Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Get er done

I'm a little overwhelmed lately.

I just saw this quote, and well, it pretty much fits.

Funny Pictures Of The Day – 36 Pics:

As does this one.

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Here's to getting shit done.

Monday, March 27, 2017


Oh, these hoops. Oh, how they slay me.

Tonight the UConn women go against the upstart Oregon Ducks. And although I know everyone thinks UConn women win all the time, well, don't think that means it's *easy* on us, the fans. It's not. It's the opposite of easy. It's hard.

It's exhausting.

So. Go UConn! I feel confident that Huskies can, um, beat? eat? the Ducks. I hope so. I do always enjoy duck 'orange.

And those other Elite Eight games?

That Stanford / Notre Dame game?

That Mississippi State / Baylor game?

Holy Madness.

And the men?

Can you believe Gonzaga?

Can you believe the Tar Heels?

Can you believe the pesky Ducks?

Can you believe the incredible Gamecocks?

March Madness, baby.

Bring it.

Go Huskies!

Friday, March 24, 2017

the blue eyed man

In the last few weeks, I have continued to share my leftovers with hungry folks around town. It has become a regular part of my morning routine to poke around the fridge for anything that might be a viable and deliverable meal or snack. One day this week, I warmed up some delicious turkey chili that had been forgotten in a far corner of my fridge. While it was in the microwave, I mentioned in an email to my family that I had concerns about the spiciness, which was the real reason that this delectable mini feast had languished in the fridge so long. Clara can’t handle the truth, man. I didn’t eat it either, but that’s because it had black beans and we all know* that I should NOT eat black beans.  Anyway. I thought about finding a little container to put some sour cream or yogurt in for cooling purposes, but then I got a hold of myself and remembered that I had to pack a lunch for myself and get my weird ass to work.

I do put thought into how these meals go together, though. In addition to being tasty and nutritious, I want them to be in the right kind of container, with utensils, and a napkin. I stop short of putting in a little note of encouragement like I used to do in my kids’ lunchboxes, but why?

Okay, so maybe I’m getting a little obsessive about this. Maybe it’s partially about my kids getting older and needing me less and me really liking to take care of people. I don’t know, but I do know that the day I delivered my chili was profoundly moving to me. I did my usual lap around the transit station parking lot, and saw a guy that I’m pretty sure I had given something to before when he was sleeping, because I remember how blue his eyes were when they flew open. On this day he was sitting up on a low wall, thumbing through his wallet. When I walked over and asked if he was hungry, he stood up with a huge smile and those bright blue eyes and seemed so genuinely happy, and in my perception it seemed that he had been sitting there hungry and wondering how he’d get food just at the precise moment that I walked up to save the day.**

This morning I had a nice batch of rice, beans, corn, and chicken with some masala sauce. I was chagrined not to have a proper container to put it in, and had to settle for a zip lock bag. Unsatisfactory. I found a SeaWorld gift bag (thanks Beth!) and put the zip lock bag inside along with a rejected half bag of whole grain cheez its (spoiled jerks) and one remaining green pistachio muffin from St. Patrick’s Day. I also threw in a fork and a bottle of water that would have been really helpful with the spicy chili.

As I drove toward work with the intention of a quick detour to the transit center lot, I thought about the blue eyed man and wondered if he’d be in his usual spot. I let my mind wander to a story about having an arrangement where I brought him food on a regular basis, and thought I should leave the house earlier so I could talk with him for a few minutes rather than swooping by with my weird deliveries and then racing off to work without even knowing his name. I started to wonder about this man and his life, and how he came to be where he is today.

I arrived at the lot and did a lap, but the blue eyed man wasn’t in his spot. I made another turn looking for a good place to drop off the shamu bag, and saw two men talking on the sidewalk next to their belongings. I pulled over and grabbed the bag, asking out the window if they were hungry. One man turned to walk toward me and I was pleasantly surprised when I saw his blue eyes! He stumbled a bit on his way to meet me. When he took and thanked me for the bag, he flashed that big smile around the impossibly long line of snot that ran from his nose to…. I don’t know where, I kept my blue eyes locked on his.  We maintained that eye contact right up until the moment he fell over, clearly hammered, and stayed on the ground, still smiling.

I should have thrown a few aspirin in the bag.

Isn’t life weird?

*Seriously, how does anyone eat black beans and live to tell the tale? They are kryptonite to my GI tract

**foreshadowing of my humblebrag hero complex

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Green thumb

Ok, my gardens for the last two years were total fails.

But who says I can't grow anything?!

Happy Spring.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Okay, We're Finally Done.

It's been a marathon of St. Patrick's Day Festivities around these parts...

. . . I mean, every day, we don the beads.

We don them to serve . . .

. . . we don them to partake . . .

It's been super fun . . .

. . . and we've had some celebrity guest stars pop in to visit . . .

. . . Scottie! . . .

. . . Louie! . . .

. . . Larry! . . . 

. . . and two of my favorites in all the Land . . . 

But, man.

Between the boozing . . .

. . . and the parade-going . . .

 (this time all the way over in Mystic)

. . . and the bag-piping . . .

. . . and all those celebrity guest stars! . . .

. . . well, I think we've all worked hard, and we've all had just about enough . . .

. . . well, okay, maybe not these guys . . .

. . . these guys don't seem like they've had enough yet.

But for the rest of us? It's been a great couple of weeks celebrating our Irishness with music and Guinness and corned beef and soup and jigs and parades and love.

And now we're done.

See you next March.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

I Love A Parade

Oh, I love a parade . . .

. . . as long as it's the St. Patrick's Day parade in New London.

Because, right?

I'm not much for military-might. But the Coasties?

Oh, we here in New London love the Coasties.

Okay, okay, we love the Navy, too . . .

. . . oh, and look! These guys. We love these guys, too.

But mostly . . .

. . . we love the family with which we watched the parade . . .

. . . I tried so hard to make this kid smile . . .

. . . close. So close.

. ..  and then his sister walked -- nay, marched -- by.

And then?

Our most beloved State Rep Mr. Chris Soto marched by, too. We are lucky to have this man working for us in Hartford. He is good, good people . . .  

. . . plus? He can do an Irish jig.

The Green Street contingent. The zero-degree weather scared away the masses. Did the weather scare us away?

As if.

Because we had a trombone . . .

. . . and a non-tuba.

Wouldn't this kid's mom love this photo?

The Hibernians, godblesstheirsouls.

. . . and the Hibernian's girl. Only in New London do you get half-a-head-a-cabbage as a parade treat . . .

Don't you think for one second I didn't serenade the Scarecrow as she walked down the street . . .

I could while away the hours, 
conferrin' with the flowers 
Consultin' with the rain. 

And Dorothy? With the shoes?

And Toto too? 
And Toto too.

Oh, wait. I think the kid is finally smiling . . .

. . . must be the pony.

Bye-bye Parade . . .

. . . and hello Mr. Dibble!

Look at these two -- adorable, right?

I mean, can you stand it?

Frankly, the adorableness abounded . . . 

. . . aw . . . 

. . . aw . . . 

. . . aw . . .

. . . aw . . .

Top O' the Mornin', y'all.