Monthly Archives: December 2013


“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.” — Benjamin Franklin

Ben always can be counted on for some sage advice about life and the welcoming of a New Year is no different.  This year is my first as an officially married woman and I’m happy that I will not be planning a wedding this year. However, we have the fun of planning our honeymoon, huzzah!


Many resolutions will be attempted this new year…mostly things that I should have done years ago, but have put off for a variety of reasons.

  1. Open up at least 1 IRA
  2. Visit as many National Park sites in New England as I can
  3. Hike at least 3 times
  4. See a MOOSE!
  5. Get happier at work somehow

There are others, but these are the top 5 for next year beyond cleaning up the basement. Purging is the name of the game!


  1. here are others


I seem to be down on my luck lately…especially when it comes to catching the bus. The bus is the bane of my commuting existence. I often see the one I want driving away while I walk out of the house or work or whatever.

Today’s annoyance was a bus driver who stared at me while he made the turn past the bus stop I was trying to get to. Grr…

I wonder if there is a patron saint of people catching buses.

Light one little candle…

The other day, we learned that one of our co-workers had just lost his wife to cancer.  She had been diagnosed with it and was given the all clear…and then it came back with a vengeance.


In her obituary, it said to send donations to the local Dana-Farber unit.  I organized a group effort of our colleagues and just finished buying a bunch of books for children who are either going through treatments or the relative of one.  When my father was going through chemo, my nephews and niece were given a backpack full of toys, books, and other things to help them figure out what was going on and to distract them. Totally awesome. 

Thinking about donating to a group this winter? Check out their list here