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Say Yes

We’re entering that cozy time of year: autumn. But over the past couple months I’ve found myself reflecting over my summer and thinking about how much difference the word “yes” can make.

I did not go on a big extended vacation, but I had a pretty fun summer. I will be the first to admit that I am a homebody. When you’re favorite hobbies are reading and sewing, you have a tendency to not get out much. But at some point this summer, I made the conscious decision to say “yes” when people invited me somewhere. I’m not sure where this inspiration came from. Was this one of the steps in “The Happiness Project“? (I don’t remember – but if it’s not, it should be!) Is this an adaptation of the  “yes, and …” Rules of Improv Tina Fey described in “Bossypants” ?  (I must admit, the older I get, the more I want to be Tina Fey!)

So what did I gain by saying “yes”? It started out with a concert at the local amphitheater, which led to a couple more with my fellow book club pals, Janet and Stacy. It would be hard to beat the 1st concert where there was free water ice and blood on the stage, but we shared some good laughs. I was glad I pushed myself to go out, which is hard for me to do after work!

Saying yes also led to a reunion with a high school buddy, an awesome trip to Shenandoah National Park and a couple of weeks ago, a trip to the Walnut Street Theater to see “In the Heights”.

I’m sure there are other things I did  that I can’t think of right now, but I know that all these things i mentioned above were things I would have instinctively said “no” to in the past. I’m not sure why. Sometimes we get into a rut and it is easier to stay in than to venture out. But the effort was definitely worth it. I can’t say I have completely changed. There are still times when the lure of staying home wins out. But I hope to continue to try to say “yes” more than “no” when it comes to fun.  I already have another outing planned and am looking forward to more!


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Fin and Lady

About two weeks ago we gathered at Janet’s house for a discussion of “Fin and Lady” by Cathleen Schine.  While  the book was not quite what I expected, everyone who read it seemed to like it at least a little. I could not relate to the character of Lady, but some enjoyed her free-spirited hippie character. We got a laugh out of Fin’s crazy school and Lady’s various “suitors”.  The unknown narrator created a little suspense in the novel.

One perk of this novel is its setting on the island of Capri. It  inspired Janet to serve Italian snacks. Chocolate chip cannolli filling and caprese salad – yum! It makes me want to find another novel set in Italy for the next time we meet at Janet’s house! (“Beautiful Ruins” anyone? Also partially set in the 1960’s and on the Italian coastline)