Archive | November, 2012

Day 333: it’s f*ing friday :: freeway

30 Nov

It’s Friday.
As in f*ing Friday!

Today’s f*ing Friday is dedicated to freeway.

And we’re off the freeway and home…well almost.

We made it to Brian’s and picked up our puppies.



It’s been a long f*ing day…..
With tire issues…
Fuel gauge issues….
And a snowstorm (no kidding)…

But we’re back and ready for an f*ing weekend — as in fabulous.

Here’s hoping you have one too!

Day 332: when it’s love

29 Nov

We are still on the road…literally posting from the passenger seat tonight.

It comes with some beautiful views:


And for those who are wondering…..
We do not have a seat strapped to the top of the car (wheeeeew!) although Justin was bummed that our mechanic wasn’t interested in selling that original seat from the New England Patriot’s original stadium.

We do however have Thursday night football on the radio…

Speaking of the radio, we heard this song three times (in three different states) today: Van Halen, When It’s Love


It is officially a road trip.

Day 331: on. the. road. again. tomorrow. you’re only a day away!

28 Nov

We are back on the road!

Radiator is replaced. Car is running….
And we are almost out of Florida…..


Before we say goodbye to this sunshiny state we have one more night in Jacksonville.

It feels as if we were just here.
Oh, wait! We were.

Tomorrow we wake up road warriors and will finally get out of Florida (almost a week later).  And that makes me sing…..

I love ya! Tomorrow.
You’re always a….



Day 330: temporarily sidelined…ya’ll come back now, ya’hear!

27 Nov

Let me start this post by saying….we’re not stuck. 
Just temporarily sidelined.

As we pulled out of Naples in our PACKED TO THE GILLS SUV this morning, I turned to Justin and said:

“If we had a chair on top of the car we could be the Beverly Hills Hillbillies!”

It seemed funny at the time.
I mean, geez….we even have a SUITCASE strapped to the top of the car.

It was the only way we could fit everything we own inside the vehicle for our drive north.

I actually have no idea how Justin got everything inside this thing. I watched him measure every square inch and then move boxes and plastic tubs around until it all fit, Tetris Style.

We even have a 52-inch TV in this automobile!
Again, I have no idea how.

Luck seemed to be on our side.
Everything fit!
We hit the road!
Until…. the car overheated not even 20 miles out of town.

So we turned around. 

And here’s the part where I say THANK YOU for being a friend.

Dear Amy and Chad, thank you for offering up a good mechanic in the “literal” heat of the moment as our car overheated running down the highway.

Dear Debbie and Rob, thank you for offering up a place for us to stay as we wait for our car to be fixed and new radiator installed.

Dear Claire, thank you for writing such a fun story to keep me occupied while waiting for the car to be diagnosed.

And, thank you Travis! Car mechanic extraordinaire.

We have an appointment in the morning for a new radiator and something with a locksmith too. We hope to be on the road tomorrow afternoon.

Just as we left the mechanic shop today with diagnosis in hand, Justin turned to me and said, “Did you see the bleacher seat from the orignal Foxborough Stadium that was in his shop?”

“No?” I answered. “I was reading my book the whole time.”

“Well, it’s awesome and from the Patriot’s original stadium.” Justin seemed super excited and then he said the words that solidified our Beverly Hills Hillbillies status:

“I wonder if he would sell it to me?”

Visions of driving back to Boston with a chair strapped to the top of our car whooshed by, Clampett style.

And that’s the moment I heard singing in my head…
“Ya’ll come back now, ya’hear!”

Day 329: lovemore monday :: we’ve only just begun

26 Nov

As you know, I entered this year determined to be fearless. But, I don’t want more fear or less in my life.  I want more love.  So I made up a new word, lovemore!   That’s why Lovemore Mondays are here.

Today’s Lovemore Monday is a love story called We’ve Only Just Begun.

As in, moving. 

It has nothing to do with Cyber Monday.
Today has been more like Manic Monday, because:

  • The storage unit is now empty.
  • The car is full.
  • We are packed.

Even though we have yet to pull the car onto the highway and head north, I feel like our journey is already underway.

Most important:
I feel like Justin and I are closer and more connected from this trip than ever before.

And I have known this man since I was seventeen!
But never before have I been more impressed with his ability to:

  • deal with uncertainty
  • pack a car “Tetris Style”
  • deal with my constant stream of questions
  • be unwaveringly flexible in the midst of a small, mini car crisis
  • problem solve through our small, mini crisis
  • choose really great music for this long, long drive
  • make me laugh and giggle all along the way

And we’re only half way there, the driving starts tomorrow.
We’ve only just begun. 

I guess I like thinking about our relationship in those terms too.

Sure, he’s seen me through some of my biggest fears:

  • surviving cancer
  • surviving a divorce
  • too many cross country trips to name
  • swimming with sharks
  • rafting the Grand Canyon
  • moving

But he’s seen me through some of my best times too:

  • surviving cancer
  • surviving a divorce
  • too many cross country trips to name
  • swimming with sharks
  • rafting the Grand Canyon
  • moving

We’ve done it all together.
And it still feels like we’ve only just begun.

And that’s why, on this Lovemore Monday….
I. Love. It.

Day 328: the right stuff or too much stuff!

25 Nov

If ever there was something to test my lovemore attitude, it’s packing.
And moving.

We awoke in Jacksonville after the most amazing birthday celebration for Justin (6 months late!) at the Eddie Vedder concert.  Eddie played solo for 2 and 1/2 hours last night with a little duet or two with Glen Hansard. AMAZING.

As one headline wrote: Eddie Vedder proves to Jacksonville crowd that a ukulele can rock

It was pretty incredible — and that’s coming from a girl who usually passes on concerts just to avoid getting beer spilled on her clothes. Sad but true.

We then drove six hours to Naples, only to spend the day in our storage unit….. PACKING.


For a girl who gave up shopping for one entire year, I have a lot of stuff. And stuff. And stuff. The question is: is it the right stuff?

Signing off for the night……

Trying to keep my lovemore attitude. 







Day 327: who knew? eddie vedder and a jacksonville spectactular

24 Nov

It’s November. It’s Small Business Saturday.
It’s Justin’s birthday — six months late!

Which means we’re here in Jacksonville, Florida celebrating Justin’s birthday, getting ready for the Eddie Vedder concert at the Moran Theater tonight.

Why are we here, six months after Justin’s birthday you ask?

The concert was supposed to be in May. I was so excited to surprise Justin with tickets to his hands-down-favorite-band-ever-he-even-has-a-pearl-jam-tattoo-on-his-leg, but….

It was postponed.

Alas so was Justin’s birthday gift from me.

So yesterday we travelled from Massachusetts to Florida just to make it to the tropics in time for this concert.

Our plan was to pack up  our car that we left in Naples last spring with all of our belongings in the storage unit and then drive north for the concert today.

But last night when we got to car it was d.e.a.d. dead and we spent hours getting it fixed (or, Justin did!). So we finally decided just to head north to Jacksonville to make the concert in our rental car instead.

We will drive back to Naples in the morning and pack up our storage unit (egads!!!) and then head north later this week with all of stuff in tow in our hopefully (fingers crossed) working car. Which basically means we will drive between Jax and Naples three times this week.


It is all an exercise in patience.

And flexibility.

And a function of staying sane, knowing that we are always right where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to be there.

Like, tonight for instance….
To our surprise, as we checked into our hotel room — with this awesome parking lot view (not!)

— we discovered that this very night, tonight, is the annual Jacksonville Light Parade and Fireworks Spectacular.

See…. right where we are supposed to be when we’re supposed to be there.

Who knew??
Well….Maybe Eddie did.

Happy Birthday Justin!

Day 326: f*ing friday :: flabbergasted

23 Nov

It’s Friday!
And we’re on the road.
Today’s f*ing Friday is dedicated to the word flabbergasted.

As in… Locked out.

Tonight we checked into our Florida hotel room only to find it was already occupied — and not by us.

This is the second time we have encountered this phenomenon with hotels (even nice ones!!!).

It leaves me nothing but f*ing flabbergasted and of course I double locked the door — from the inside.

Just in case.

Day 325: family, food, friends :: lovemore!!!

22 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving!
I couldn’t help but notice the love in all our food today….






It just reminds me that food is love.
Especially when shared with those you love.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Day 324: a saga of the chipped tooth and why you are smarter and stronger than you think

21 Nov

My tooth chipped.

So today I ran to the dentist — well, I RAN to catch the train to go to the dentist.

It made me realize that there is nothing more humiliating for a One-And-Done Marathoner than to fall completely out of breath into a seat on the commuter rail — after running one block to catch the train. ONE BLOCK.

I suppose the lesson here is that it’s time to start some cardio again.

It was all worth it though, I have a new set of teeth:

And I learned another lesson today too. 

Since this was the FOURTH time — yes #4 — I have had this same front tooth fixed by the same dentist (Dr. Davis in Boston — he is absolutely fabulous! Highly recommend.) I decided to look up the metaphysical symptoms behind teeth problems.

Here’s what I found:

TEETH PROBLEMS: Being indecisive, not being able to break down ideas for analysis and decisions.

AFFIRMATION: I make my decisions based on the principles of truth, and I rest securely knowing that only right action is taking place in my life.

It has me thinking. Which I will keep doing because I have clearly not learned my lesson in the tooth department yet.

Speaking of lessons…

While sitting on the train I overheard a grandmother say to her five-year-old grandson:

“We are always smarter and stronger than we think.”

To which he said:

“Nana, you know what? You know what we should do sometime…We should go in a space machine!”

Well said.
I agree with both of you.

So I will choose to go back in time and not bite the nail that originally chipped my tooth. Even though I do know that is not possible I also know that I will be just fine.

Because we are always smarter and stronger than we think.

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