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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Memorial Day

Lately, it seems like every time I get caught up, ready to get back into the groove of things, there's a setback of some sort. For the past couple of weeks, it has been shingles. I am so thankful that it was only a little uncomfortable and not super painful, as it can be for some people. The worst part for me has been the fatigue. I'm feeling pretty good this week, though, and going to try playing hockey again tomorrow night. Hopefully this will be it for a while and I'll enjoy a healthy summer! I think a lesson of learning to rest, relax, and take care of myself has been on the agenda so far this year.

Memorial Day was a much-needed three-day weekend, involving a salon day, Waterfire in Providence, a trip to the zoo, and good food at my brother's restaurant. We also visited loved ones who have passed on, and remembered those who have made great sacrifices for our freedom. Here are a few photos from the weekend, along with some flower photos I had wanted to share last week.

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Linking up with Ruchira for Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Fore!

Spring has finally sprung around here, and we've been enjoying the warm and sunny weather. (Even though our allergies are acting up.) Joshua has started taking golf lessons and has really been enjoying them. He's really good, too, even chipping in from 15 feet at his second lesson. I've seen a passion and confidence about this sport from him that I haven't seen when he has tried other sports -- even hockey. He says he wants to practice and work hard to become a good golfer, like the pros on television. I can't say I am surprised by this, either. As a baby, golf was the one sport he'd sit and watch. He'd watch some hockey, too, but he always seemed extra interested in golf. I'm just really glad he's found something he really likes to do. Of course, we've made some time for playground fun and mini golf, too. Can't get too serious now, can we? ;)

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Sorry I'm Late and Have Been MIA

I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted. I honestly thought it was a couple of weeks ago, and I am shocked at how fast time has flown. Things have been so busy around here. Anyway, here's a few photos from the last month. They're all from my phone because the photography has kind of been tossed to the side lately, too. I'm hoping to have more time to do the things I enjoy very soon.

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I found the ground!

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We had a lovely St. Patrick's Day.

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Josh was excited to see a real race car in front of the hockey arena. He's been enjoying the NASCAR races.

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I spent a few days in Boston for a work training at the end of March.

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Seagulls are gross, but it was nice by the water.

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Major ice probs.

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Irish pride in Quincy Market.

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Well, of course I had to go to a Bruins game while I was there! :)

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Josh is still loving his Beanie Boos. They're a big thing at his school.

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We had a great Easter, complete with several egg hunts.

On a whim (it's Google's fault), I decided to buy a domain tonight, so now I'm official (sort of). I have been wanting to do that for a while, actually, because I eventually want to build my own website (I'm a website developer; I probably should have one!). So you can now find me here, at www.jessicajournal.com. Exciting stuff!

Have a great week. :)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: More Snow and the Thaw

We received several more inches of snow last week, heaviest in the part of the state where I live. It was the kind that sticks to the trees and makes everything look beautiful. Even though we got at least six inches of snow on Thursday, I was out and about and enjoying the view (also, I had to go to work). I'm glad my car drives well in this weather.

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The mound of snow that I've had on my patio since the beginning of February is still holding its ground. On Saturday, Joshua was climbing it. That fence is about 6 feet tall and Josh is 45 inches, so it's a good 2+ feet tall.

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Yesterday, there were still snow mounds at least 10 feet tall at the hockey rink where I play, but the thaw is coming. Since Saturday, we've had temperatures in the 40s Fahrenheit gradually increasing to today's temperature in the 60s, as well as some rain last night. Needless to say, there is a lot of melting going on. Fields are turning into ponds, and the ground is just a muddy mess. Better than the roads, though -- pothole central!

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What a difference six days makes.

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I may be a cold weather fan, but there is one thing I am definitely loving this week: daylight savings time. Hooray for extra sunshine! And 60 degrees feels pretty good. I'm going to enjoy this before the pollen comes.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Winter at the Zoo

On Saturday, I made a solo trip to the zoo, with only my camera, to get some photos of the animals in the Winter. I heard the snow leopards and red pandas were more active in the cold weather, but they were feeling sleepy when I saw them. The buffalo offered a fun surprise, however.

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Love birds in the barn
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One of our zoo's gorgeous snow leopards, enjoying the sun
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Up close and personal
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Feed us!
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Here comes trouble
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Keeping warm inside the tropics exhibit
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I shall taunt you some more!
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The camels seemed to enjoy the snow
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As did these red-crowned cranes, who I would think would be too cold
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Cuteness overload
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The bald eagles seemed quite comfortable
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It was nap time for the red wolf... until he heard my camera click.
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The wetlands trail was a little more like the snow and ice trail
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Tracks on the pond
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Free entertainment
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Polar bear snow sculpture
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Snow fort!
I've never seen the buffalo so active at our zoo!

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