Five Random Thoughts on Weddings, Fastballs, Brownies, Curses and Queen

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Random Thought #1–Weddings Bring Out The Best in People
Last Sunday, my husband and I traveled to Norfolk, Virginia, for our friends’ wedding. Despite the pouring rain and flooding in Norfolk, the wedding in a tent at the Hermitage Museum was a lovely end to the weekend. It’s always heartwarming to see two people come together and forge a new life as a couple. There is a renewed sense of hope, love hangs in the air, and guests can’t help but wear smiles on their faces as they wish for nothing but happiness for the bride and groom. Over the course of a few hours, I enjoyed meeting the other people who were at our assigned table—an international one of sorts—a couple from Italy, a woman from the Middle East, others from Virginia, and we, of course, from the Baltimore area. There was lots of laughter and storytelling, and although you sit at a table among those you’ve never met before, you become fast friends because you have a common connection: the bride and groom. Events like this bring out the best in people. I love that about weddings.
Random Thought #2—Don’t Throw A Fastball Down the Middle to Big Papi in the Playoffs
I don’t know what Joaquin Benoit of the Detroit Tigers was thinking on Sunday night as he threw a fastball down the middle with the bases loaded to David Ortiz. It was a big mistake and cost Detroit its 5-1 lead. The Tigers ended up losing 6-5 in the ninth inning. Maybe try a breaking ball next time, Joaquin.
GhirardelliRandom Thought #3—Undercooked Ghirardelli Brownies Rule
Once you’ve had Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownies, you will never want another brownie again. The trick, my friends, is to back that bake time down by about 5-7 minutes. They are far better slightly undercooked, and when you bring them to an event, they actually might be gone in 5-7 minutes. Gooey-er is bett-er.
Random Thought #4—Curses, Foiled Again! (Or Not.)
A friend of mine put this Irish Curse on Facebook the other day, and I laughed and laughed and laughed. Perhaps one of my characters will put a curse on someone…or at least I’ll let you think it was the dastardly act of one of my characters, and not that of the writer.


Random Thought #5—Queen Still Rocks

Sometimes I don’t want to know anything about a Broadway show before I go see it. It often impacts how I perceive it. Therefore, last night, to my delightful surprise, “We Will Rock You,” a musical based on the songs by Freddie Mercury and Queen, rocked all of us at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. The collection of songs put to a wacky, off-the-wall story (much like “Mamma Mia!”) did not fail to entertain. It made my friend Elizabeth and me laugh, tap our feet, feel like 80s chicks again, and giggle at the woman next to us—a bleached blonde who obviously loved the music of Queen.

The only thing missing was her lighter.


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