Holiday Outings

When I found out that my boyfriend had never been to Portland, Maine, I booked a trip straight away. Portland is one of my favorite cities: good beer, good food, good shopping.

Needless to say, we had a great time. And lucky for me, I was also able to check off a birthday list item. I finally made it to the Victoria Mansion.

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Victoria Mansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s closed for much of the winter/spring, but it opens for about a month at Christmastime, with its rooms decorated for Christmas by local businesses and organizations.

It was a mob scene of adult females with their young daughters/nieces/granddaughters in tow on the morning that we visited, but we made it through. The rooms were just gorgeous. The big attraction was this tree:

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Awe-inducing, no?

And a week later, I embarked on my next holiday outing. Solve this equation:

Burlesque + The Nutcracker = ?

The Slutcracker!

This was the eighth season of the Slutcracker. I was expecting a night of raunchiness with “dancers” gallavanting around in little to no clothing. I was not expecting a night of classical ballet with DANCERS performing in little to no clothing.

Yes, many of the dancers were professionally trained. The choreography was excellent as were the costumes (although there wasn’t much to a lot of them). I also appreciated the presence of different body types and ethnicities onstage. It was a fun night out with friends.

Here it is, New Year’s Eve already. I wish you all the best for 2016…the best year yet!

Another Year, Another List

Since I’ve plunged feetfirst into a new decade, I decided that I should give myself more time to complete my birthday list.

So the clock starts ticking TODAY. I’m giving myself six months to complete 41 items.

This is all I know so far:

I’m attending a lecture by Deepak Chopra in a few days.

I’m attending a burlesque version of the Nutcracker in a few weeks.

I’m attending a world music festival next month.

I am finishing the AFI’s top 100 movie list! I have around 10 left.

Have any suggestions for me?

Saturday and Tuesday

Thanksgiving is nigh! I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy taking time to ponder what you’re grateful for and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

If you participate in the events on Friday and Monday (that shall not be named), best of luck to you. I hope you will also participate in Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday:

On Saturday, visit your favorite small business to buy some one-of-a-kind gifts.

On Tuesday, donate to your favorite charity. Why not make a donation in a family member/friend’s name and give that as a gift this season? I’m adopting a wild animal and buying a share of an animal for my family this year. Or you can pledge to donate some time this season. Visit Volunteer Match to find opportunities near you.

Listen to these smart people:

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“For it is in giving that we receive.” Francis of Assisi

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Left On and Resting Sad Face

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First of all, I hope all of my fellow lefties had a fabulous Lefthanders Day. (I’m not linking to the official Lefthanders Day website because its “bandwidth has been exceeded.” Left on!) If you haven’t visited the Anything Lefthanded website, go there and sign up for the newsletter and do some shopping!

Along with being lefthanded, I have something called “resting sad face.”

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Resting Sad Face

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t know that there was a name for this until I read a recent article about “resting bitch face.”

Wow! Once in a while, I notice my reflection in a window and am surprised at how sad I look. I may be thinking about where I’m going for lunch that day, but I look like I’m thinking about a dying pet.

Do you have a resting [fill in the blank] face?