I can’t believe another month has flown by! Here’s some of what I’ve been up to over at the timesunion.com.
First, there was the politics of pasta.
Then, I fell in love!
Alas, my ship sailed.
I put some pieces together.
And recognized that I couldn’t always do it myself.
But, I can drive a standard shift. Lefthanded, too.
Which is a good thing because sometimes, I want to get away from my picky-eating children.
It wasn’t my knickers that got bunched up – it was my breasts which got squeezed!
Soccer season wrapped up leaving lessons on the field that should last a lifetime.
We got more treats than tricks.
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Here’s what was going on over at Moms@Work…
Thanks for reading. Always.
Let’s forgive me for not getting to this until what is essentially the second week of September, ok? Seeing that the school year is beginning so late, I’ve kind of been pretending that this past weekend was Labor Day. But, without further ado…
For the third year in a row, I completed the Warrior Dash down at Windham Mountain. Kind of pleased with this year’s results: 62nd of 779 in my age group, 1463 of 7300.
I became obsessed with Orange is the New Black. Have you watched it yet? When does season two start??
My Quinnie became sick while we were on vacation and I reflected on how stressful sick children, far from our pediatrician, can be.
I had a meltdown about needing bangs – STAT!
The movie theater became the perfect babysitter so I could take a run.
Finding the “perfect” Cape Cod house can be a real test of patience and acceptance.
And there are a few things you don’t want to find in your temporary beach home.
There was a little bit of panic as the days of August started growing shorter.
And a lot of discussion about twerking and expressing oneself.
Finally, my piece from the Sept/Oct issue of Women@Work talked about how not to Fear the Fall.
What have you been up to??
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I’ve written before about the drawbacks to self-exposure. Putting your thoughts, experiences and yourself “out there” invites comment. It’s pretty simple, isn’t it? Obviously, the negative feedback I receive hasn’t really been a deterrent to my
sharing writing and I’m pretty comfortable with how people may perceive me.
But, there’s this one thing which has been bothering me for a few weeks.
I was accused of having a privileged life.
I’m not angry about the comment – more hurt than anything, I guess. I probably shouldn’t admit that I’m still thinking about it after so much time has passed, right? Restraint in expression is not something I’m known for, though, so here goes…
I would never claim to have the hardest life in the world. I’ve been so fortunate to have resources bestowed upon me. I can work hard and budget and plan and provide opportunities for my boys, and experiences for all of us. There are people in my life who share their time, wisdom and thoughts with me. I am ever so lucky.
I’ve had a hell of a year with lots of travel, way more than is typical for me, and I have appreciated every minute of it. More than once, I have looked around at wherever I happened to be and shook my head with the wonder of it all. Amazing.
Privilege and blessings may look alike from a distance, but in reality they’re distant relatives. While I often feel privileged to live the life I lead, privilege really has nothing to do with it.
Some recent topics from my blog over at the Times Union:
Catch up and comment.
The “I’m boreds” are still a distant promise yet to be fulfilled, but the events I’m here to tell you about are probably more appealing to grownups anyway. You know, people who don’t often have the luxury of being bored.
Let’s begin with an event scheduled for this evening,Tuesday, June 24th from 5;30-7pm at the Albany Desmond.. Have you been thinking about becoming more involved in your community? Perhaps you have a soft spot for a particular charity which you’d like to actively support with your time? Tonight’s event will introduce you to some opportunities and the women who help to make local charities and not-for profit organizations successful. Come, meet some new people and find a way to help make a difference.
Thursday night is the annual Historic Albany Foundation Hidden City House & Garden Tour in the city of Albany. This annual event takes place from 5-8 pm and features 10-15 historic homes and their gardens. The tour is described as “mostly” walkable and attendees set their own pace as they wander from house to house in whatever order suits. Let’s cross our fingers and hope for sunshine, but the event promises to be held rain or shine. Tickets and more information here.
Skip that graduation party you’re invited to on Friday and instead be a part of something just beginning – The Albany Barn. Do you know about this cool initiative? The mission of this not-for-profit is to develop “a permanent, sustainable creative arts incubator and community art center in Albany, NY – a place for artists, neighborhood residents and the public alike to create, collaborate, present and explore, particularly those who cannot afford or otherwise access such space and services.” Awesome, yes? They have a location, the former St. Joseph’s Academy, which they’re currently transforming to meet the needs of the community. Friday night from 5-8pm is their Build Up event – an artful slider slam featuring gourmet burgers, sandwiches and locally produced adult libations.
Stop saying there’s nothing to do, Albanians! Get there and get involved.
Griffin and I went to a concert.
I anticipated summer and clarified my economic reality with a comment.
And discussed the economic reality of American women, in general.
An imagined dream come true.
There’s an upcoming event you should think about attending.
I had a really, really bad day.
Dads had their day.
And Sally Ride escaped the atmosphere, but didn’t quite get out of the closet.
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