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Thursday, January 28, 2010

100th Postcard

I sent my very first Postcrossing card on August 31, 2008.  At the time, I was visiting New York with Karim and Aneez.  The main purpose of our trip was to watch the Jays play the Yankees in their last year at the old Yankee Stadium.  Our Jays were victorious!  I also won $83 dollars at a game some friendly and hilarious South Carolinians taught us called Ground or Mound (there will be a post on that after spring training gets under way.)

We had an amazing sibling trip (our first vacation as a trio.)  What I remember most fondly were the little things we shared with each other that have stayed with us since that memorable time.

Here we are on the Staten Island Ferry seeking out the cool of the Upper New York Bay on what was probably the hottest, stickiest, sweatiest day I've ever experienced.  See how my hair rose up to meet the humidity? Karim's face is melting!  Lovely.

Karim introduced both of us to The Moth podcast. The Moth brings live "storytellers" together (they can range from the former editor of a French fashion magazine to a rookie NYPD cop) who share true stories off book.   You can listen to some of the stories here to get a feel.  If you like them, download the free podcasts off iTunes.  They are great to get you through 15 or 20 minutes on the treadmill.  They can also provide a hilarious soundtrack to a short, brisk walk.

Aneez introduced both of us to Postcrossing. Here's a picture of the first card I ever sent.  I bought five postcards on 34th Street, picked up some stamps from a bodega just south of the Empire State building and placed my first three cards into the hands of the trusty USPS (they have been good to me.) I received my first postcard from Japan less than two weeks later!
I just received my 100th postcard through Postcrossing.  
It's from Belgium and depicts Manneken Pis (Little Boy Pissing.)


Getting my 100th postcard was definitely a fun moment for me but most of all it was the 100th reminder of a moment in time spent with Karim and Aneez that I will forever give thanks for.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Thankful for Bubblewrap?

My cousin Shamir posted this video of my nephew Aidan finding joy in bubblewrap!

Oh c'mon, you know you've had a dalliance or two popping bubble wrap.  Are you a random popper like newcomer Aidan?  Or methodical and seasoned popping bubble after bubble, row after row? Personally, I can't wait until Aidan figures out how to roll a chair over the wrap for maximum poppage!

It is too cute!   The best part is the soundtrack of Shamir giggling....

Take a look for yourself...I dare you not to smile! Click on this picture of Aidan and you'll see the video for yourself.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Beckoning of Lovely

Happy Monday!

Lisa found me through Rachel's blog and introduced me to Amy Rosenthal's "The Beckoning of Lovely." 

I love the world of blogging and the wonderful connections you make with strangers - just friends waiting to be made.

What a beautiful way to begin a Monday morning. Thank you Lisa. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Super Mom

I wrote a poem for my Mom as a Mother's Day gift way back in 1997 (maybe it was 1996.)

She's had it posted above her side of my parents' bed since then.  Over the years, the colours have faded and parts of the poem have vanished.  Take a look at what's left over below.





I decided to give the poem a face lift.  I was able to remember some of the faded lines but a few of them escaped me.  Here's the redo:

 
I'm hoping to return the poem to its rightful place very soon.