Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Here are the promised pictures of the new Yankee Stadium. Opening Day is now 48 days away! Tickets for the opener are mucho expensive, enough for practically a week in Europe, so I will make do with television, but it was really fun being up at the stadium and watching all the preparations for getting it ready to open. The picture on the right shows a camera being placed on the side of the stadium.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Since I have no pictures of today's activities I will share three facts. I work in a transportation agency and I am often looking at bus stops. I am a great baseball fan and my favorite team is the Yankees. Started following them in the fifth grade -- Mickey Mantle era -- and haven't stopped. I also like the Mets and am one of 804,000 people (no kidding!) that has entered a lottery to be able to buy tickets to the opening day game at the new stadium. It is officially called CitiField, but I will always call it Shea Stadium. My third fact is that if during my college years anyone had predicted I would be inspecting bus stops and getting paid for it, I would have laughed without stopping for days. And a bonus fact, I was a Religion major in college and loved studying religious history and ethics. It's been a long way from St. Anselm to bus stops.
Please share a fact with me! I am so happy when I have visitors here and want to get to know my bloggy friends.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
As the goal of this blog is to focus on the bright side of life I'm not letting the failure to obtain bubbles get me down. I will survive this lack of right click bubble success. I'm not even going to consider it bubble failure. I'm just not quite there on the right clicks.
I was actually feeling pretty good about my blogging. On the left side of the blog, please note the successful implementation of Shelfari. And if you look carefully at my bookshelf there is The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Web Page & Blog, a sign of my determination to master all the wonders of right clicking. I have opened the book, but in honesty just looking at the introduction gives me a headache.
On this note it's time to watch the Academy Awards. As they would have said in one of my favorite movies -- if it had been made 60 years later -- "Tomorrow is another day to blog."
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
One definite sweet thing is my love of travel
and traveling with my friends. I have been so fortunate to travel with many of my friends and thought I would share a few of the photos. My friends definitely are high on the list of the sweet parts of my life and I love looking at pictures of places I've shared.
These pictures are from a wonderful trip in 2006 to Santiago de Compostela, the ancient pilgrimage city in northern Spain. We didn't do the total walk from France through the Pyranees, but covered the last 60+ miles...and in the interest of full disclosure, I only walked about half of that. It was an extraordinary adventure through the chestnut forests, the farm lanes and into Santiago. I thrilled as we passed each marker with the traditional sign of the pilgrim, the scallop shell.
I'd hoped to do this trip since college, but hadn't found friends to travel with, so this was the answer to a long-time hope and it was as sweet an experience as I'd believed it would be. Mary and Pat were wonderful traveling friends, thoughtful and funny. I enjoyed the country scenery, the small towns we visited, the Galician music and the architecture we saw, especially the magnificent cathedral in Santiago. Our hotel in Santiago was originally a convent founded by St. Francis, during his pilgrimage. The only downside to the trip was the worst case of blisters imaginable, but I learned to communicate the need for mole skin quite well by the end of the trip.
And so on a not-so-cold winter evening in New York I close my eyes and remember, laughter and history and scallop shells carved a thousand years before, guiding us on our way.
Reading through the blogworld...Sweet baby Veiyah is in need of prayer. Dear blog friends, please join in prayers for a complete recovery.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I got to give a speech at her party and so many memories of the last 11 years came to me. I spend a lot of time at work and many of my colleagues have become friends. I am looking to retire in the next five years and these days of saying so long to D. -- I can't even write good-bye as it sounds too final -- feel like a foreshadow of my own leaving.
Some of my notes...When we hired D. I hoped for someone capable, with a good phone manner who would be nice to our customers. I hoped the person would stay for at least two years. After the interviews, my colleague, Michael said I think Dolores will work out well. How right he was.
And so in 1997 it began through...two office moves, birthday parties, lotto tickets, programs in senior centers and church halls, UREQs, DCRs, 6,000 post-its, 2600 time sheets, 10,000 file folders, weddings, babies, a million phone calls, two million hysterical phone calls, A day of infamy, Days of joy and all the other days that made up our time at work together. Dolores, we will miss you so much!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
There are days I worry that being friends on facebook takes the place of being friends. Am I clicking more than calling? Am I clicking more than visiting? Am I just clicking too much? Some of my facebook friends (and it's not a big group) are my closest friends and were long before facebook. There are friends from elementary school, high school, college, children and relatives of friends, work colleagues, former work colleagues, friends who are part of a very long standing on-line group and yes, one person I've never met. The latter emailed me because of an interest in reading and writing.
And the long standing on-line group is no longer just an "on-line" group. We still email, but we also call, visit, actually write to each other and even vacation together. The group sharing key lime pie on a stick is a subset of the larger group.
I celebrate the wide and widening circle of friends, and I welcome my present and future blog friends. As long as my clicking doesn't replace calling, visiting, praying and laughing with friends it's been a great addition to my life.