Family (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 82 and 83)

Yesterday’s kindness: I fixed one of my favorite necklaces and gave it to Molly as a surprise. She has officially moved up to MA (we’re getting each family member one by one – muhahah) to attend Merrimack College. I’m so excited to have her up here!

Today’s kindness: Meg and I coached our team this morning (we were finally matched up with a team on the same level as ours, but we lost! They tried so hard the poor things!) Anyway, I was particularly proud of one of the kids Charlie. He’s one of the best kids on the team, but every time he goes for a righty lay-up, he steps with his right foot and goes up with his left. My mom and dad were at the game watching, so my dad pulled me aside and said, ‘Hey that kids really good, but he needs to see how to shoot a proper lay-up. Why don’t you show him?’ Now, my pops was my CYO basketball coach forever (a very good coach may I add, I’ve learned it all from him) so I took his advice. I pulled Charlie aside and showed him how then told him to try it as he was warming up. He did it perfectly and made the lay-up! I was very excited.

Colin’s kindness: Colin saw an older lady who definitely needed some help over a snow bank, so he went over to rescue her. She was very happy! Probably because he’s so handsome. ;)

It’s so nice having the family up this weekend. I wish we could all be together – Kelly and Par are still in NY and Pat is in California (that’s where he lives). Even though it’s not all 8 of us, we’re still having a lovely time.

We had our game this morning then dad made us a delicious breakfast. We hung around for a bit, then Colin, dad and I took Lady on a long walk. Now we’re enjoying some wine, beer and appetizers and we’re going out to dinner with one of our favorite people in the world, Fr. Jim.

We stopped for some treats

Dad and lil Lady

Pretty!

A nice snowy day

Lady looooves the snow

Our appetizers

YUMMM

Perfect

CHEEEEESE

Cheese, please!

My 100 Days of Kindness is almost over, I can’t believe it! I wish I could have done more profound acts of kindness, but I am proud of myself for making sure I’ve integrated kindness into my daily activities and to-do’s. I still have a few more ‘kind things’ to accomplish before my 100 days are up, but I’d also love some suggestions if you have any. Let me know!

I hope everyone’s enjoying their weekend. :)

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Newburyport House Tour (And 100 Days of Kindness, Days 40, 41 and 42)

Saturday, Colin and I joined Meg, Mrs. O and Kerry for the Holiday House Tour event in Newburyport. Basically you drive from one beautiful house to the next and you get to see their amazing homes decorated to the nines for the holidays!

It might possibly sound a little strange to go into other people’s homes and creep around while looking at their things. However, it was very cool – I got a lot of great ideas for the day when I get to decorate my home for the holidays. It also got us all in the Christmas spirit. :)

Here are some photos from the tour:

Sorry I’ve been MIA with my kindness posts – I don’t have internet in my apartment (if I did I would probably stay up all night every night) so I usually come down to Meg and Matt’s to borrow their internet (interesting choice for a ‘blogger’, huh?). The past few days have been tough because I’ve been busy enjoying the weekend!

Friday’s kindness:

Because I get migraines my doctor wants me to get a brain MRI done just to make sure nothing’s going on. I thought I could do it. I left work a little early on Friday to get to my appointment. I got there – the butterflies started, I tried to calm myself down. I laid in the little bed thing that goes into the tube and they showed me how the {scary} cage would go over my head. Started crying. They slid me into the tube without the cage on to show me what that would be like. Panicked. I literally couldn’t do it.

Not my idea of fun on a Friday night.

Needless to say the women were very nice and didn’t make me feel like the weenie that I am! I thanked them for being so kind to me because I really did appreciate it. Will have to try this MRI thing again at some point, wish me luck…

Saturday’s kindness:

Saturday morning Meg and I got up bright and early to head over to Lawrence for our team’s first basketball game of the season! We’re coaching the fifth grade boys team at Bellesini Academy (the school Meg works at) – it was both highly entertaining and a lot of fun.

Look at Coach O'Neill go!

Sunday’s kindness:

A few little things. I went to church and prayed for a few people I know who need it. I also tweeted about an awesome giveaway on Meghan’s blog (check it out if you haven’t yet – winner chosen tonight!) Now, I am currently making Christmas cookies with Meg which I will then share.

Enjoy your Sunday night. :)

He was injured, injured bad

The Celtics/Knicks game last night was a fist-pumpin’ good time. Started off with a traditional Irish dinner (for St. Patrick’s Day) of pizza and beer at Halftime Pizza – it was delicious. We actually got a nice booth too which usually never happens, so we were off to a good start. 

The game was fun to watch, the Celtics played great – Paul Pierce had 29 points at the end of the game, KG not too far behind with 22. Last game we went to, the energy was low and people seemed disinterested. Fans were even booing the C’s. This time was very different, the energy was excellent; lots of fun. There were even Irish Step dancers at halftime! They were really good – very different from when I used to dance though. I guess I’m an old school step dancer, because from the amount of glitter on their dresses last night you would’ve thought we were at Studio 54. We didn’t do glitter. The boys especially did not wear rhinestone vests with hot pink ties (not that there’s anything wrong with that.) And wigs (they are so intense) didn’t make an appearance on the step dancing scene till I moved on to basketball in 7th grade. What happened to the old-fashioned way of curling your hair? I remember the good ol’ days the night before a feis (step dance competition) when my mother would patiently put curlers in my hair, I would sleep on them as if they were a bed of nails, and then in the morning my mother would not-as-patiently rip the curlers out as we rushed to get ready to leave (understandable – the whole process was relatively frustrating for both parties.) 

Anyway, I went to the Celtics/Bulls game last year (while I was volunteering in Chicago) on St. Patrick’s Day and now I went again this year. I was pumped I got to go, I think I’m starting a new tradition… Final score – Celtics 109 – Knicks 97 – must’ve been the luck of the Irish! 

Ready for the game

Adam & Colin ... I guess Phil didn't want to be featured on the blog ...

In other random topics – 

If you’re a country music fan, get your butt down to The Charlie Horse in West Bridgewater to see Darryl Worley for only $10. Doors open at 8pm, more information here http://www.wctk.com/extra03.php 

Paper clip root canal sounds fun doesn’t it??? (beware if you’re sensitive to disturbing teeth stories.) 

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/22874354/detail.html?treets=bos&tid=26511418836813&tml=bos_12pm&tmi=bos_12pm_1_11000203182010&ts=H  

Rogue Wave, new band I just found out about on the same label as Jack Johnson … I decided I really like them. They’re definitely worth checking out here – http://www.roguewavemusic.com/index.php 

Another pretty cool thing is that a family friend of ours, Johnny, is featured in a Cole Haan advertisement as well as this whole ‘Inspired Life’ thing they have going on. This is also worth checking out – http://www.colehaan.com/inspired/index.jsp?pi=Inspired_TopNav#Johnny 

March Madness is here – Cask n’ Flagon has a $5 basketball menu going on http://www.casknflagon.com/index.php, Game On has 90 hd tvs and will be playing every game imaginable http://gameonboston.com/. More suggestions here – http://cityvoter.com/ncaa-march-madness-bar-guide/list/535 

Eat, Pray, Love based on the novel (and real life story) starring Julia Roberts looks so good! I can’t wait; I love her :) 

The cast of ‘Glee’ is going to be on Oprah April 7th, so set your DVRs. http://www.gossipcop.com/report-glee-on-oprah/ 

My parents are currently in Vegas (because they are way cooler than me.) My mom has been relaxing by the pool which makes me quite jealous (it is well deserved on her part though!) and my sister Kelly along with my brother Patrick are driving from California to Vegas to hang with them this weekend. More jealousy ensues…. 

Free pastry day is next Tuesday, March 23rd at Starbucks! You have to buy a drink, then you get one free (nothing is really *free* is it?) It only lasts till 10:30am so hurry hurry. Heres the coupon – http://www.starbucks.com/blog/4983/free-pastry-day 

And, just because… 

I just went for a walk and it is GLORIOUS outside. I hope it stays like this! Pleeeeeeeeeease? 

Have a great day!

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes…

I have a confession to make. It might be shocking. It might be offensive. 

Here it goes: 

I.despise.yoga. 

I really do. I’ve tried it a handful of times and each time I’ve despised it equally (except when I did Bikram yoga, I despised that even more – yoga in a room with the temp set to 100 is not normal.) I just don’t understand, every other woman in the world loves yoga, so why don’t I?! My sister Meg and I decided to do a candlelit yoga class at a place in Andover tonight. It was free and sounded intriguing. I always trick myself into thinking that the next time I go to yoga, I’ll like it; it’s like my brain blocks out the hatred I hold for it. We arrived and got settled on our mats, as the class began it really wasn’t too bad… Then the annoyance and boredom kicked in. A- Why do yoga instructors always have to have such eerily calm and soothing voices? I know you’re not gonna want someone up there teaching your class that sounds like Fran Drescher but come on! B- The whole class all you hear is the instructor saying: downward facing dog, iiiin-hale, exxx-hale, warrior one, namaste blahblahblahblahblah, C- The instructor should do the class with everyone! I’m sorry, but having someone walk around the room telling me what to do while I stretch, bend and contort my body in ways I didn’t think possible is simply rude. And D- I am honestly just not mature enough to be in a room full of people ‘om-ing’ with our eyes closed. You better believe my eyes are opened and I’m laughing to myself because it sounds like I’m at some sort of cult meeting or something. 

On a more positive note, there was a pregnant lady in front of me who was so cute with her little belly sticking out. She was doing such a great job with the yoga – waaay better than me! She looked so strong and beautiful. Pregnant women amaze me. 

I’m sure I’ll be tricked by yoga again (somehow Megan is always involved in this by the way, I never voluntarily go to yoga on my own… maybe I’m on to something here…) Maybe one day I’ll actually enjoy it, you never know? I’m not giving up on it, but for now I’ll stick with things like running, lifting, zumba, basketball, etc. Your workout is what works best for your body, what makes you feel powerful and happy with yourself – you have to do what’s best for you. However, I do recommend to keep an open mind in reference to trying new ways to workout because at some point you’re inevitably gonna have to spice up that old trusty workout, or else you could lose interest, focus and motivation. 

After yoga Meg and I went to Palmers (a small upscale restaurant in Andover) and sat in the bar area. Meg had chardonnay, I had pinot grigio, we shared the grilled brie and then each had a grilled shrimp and goat cheese salad (love that goat cheese!) This salad is so incredibly delicious and is just what I needed tonight. PS- Our waitress’ name was ‘Penny Lane’ which I thought was worth mentioning… 

Lastly, I wanted to share this with you: 

Reese Witherspoon (Avon’s Global Ambassador) was in Washington DC this past Wednesday in order to promote Avon’s products which they are selling so that their proceeds can go towards the effort to end violence against women. http://ow.ly/1h4eP   

   

If you click here: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/avon/42564/ You can watch both Reese along with Andrea Jung, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products Inc. speak to the crowd at the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women breakfast. You can also go to the link below to order any of the Avon empowerment products. 

http://shop.avon.com/shop/product_list.aspx?level1_id=300&level2_id=380&pdept_id=383&cat_type=C  

I bought this bracelet for my mother, my sisters and myself – it’s so pretty! 

From Avon.com

From Avon.com

 

What a great message these women are putting out there; I really admire Reese Witherspoon and I think it’s wonderful she has chosen to use her fame in order to help a good cause. Violence against women is heartbreaking and it has most likely affected you, someone close to you or someone you know through someone else (a friend of a friend, etc.) The issue of violence has been lurking for years; no matter how equal women and men seem to be, no matter how strong and independent we are, violence is going to remain an issue unless something is done. Support your sisters, your mothers, your aunts, your nieces, your friends, yourself. Help these women get a fair chance in life – buy the bracelet/necklace/ring/t-shirt and spread the word! :)