Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

November 21, 2015

What I’ve been up to

For all the free time I’ve found on my hands since this school year began, I haven’t found myself in the blogosphere as much as I thought I would. I’ve been keeping myself busy in the days since I last updated (and I’ve been enjoying your blogs as well). Here’s a bit of how I’ve been passing the days.

In the middle of October, Sarah and I spent a great day together in Boston. Technically, it was “Family Weekend” at Wentworth but Sarah and I weren’t particularly interested in the events on campus, especially with a great city like Boston at your feet. My baby girl is becoming an expert at using Boston’s public transportation system, known locally as the “T” and she navigated us where we wanted to go. We visited Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market and the Prudential Center. Back on campus we did stop and “Build a Leopard” – kind of like “Build a Bear” only she made WIT’s mascot.
build a leopard

We enjoyed dinner together at the Cheesecake Factory – a first visit for both of us.
Cheesecake Factory

Halloween felt very different this year without either of my girls at home. My enthusiam for it has waned over the years, and now with no dance studio Halloween parties to attend or the kids trying to decide what they’ll be, it passed differently for me this year. I didn’t buy a pumpkin for jack-o-lanterns or candy to pass out for trick or treat (we’ve gotten fewer and fewer trick or treaters in this neighborhood in recent years anyway). I did dress up for school – the reactions of middle schoolers seeing their teachers dressed up is worth it. I picked through dance costumes and such and decided to go as a “Goth ballerina”:
Goth ballerina

That weekend of the 31st and Nov. 1st, my sister and I had a great weekend in Providence Rhode Island. We spent Saturday at a foodie museum on the Johnson and Wales campus, and then went shopping at Providence Place. Federal Hill in Providence is famous for being like Boston’s North End when it comes to restaurants, especially authentic Italian, so we treated ourselves to a great meal at a place called Pane E Vino

Delish dinner

cannoli heaven

The next day we attended Meghan’s ballroom competition in Cranston and had a lot of fun!


As I think I’ve explained before, there aren’t enough guys to go around on the ballroom team, so Meghan sometimes dances lead as you see in the above photos. She also gets her chance to follow in some styles of dance:


We even got to take our dancer to lunch.
Lunch with Meg

It was a cool little place called the Elephant Room – a combination tea room and creperie.

November hasn’t been quite as exciting so far. I’ve spent a lot of time with my dreaded sycamore leaves, which I believe I have bitched about every year since I began this blog. Hmmm let me check. Ok looks like I started bitching in 2011, the second year of my blog, lol, and I was really crabby about them 2 years ago. This year I tried to be smart about them and take advantage of raking them up before any kind of precipitation bogged them down. Here’s a fraction of what I cleaned up.
getting after the leaves

A milestone passed recently as well. Do you remember this blog post from two years ago? In it I announced the beginning of what I am now calling my fitness journey. It’s a journey without final destination as far as I’m concerned. I’m continuing to see where it will take me. I’ve moved on from the things that I showed you in that post to weight lifting and yoga as my main forms of working out, and while I’m not following any sort of strict diet routine, I mostly “eat clean”. I’m happily and easily maintaining the weight I lost, I’m building new lean muscle and I’ve dropped from a size 8 to a size 2. I love shopping for new clothes! Here’s a pic of how I look today:
fitness journey
I’m not very good at posing for pictures, but this is good enough!

I am so much looking forward to next week! A nice short work week, my girls coming home Wednesday afternoon and Thanksgiving dinner with my family on Thursday. It’s all good!


  1. Your October was a busy one – happy you had some fun times too. Size 2?! Never in my life have I seen size 2!

    Comment by Carol — November 22, 2015 @ 9:45 am | Reply

    • Thanks Carol. Never thought I’d see a size 2 either!

      Comment by Karma — November 22, 2015 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  2. A lovely October! I’m so glad you had so many nice things to do. I would hate that tree too. It so much work..I cleaned up around my porch yesterday and I was exhausted. .I do don’t even have one of those trees.
    A size 2??? I cod never catch you!

    Comment by trish49 — November 22, 2015 @ 9:53 am | Reply

    • Having those things to do is helping with my adjustment. I’m not even trying on the size 2 and I swear I’m not losing any more weight, I think it is just re-arranging. Noticed my size 4 pants were loose!

      Comment by Karma — November 22, 2015 @ 7:00 pm | Reply

  3. Wow! You have been busy, busy, busy (but I sort of knew that from another source). You look fantastic. All your hard work is paying off, and the bonus is you can still eat all that yummy food (well, not ALL of it, of course, but you know what I mean). I love sycamore trees when they are in the woods, but if I had to clean up all those leaves, I would hate it, too.

    Comment by Robin — November 22, 2015 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Robin. Kind of you to say. I do eat lots of food!!

      Comment by Karma — November 22, 2015 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  4. You had an amazing fall! So cool you got to spend time with each of your girls. Have a wonderful time Thanksgiving weekend. You look amazing…I have read about clean eating, it sounds promising. Obviously weights and yoga work too! 🙂 We mostly have birch trees…they have tiny leaves. So raking leaves isn’t a real problem yet. We did plant a ton of maples, so I suppose someday someone that lives here will curse us…but we’ll be long gone.

    Comment by dawnkinster — November 25, 2015 @ 9:30 am | Reply

  5. […] with her “big” gift this year. As I’ve mentioned before, Meghan is a member of Clark University’s ballroom team, assistant captain in fact, and it is a huge joy for her. This is her third year competing, and for […]

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