Yikes! 100 Days of Kindness, Day 99

I can’t believe tomorrow is Day 100 of my 100 Days of Kindness project. It’s crazy how fast 100 days can go by.

One of the things I wanted to do before my little project was over was to buy a bunch of goodies and send them over to the troops (because honestly, who deserves it more?). I stopped at Walmart on my way home today and stocked up. I texted my friend Chris (who served overseas in the Marines) for suggestions. I also had Molly ask her friend Danielle – her father is in the Army – for more suggestions. Then I knew this act of kindness was meant to be, because I saw an Army man in uniform right when I walked into Walmart. I awkwardly went up to him and told him what I was doing, what I planned on getting and asked him what he thought I should get. He kindly helped me with ideas for most of the items on my list. I thanked him for what he is doing (and for his help with my kindness for today) and wished him goodnight.

What did I end up getting? Packs of gum, Lifesavers, fruit snacks, oatmeal, Valentine’s candy (Sweethearts and nerds), hot chocolate packs, Ramen, ESPN magazine, Glamour magazine, tea, mango iced tea packs to go, coffee and a nice card.

I put little sticky notes on each treat; for example – “Lifesavers for lifesavers”, “Delicious New England coffee from Boston”, “Who doesn’t like Ramen?”, etc. I wanted to make the package as cheery as possible. I tried to imagine if I were the person receiving this package…

I’m away from home, having a bad day, feeling particularly homesick – when I hear that we got a fun surprise from a random person. Yes! They sent my favorite, Nerds!…Today is the best day ever!

Maybe that won’t happen, but I do think the package I’m sending will be appreciated. I know I had fun putting it together!

The goodies!

ESPN, Glamour

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Happy Memorial Day!

My grandfather (Par) was in the Army. I was home this weekend and got to ask him what Memorial Day meant to him. He said, ‘It means paying respect to all those who have fought in a war, who were in the military. Especially the men who went over to Korea. Some of us didn’t have to go, but for the ones that did, I remember them.’

For me the first thing that comes to mind are all the people who have had to go over to Iraq and Afghanistan. Particularly two brave young men – Chris and Rory. I truly admire those who fight for our country. Where would we be without them? So a BIG thank you to all those who have served, who are serving and who will serve!

Today, I went to the parade in Babylon for a little bit with Mary and her parents (always so good to see them!) Mary’s boyfriend Matt was marching with the fire department so we hooted and hollered when he came by of course. After that we went over to our cousins for a nice little bbq. Then it was time to come back to MA (always sad to leave the fam.) And, finally we’re home and I’m going to bed! But first, here are a few pictures…

Happy Memorial Day!

At the parade :)

AOH - Babylon


Matt's back there... can you spot him??

Babylon Fire Dept.

Our little Lola lounging at home after the parade

Just got on the ferry, headed back to MA

OK, more tomorrow.. I hope everyone had a great weekend! Goodnight :)