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Welcome to the amazing 30s, Playground.

Happy Birthday Lindsay!

As you may or may not know, I was in Boston on Saturday celebrating my dear friend Lindsay‘s 30th birthday.  That’s right the big 3-0!  Well, today is the actual day and she deserves a shout out on the blog. I met Lindsay years ago.  She was my sister Amanda’s friend first (thanks for sharing, Amanda!).  They went to college together.  After college, Lindsay needed a place to live for the summer and I was heading west for the summer job that I used to have, so I offered my place and in return she took care of my cat, Jack.  We overlapped for several weeks on either end of my trip. Our friendship really began then over talks about guys and bags of frozen peas. Then, life took us in various directions….Lindsay went to Australia and I moved to Boston.  Upon my return to Burlington from Boston we became roommates.  This is when we really bonded.  She became my hiking partner in crime and is how she got the trail name Playground (which has been changed in recent years to Grayground after watching one of our favorite cheesy movies together: Catch and Release),….as well as the one to accompany me on several other adventures, skydiving being one of them and online dating being another (there may or may not have been some spying involved).  Our friendship grew while we spent our time discussing whether or not we should dig a hole when we poop in the woods, how much water to carry, and how to avoid getting eaten by bears in the woods. You should see us trying to hang a bear bag. We could seriously amuse you for hours. Lindsay could have a job as a stand-up comic because she really is that funny, but instead she uses her talents as a social worker at the House of Corrections in Boston, making a difference in people’s lives every day.  Happy Birthday Grayground!  You are amazing! Linds, my 30s have been my favorite decade of my life so far….by far…  I hope they are for you too!

P.S. Give me your books that you don’t need anymore for her book drive!

We were on the Long Trail in Southern Vermont.

This was from our first hiking trip. We DID NOT know what we had in store for us!

Clean, pretty, and energetic the morning we were starting one of our Long Trail hikes.



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Happy Birthday To The Best Youngest Sister!

Today, January 12th, is a very special day.  It is the day, way back in 1980, that became one of the best days of my life.  I don’t really remember it at all, but if I did, I’m sure that’s what I would think.  I was 3 1/2 at the time. Sometimes I think I remember going to the hospital to see Amanda when she was born, but really I think I’m just remember the pictures that I’ve seen of it.  Regardless, my sisters are special and I definitely am not biased.  I am fortunate in the fact that I have some pretty fantastic women in my life and Amanda is definitely one of them.  If you are lucky enough, like me, to have her as a friend or relative in your life (Don’t be jealous that I have both:-) you’ll know that she is one of the most thoughtful, giving, and caring individuals that you’ll ever meet.  She is fiercely loyal to the people that she cares about and will always go out of her way to make sure others are taken care. Amanda is a middle school teacher which, by default, makes her one brave individual!  Even though she is the youngest sister, I still learn lessons from her all the time.  Happy 31st Birthday Amanda!  I love you!

We were at Brad a Lisa's wedding here.

Greatest smile!

Amy, Me, and Amanda at our graduation party in 2005. I love these girls.


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