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serena’s look at roland garros

I love the dress that Serena Williams wore at Roland Garros this year. I’m less keen on the scrunchy she appeared to be wearing with it, but otherwise I thought she looked great! We won’t get to see her in it again though, because cramping Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano knocked her out of the tournament in an epic first round match.

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favorite things left undone, follow-up

A year ago I wrote a top ten list of my favorite things that I hadn’t done in a year. Here’s a follow-up on my attempt to do them this past year:

  1. Swim in the warm ocean with big waves.  No such luck. I stuck my foot into the ocean here in Nova Scotia, but it was way too cold to consider swimming in. Maybe next year!
  2. Play mini golf.  Done! Jeff and I played mini golf at my favorite mini golf course, Around the World in 18 Holes in Lake George, NY (shown below), over the summer. We also played mini golf at Beazley’s glow-in-the-dark mini-putt in Dartmouth, NS, where I played the best mini golf game of my life and beat Jeff for the first time!
  3. Go to an art museum.  I didn’t make it to any during the past year, but I plan to go to at least one in Paris in a couple of weeks!
  4. Go to the Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC.  Didn’t make it. And it looks like we will be in Saratoga the weekend before the Jazz Festival this year, so we might see the Beach Boys at SPAC, but no Jazz Festival. Maybe next year! 
  5. Play tennis on a non-windy day.  I played tennis several times last year. Yay!
  6. Eat an apple cider donut from Saratoga Apple.  Nope. Wheat and I still aren’t friends, so I probably won’t be able to eat a regular cider donut anytime soon. But now that I have a donut maker, I can and will make my own.
  7. Hang out with my friend Theresa.  We didn’t get to hang out in person, but we did skype a few times, so I’ll consider this one mostly successful.
  8. Kayak.  Nope. Hopefully this summer!
  9. Go on a waterslide.  Nope. Hopefully this summer?
  10. Go to a baseball game with friends on a nice day.  I was so close to making this one happen. We had tickets to see the Red Sox play in Pittsburgh while we were in town for a wedding, but our flights got messed up and we ended up missing the game. Maybe next year…
So only 3/10. That’s not so great. Hopefully I’ll do a few more of these fun things in the coming year!

Around the World in 18 Holes – the Iron Curtain in Cold War Germany, with Egypt in the background.

favorite things left undone

The Daily Post at WordPress prompted me to “make a top ten list of favorite things to do you haven’t done in over a year.” I’m pretty self-indulgent, so I do a lot of my favorite things fairly regularly. But here are the ten favorite things I came up with:

  1. Swim in the warm ocean with big waves. The ocean in southeastern Florida in the summer is pretty much perfect for me.
  2. Play mini golf. Preferably Around the World in 18 Holes in Lake George, NY.
  3. Go to an art museum. This one just made the one-year cut – It’s barely been more than a year since I went to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia with Kerry.
  4. Go to the Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC. Preferably with my sister.
  5. Play tennis on a non-windy day. Apparently this is a lot to ask for in Nova Scotia.
  6. Eat an apple cider donut from Saratoga Apple. They are my favorite donuts anywhere, ever.
  7. Hang out with my friend Theresa. Chile and Canada are so far apart =(
  8. Kayak. I blame my lack of kayaking last summer on my Crohns-yness.
  9. Go on a waterslide. I miss the Blue Tubaluba at Sandcastle.
  10. Go to a baseball game with friends on a nice day. Even better if it’s a Red Sox game and I get to eat a soft pretzel while watching the game =)
I guess the next logical step after making this list is to try to do many of these things during the next couple of years – fun stuff!

justine henin

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Justine Henin has retired from tennis, and I’m afraid this time her retirement will be permanent. I feel that she is one of the great tennis champions (winner of 7 Grand Slams!) that may not be appreciated enough, maybe because she isn’t as flashy and charismatic as some of the other players. But her backhand is a thing of beauty, her fighting spirit is one of the best, and I just love seeing a slight 5’5″ woman whacking the tennis ball harder than a substantially bigger, stronger looking woman. Justine, you will be missed!

caroline wozniacki’s tennis dress

This is the adidas by Stella McCartney tennis performance dress that Caroline Wozniacki is wearing at the US Open this year.

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I think it is one of my favorite tennis dresses yet. It has a beautiful style, with the ribbing/ruching and mesh top, yet also seems rather practical and comfortable for actually playing tennis. I like the neutral color, so that the wearer can change her bra/shorts colors underneath the dress to give the look some variety. Also, the color doesn’t show sweat much, which is always a plus. My only real complaint about the dress, at least as worn by Caroline Wozniacki, is that I wish the dress were just a bit longer.

50 things i want to do

I started making this “life goals” list in September 2007. It’s not 50 items long yet, but obviously it’s a work in progress. This past weekend, I completed #9! =) I’ll post more about that once we have more photos from the big day! Anyway, without further ado, here is the list:

  1. Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2008)
  2. Visit Hawaii
  3. Hike down and out of the Grand Canyon
  4. Finish knitting that scarf, and maybe more knitting projects (2010)
  5. Visit Machu Picchu
  6. Go for a ride in a hot air balloon (2008)
  7. Finish reading A People’s History of the United States (2009)
  8. Finish PhD (2009)
  9. Get married (2010)
  10. Have kids
  11. Learn to golf
  12. Go to the Strip District farmers market in Pittsburgh (2008)
  13. Grow my own vegetables
  14. Visit Iceland
  15. Play tennis on a grass court
  16. Attend Wimbledon
  17. Attend Roland Garros
  18. Attend the Australian open
  19. Ride a camel on a sand dune
  20. Go to “The Wave” in Arizona
  21. Donate hair to Locks of Love
  22. See the northern lights
  23. Go to at least one of the places from the song “Kokomo”

I sort of wish I had made this list earlier, because the following items were major things that I wanted to do too, but I was lucky enough to do them before September 2007.

  1. Go skydiving
  2. Walk on a glacier
  3. Attend the US Open (tennis)

I’ll update the blog as more of these exciting things get accomplished!

roland garros 2010

I’ve been enjoying following the French Open this year. The men’s final matchup is exciting: Rafael Nadal versus Robin Soderling. Soderling memorably – and rather shockingly – beat Nadal in last year’s tournament in the 4th round (Soderling rolled on to the final, where he lost to the Fed), and I’m sure they’re both excited for a rematch. Soderling took out the Fed for his first time ever on the way to the final at Roland Garros this year (ending Fed’s Grand Slam semifinals streak at an amazing 23 consecutive matches), so he is really playing great! For the women, I was rooting for Justine Henin to make a great run at her first Roland Garros since her return to tennis, but Samantha Stosur has just been on fire this tournament!  She beat Henin in the 4th round, Serena Williams in the quarters, and Jelena Jankovic in the semis. She’ll be facing fellow first-time Grand Slam finalist Francesca Schiavone for the championship.

reuse a shoe

If you have old sneakers or shoes that you don’t want anymore, I know of a few options that are way better than throwing them out!

  • If the shoes are still in decent shape, Soles4Souls is a charity that distributes donated shoes to people in need all over the world. You can drop off your shoes at many participating shoe stores around the US. It looks like all New Balance stores are involved with this program, as well as many independently-owned stores. Or, you can ship the shoes to one of the Soles4Souls warehouses.
  • If you’d prefer to keep your shoe donation local, you can drop them off at your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Value Village donation center.
  • For athletic shoes only, Nike has a great reuse-a-shoe program that actually separates beat up old sneakers into 3 components (the rubber sole, the foam padding, and the fabric upper part) and then grinds up those materials to make sports surfaces like basketball courts, running tracks, tennis courts, and playgrounds! how awesome is that?! You can donate your sneakers at any Nike store in the US or Vancouver, or ship your sneakers to Nike’s recycling facility.

I’m still waiting for a program to recycle old tennis balls into something awesome. In the meantime, I guess they make a good mouse home or dog toy.