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Small town livin’ at its best!

In upstate New York, the temperatures on Sunday were hovering in the high 80’s. I needed to cool off after that early morning spin class, so I ventured to the town pool. It was the best $8.00 I have spent for my soul in long time. With Jack on the verge of leaving for Alabama and the feeling of bygone days, this is just what the doctor ordered. Upon entering, there is a huge sign that says Niskayuna Residents Only-…

We don’t deserve dogs.

I am a dog person. I love dogs, all dogs and right now, my true love is our pug Izzy. Cats are fine and all that but there is nothing like the love of a dog. Frankly, I am in awe of it. Izzy has no idea what goes on in our human lives. She has no clue what we do for a living, what the kids schoolwork load is like or the status of our health. Money is of…

Bamaly- is that even a word?

Oh yes, it is, and I am living proof that it is so much more than that. Bamaly is a state of mind, a feeling, a group of diverse people sharing one main common bond- The University of Alabama. My son Jack will be a freshman this fall at Alabama and henceforth our automatic membership into the Bamaly. On Sunday, Jack was Bama Bound for orientation. Living in upstate New York, flights can be limited, and his trip took him…

Missed Call

What do you think of when you see those two simple words on your cell phone? These two simple words can get a mother’s mind just reeling out of control. For example, when I see: Missed Call Amelia. Time 10:30 AM Reasons for Amelia to attempt a call: Did I see the basketball game last night? It’s so hot…. she cannot stand it. (She’s in an old house, no AC) It’s snowing. Did I know that? (She lives in the snow…

German Chocolate 1; Karen’s Diet 0.

You know, I am a very active person. I work out almost every morning at 5:30am, sometimes I double dip and do another round in the evening. In addition, the amount of coffee I consume (Death Wish in particular) on a daily basis should have my metabolism revving like an Italian Formula One race car. Yet, I struggle. I returned to Weight Watchers in January after a long absence and focused on the fact that I needed to move that…