three socials a day…

keeps the doctor away …is good for the soul!

look who’s in town!!!

my dear friend since we were age five!

i feel like i received another christmas present yesterday. gina is visiting her family for their annual christmas vacation, and we had consulted our calendars scrupulously in order to find a time for a get-together. wednesday morning at 9 a.m. worked for us both!

we met at cora’s in cambridge. this location was a new experience for me! (oops, that’s right! i’m not tabulating those anymore!). i’ve been to the waterloo cora’s once, with dad, as our august outing-of-the-month. the cambridge location is much smaller than waterloo, but otherwise very similar.

before we knew it, it was 11:30!!! i swear someone put the clock on fast-forward. i guess that is the sign of a successful visit!

another self-portrait for our collections!


i made full use of my day off – and time in waterloo (no aunti day this week) – and met up with lisa in the afternoon “for coffee.” (i had water and a cookie as i had enough coffee/caffeine at cora’s! yes, i am forcing myself to consume coffee. you will see why on monday). the way the christmas school break fell this year, kids + teachers still have this week off. all the easier to plan a meet-up with teacher lisa!

une bonne visite, comme toujours, avec lisa!


way back in early december, dad pvr’d the hawaii ironman triathlon for me. i LOVE watching this annual broadcast of the october world triathlon championships. ever since i saw julie moss stagger through the finish line of the 1982 race, i have been captivated by this monumental physical challenge. some may say that nbc’s coverage is too treacly, but i find inspiration in watching the elites and “regular people” tackle this three-part test of physical and mental stamina. after dinner with mom and dad, i got my yearly fill of ironman inspiration.

hellooooo from the couch!

this year’s show was the usual mix of drama, emotion, and tension – but i did love the artsy feel to the camerawork of the swimming portion, and the seniors shown near the end sure displayed tenacity! i sincerely doubt i will ever be an ironman…but i am a devoted fan!


…and today, it’s back to work! with christmas gift returns slowing down, we are now entering a quieter time of year in the retail world. i miss the pre-holiday excitement already!

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  • Dorry  On January 5, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    what a nice day! I love day dates with girlfriends. I need to make more time for them. our store has slowed down this week as well. we’re still having some big bursts of high traffic, but nothing like the past 6 weeks. 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      i hear you, dorry. sometimes date-arranging is a little challenging, but always well worth the effort, and then you say, we should have done this sooner! today was funny – i was busy until 2 pm then it was SO QUIET from 2 -5 pm! so i understand the fits and starts you have noticed!

  • Lisa  On January 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Sounds like a great day with great people!
    I love days like that…and have had quite a few myself lately. Maybe that’s just what life is all about 🙂

    Hope you’re staying warm! (I’m hibernating)

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      ooo, stay warm, lisa! coffee by your fireplace, maybe?! we are fortunat to have a wonderfully mild day here today!! and that should last a few days! glad you’ve enjoyed some social outings, lately! you’re right: those connections are life-fulfilling!

  • Johanna B  On January 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I have one complaint about the network coverage of Kona. It’s not long enough. I want more. Therefore, I am forced to seek out other types of coverage. Fortunately, lots of places have written stuff. I really enjoyed the Outside article. Worth a read, for sure. Yes, I subscribe to Outside.

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 5, 2012 at 9:54 am

      i was TOTALLY thinking of you when i was watching the ironman, johanna, since we have discussed this race before!! and i agree – i would happily watch “real time” coverage (i guess that is what live, internet coverage is for!). hours and hours and hours… 🙂 i’m glad o hear that you subscribe to “outside” – beautiful and inspiring photography and interesting articles that awake the travel bug!

  • Zo  On January 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Looks like you had fun (more details on the cookie, please!).
    I had no idea any triathlons were televised. I don’t know if I’d watch straight through, but checking in would be fun.

    • 1970kikiproject  On January 5, 2012 at 8:28 am

      coffee culture does the best cookies! choc chunks, not chips! this time i went plain choc chunk but they also have a version with smarties (canadian m n m’s) that is very nice! for “mainstream” tv, nbc just shows the hawaii race. i think some smaller networks show other tri’s…nbc really condenses the race so it’s not a slog to sit through (ie shorter than a football or hockey game!).

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