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Manic Monday: Here, there, and everywhere

This past week has been a whirlwind of activity, and there’s no end in sight. But it’s all good. Busy, but good busy. By next week at this time, we will have passed a giant hurdle: Noah’s Eagle Scout project, leaving him with one last requirement to complete before he can officially sit for his Board of Review and achieve the rank of Eagle. This has been a long time coming, so it’s pretty exciting. Here’s what else is happening on this Manic Monday…

Viewfinder: We had a birthday party for Chiara on Saturday, a trip to NYC to celebrate her actual birthday on Sunday, and a brief visit with my 100-year-old grandmother today. Lot’s of happiness. And lots of glitter. Still finding glitter in every nook and cranny, and on my face, in my dresser drawers, in my food. I don’t think it will ever be gone.

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Glitter craft at Chiara’s party.

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Birthday pancakes.

GW Bridge

Manhattan bound for more birthday festivities.


A bialy at Tal Bagels, one of our old haunts from when Dennis and I worked up the street.

techno kids

Well, at least they were all sitting together. Sigh…

Soundtrack: After listening to Taylor Swift’s Red album for the umpteenth time, I was craving a little something different. Jakob Dylan, to be exact. Here’s a good one:

Bookshelf: Still reading “The Happiness Project.” And not making much progress, to be honest. Maybe because I’m too busy being happy. I don’t need no stinkin’ happiness project.

Appointment Book: In addition to the big Eagle project next weekend, I’m also heading back downstate in a few days so Olivia from upstate NY can meet her pen pal, Olivia from Paris. Should be fun. In between we’ll squeeze in swimming, grilling, corn on the cob, and some work, I guess. Have a great week!

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