The Casting Dock

Posts from — April 2012

living in the moment. and loving the little things.

Sometimes I think about moving. Who knows what opportunities could arise or where we could find ourselves in a year’s time. Life is quite unpredictable, to be sure.

When my head gets swirling with all of the infinite options, I think of the exciting elements that different areas of our country have to offer, but mostly I just think of all the things I would so greatly miss about this little sliver of earth, our little sliver.

I just LOVE where I live.

I could go on for pages about what I love in each season here in the northeast (except winter of course…that’s generally just terrible)–beach bumming summers, farm-infused falls, and springs ripe with berry-picking–but what I really love is the yearlong constants.

I love being ten minutes from our alma mater, half an hour from Boston, a stone’s throw from the public library, right down the street from our favorite pizza place, less than a mile from THE BEST park, and within a ten block radius of so many of our best friends. I love yearlong ice cream from fresh creameries, historic houses ripe with character, and access to the city and the beach essentially anytime we want it.

I am feeling particularly appreciative of this place today. Sunny days in April have that effect, I think.

As much as other places may offer new adventures, I hope our story sticks here for a while.

But who really ever knows.

April 19, 2012   5 Comments

a quick update.



A few life happenings ’round here. Well, first off–life sure is happening and it is happening fast.  I have promised myself multiple times that I won’t be one of those people always talking about how I can’t believe it’s already April or already 2012 or already my child’s 8th birthday, etc. Life happens and as the years pile on, they only come faster. We all know it so I won’t dwell on it.

But as a reminder that time is flying–Jerry’s best friend from high school AND best friend from college both just announced that they are expecting their first child…BOTH due in September! We are beyond thrilled for both of them (and their wives, of course).

Anyhow…some quick life updates…

Jerry has been a busy little beaver at work these days. Pretty much every Monday as I am getting ready for work I tell him that I have job envy. He has a pleasant little 8 minute commute down back roads, he works on a beautiful campus with bustling college students and highly quality character-rich people, and generally his hours are pretty predictable. Well, he has been preparing for the college’s 10-year reaccreditation visit which is happening this upcoming week so he’s been putting in some loooooong hours both at work and at home. So this Monday as I am enjoying a lovely April vacation morning, I certainly won’t be experiencing that usual envy.

Despite my Monday envy, I really still love my job. It has been a MUCH more challenging transition from my last school to my new school than I anticipated (I am currently covering my second longterm maternity leave position as an elementary school counselor), but I am so thankful to remain in the same district and to get to work with funny little kids. I think I just underestimated how attached I had become to the kids (and staff!) in my last school.

We received a surprise package the other day (pictured above). My brother sent us a whole case of Topo Chico, the Mexican mineral water sweeping my hometown. To say I am savoring them would be an understatement. Thanks Bry!

Jerry FINALLY made it down to Peet’s coffee! Despite drinking this stuff every morning, he had never been to the actual coffee shop in Cambridge. It legitimately was on his goals list for 2012…crossed that one off last weekend. And we got some Pinkberry while we were at it because it’s just that ridiculously good.

Speaking of goals, we booked our tickets to London for the summer! I am going to start planning itineraries today.

Happy Sunday to you all…and to those in the northeast, it’s a GORGEOUS one!!

April 15, 2012   2 Comments