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12 Days of Giving

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

‘Tis the Season of Giving.

family christmasI love Christmas. Everyone is merry and thinking of others. And I couldn’t think of a better way to usher in the holiday than with 12 Days of Good Deeds.

Who’s with me?!?!

Day 1 – Giving to one of my favorite non-profits: www.donorschoose.org. It coincided with #GivingTuesday so it was a perfect way to start off #12DaysOfGiving!donorschoose
Day 2 – Feeding expired meters to help my fellow travelers avoid a ticket.feed the meters

toy collecting crew  Day 3 – Collecting toys for Home For Little Wanderers with a very generous group of friends.

Urban Grape  Day 4 – Dropping off slightly used coat, scarves and gloves at Urban Grape, who’s collecting them for those in need. #BostonWarm

Toy Room  Day 5 – Volunteering with Johnathan in the Toy Room at Home for Little Wanderers.

giving tree   Day 6 - Adding a scarf and hat to the “Giving Trees” at the Boston Common. #GoTerriers

NBGivesBack  Day 7 – Donating my slightly used running shoes to South End’s Heartbreak Hill Running Company. They’ll give them to someone else who needs them more.  Best part, having my good deed matched by New Balance, who’s giving $5 to Good Sports Inc for every “shoe donating” selfie. .

Emmons Christmas  Day 8 – Taking pictures for friends’ Holiday card in exchange for a donation to Shultz’s Guest House.

mcdonald's  Day 9 – Paying the tab for the person behind us at the McDonald’s drive-thru (bonus points, it turned out to be a police officer!!).

bpd d-4  Day 10 – Bringing our neighborhood police station (Boston Police District 4) some holiday treats!

dropping off gifts  Day 11 – Dropping off gifts to Medford family who lost Christmas presents to a fire that swept through their apartment building.  It was a harrowing scene as quick thinking police officers had to rescue the twin 5-month-olds from smokey building. *(Margaret the Dog was a helper, not a gift!)

Happy Holidays  Day 12 – Sending holiday greetings to family and friends in the form of a donation to the Martin Richard Foundation.

i am freezing

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I stood outside waiting for my 11:00pm live shot and I had one prevailing thought – fear!  It is October.  I can see my breath!  I was standing out there, waiting the 10 minutes before I’d go live and I realized, I was freezing.  How was I going to survive this winter?  The other day, I wore a coat to work and hubby removed our air conditioner from the window.  Not only was summer over but winter was already nipping at my frigid fingers.

I am actually scared of winter.  The last time I was in Boston, I worked mainly during the day.  It meant various court stories, where I would be bundle up, yes, taking off many layers as I sat in court, but at least I was warm for a portion of the day.  This go around, I am on the night shift.  There are no court stories in the evening.  Nearly all of my stories take place outside.  And, of course, it’s colder at night.  I can honestly say I’m frightened!!

It’s been 4 years since I’ve reported in the bitter cold of a New England winter.  In Charlotte, October is the most glorious month after September.  In the Carolinas, summer extends well into September.  October and November are late summer months.  Autumn comes in December.  January and February are the winter months.  Spring is in March while April, May and June are the summer months.  It’s July and August that are dreaded because they are oppressively hot and humid.  In the South, July and August is über-summer.

I started to think about New England weather.  I returned in late March.  I still needed a coat and gloves.  Spring starts in April here and summer arrives in June.  Friends told me August actually marks the end of summer.  Fall arrives quickly in September and as I’m now realizing, winter starts dipping the mercury in October.  At this rate, winter will extend into December and frozen tundra time will occur in January and February.  Awesome.

I came home from my live shot in a full panic.  Where are my winter boots?  Did I donate them to the Salvation Army 4 years ago?  How many pairs of long johns do I have?  Oh poop, only one.  I donated several pairs when we moved south!  I thought of the hand and feet warmers I’d have to buy.  I purchased them in bulk before and when I left for Charlotte, I bequeathed them to my photographers, but now I’d have to invest again in mass quantities of these little packets of warmth.  I need to locate the hats, gloves, and scarves.  I don’t even know where to start looking for my space pen.  (While working in Boston, every year I’d ask for a space pen for Christmas.  It allowed me to write in freezing temperatures.  Don’t laugh – it was a necessity!)  Maybe this year I’ll just use a pencil.

The hyperventilation panic has subsided.  Thanks for the longer nights, I’ve gotten a good night sleep and have awaken with a brighter perspective!  I figure I have enough gear for fall and winter here, which gives me a couple more weeks to prepare for the frostbite months.  I’ll take any suggestions you have on stay warm (best thermals, must have jackets, warmest boots) but I think the only positive side is – there are only four more months until spring.

past proms

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Last week I got to see my nephew off to his prom and it inspired me to look back a few years (several) to my own.  Then I thought it would be fun to get other folks’ prom pictures.

Let’s take a look.  Here’s my senior prom picture.  What do you think of the gold lame’ and red satin?  I actually wore gold shoes.

The year before, I went to my then-boyfriend’s senior prom.  I don’t know what I was thinking to be honest.  White velvet and blue satin with gloves?  Really?!  The saddest part, I designed both dresses (along with many others).  My mother is a seamstress and for every dance I’d pick the material and tell her what I wanted.  These, sadly, were what I came up with.  As my friend Tim once told me, leave the designing to the professionals.

These are hubby’s prom pictures.  I actually contacted his old girlfriend from his Facebook page and asked for them.  When friends saw the pictures, they thought he and his date looked like siblings with the feathered hair. Please also notice the gloves he’s wearing! Nice touch, right?!

This is a picture of my friend Alicia with her date, Shawn, at the senior prom.  Shawn remembers way more about that night than I do.  He reminded me that, “We had pre-game at Alicia’s, post-game at the Anaheim Hyatt, and we played Pictionary with you and Josh.”  I remember the Pictionary.  I want to say Josh and I won, but I could be totally making that up!

Beth sent me this one and said, “I can’t believe I had that much hair – but Dominic looked so dapper! We went to the prom together even though I was dating James.”

This is Penni with her current boyfriend.  She said, “This was pre-prom dinner at my house.  He wasn’t my date, but we starting dating, probably, the next day.”

Here’s what Tom remembered about his prom, “We left my crazy friend in charge of getting the limo, and this awful limo pulled up. We called it the Cruella Deville limo because it had 2 spare tires on the side of the limo for decoration like Cruella’s car.  I also remember hooking up with my friend’s prom date while my date hooked up with some other guy.  Years later I hooked up with my original prom date… and did for years after that… I always thought that was ironic.  After the prom we went to my grandparents’ old beach house and partied all weekend.  It was awesome, and it was the last time all of us were together for the most part before we all left for college.”

Erinn took us back to 1999.  She said, “Gotta love the foil stars on fishing wire backdrop. The photographer really went all out on that one!”

Katie went to her junior prom in 2001 and senior prom the following year.  She then married her high school sweetheart!

Here’s Heather at her senior prom with her then-boyfriend.  She said, “We dated the middle of my senior year of high school to the middle of freshman year of college. He was a year ahead of me so already out of school. The first time I saw him, I thought he was the best looking guy I had ever seen.  He won’t talk to me now.”

Here is an assortment of other prom pictures!  Gotta love pubescent fashion! BTW… It’s not too late to send me your prom pictures.  Click here!