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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)


They All Laughed

The end of this month I will be celebrating my 30th college reunion. As part of Alumni Weekend, I have been helping to coordinate a reunion of music grads from all graduating years. It’s been great fun reconnecting with everyone and I can’t wait to see former classmates and professors, as well as dear friends I have kept in touch with over the years.

As part of the reunion weekend, there will be a Mass and a few of us flutists are “getting the band back together”, as in a flute ensemble.  Yesterday I met up with two fellow music grads to rehearse some of the music and it was hard to believe 30 years had passed.  It was like those 30 years had passed in the blink of an eye.  We picked right up where we left off in both conversation, camaraderie, and musicianship. Granted, we may not be quite as good as we once were (after all, we aren’t practicing for hours a day), but after 30 years, we sounded pretty damn good!

After a nice rehearsal, my friend Cheryl and I enjoyed breakfast, a long talk, some tears and lots of laughs.  You know the kind of laughs I mean…the silly, giggling, uncontrollable laugh til you cry kind of laugh.  The kind where you would snort milk out your nose (assuming we still drank milk). The kind where your shoulders just shake uncontrollably and people start to stare, as you just relive all those great times you shared together.

The reunion is in two weeks and I know it’s just going to be a whole day of that! They say laughter is the best medicine and I’m looking for some large doses!


Cheryl, my friend, thank you, as ever, for your caring, your friendship, your wit and sarcasm, and for making me laugh!


IMDb: They All Laughed (1981)


Last night my husband and I attended the wedding of one of his childhood friends.  Going into it, I knew I wouldn’t know many people (count ’em: 4… my husband, my mother-in-law, my brother-in-law, and, only slightly, the groom).  But I was looking forward to the night out and hoping I would meet some fun people and enjoy the night.

The wedding was lovely — beautiful, heartfelt, poignant.  I wish the bride and groom much happiness!

As it happened, we ended up sitting with some wonderful people and had a blast.  Did you ever meet someone and just instantly connect?  That was the case for me with Steph and Photoola, friends of the groom from Ohio.  They were super nice, full of life, fun, and gorgeous (nice combination!)!  I feel like I have known them forever, and only wish we lived closer.  I hope our paths cross again in the future… and for now, at least there’s Facebook!

We had the best time dancing the night away.  Let me remind you that my activity level this past year+ has been severely limited, so dancing like crazy for hours on end definitely wore me out.  I fully expected to be sore this morning but wasn’t.  It may just not have caught up with me, but by the end of the night, I was fading fast and my hips and knees were hurting!  I think my physical therapist will be pleased… I definitely stretched out some muscles!  (and, as the designated driver, I wasn’t even drinking!)   🙂

With my new amazing friends, Steph and Photoola:

Stuart's wedding 2013.09.27


Footloose (1984) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087277/