That’s a wrap

Emerald Bay

Wheels Down. I landed back in Philly on Monday, July 4, 2016. The significance of it being Independence Day is not lost on me. June was finally over and I was feeling refreshed. It was time to claim my Independence from the things that have been weighing me down. It was time to accept my new reality. I was transitioning careers and experiencing a new decade in a new life. When I first landed in Philly, I felt like there was a cloud above me, perhaps it would be better to say a weight. I wasn’t ready to slip back […]

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Laguna Beach

Tanya and Jodie

PDX TO LAX. My flight from Portland to LAX in route to Laguna Beach was so short that I barely remember it. I was so tired that I have zero recollection of take off. I think I slept the whole way … maybe. I’m not sure. I do remember landing and then walking into the airport thinking it was a shit show. LAX is just so big and I had no idea where to tell Tanya to pick me up at arrivals. Tanya and I met through our mutual friend Amy. It was probably 9th or 10th grade when we first really […]

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Portland

Mount Hood - Portland

PORTLAND I LOVE YOU. Dave and I met when we were 14 years old. We completely disagree about what he was wearing the first time we spoke in 10th grade. I swear it was blue pants and a Hawaiian shirt. It was 1991’ish so it would make sense based on fashion trends of that time, but he claims he didn’t own blue pants. I’ve let it go though – kinda. These days we disagree about other memories. For example, the time he almost killed us driving to Ocean City, Maryland because his sandal got caught on the brake pedal. (That happened and there were witnesses […]

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Eat Pray Drink Tour 2016

Happy freaking birthday. June of 2016 was one of the best and worst months I’ve had in quite some time. The month started with me leaving the job I held for the past five years which was closely followed by a big birthday of an age in which we will not speak of and then a small injury on my hand. Now I know that these 3 actions are clearly just first world problems but as they occurred simultaneously, it felt like being punched in the gut. I tried to smile through it all and pretend like it was the best thing that could have happened […]

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Hashimoto’s and Me

Jodie Riccelli

Living with Hashimoto’s I recommend playing this track while reading this post about Hashimoto’s and me. It’s sets a tone *wink*. About 2 months ago I started seeing a new doctor named Dr. Charlie Seltzer. He sent me for blood work to get a starting point of where I was physically. I innocently went for my blood work, being the good patient that I am, at 7:30am the next day. 15 vials of blood later and on the verge of passing out, I knew this doctor was the real deal and checking absolutely everything. At least I hoped he was because 15 vials is no […]

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Kickboxing

Kickboxing gloves

I started Kickboxing. I’m pretty sure I mentioned this before but I’m not what you would call athletic. The idea of exercise stresses me out. As a child, I really wanted to be the sporty type. I tried out for all types of things like basketball and track. During the track try outs I remember the coach asking if I wanted to try shot put. This was after he saw me dying about 3 mins into a run. I knew this was his nice way of saying that I was never going to be on the team. I was a […]

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