History’s Impact

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Ever since I was a “pre-teen” & read “The Diary of Anne Frank,” for the first time, a HUGE chunk of my heart has been captivated. It’s been captivated by her, by the horrific events that took place during WWII & The Holocaust.

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I’ve read countless books, autobiographies, historical information, visited museums, watched documentaries…and I still can’t fathom any of the chaos.

I don’t understand & I very highly doubt I ever will, but I’m my father’s daughter (hands down!) & history is so important to me. I want to know as much as possible. I will continue searching & learning. Most people roll their eyes when it comes to history, but I’m like a puppy who hears a dog whistle – my ears perk up & my eyes widen.

History IS important! If we don’t know what happened previously & try our hardest to make sense of it, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes.

When something tugs at your heart the way The Holocaust, WWII & Anne Frank have tugged at mine, it means you should look into it. It’s tugging for a reason. I haven’t discovered the reason my tug-of-war yet, but I won’t stop.

My family ancestry consists of  Scottish, Irish, Polish & German decent. So there is definitely some contradiction in there. I want to know about my ancestors. I started with my mom’s side, which is INCREDIBLY Polish & found that her mom lived in a tiny house in Pennsylvania with loads of relatives & spoke Polish during her childhood. The Depression was VERY hard on everyone & that was here in America. I have no idea what happened to our family back in Poland!

Who knows what else has happened within my family?

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Caps VS Panthers

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Last night, my husband & I watched the hockey game. Per usual, we watched the warm ups & opening.

Last night was intense to say the least. They began with a song & dedication to the fallen students & teachers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Watching the photos of the fallen scroll by with their names, their ages & a very short description of them was heartbreaking. Watching the grown men of the Florida hockey team & the Florida fans in the crowd (the game was in Florida) cry had me in tears.

They had spot lights on the ice & in each circle was the name of a fallen person.

It was a tragically beautiful ceremony, not to mention the little boy who sang, “God Bless America,” since they haven’t been televising the National Anthem.

It was an incredibly emotional opening ceremony. But because of openings like these & the many, many other things the NHL does to support it’s community, I will be a hockey fan for as long as they are so amazing.

God Bless America y’all! 🇺🇸

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Christmas Eve Tradition

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When Doug & I moved into our house we love in now on 2014, I was DETERMINED to start SOME kind of tradition that was new & just ours.

We don’t really do the New Year thing & Christmas Day is always full so, why not do something on Christmas Eve?

I decided to get a big jar & throughout the year we’d fill it with it with things from events, places we went to, things that happened, etc..

So every Christmas Eve, we go through the jar & we remember the year & all of the madness that took place!

This year’s jar madness is about to commence! I’m ready for 2017 to peace out!✌

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All Year Round

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October is ALWAYS hard, but to be honest…my heart is broken all year round.
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Massachusetts-Day Four

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Oh my wow! We went full on.
We got up super early, got breakfast, headed back to the room to get myself straight after eating & then made or way to Salem.

First challenge, parking. Ai, yi, yi! After finding a place, we headed to the mall area for some much needed H2O. Then it was off to the Witch Trials Museum. Pretty interesting! After that, we headed to the Witch Dungeon Museum. This place was so incredibly educational & scared the junk out of me! I’m super afraid of mannequins. We learned how the accused witches were treated, what they experienced, the sizes of the cells in the dungeon, what happened to the prisoners that were finally freed…wow, wow, wow. I think the Dungeon Museum was both hubs & my favorite museum we visited.

The last place we went to was, The Witch House. This museum was also pretty interesting. I leaned a LOT by the ways of medicinal practices & let me just say, thank you Lord for making me wait to experience life until 1986! WOW-ZAS!

The fact that it was chilly & rainy made for a difficult day & we didn’t get to walk around & experience too much of Salem itself. Definite bummer. I’m a closeted architecture lover & I was living the buildings! Being in an old historic town like Salem made me think of Fredericksburg (where I grew up) in a good way. I LOVE older buildings.

We grabbed pizza on the way back to the hotel & chilled out. We woke up early & peaced of MA quick! No offense, but I’m thinking Massachusetts was a one & done.

I enjoyed the visit. It was educational & fun  but man-oh-man body is displeased right now & I NEVER thought I’d miss Virginia like I did!

We bounced out bright & early Friday morning to head home. I’m so happy to see my babies & to use my own toilet! Home sweet home baby!

P.S. I weighed myself before we left & worked myself when I got home & I lost ONE pound!

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Massachusetts-Day One

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Monday May 22, 2017
Day One

After a LONG drive (over ten hours), we’re in Massachusetts (from Virginia)!

My husband, Doug, is amazing! He drove the whole way. But on top of all that, coming up north is not something he ever really wanted to do. However, he knows it’s sobering I’ve been longing to do since we first met.

This is over first getaway ALONE since we’re been married (going on EIGHT years)! How crazy is that?

A few things we for sure have planned ate going to be amaging! We’re going to hit up the Salem Witch Trials stuff, ferry on up to Maine for some lobster, art museums & more!

I’m praying to get through this week workout any major medical chaos.

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I want to see the world.
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New Patient

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Ooooooookay…
I’m a nerd & love busywork. I like paperwork. I know, “cray-cray.” But when it comes time to fill out health related paperwork, WHOMP, WHOMP! It gets stressful, I won’t lie. I have to list all of my ailments & medications…really? Hospital stays? Surgeries & dates?

I’m happy I remembered to put on underwear & that my socks match.

Oy vey…

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