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TP365/Year 10:: Connections – It’s a Wrap

7 Dec

Today’s post is dedicated to wrapping.

I just finished wrapping (not rapping) all of Christmas. Let me just say … I love wrapping paper. I love #Connecting to the smell of it, the touch of it, the way the scissors cut through it, the way ribbons curl, and all the fun little ways to top gifts off too (like this cute little gnome!).

I love paper – I always have. But I especially love it during the holidays.
Do you?

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Winter Winds

6 Dec

Today’s post is dedicated to winter winds.

The winds blew our back doors wide open today (even though the doors were locked). Gale force winds – that’s what the weather report is predicting and it seems to be coming true and right through the doors.

The U.S. National Weather Service defines a gale as 34–47 knots of sustained surface winds. But for me, it’s defined as the doors flying open when locked and blowing a pile of wet leaves on the floor inside the house.

We are so #Connected to the weather, it’s hard not to be influenced by it. Sleet, snow, rain and gale force winds included. The good news is that we still have power.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Standing Out

5 Dec

Today’s post is dedicated to standing out.

As in Christmas ornaments. One of these things is not like the other – can you spot it in the photo?

HINT: it’s the one with the dent in the side.

I toyed with throwing it out today, it doesn’t look like the other perfectly round ornaments. It stands out and screams for attention. But then I thought — wow — what a wonderful quality.

Wouldn’t it be better if we all #Connected more and deeply celebrated with what makes people (and things) different? If we could unite around our differences? If we could find space for that kind of awareness and acceptance?

I know it’s a deep thought from a Christmas ornament. But… why not?

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Cookie Caper

4 Dec

Today’s post is dedicated to catching a thief.

His name is Brady.

He is convicted of stealing two chocolate chip cookies off the baking sheet that was sitting on top of the counter while waiting for the oven to heat.

The reason this crime is so extreme is that they were the LAST two cookies (and I didn’t get any today!).

Brady’s punishment was to #Connect with his kennel and to think deeply about what he did wrong. Which was pretty much a review of everything he did right to sneak into the kitchen and stealthily steal the cookies in broad daylight.

He is asleep next to me now, no doubt dreaming about how to do it all over again. It’s a good thing he is so darn cute.

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

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