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manda
Connecticut
Spending my days with a wonderful little man while I plot my next move. I jumped head first into a new life, left my corporate job, left my apartment and all my obligations. Now I'm starting over and enjoying the ride while I figure out how to get to the new me.
Interests: music, friends, martha stewart, reading, the beach, family, traveling, family guy, cape cod, concerts, the uk, terr-bear, gimlets
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In the last few weeks I have been asked repeatedly, "Why are you still single?". A question which all at once makes me uncomfortable, defensive, renders me speechless and to which I don’t really have a simple answer to. Lord knows I have repeatedly asked that very same question of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at The Butterfly and the Bear
manda is now following Brooke Giannetti
Jun 24, 2011
manda added a favorite at Velvet & Linen
Jun 24, 2011
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One of the things I've discovered about myself since I began taking care of my little bear is that I love to feed him. When he shouts, "YUM!" upon tasting the first spoonful of whatever concoction I have placed before him, (usually something deceivingly yummy with veggies surreptitiously ground into... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2011 at The Butterfly and the Bear
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You ever hear a word and suddenly out of the blue it strikes a chord in you? It is almost as if it is the first time you are really hearing it or perhaps truly comprehending what it actually means? A few weeks ago we had Memorial weekend at my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at The Butterfly and the Bear
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I am going to start this post with a few disclaimers: This post may not make total sense, because, I am not even sure what I am trying to say. And secondly, no I am not insane. And lastly, I am not being haunted by a ghost. So, now that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2011 at The Butterfly and the Bear
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It's here! Summer is finally and officially here! I feel like I am just waking up from a long slumber. After a looong and very snowy winter followed by a short and rainy Spring, as if overnight summer has arrived! And for the record it literally was overnight, last week... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2011 at The Butterfly and the Bear
Today I was chatting with my sister and she remarked that she was having a stressful day at work the other day and she realized she needed to change her "theme song" in her head. She couldn't remember what was playing but it was something frenetic and stressful along the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at The Butterfly and the Bear
Like most of the world I feel complete horror, helplessness and empathy for the millions affected and suffering through what has happened in Japan. Additionally, over the last few days of being glued to the television and compulsively checking CNN.com, I am also becoming uncomfortable with the unanswered questions that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at The Butterfly and the Bear
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I haven't forgotten about the list, and while my end of May deadline for my yearlong list had seemed far away for so long, it is now starting to sneak up on me. Losing 65 pounds was the goal that I was the most focused on and having achieved that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2011 at The Butterfly and the Bear
Yesterday was my sister Robin’s birthday, and if you know me or have read the blog, then you know that in addition to being my older sister Robin is my best friend, champion, protector and all around one of my favorite people. I realized this morning that on Terrbear and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at The Butterfly and the Bear
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My sister Robin emailed the following to me about an hour ago: Subject: Guess what today is...‏ National Irish Coffee day! You can’t make this stuff up. I am seriously thinking that an observance is in order tonight. Just not sure if I will be able to pick up the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at The Butterfly and the Bear
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Jan 23, 2011
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Jan 23, 2011
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Jan 23, 2011
manda is now following Cdtd
Jan 23, 2011
I am always suspicious of girls who either don't have or want other female friends or who don’t trust women. Always a red flag. Usually it is an indication that they don't play by the rules, they don't obey girl code, and they probably won't have your back. I would... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2011 at The Butterfly and the Bear
You know how to recognize when you are procrastinating? How to truly recognize that not only are you procrastinating but you are doing a terrible job of it as well? When you fire up your laptop to write a blog post and naturally you think, “Well just let me check... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at The Butterfly and the Bear
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My little Bear in the snow! I have been horrible at blogging the last few weeks. While doing my Christmas shopping, while chasing my little Bear around, while trimming the tree, I would have this little monkey on my back whispering in my ear, "Uhmm, hello!!! Blog anyone? When are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at The Butterfly and the Bear
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Norman Rockwell "Freedom From Want". My sister Robin and I were talking about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and she eloquently pointed out that while she loves Christmas, there is something so simple and yet beautiful about Thanksgiving. No long list of gifts to buy, no commercial consumerism, Hallmark hasn't completely... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2010 at The Butterfly and the Bear
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My friend Caitlin has a wonderful blog where she from time to time writes letters to her sons. They are beautifully written and I always look forward to reading them. When I arrived last Monday morning from Connecticut to start another week with my Terr-bear he and his Mommy presented... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at The Butterfly and the Bear
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Jim and little Jim! I usually don't post on the weekends, (or as often as I should during the week for that matter but that's neither here nor there!) however, today is a big day! Today we are celebrating my Father's birthday! I can't really even put into words how... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2010 at The Butterfly and the Bear
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Last Saturday and Sunday my sister Robin and I participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. You raise a minimum of $1800 and walk 13 miles each day and camp out overnight, so that women and men can get the medical care they need regardless of their ability to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at The Butterfly and the Bear
Remember those paddle ball toys, a wooden paddle with a rubber ball attached to it by a rubber band? Yesterday when my Mother and I were at her house playing with Terrbear and going through the many toys she has for the grandchildren we stumbled upon one of those paddle... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at The Butterfly and the Bear
My cousin Cathy posted this on her Facebook wall with the comments, “So inspiring”. Right now I am all about anything inspiring so I clicked on the link and watched the video about Ben’s journey and was moved to tears. I feel like he so simply and yet eloquently summed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2010 at The Butterfly and the Bear