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We’re Moving!

Truly, Margaret Mary logoLike all grown-ups, I’m feeling the need to move up in the world. That said, I’ve claimed the address and will be posting there from now on.

I thank the handful of folks that have started following this blog. I hope you’ll consider transferring your subscription to my new place. I really hope to do some interesting things with this blog in 2013.

I plan on shutting down No Longer Playing Grown-Up on February 1st. I guess we really aren’t playing at this anymore…

Happy New Year y’all!


still having fun, still on weird keyboards

Fun Fact: European keyboards are set up differently. Hence the lack of updates. Having a great time… two more days in Paris. Will update A LOT more from the familiar keyboards of Milwaukee.*

* “fqmiliqr keyboqrds of ?ilzqukee:” is how this keyboard types out that phrase.

Just Your Average Birthday

Today is Randy’s birthday, which we’ve decided we’ll never be able to top. We started with a dessert breakfast from a patisserie located near the markets of Campo di Fiori (hey, Amber will tell you I always have the most fun on other people’s birthdays. This year was no different…) We saw a bunch including the Colosseum and all the ruins surrounding it. Yesterday was the Vatican and the Borchese gardens. Lunch was at a local haunt recommended by an Italian AHTD dude. Dinner was at the suggestion of our apartment’s owner. A BUNCH of fantastic food, a bottle of wine, two gelatis (“gela-tie”?),  and complimentary lemoncello later…It was a great birthday… Gosh, I love this.

P.S. We’ve already taken 142 pictures. Start popping popcorn…Our stories are going to take forever!!

May 15, 2011 – We’re Here!

Ciao, my lovelies!

Our flights were all on time and customs was ridiculously easy. There were no questions…not even a stamp in our passports. Heck, the border guard in Quebec in March was more inquisitive!

Our apartment was easy to find and is so cute! It rained today, but we still had an amazing first day running between ruins. (Will visit again later in the week when we can enjoy…) Vatican City tomorrow. The food – OMG. Today my life was changed by a bruschetta pomadoro and an espresso. American food will never be the same.

P.S. Italian computers are way different! So posts may be short here…Or at least short on contractions….


Obligatory End-of-Year Post

 They say that what you’re doing at midnight on New Year’s Eve is what you’ll be doing the rest of the year. 364 days ago, I joined two good friends for a night of wine, food, cheesy entertainment, and most importantly, fantastic conversation. And that, my friends, IS what I did the rest of the year. There was the big event that defined my year (life), but the undercurrent of 2009 showcased what great friends and family I have. I got to know acquaintances as friends. I sat down with the Skarichs for the first time (sans funeral or wedding) since I was a toddler. One of the best nights of the year came at the hands of work buddies that plied me with spinach dip and Effen and Diet Cokes until I joined them in a game of cougar hunting. Even the likes of Facebook and Twitter have helped me stay current with my outer, outer, outer circles of friends. Best of all, I became really close with a dude who likes wine, food, cheesy entertainment, and most importantly, fantastic conversation. How ‘bout that?

My plans for tomorrow night are very similar to last year’s. Hopefully, that means 2010 will continue to be good for my relationships, too. 

So with all that said, I need to do what anybody with a blog does this last week of the year and post my resolutions for the world to see. Do I expect you to hold me to ‘em? Nah. (If you’re reading this, you know me better than that.) But I do find resolutions to be a healthy exercise. Just be glad this year’s version is just four points and not the typical strategic plan. 

1. Run a 5k in 30 minutes.
No, this doesn’t sound all that amazingly fast, but I’ve been clocked twice completing this distance and both times were 33:00. If I could actually run the whole distance, I could do this no problem. Only 366 days to get there. 

2. Host people at my house every other month.
This overarching goal will help with a handful of sub-points (please see typical strategic plan). I’ll be able to try out new recipes, need to keep the house clean(ish), and show my friends what they mean to me. I think I’m going to start with brunch in February. Who’s in? 

3. Blog once a month.
Though I sometimes worry I’m sharing too much (which happens when you’ve got a boss, an uncle, and the boyfriend reading this), but putting my thoughts down on paper is healthy for me. Now if only I could figure out a way to take it directly from my brain and put it on the internet without having to type, I’d be golden. (Please see New Year’s Resolutions 2011: create chip to link brain to computer and New Year’s Resolutions 2012: spend millions from chip invention on new wardrobe, gourmet kitchen and Tuscan villa.) For the record, this means at least once a month, not 12 times this year. Anything over the first post of the month, you should consider a bonus. You’re welcome. 

4. Do something “for the greater good” once a month.
My ADD is too strong for me to commit to any more committees or boards, but I have felt like I’m missing out on something by not doing any volunteer or advocacy work. January will be easy-got a lot of items to take to Goodwill. Do you have anything to contribute? What else should I do in 2010


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