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May the Road Rise With You

The celebration of my birth month continues. But I also realized that this month marks the 20th anniversary of my IT career. Whoa. If that didn’t make me feel old my son’s graduation from 6th grade last week sure helped things along.

We began the boy’s summer break with a bang! Actually, with dental work (oh, and we have dental insurance again for the first time in a long while. I must be old if I’m so stoked about that). But the little man has come such a long way. He was diagnosed with “situational anxiety” when he was younger. There was a time he would have been put under or heavily sedated and immobilized for dental work. But yesterday? He was completely calm and cooperative not just for his cleaning, but for THREE FILLINGS. What? Is this the same child I gave birth to? So confused. But so very relieved. My young man is growing up. And this parenting thing, for the most part, gets easier and easier.

Five other good things:

  • The Heavy Table profiles the Cup and Cone, which was the ice cream joint down the street from my childhood home. I will always have a soft spot for that place (and their soft serve - har) despite their refusal to hire teenage me because of my purple hair.
  • Yesterday I picked up my first half bushel box from Belle Creek Gardens. And made a strawberry-rhubarb pie. Yum!
  • Also lovely, and handy, these produce calendars indicating when local fruits, veg and herbs are in season.
  • Whoa, speaking of food DINNER IN THE SKY. What? I’m not sure how I’d feel about dining while dangling from a crane 160 feet in the air. I think I’d prefer a unique dining experience on the L Train, or somewhere else closer to the ground.
  • I am no longer a home owner. Yes, it’s been several months now but I’m often reminded of how much this rules. Like yesterday. We were home when the lawn service came by to mow the lawn. A thing I no longer have to do.

I stayed out way too late, both Friday and Saturday nights. And beat the heat with happy fun beach times. But the main feature of the weekend? Northern Spark. It’s such a tricky event to maneuver, with everything happening simultaneously at various sites. And in hindsight I can see how I could have plotted my course more effectively. But still. Good times. The highlight was definitely the Marching Band Parade over the Stone Arch Bridge. But seeing the sunrise from the Foshay Tower’s Observation Deck was a close runner-up.

Marching Band Parade

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