Monday, January 29, 2007


I love it when random and humorous things occur during my day. Take for example:

Last Friday, I was out walking Julip and I noticed a big commotion at the end of my street. I walked over to see what was going on, and it was some big production company filming a Head and Shoulders commercial! Very random that they'd be doing that in Lowell, but my neighborhood is really charming and attractive, so I can understand why they'd pick it for the location. They shot at nearly every corner, and EVERYONE was talking about it. So now Downtown Lowell will be known for mill textiles and Head and Shoulders.

Saturday night, I went to Shah and Brian's for dinner with my parents. (My dad's helping them with planning a renovation on their home). My dad recently fell again and broke eight ribs, so he was a total trooper the whole time he was there. Anyhow, we're having dinner and there's a knock on the door from their crazy neighbor. She said she broke her phone and she was waiting for a call from her son in Oregon and can she have one of their phones? She knew they were having a dinner party and just kept talking and asking for their phone. Then she asked if they had a cigarette and Shah started talking about how he quit smoking and feels so much better. We all sat listening on the other side of the door - it was so surreal.

Sunday morning, I rolled out of bed looking half-awake and took Julip out at her usual 7:30 time. Not two minutes after we walked outside, a woman came up to us with a camera and asked if she could take some pictures of Julip for a photography project she was doing. I told her it was fine as long as I wasn't in the picture. lol I mean, who goes out in the freezing cold at 7:30 am on a Sunday if they don't have to?!?

Anyhow, I found all of these things mildly amusing. Life is just quirky and weird and wonderful, and as I get older, I start to see how random and chaotic and awesome it really is. Here's to more weirdness in my days!

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Thursday, January 11, 2007


My sister Kacy was accepted into the World Teach program, which is a non-profit organization through the Center for International Development at Harvard University. She's an English teacher in Lynnfield, and she's passionate about education. She's chosen to volunteer in Namibia, Africa beginning in June 2007, to help assist in the restructuring of Namibia's educational system.

Some volunteers work as resource teachers at primary schools, train other teachers, work on community English teaching projects, and work in secondary schools teaching mathematics, science, or English.

During her stay, she will live with a host family, but getting to Africa won’t be easy. Since the cost of volunteering on an international scale is significant, the cost of her placement, training, air travel, insurance, and field support for the summer will be more than $4,000. I am trying to help her with her goal of raising half of the program fee through the generous donations of friends, family, and community members, while her own personal donations will cover the remaining costs. A donation from you would help make it possible for her to contribute to a worthy and noble cause. We all want to help to make the world a better place. Kacy is going there, and you and I can help. Even $5.00 will help her towards her goal.

You can make a safe and secure donation using the link below, and all
donations are tax deductible, and WorldTeach will send you a receipt once they receive your check or your on-line donation. Thanks for any donation you're able to make. And if you can't donate financially, please send out out some good thoughts and prayers for her to have a safe and fufilling trip!

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Monday, January 08, 2007


Ok, so I have lots o' catching up to do. I'll just give you the quick review:

CHRISTMAS: Was spent at my sisters' house in Hamilton. I initially fought against that because the holidays have always been at my parent's home, but it was a fairly pleasant day. We had brunch and opened presents. Not everyone was as thrilled with my home-made paintings as I thought they'd be. I thought for sure that my brother would LOVE his, but he didn't...although he was a trooper and tried hard to mask his apathy for the painting.

NEW YEAR'S EVE: Was spent at my friend Susan's house playing board games, drinking wine, and eating chinese food. It was a quiet night, but a good one.

BOYFRIEND STATUS: Ah yes. Things have changed dramatically over the past few weeks. I put a personal ad online and it was answered by someone who lives THE FLOOR BELOW ME. We had no idea until we started talking that we lived so close. We met, hit it off, and I've been seeing him a few weeks now. He's incredibly hot. So hot that I'm continually asking myself what he's doing with me. But recently he and I have clashed on some things and I think I may need to end it. While he's very nice, we're pretty much exact polar opposites. He's very reserved and business-oriented. I'm...well, not.

WEIGHT PROGRESS: I was a gigantic pig over the holidays and stopped going to Weight Watchers. I therefore gained back the 11.8 lbs I had lost. I started again last week, so hopefully I'll get back on track.

NEW PHOTOS: We NEED to get the cover for our cd done YESTERDAY, so we set up a new photo shoot with my awesome friend Michael Bilotta of Shibboleth Pictures. Despite being a giant porker right now and being completely disgusted with my physical being, I love, love, love the photos he took of me and the rest of the band:
I love this picture! Not only that, but there's several more like it that I love. He's totally in tune to my weight sensitivity and doesn't balk when I request certain angles or looks that I know flatter me. He's also just a hella lot of fun to be around, so it makes taking photos even more enjoyable. There's a whole bunch more uploaded on my flickr account, so if you scroll down to the left and click on the box, you can see the handsome boys in my band too!

Those are just a sample of what he did...and they all just look so fabulous. He was going for a "Rat-Pack" feel, old school glamour kind of thing. I think it works well for us, and I'm just so pleased with the samples...I can't wait to see the rest!

Anyhow, just a quick update on things. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and I wish the best for everyone in 2007!

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