My Mother’s Wedding

Late in life love – it was something I didn’t believe in. I never had any examples of it in my extended family as I was growing up. My grandmother who got separated from her boyfriend, moved in with us when she was 50 and never dated or married again. I thought that was the…

Getting My Cheer On

Cheerleading doesn’t get a lot of respect. People don’t know the work that goes into it. The hours spent on flexibility and strength training to get those jumps right, to do those incredible lifts, to throw someone in the air, and make sure they are caught safely. The hours spent working so that routine looks…

Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons

My trip to New Jersey was not planned, it’s only intended purpose was to say good-bye to my friend.  My wonderful sister drove home so she could attend the services with me and support me on the difficult day.  But, at some point realized we were both in town and it was 1 week before…

The Trip You Never Want To Take

As I write this, I’m in an airport,  waiting to board my flight back east.  I bought my tickets yesterday,  knowing this day would come but never wanting to believe it. Some regular readers may have noticed comments from On Beyond Cancer.  She regularly followed me and I followed her.  But what you may not…

My “Me-Time” Vacation

I really wasn’t expecting it to be this way, it was supposed to be a normal New Jersey trip, filled with too many people to see, and the kids out of their element and clinging to me.  But as luck would have it, a few things worked in my favor this time around.  The main…

A New Impromptu Trip

Is there anything more exciting than planning a new trip?  Especially one you didn’t expect to make? As readers of my blog know, I occasionally travel to Boston for work. I have a partially packed trip coming up that is going to necessitate me to be in Boston for the full work week.  This means,…

Superstorm Sandy – 1 Year Later

It has been one year since Superstorm Sandy.  In that time I’ve made three trips to the Jersey Shore, and will make my next trip in just a few days.  I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and absorb what’s happen to my hometown and my friends.  On the anniversary of the storm that…

Top 10 Things I Learned on my Trip Home

It’s been a while since I posted due to an all consuming work project.  But I haven’t forgotten my trip home to the Jersey Shore, which turned out to be more educational than expected.  I learned some interesting (and funny) lessons: 10. The WiFi in my mother’s house does not work upstairs…  In the middle of a work crisis, I ended up needing to turn…

Beach Park: We returned!

As an update to my Hurricane Sandy post , I wanted to report that my son’s favorite waterside park in Keyport, NJ has been repaired.  My son was very excited that he could play there again and took the opportunity to show his sister all they could do at the park. So nice to see…

Revisiting My Past After The Storm

I’m a Jersey shore girl, born and raised in Keyport NJ, a working class town on the shore of the Raritan Bay.  I have lived in the San Francisco Bay area for 8 years, but many friends, most of my family, and my heart remain in Jersey.  So on October 29 2012 I was in sunny California and…