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Festival Express

The summer is completely zipping by! It’s been a full 4 weeks since my “retirement” and I wonder how I ever found time to work. It feels like I’ve been gone even longer than 4 weeks and my life is as full as ever. The list of household projects sits barely touched, with only one room (my son’s) having been ripped apart thus far. At this point, I think most of it will have to wait until school starts at the end of August.

Yesterday was one of those very full days… a fun day of festivals (“fests”).

The day started with “Elite Fest”. This was a health-focused event at the fitness center (Elite Fitness, hence the name) where my step-daughter is a personal trainer. This event started at 10:00 a.m. with an hour-long metabolic workout. Ethan and I participated and  both thought we would die about half-way through — but we were proud of ourselves for having completed the challenge and doing ALL the exercises!  We did exercises on equipment that I didn’t even know existed!  (TRX machine… air assault…?) There were also contests and a relay race, but I was pretty much done by that point. The event ended with a super healthy lunch with lots of veggies and whole grains! I am a little sore today, but in all, I really enjoyed the work out.

After running home to shower — and drink another large coffee (I was exhausted!)… we were off to “Jazz Fest”.  This was the 13th annual Jazz Festival in Scranton and my son was participating. Ethan had a prior gig Friday night where he was allowed to play with the professionals at a coffee shop. I was so proud of him stepping out of his comfort zone, sight reading and improv’ing on his trombone.  Yesterday was the official event where the students of Marywood University’s Camp Crescendo were the opening act of the evening’s performances. Ethan had two improv solos during two of the pieces and I was one proud momma (complete with tears in my eyes). He did fantastic and I’m so glad we opted for this camp this year.

Following the concert we were off to “Corn Fest”!  (Seriously… these are the legit names!)  Friends of ours have an annual party, complete with lots of corn cooked on the fire and free-flowing adult beverages!  It’s always a great time and this year was especially nice, because I got to see so many of my (former) co-worker friends. It’s nice to be missed and all the hugs made me feel loved!

The night had one last stop… to drop Ethan off at a camp-out at a friend’s house. I’m not sure how he still had the energy to stay up late, but I guess that’s the benefit of youth.

So here’s to a great day of celebrating fitness, music and friends! May we have many more festivals to celebrate in our future!

IMDb: Festival Express (2003)


The Polar Express

The Polar Express is in full gear these days.  Chugging down the track headed straight for Christmas.

It’s been a really busy week here (you, too?).  Christmas concerts, work, travel, shopping, cards, and holiday celebrations with friends.  There doesn’t seem to be a minute of spare time, and I haven’t had a time in a week to write my blog.  Interestingly enough, the only reason I have time to write tonight is because our second Christmas concert got postponed due to bad weather.  I guess the Polar Express brought some ice and snow along with it!


Yesterday we went with some friends to the town of Jim Thorpe for a day of holiday festivities.  We did some browsing through the many little shops, attended a beautiful choral concert, and a wonderful dinner.  The town was all decked out for the holidays and we even got to see Santa.  I thought the chorale concert was wonderful… the setting of the beautiful church, along with the Christmas music, really put me in the holiday spirit.  The music even brought tears to my eyes at times.  Adeste Fidelis, For Unto Us a Child is Born, and Hallelujah Chorus.  Ah.  Despite the craziness of the week overall, yesterday was one of the most relaxing and enjoyable days we’ve had in a long time.

Here I am with my friend, Melissa.  Yes, my nose is red… it was about 17 degrees!

Jim Thorpe 2013.12.08


This weekend our church was accepting “gently used” toys on behalf of less fortunate families.  I welcomed the opportunity to clean out Ethan’s room and came up with five bags of toys.  All of the toys were in great shape… a lot of things that he outgrew but we just never got to a yard sale or flea market.  What was a little sad was that some of these toys were brand new… never even opened.  I am grateful for the blessings and abundance in our lives, but it certainly felt kind of decadent.  So I was certainly thrilled to know that they were going to a good cause, and it felt good to unload so much stuff!


So the downfall of a busy schedule is definitely the impact to my diet.  Traveling means eating out — breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Celebrating means eating… and drinking.  This past week has added 3 pounds to the scale.  Bagels.  Pizza.  Coffee.  Jack Frost martinis and Pinot Grigio.  Dessert.  And not nearly enough vegetables or juicing.  ‘Tis the season, I guess, and I wasn’t terrible, but I need to do better.

Today I was happy to have the opportunity to juice for the first time in over a week.  Made a big batch for the whole family!  And with no travels this week, I am looking forward to getting back on track.  We made our trip to Wegman’s this morning to load up on fruits and veggies and there is a game plan for the week, despite another busy week ahead.


I’m loving the holiday season, and am so excited to be feeling well and energetic this Christmas.  A year ago I was in the throes of chemotherapy.  What a difference a year makes.  I’m happy to be riding this train, busy schedule and all!


The Polar Express (2004) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338348/