Back in the groove

We had a mini reunion tonight!

Old friends gathered at Laurie’s house, some of whom I met in 1977, some of whom I had not seen since 1984. Yet we fell right back into conversation with an ease that we might not even have had back then. (A group of 50-something-year-old women tend to be much more comfortable in their own skin than when they were teens!)

We remembered things about each other, too, small things that we might not have expected to recall: where we each ended up going to college, who was in whose homeroom back in junior high, which boy once ate worms on a dare. Alison remembered I’d been a National Merit Semifinalist, Julie remembered I’d had mono our junior year, Loie remembered I’d lived just over the fence from Robinwood School. So it went with each of us. Parents, siblings, carpools, piano lessons — all the everyday details of life, still locked in our minds after 30 or 40 years.

Considering I had practically vanished from sight after I moved to Oregon for school (“You live far away! You lift right out!”), I’ve had to rely on Facebook for any current news of everyone else. But all the old stuff? It’s amazing how it stays with you.

99 things– #61 through #65

I found a list of 99 things, and I will be bolding the ones I’ve done and explaining a bit about each. Because I have a tendency to yammer on, I am doing 5 of the 99 at a time.

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies. Oh, my goodness, yes. Technically, I was never a Girl Scout myself, though I did a stint as a CampFire Blue Bird and sold Almond Roca in 1st grade. But I was a Girl Scout Leader for many years and that definitely counts! Yes, the girls do the bulk of the cookie selling themselves, but their parents/leaders are always deputized into bringing the order form to work. (My humblest apologies, coworkers of the past! and I hereby promise to buy your daughters’ cookies, coworkers of the future!)girl-scout-cookie-cluster Continue reading “99 things– #61 through #65”

99 things – #56 through #60

I found a list of 99 things, and I will be bolding the ones I’ve done and explaining a bit about each. Because I have a tendency to yammer on, I am doing 5 of the 99 at a time. (Again, if anyone reading was involved in any of these, feel free to add facts or correct my memory… and I’ll keep looking for photos.)

56. Visited the Great Wall of China.  没有  According to Google Translate, that means NO. I have never actually traveled in Asia.

57. Started a business. Heck, yeah. I am a serial direct-sales business starterperson. None of these businesses have ever come to anything, though. (Of course, the only time I really put out a ton of effort on a home-based business was during the first few years I was a Creative Memories Consultant back in the early 2000s, and even then I was in the Consultant Protection Program. That kind of put a damper on the making of all the money.)

58. Taken a martial arts class. Not unless I get credit for watching Ross do ka-ra-tay on Friends.  No? I thought not.

59. Visited Russia. Nyet. Someday I will, though! David and I have seriously considered it a couple of times.

55. Served at a soup kitchen. Not technically a soup kitchen, no, but I’m going to count volunteering at Potluck in the Park. Potluck in the Park serves hundreds of free hot meals every Sunday at O’Bryant Square in downtown Portland, rain or shine! We went as a Girl Scout troop a couple of years back; I’d recommend the experience to anyone who wants to volunteer in the community, whether as a group, a family, or an individual. (I helped serve food for a while, but I spent the bulk of my time washing out coolers like the one you see behind the truck in the picture.)

Potluck in the Park

Score: Two out of five, 27 out of 60 in all. Still holding on to 45%!

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