today i wanna be 12.

 dad & me (from circa 2007/2008). always kids.

it’s halloween!!! i loooove this day! but, what i love most is what i remember from when i was a child or a teenager. halloween was a big deal in my family. we dressed up (well, not my dad). but, my mom had this crazy witch’s costume and wig that she wore almost every year. and of course, my brother & i had costumes on. but, not usually any of those store-bought things. no, not for us. we rummaged around our closets, with mom’s help, to come up with something. there was perhaps a time or 2 we bought a superman or princess costume when we were really young, but what i remember most is trying to be a creative as possible with what we had. and today, i appreciate that so much!

on top of the costumes, there was the anticipation of walking around the neighborhood, hoping to be scared by someone or something, and at the same time freaking out about what lay around the corner. people decorated their houses, had spooky music playing from their windows, and were generous with candy as we went from door to door, yelling “trick or treat!” after a few hours of wandering the neighborhood in the dark, scaring each other & being scared in return, it was back to our house to sift through all the goodies we had gotten… and then a sugar high for the next week.

but, what made my parents stand out from others was the fact they they were kids themselves… they love holidays, and always did everything to make holidays fun! we had 2 fantastic halloween parties during my childhood – one for me & my friends and one for my brother & his friends. it was amazing! we worked hard to scare everyone as much as possible, ate crazy food like dirt, eyeballs, brains, etc., played games, had a gypsy fortune teller (me!), hung ghosts in our trees, had spooky music, bobbed for apples, watched scary movies. it was so much fun!!! and i am so so thankful

so, today, as i fondly remember halloweens of my childhood, i am struck with the urge to go back in time and be a kid again. oh, how much fun it was…

happy halloween, everyone!!! peace.      

(yes. we’re back from ireland & pics are coming soon!!)

the joys of living in europe.

there are some major perks to living in europe. and one of them is that so many countries, and therefore so many cultures, lay close to one another. on top of that, there are cheap plane tickets to be found. and then there are friends who live in those nearby countries. add all of this up and… you guessed it! my love and i are off on another trip! this time we’re headed to the land of guiness beer, U2, leprechauns, misty cliffs, green grass, & pubs, lots of pubs! IRELAND! i’ve never been there and i can’t wait to visit dublin. i’m sure that our friends will give us a perfect irish weekend!

so, see ya monday & have a great weekend! peace out!

21st century pen pals.

i have a bunch of friends that i have never met. well, i like to think that we are friends, even though we have never talked to each other.  it’s true, we have never even seen each other (except perhaps a picture or 2.), but we read and write to each other all the time. we live all over the world, in different countries, with different cultures… but are connected by words. i’m not sure if i’ll ever meet these friends of mine;  so, we are, what i would call, 21st century pen pals. we’re blog buddies. almost every day we chat with each other. through messages of support and through writing that inspires. at least that is how i feel. it’s this wonderful give and take sharing of life between complete strangers who are now friends, connected through this cyberspace world where we share our thoughts, pictures, fears, joys, and lives online… through our blogs.

every morning i wake up and check to see which of my blog buddies has left a post on their blog while i was sleeping (lots of time differences). and i check my blog… to see if there are any new comments on whatever i may have written here. comments from family, friends who i know, and friends who i may never meet. i love the feeling of expectation that i have when i log into my account and find that there are comments waiting for me to read. those words of encouragement leave me feeling so connected. i love searching through the blogs that i read (including family members), finding out what’s happened to my dear blog friends in their little corner of the world…

have you ever seen the movie “you’ve got mail?” every morning, every time she comes home from work, every night before bed, kathleen kelley checks her computer and breathlessly waits to hear those wonderful words… “you’ve got mail” from the man with whom she is falling in love:

What will he say today, I wonder.  I turn
	on my computer, I wait impatiently as it
	boots up.
I go on line, and my breath catches in my
	chest until I hear three little words:
	You've got mail.
I hear nothing, not even a sound on the
	streets of New York, just the beat of my
	own heart.  I have mail.  From you.

it’s one of my favorite movies of all times. cheesy, i know. but i can’t help it. and i feel just like kathleen kelley every morning when i wake up. it is amazing to think about the ability to connect with people all over the world who have never met. when i read their blogs or when i read comments on my blog, i am overwhelmed that people can touch each others lives just through the power of words. i think about all my blogging friends. i celebrate with them when they are excited and i feel their sadness when they are lonely, confused, or angry. we do, in fact, share life with one another. it’s a beautiful thing.

well, i’m signing off for tonight, friends & family. posting my post for this day. feeling inspired and touched by these interesting 21st century friendships and my family members who i can keep up with online. i’ve checked everyone’s blog, caught up on their lives, and i’ve realized how much their little comments to me, and to each other, mean to me. so, to all of you bloggers out there, keep the words coming. you all light up my life in your own special way. and thanks for dropping by here from time to time.

goodnight. peace.