Happy Easter!

 Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates!

Today is a beautiful day where I live. My kids are too old to believe in the Easter bunny, but they won’t give up the candy hunt. So hubby and I got home late last night and hid the candy.

This morning, before the kids got up, our neighbor (3 years old) arrived to see if the Easter bunny had visited us. She was SO excited. Luckily, we had those plastic candy filled eggs in a trail from the front door into the family room so she was able to see that the magic had appeared in our house as well.

She told me they got a new pet. But it doesn’t walk. So I figured she got a stuffed animal. “What’s your new pet?” I asked.

“A fish.”

Okay. That’s a smart mom. She already has 4 kids.

“We can’t hold our pet though.”

No, don’t take it out of the water. Maybe not the best pet, but she didn’t seem to mind.

We gave her one of the candy filled eggs and she discovered a Peep. “What’s this?” she asked.

I thought Peeps were universally known. Guess not. Anyway, as always, it’s children who make a holiday special.


Boston Marathon

Today is the running of the Boston Marathon. It’s a cool, sunny day, perfect running weather. And the race goes straight through the center of my town. So we go most every year. In this photo, you can see that people are running flat out. Considering that my town is about the halfway point of the race, they’ve been running for more than 11 miles when they get here. These are runners toward the front of the pack.

Further on, you see some of the dressed up runners, brides, clowns, etc., though we did see a man carrying a large American flag in this group. I told my daughter to try to get a picture of a hot guy, but, alas, our time was limited. I have seen some exceptional male specimens in the past, wearing gray t-shirts with Navy emblazoned on them.

Boston holds a lot of marathon records.

  • Boston has the world’s oldest marathon, begun in 1897.
  • Boston also holds the record for the all time highest number of participants in a marathon- 38,708 entrants in 1996
  • Today a world record* for running a marathon was set by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya with a time of 2:03:02. Congratulations to him!

It’s a state holiday in Mass., though not because of the Marathon. It’s Patriots’ Day, and not because of the football team either! No, this holiday commemorates the start of the American Revolution when the British marched from Boston to Concord and Lexington, and hostilities were opened on the Lexington Green. The famous ride of Paul Revere was taken at this time to warn the colonists of the approach of the British.

On a side note, consider the importance of names. Everyone knows the famous opening of Longfellow’s poem: “Listen my children and you will hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere-”

William Dawes rode with Revere. But what rhymes with Dawes? So how many people know he was part of the duo? 

*His time won’t count as a world record, though he ran the fastest time ever for a marathon. The reason is the race course is a “net downhill” meaning it slopes down too much, which makes the course easier than some others.

Meet Carly

Hi! I’m glad you stopped by. This is my new WordPress website. I have another site here.

I’m the author of the two books you see on the right. You can read about them, and some reviews on my Bookshelf page.

In my real life, I’m a wife to Traveling Man (see my travels page) and the mother of 3 exceptional, uh, reasonably well-behaved, uh, typical children who aren’t so much children any more. They all try very hard to support this writing endeavor which causes my mental absence for great chunks of time.

I hope to self-publish something very soon. It’s the next gleam in my eye just to see if I can do it, so please check back.


C’est moi

      ♥ Paris Bound

Instead of working on my website (which would have been far more fun), I spent the evening trying to find a hotel/apartment in Paris (which sounds pretty glamorous, non?).

However, it’s a tedious job.

For our family of five, two hotel rooms are necessary, and that gets expensive very quickly. There are many apartments available for short-term rental, but, how do you know who to trust? Many of the rental agents want cash up front (no credit cards, which at least give you some comfort level).

So, after hours of work, I decided I could not throw caution to the wind and book an apartment with some unknown agent. I found a hotel, not too fancy, but the location was excellent and the price was reasonable (for Paris). I’d read many favorable reviews. And then, I saw a few more reviews that had been written this week. (The internet is amazing.)

Alas, there is a big construction project going on right next door to the hotel. Depending on the report, the noise goes on all night long, or starts at first light. Bummer. Chalk up a wasted evening.

Now I’m having fun.