TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Christmas Shopping Friends

3 Dec

Todays post is dedicated to Christmas Shopping Friends.

Today I visited the Capitol of Christmas, the Mecca of St. Nick, or as those of us in New England call it —Christmas Tree Shops.

It was packed with everything you might need for the holidays including shoppers. As I waited in the checkout line that wrapped almost to the back of the store I #Connected with the woman standing in line behind me.

We compared finds and deals and she showed me her haul and described how she was going to augment the little Christmas trees for her outside patio.

I have to say it felt like pre-2020 era holiday shopping – the kind where you talk to strangers while standing in line waiting for something special, with shelves stocked full!

Most of all it felt like a human connection not centered around the aftermath of a pandemic but the preparation for the holiday ahead.

May we all be merry and bright and safe.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Cookies

2 Dec

Tonight’s post is dedicated to cookies!

It’s a cookie day! One that is “almost homemade” and maybe the next best thing (frozen dough from Whole Foods to be exact).

How can you not #Connect with a chocolate chip cookie?

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Early Morning

1 Dec

Today’s post is dedicated to early morning coffee.

I’m going to make this one short and sweet because of a 2am wake-up call today and another one ahead of me. This very large cup of coffee got me through the day as I #Connected with my team overseas.

Sometimes coffee can be a great connector (or wake-up call).

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Christmas Tree Lights

30 Nov

Today’s post is dedicated to Christmas Tree Lights.

It was a small feat to get this tree to stand up straight on its own. It was almost a defeat (maybe there was one tear of frustration) but it finally came together.

We still have to put the ornaments on the tree but for now, the lights and the angel on top will do — because it’s standing up straight!

It makes me #Connect back to every Christmas that came before and all the Christmas holidays before that too. Maybe it’s a silly tradition to put a tree up inside a house in the middle of the winter? Or maybe it’s a beautiful way to connect with a time-honored tradition and the memories of the holidays of yore?

Maybe it doesn’t matter the reason why, because the fact is, a tree all lit up with lights in the middle of the dark brings me joy.

And isn’t that the point?

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Dorothy Hammil

29 Nov

Today’s post is dedicated to Dorothy Hammil.

Or more specifically, MyEyeDr.

I ripped a contact this weekend and while half of it fell out of my eye, the other half tucked itself up inside and refused to come out. It was a painful 48 hours and I was worried that I scratched my cornea.

The good news is that I #Connected with my eye doctor today and the jagged little thing is out — and my eye is not scratched. I suppose the other good news is that I walked away with two new pairs of eyeglasses.

I have worn glasses since I was a little girl in elementary school. I can still remember my first pair. They were branded “Dorothy Hammil” and the temples were adhered to the bottom of the frame and then swooped up. I thought they were the coolest most stylish thing on earth for my four little eyes and tiny little body.

Apparently, they were, because that style is “coming back” according to the optician. I’m not sure I am ready to go back to my super stylish Dorothy Days, but I was inspired to try a new “look” — instead of regular-sized frames, we outfitted my prescription with larger sunglass frames. I am either going to LOVE this or LOATHE it but I can’t wait to find out.

In the meantime, I have new contacts on order and new glasses on the way, and most important, a healthy cornea.

And …a sweet #Connection to the little girl with the four eyes inside of me who wasn’t afraid to try on something new.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Santa

28 Nov

Today’s post is dedicated to Santa.

In case you are looking for him, I will give you his exact coordinates:  latitude of 42.218072, and the longitude of -70.941036.

Or, to make it easier, the Lowes in Weymouth MA.

I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the little ones squeal today as they walked in the door and saw Santa sitting there. I have to admit, I squealed too. Or, chuckled out loud a bit.

Santa saw me smiling and he smiled back at me with a big belly laugh. It was the best #Connection of the day. Let the holiday wishing begin!

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Theatre

27 Nov

Today’s post is dedicated to the theatre.

As in the Nutcracker and the Boston Ballet at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Tonight I #Connected with this century-old ballet and a New England Christmas Classic for over 50 years.

I haven’t seen this Boston Ballet in probably 20 years (wow, I can’t believe that is possible) but it felt so new and fresh and fun to me tonight I couldn’t help but wonder what has changed.

Is it me (am I older and just appreciate the arts more?) or were the dancers more athletic and the scenery more spectacular? Or could it be that since Covid locked down all arts and performances for over a year that I can appreciate the stage in a whole new way?

Whatever it is, it was mesmerizing. Some facts from the performance:

  • Approximately 150 dancers are involved in each performance. More than 240 children, all Boston Ballet School students, make up three casts of the production.
  • The tree grows to 42 feet 6 inches tall, with 766 fiber optic points and 600 ornaments.
  • All of the sets were painted by hand and domestically made.
  • 182 costumes appear on stage in a single performance

The best part of the night was overhearing the family behind me whisper every time their daughter was on stage. “There she is!” they said over and over in an excited and loud whisper. “Look at her dance!” they exclaimed with pride.

What a beautiful connection.

The real patron saint of the ballet is my friend Lisa for sharing her tickets with us when she couldn’t attend. Thank you, Lisa! May sugar plums dance in your dreams (and maybe next year we can see it together!).

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Christmas Decor

26 Nov

Today’s post is dedicated to Christmas decor.

As in the day where all the Christmas boxes that have been collecting dust for a year come out of closets and all the EVERYTHING ELSE of regular everyday decor gets placed in a box for a Christmas Holiday.

It is officially holiday decorating time.

All the little wooden elves come out to play, and the stockings too. The mantle is set with holiday care with hopes and dreams of another bright year. There are old ones and new ones and space to collect more, and every ornament finds its place on the tree…that is, if our tree could stand up straight.

It has a leaning problem. One we will have to fix this weekend when we have more time to deconstruct in the daylight what is going on in that trunk of hers.

Until then, I will keep enjoying all unpacking and placing (and replacing all over again) of holiday decor. It’s a #Connection that truly only happens once a year.

Is your holiday unpacked?

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Pumpkin Spice

25 Nov

Today’s post is dedicated to Pumpkin Spice.

There may not be a better candle or fragrance for Thanksgiving (yes, this one is PartyLite!).

Our original plans for Thanksgiving were cancelled due to Covid and other last-minute changes so today’s celebration was just the two of us (and Brady, of course, enjoyed his part too).

Even though it was small and quiet, Connecting with the scents of the holiday made for a nostalgic sort of day. I even baked an apple pie… like, from scratch. For. Real. Including the crust.

It might be a Thanksgiving Miracle. My mother might be rolling over in her grave.

So many memories, each one connecting us to each other, and the past. May your day be filled with good scents and love.

More Tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Scones

24 Nov

Today’s post is dedicated to scones.

The BEST scones in the entire world. I found the recipe from Martha Stewart but it originates from flour bakery + cafe in Boston.

I love Connecting my favorite scone in the entire world with my own kitchen. Now… let’s see how they taste. To be continued…

More tomorrow,
Jamie

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