Earlier that afternoon, I gave Dan some presents, which included the book, Oh, the Places You'll Go, by Dr. Seuss. His copy was unique, however, as I had gathered notes from teachers and other significant people over the years. There was also every school picture, from kindergarten through his senior picture and one in his cap and gown as well. It was a fun project and I'm proud I kept it a secret over MANY years. The video is a clip of him seeing it for the first time. I wrote up some "words of wisdom" that I included below. Some is Dan-specific, but some applies to all!
Remember the Shredder’s Code when committing to a race or other endeavor
Do the training.
Smile! Photographers are everywhere
Enjoy the freebies
Commit to finish.
Hold hands through the fire
Always know you are loved!
My ski & snowboard friends will understand the agony of this decision and my Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival gentlefolk may recognize a line or two...
This time last year, Tom and I were busy rehearsing for the Big Dance Recital at Mercy. Graduates are invited to dance with a parent or family member. His dance teacher, Vicki McHale, is brilliant at getting so much out of the students. (She does the best she can with the parents as well.) Enjoy!
Martin Luther King and Presidents' Weekends are busy times at ski resorts and can feel a bit overwhelming with the volume of guests that we typically experience. Although I'm no Shakespeare scholar, I like to watch the St Crispin's speech from Henry V to get inspired going into these holiday weekends. This year, I rewrote parts and our director edited it further and performed! Go Joe!
(That same evening, a group called "Band of Brothers" played at the mountain. Serendipity, indeed!)
Click Read More below to follow along and compare to the original!
The 49th annual New York City Marathon took place yesterday, November 3, 2019, and I was one of 54,000+ participants. After months of preparation, training, and fundraising, I could hardly believe it when the date actually arrived. Now that it's over, whatever will I obsess about?! I'm sure I'll find something...
Thursday, I went into the city to attend the Expo, get my bib, and of course, take lots of pictures. I was tempted to purchase "finisher" shirts, but didn't want to jinx myself. I ate an apple while posing in front of the medal and found my name.
A "Spartan" is not only a member of a warrior society from ancient Greece, but also an obstacle course race, of varying distances. Obstacles include upper body challenges, carrying buckets of rocks or sandbags up and down hills, throwing spears, climbing ropes, scrambling over walls and hurdles, and many more. A Sprint is about 5 miles, a Super 8, and a Beast 13. All three in the same year are a Trifecta. If you can't do an obstacle, you have to perform 30 "burpees," a hellish combination of squat, push-up, and jump. Burpees are not fun. But the races are a blast!
Our team of Blue Mountain ski and snowboard instructors, “Shredders,” formed last spring to cross off a bucket list item and do a Sprint at our home mountain in Palmerton. Fast forward a few months and we’re looking to do a Trifecta in 2018! After worrying about the Sprint all summer (in one week it will be over, in 48 hours it will be over) I didn’t want the race to end! Signing up for the Super November 4 at Mountain Creek, New Jersey was a no-brainer and 5 of us (left to right: Jennifer, Meghan, Sheri, Sharon & Stefanie) decided to go for it.
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