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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)


Only When I Laugh

I survived the first five-day work week in what seems like forever.  The week flew by, although the day dragged.  Something must have gone awry with the time-space continuum or something, because that makes no sense.  While it was a good week at work, I was happy when the day finally ended.  On to a three day weekend!

After work, I spent some time with my favorite aunt, as my uncle passed away on Wednesday. I have not spent as much time with her these past few years and I am sorry to have to see her under such circumstances, but we did get to spend some quiet time alone, remembering.  I was also honored to help her select music for the memorial Mass on Monday.

From somber to hysterical, after that it was game night with my family.  I’m not sure why, but it just seems to get funnier every time.  We made a resolution to do this once a month, and so far, we are one for one!  We laughed until we cried, with so much of the hysteria centered around the boys… my son, my brother, and my husband!  For the record, it was Pictionary and Hedbanz tonight.  (Hedbanz was a new addition after Christmas… if you haven’t played it, I highly recommend it for some great laughs!)

It feels so good to feel so good!  I’m so happy to be able to enjoy this family time with energy and joy.  I know I’ve said it before, but what a difference a year makes.  The experiences of the past year or so have really made me appreciate the family time, as well as the laughs, more and more.  I was also glad to spend some time with my niece before she heads back to college.


At work today, we had our first “healthy team” meeting of the year and I set my goals as follows:  1) Continue to evolve in my whole food, plant based diet by expanding my repertoire of foods and recipes.  2)  Lose that “last 10” pounds (those pounds seem particularly attached to me and just won’t go away).  3)  Get more active (for now, by increasing my FitBit steps week over week, and come Spring, back to mountain bikes).  Our team has really had some awesome health results in 2013 and the support of the whole team makes it all so much easier.  By sharing our goals with each other, it keeps us all honest and on track.


Only When I Laugh (1981) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082853/