Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Day 60 SMA-Skully's Wish Gala

I was invited to a Gala at the Children's Museum,  to raise money to cure SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). This is a rare disease that affects children by interfering with the motor nerve cell in the spinal cord thus depleting a child’s ability to walk, eat, and breath.  I really did not know much about this disease even though I am in the health profession and  did not know that it’s the number one genetic cause of death for infants. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

59 Try a Hat

Other than a baseball hat, a ski hat, or an occasional beach hat, I am usually hat-less. However, when my girlfriend met me for lunch looking so stunning in a black and white hat, I thought that for this challenge I would “try a new look” as Every Thing I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book suggested and add a hat. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day 58 Black Keys Concert

I continue to make “music a part of (my)  life” as Little Golden Books recommends. Even though I traded in the guitar sound for the Banjo in Day 56 and “changed up the music” to my beloved Jazz sound in Day 15 , I accepted an invitation to hear the Black Keys which I understood to be a very rock /guitar based two ( 2 ) man band.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 57 Ovarian Cancer/Support a Cause 2

This weekend was a beautiful, crisp, sunny day, a day to feel hopeful and as Little Golden Books exclaims, to “think big” for a cure for ovarian cancer. There seems to always be a walk for a cause during this time of the year but today this was an extra special walk because I was able to get together with some awesome ladies  to support a special women in our life who is fighting this disease.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 56 Banjo Night

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book directs us to  “make music a part of your life.”  In this new journey it’s time to trade in the familiar guitar sound and replace it with something different like the  banjo. What better place to do that than to go to Banjo Night, a weekly Wednesday  event at the Elks  on Pittsburgh’s North side. There is no cover charge and  this party runs from 8pm to 11pm.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Day 55 Cucuzza (gaguzza)

 Cucuzza (gaguzza)

Garden with Cucuzzi
As the weather begins to chill and autumn arrives, I start to think about cooking squash and  making pumpkin pie but what about a CUCUZZA! This crazy looking thing was brought to me by my cousin who even has a Youtube video on growing this alien gourd.  Ask a Sicilian and they will smile when they talk about the “serpent quash” that can grow up to 3 or 4  feet with the vine growing 7 inches a day. There is even a song about it (Click here to listen). This challenge was to eat a cucuzza and have a flash back “old country” Sicilian experience.   

Sunday, September 7, 2014

54 Paint Nite

Picasso look out!
 It was  a night to “express myself” as Everything  I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book recommends. I don’t have much drawing or painting ability. The stick man has always been my  friend, nevertheless, I gave it a try at a “"Paint Nite Party"  at a local restaurant.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Day 53 Stariway to Heaven 2

 View life from a different perspective.
more steps!

In my quest to train for the Fineview October 18th, Step- a- Thon (Day 52), I began to, as Golden Books suggests, “Explore what's out there.”  By chance I  found the Fineview Fitness Trail which has a  bunch more city steps! My legs have not felt like noodles from all the Pittsburgh city steps so my friend's personal workout in Day 21 must have helped!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Day 52 Stairway to Heaven

Pittsburgh steps -150 steps
Take our trials one step at a time.

Top Cascade Mt, NY 2012
Two years ago,  my son and I  climbed Cascade Mt  one of the 46 highest peaks(4098 ft) in the Adirondacks  in Lake Placid. Last  year  we navigated the steps and  streets in San Francisco but I have never ventured on the Pittsburgh City Steps.  Everything I Need to Know I Learned From A Little  Golden Book suggests that we "exercise every day". Therefore, I am  on a new mission to  tackle  the Pittsburgh city steps and maybe take part in the Fineview Step-A-Thon, which is  5 mile run/walk that explores 14 of  Pittsburgh's city steps on October 18th.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Day 51 The Next Season/Mermaid

(Please read Day 1 if this is your first blog visit)

When summer is coming to an end, there is something special about soaking in the sun, enjoying the blue sky, and relaxing at the pool, especially when we know that it may possibly be the last pool day of the summer.  It is even  better to commiserate with another empty nester- my son’s girlfriend’s mom.   

This was a  day, as Little Golden Books recommends, to “savor the season”, celebrate it,  and look forward to the next one. As in Maslow’s theory,  this was also a day to continue the journey  into the next season.