A new year is upon us. I’ll be in Vermont for a few days, celebrating Daisy’s birthday, so am posting a preemptive New Year’s entry.

I am trying to be hopeful about 2011, even though it’s against my nature. I found a quote to put me in the right frame of mind.

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” —Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2011!



The worst day for a Nor’easter to descend? December 26. What are the chances that Boston’s first major snowstorm would hit the day I was supposed to fly back.

My flight was canceled a few hours before I was supposed to be at the airport. I got online to rebook the flight, and to my dismay, the flights for the next few days were either sold out or would cost $1,000. Next stop, Amtrak. All of the trains from Rochester to Albany were booked (first leg of trip to Boston). For some reason, I could book a ticket from Syracuse to Albany. Thankfully, my dad is able to drive me an hour and a half to the Syracuse train station. I will get on the train, and take the 10-HOUR RIDE to Boston (driving, it would take 5 hours). Years ago, I swore I would never take the train between Rochester and Boston again, but here I am. Desperate times.

It’s been nice to have a little extra time with the fam, but I am a touch desperate to be back in my little cave with my crazy cat. This city mouse misses the city…

Watch Me Unravel


I saw Weezer perform its “blue album” on its Memories tour on Tuesday.  The debut album came out in 1994, when I was a sophomore in college. It’s one of my favorite albums of all time. So imagine how excited I was to be in the 7th ROW. I could actually kind of see the stage! If I ruled the world, everyone under 5’2″ who attended a concert would be whisked to the first 10 rows of the venue.

The show was incredible. I wish all bands would go back into their catalogs and perform an entire album that they recorded 10+ years ago.

Rivers Cuomo, will you marry me?












Two days after Weezer, my friend Mary and I were sitting in Symphony Hall, watching the Boston Pops play Christmas music. It was just what I needed: two hours of sitting and enjoying the music of the season. Two hours of not writing holiday cards, not shopping for gifts, not attending parties…all of that is really fun, of course! But I feel like we have all been so busy that we don’t leave ourselves much time to relax and enjoy this time of year.

So, here’s hoping that you have some time to enjoy the season. Watch a holiday movie, listen to holiday music while cleaning your kitchen, take a break from shopping and treat yourself to a hot chocolate…