask how my dog Fenway is, congratulate me on the birth of my nieces, inquire about my new job.

And the beauty. The beauty of the river as the sun sets in the morning, the snow, the sand, the rocks, the waves, the buildings, the chapels. Pictures will follow for sure.

My peers are remarkable individuals from all walks of life- accountants, teachers, psychiatrists, waiters, census employees, nurses, recent college graduates, people who got their first degree 50 years before, CEOs of large corporations, travel writers, stay at home dads, drummers…. I was blessed with the best FU MFA family. My “big bro” and “little sis” feel real to me, like we share the same cells. I love them. I admire them. I want to emulate their goodness and intelligence.

The biggest lesson this school has taught me and I have absorbed in every cell of my body is to trust in the process. Kind of like a whatever is meant to be will be kind of thing. I don’t questions things here on the island. I don’t worry about who I will get as a mentor or what I will do over the semester for example, because I know that I will get exactly what I need…and I am sure of that. I feel it and know it deep down.

I need to start bringing this feeling and acceptance and intention into other areas of my life.

Today has been a beautiful day. Starting last night: I ate a scrumptious dinner with great friends, listened to three amazing faculty readings (one of which my my mentor from last semester whom I admire more and more and more every single time I listen to him), and then partied the night away with faculty and students on a gorgeous island. We counted down the seconds until 2011 (one of my favorite moments every year) and then I followed my MFA little sister’s Cuban heritage by having 12 red grapes and taking a moment to reflect and think of a goal, well less a goal and more of an intention. I stood up until 5am, woke up early  and then ran into the water with a bunch of other crazy writers for the Polar Bear Plunge. I felt alive. I had lively discussions at lunch, came back to my room and relaxed and landed in a conversation with the wonderful girl across the hall who’s determination and dedication to her writing I admire. I didn’t leave the island to go get a coffee or photograph the Mystic bridge or get some more floss like I had planned. I didn’t nap like I really should have.

I also didn’t complain or worry about everything I didn’t do like I normally would have. Why? Because I was present in every moment of this day. I am alive and experiencing everything- an unexpected conversation, tea instead of coffee, pretzel M&Ms, the rush and burn of the ice cold water- the ache in my shoulders and back mostly because I need some more rest. I didn’t do everything I wanted to do, but I did do everything I should be doing. Trust….in the process….

I have very mixed feelings about resolutions. I’ve mentioned here before that I really like new beginnings in all forms. The first of the month makes me happy. My birthday and new years start my life fresh for me. Weddings, babies, graduations, etc= all fresh starts. But resolutions always feel empty to me.

So…my intent? I intend to be a more dedicated student and writer. I intend to “trust in the process” in all areas of my life. I intend to love my friends and family deeply. I intend to remember to also love myself deeply and treat myself kindly. But most of all… I intend to be brave.

If I had to sum up 2010 in one word, I’d probably choose Change or Opportunity or something in that regards.

For 2011? In 2011, I want my word to be Brave.

i’m not a newbie anymore!

So, not only have I finished my first semester of graduate school, but I have also finished all my training at work! Technically, I’ve got a lot to learn still, but it will be more of a on the spot training. I’m moving on up in the world, folks!

So lets just put this out in the open: I did not finish NaBloPoMo OR NaNoWriMo….wah. I have no one or nothing to blame but myself.

The next 20SB Blog Swap will be on 12/20 and I am so very excited. My swap partner is actually brand new to me; I’ve been a bad 20SB blogger. Not “bad,” I’ve just neglected my membership. I’m actually very glad I got paired with a person I’ve never communicated with before, because I am looking for some new people to follow! Make sure y’all tune back here on the 20th so you can read what my swap partner has to say 😉

I’m going to Atlanta in less than a month!

Over the course of my first semester, I came across some article or blogs I found interesting or helpful. I figured I would share them, in case any of you budding writers (or readers) might be interested.
Check out Sari Botton’s Conversations With Writer’s Braver Than Me. Her first interview is with Vivian Gornick. How awesome is that? She’s done 4-5 more since then that I can’t wait to read.
Also, you might want to check out this random post I found about Joan Didion. I love the quotations on here.
The Forums on Nathan Bransford’s Blog are kind of fantastic. Don’t forget to check out the actual blog as well. It’s pretty great.
For writers (like me) who find the idea of writing 15-20 pages (on deadline) daunting and scary, you should check out this site.

Will someone please get me this shirt or mug? I found this on Sari Botton’s Tumbler, but it can be purchased in The Rumpus Store.

I still have yet to put up my Christmas Tree or send out my holiday cards or decorate for the holidays (besides some garland on my desk at work, which I will make sure to photograph and post). I’m thinking next year that I will do all this stuff after Halloween, because November and December fly by for me, and I am always upset that I have not completed any of these tasks. Oh well, I’ll put up my tree (its a wire tree) and I’ll keep it up til Valentine’s Day. Who says you have to take down a tree right after Christmas, anyway?

So, I’m doing the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day. Has anyone else done this before? Any suggestions? I’m getting nervous about it. I think I’m going to start jumping in the shower without putting the hot water on, and then gradually work up to the hot water. HA!

bits and pieces

  • I’ve decided that dogs and owners really do resemble each other. Sometimes so much so that they even start to look like each other. It makes me really wonder what having Fenway says about me…
  • I officially finished my first semester of graduate school last week. I’m so excited because between life, school and work, it has been a very overwhelming month for me. I wish I could figure out how to squeeze some more time out of my day. I think one thing I need to work on is binge sleeping. I have the bad habit of sleeping only 2-3 hours a night for a handful of nights in a row. Well, by the time the end of the week rolls around, I’m extremely physically exhausted and I simply crash. I can’t keep my eyes open and I will sleep the entire day away. I’m thinking if I instate a more regular sleep schedule (i.e. sleeping less hours EVERY day 😉 Possibly 5-6 hours?) I don’t know what will work, but I need to figure that out as soon as possible.
  • Every time I see people working on roofs- whether decorating for Christmas or cleaning gutters or whatever- I get really nervous. Why are there so many people who don’t use protective measures?
  • I adore real Christmas trees.
  • I really like seeing people decorate and light up their houses for the holiday season, but let me tell you… I HATE decorating with lights. There is always a light thats dead that ruins the set. The cords are always twisted up. Bah humbug. Everyone else in my family seems to love decorating with lights, and they do an excellent job as well. Which means I’ll just pay them to decorate my house once I own them.
  • Last night I flirted with a bongo player while he was performing. Well, he played bongos, guitar and he sang. Multi-talented gentleman.  I won’t lie, it was a bit of a boost of confidence for me. It was quite obvious he was looking for me in the crowd as people moved around. Unfortunately, he was a younger gentleman, and as much as cougars are all the rage these days, I think I’m a bit young to enter the Cougarhood.

grateful

But wait, I forgot the most important message of all in the last blog post….

I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed, happy Thanksgiving.

I’m very grateful for all of my readers. hugs and kisses to you.

waiting

So far, my day of travel  hasn’t been as bad as I expected it to be. I’m sitting in the Boston Airport now, waiting for my flight to Newport News.

I absolutely adore people watching. There are some wild ones out there. So, since airport travel talk is all the rage now a days, I figured I would share my thoughts. Boston’s Logan Airport is quite big- its an international airport, and because of that, security is pretty strong. Everyone has there own opinions about body scans and pat downs, and I’m not really going to argue for either side here. This is how I feel- I’ll do whatever is asked of me in regards to safety measures. Anyone who remembers 9/11 or has known someone who served in the military should feel the same way. Although, I do worry that the newest measures are a bit much. So basically, I fall on both sides of the fence. I understand the necessity, but I am a bit uncomfortable with it. So I figured today would be interesting to say the least.

After personally going through two different screening methods (no, i was not pat down) I don’t think there much to complain about. The security process was barely any more trouble than usual. I got through the security clearance quite quickly, and this was also with the crazy bag lady– the TSA staff who pretty much had an issue with anything that was put through the belt (you know, jackets, shoes,laptops, etc). She took her job very seriously. Which is good, isn’t it?

There is the cutest little three year old boy (and his mom) near me right now. He has a mohawk. LOVE IT! He’s telling me all about Thomas the Train. I tried to tell him that I know Thomas quite well.. I watched him as a child, and my nephew is a bit obsessed… but he’s still educating me now as I type.

There were five really handsome guys sitting near me just a few minutes ago. One of my big complaints about traveling alone is that I never seem to be around any handsome guys. EVER. Its not that I want to meet someone while traveling… but its always nice to have eye candy or someone to flirt with. Those five guys just boarded a flight to Atlanta. Bummer.

I took a bus today! That is a pretty new experience for me. I didn’t have a ride to the Boston airport, but I did have someone who could take me to Providence, so I took a Peter Pan bus from Providence to Boston. It dropped me right off at my terminal. I thought it would be awful, but I was fortunate enough to sleep through about 1/2 of it.

So, from what I’m seeing, this section i’m sitting in is pretty popular. They have already boarded three flights while I have been sitting here. I’m a little bummed because my little mohawk friend is boarding a flight now to Akron, Ohio. I wont lie, I’m going to miss the little bugger.

Here is another simple thing I dislike about traveling alone. I’ve got a nice little seat in the waiting area, right? Well, I want to get up and go to the bathroom before I get on my flight, but I don’t want to lose my seat. At least when you are traveling with someone, you can leave all your stuff in one area and take turns getting up and walking around.

I don’t think I’ve quite absorbed the fact that I’m going on vacation for the long weekend. I don’t feel like I am going to go see some of my favorite friends in the whole wide world. I can’t believe I’m going to go to some of the best restaurants and bars. This is going to be spectacular.

I can’t wait to throw my arms around some of my friends and hug and kiss them. Screw hugs, I’m going to tackle them 😉