Miss Me, Miss Me, Now You Gotta Kiss Me

I have to confess – I have no direction with this post.

Generally they write me or I write them, all in the nick of time. I’m going to start with my 7th grade boyfriend, Chris. I think we’re Facebook friends but I don’t think he reads my blog, but I know I shouldn’t say half of what there is to say about him. He was, for lack of a better term, a dreamboat. And I don’t even mean that in a shallow way, although if you like blonde quarterbacks with intelligent blue eyes, he would have been the guy for you! That said, this was more of an inner thing.

He said pretty amazing things for a 12-year-old. He said he loved Halloween for its atmosphere. Yeah, me too.

He also said, and keep in mind this was a 12-year-old boy from New Jersey, “I don’t know why guys our age act afraid of guys they perceive as gay, as if they’re going to get hit on. It’s like, don’t flatter yourself. Why would he want YOU? Especially if you act like such a jerk.” Seriously. Those were his thoughts in 7th grade! ohmygod, why did we break up? If you must know, he had his friend Bobby break up with me in the school cafeteria. I have no idea why? It was middle school. I’m super odd, as you may know. I take rejection and heartbreak quite badly, and I also don’t experience them as often as the alternative. I can be pretty fierce when I want something, but that’s only when I’m pretty sure I can have it. You know?

(Like a rainbow flag costume for Halloween 2017)

So that’s the direction I took. Only to tell you that I loved what Chris said – about the atmosphere of Halloween. When I was a kid, I lived on a mountain. We attacked trick-or-treating in groups of ones and twos and severals. Groups of siblings and/or friends. Costumes and pillowcases. No pumpkin buckets for us. We were on missions to get as much candy as humanly possible. It was spread out, though – the whole thing like a marathon. Easily a 5K with all that candy sprinting. You could see other people, but they’d be costumed blurs on mountain roads. We had a strict 8pm curfew. Scarlet asked me last night what I was for Halloween when I was her age. “A California Raisin!” I said. She could not stop laughing. I wish I had the picture to prove it, because it was a real thing back then. Mom, do you have it somewhere? It was magical. I have this:

As you can see, some things never change:

Unless you’re talking about getting dumped in the school cafeteria. That only happened one time, and it wasn’t as bad as a Post-It Note left on a computer screen, but that is only a fictional story to tell. As deep as Chris was, I think I got over him in a day because I was 13 and although I was capable of intense feelings back then, I took a break from them in middle school because my eye was only on ONE prize. And you know what? He kissed me. It happened 24 years later, but he kissed me.

(It was Tim Curry. He kissed my hand. I haven’t washed it since..kidding!)

And how priceless is that?

I went off track again, so I’m steering myself back onto the Halloween train. When I was a kid watching Halloween movies, it was all about the atmosphere, yes, but there was that certain something at night. It was trick-or-treating in CROWDS of amazingly dressed people. I thought that only happened in movies, like Hocus Pocus. Bumping shoulders with Frankenstein. Standing in line for candy. I had a charmingly interesting childhood, but I didn’t have that. Until now. In Northampton.

It’s all a wonderful blur. The crowded streets of downtown Northampton trick-or-treating. Then downtown Florence for the Rag Shag Parade. Walking with friends, looking for friends, laughing with friends. Then there’s the house trick-or-treating – right out of a movie. It’s amazing how many amazing people I see, and how I see so many strangers every year. Will I ever know everyone in this city? Probably not, and that’s ok. So much to unfold and discover – like a great book that’s still being written. We’re writing it, and I think we’re doing a good job. I remember every face I saw, masked or not. I always will.

What’s priceless about Halloween is that feeling and that magic and that atmosphere. It’s bumping shoulders with Frankenstein, and lining up for candy. It’s running into smiling friends and clients, and friend clients. Client friends? Was it the chicken or the egg? What’s priceless about Halloween are the memories – still strong after 30+ years – and the fact that I get to help build them for two littles. It’s the fact that I said to my kids, “All of this? Not every dad becomes Iron Man for a day and not every place on earth is this charmed. So you better love it! And give me some of your Snickers bars!”

It’s only one night. Four costumes and a lot of preparation. More money than I care to admit, and just as much time too.


This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “What’s priceless about..” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on any of the matters: HERE.

P.S. From about 2nd grade until 10th grade, it was all about boys/men named Tim or Chris. I have about three of each. Some kissed me and some missed me, but hey, that’s life. As long as I never get dumped in the school cafeteria again.

How was your Halloween?

5 Reasons You Should Listen to Music Together

This is a sponsored post for Now That’s What I Call Music. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Here's 5 reasons you should listen to music together. It's beneficial! And enjoy Now That's What I Call Music 64 today! We LOVE it #AD #NowThatsMusic #Now64

I am having so much trouble writing this, because I’m totally dancing in my desk chair!

In case you’re wondering, the song in question is “Feels” by Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean. Guys, I am in SHOCK that the NOW brand is releasing Now That’s What I call Music 64 today! 64! Can you believe it? This has been such a part of my youth, and now it’s part of my kids’ youth too. Music is.. everything. It’s how we bond. Our bodies and our minds are meant to seek out rhythm – whether to create music ourselves – or to just sit back and enjoy it. We start playing music for our children when they’re still in the womb, and we “try” to at least somewhat influence their music selections while we can. And if not influence, we strive to make an impact. We sing. We dance. And we laugh. While we dream.

Do you remember mix tapes the way I do? Not only do I remember mix tapes, and sitting in front of my little bedroom radio for HOURS just to record part of one song, I remember mix CDs even more. Music has changed so much since I changed from child to adult to parent. The way we listen to music has changed so much, it’s almost dizzying. It’s comforting, though, that Now That’s What I Call Music is still picking and packing the biggest and latest hits into perfectly poppy compilations.

It’s more than that, though. It runs deep. This mix is possibly my favorite one yet. I can’t stop listening!


I’m not surprised that the NOW brand has sold 100M records and has had a record 19 #1 albums. Crazy, right? And not so crazy. Now 64 is their latest release and you can get it today! This mix features 22 of today’s most popular songs and is available everywhere starting November 3rd (TODAY). I love looking back at all 64 (!!) albums because it’s like a mix tape in a time capsule of what’s cool RIGHT NOW, and it will be a record of this time in our lives. That’s my #1 reason, in fact.

5 Reasons You Should Listen to Music Together:

1 – Music makes memories. The strongest ways to jog memories are smells (like perfume/cologne, summer nights, wood smoke, coffee, etc.) and music. These songs you’re listening to with loved ones? They will always make you think of NOW.

2 – Music brings people together. Live music has been around since.. forever.. and hasn’t died down. Even with our abilities to listen to music that’s not live, we still mostly choose to appreciate it with someone else. It creates cohesion.

3 – Music helps us better understand the world and the different cultures in it.

4 – Music helps us be happier and more social.

5 – Music is good for the growing brain, and that includes you too, adults!

It’s been a nutty few weeks lately, with work, home renovations, and days off from school – for various holidays, conferences, etc. It’s so much fun to blast music when my kids have friends over, and I even played Now That’s What I call Music 64 over FaceTime with my nephew. We were all dancing together! Our kids – the new generation – are getting to experience a whole new generation of pop stars dominating the airwaves. This album absolutely helps me understand what music is hot right now. I love that it’s edited to be family-friendly AND parent-friendly. I didn’t know all of the songs..

..but I’m learning fast!

In fact, this compilation already had two of my favorite songs ever! And that’s Kesha “Praying” and P!nk “What About Us.” And now I have new favorites. I adore Sia, so hearing her in ZAYN f/Sia “Dusk to Dawn” was awesome! Scarlet loves Katy Perry which is why I was dancing like crazy to “Feels.” I’m intrigued by “1-800-273-8255” by Logic featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid. Ah, they’re all so catchy! I love each song for its own unique reasons. What a mix! Just look at this wonder:

  1. Charlie Puth “Attention” (ATL)
  2. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber “Despacito” (Remix) (Rep/UMLE)
  3. Shawn Mendes “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” (ISL)
  4. Sam Hunt “Body Like A Back Road” (UMG-Nash)
  5. Liam Payne ft. Quavo “Strip It Down” (REP)
  6. Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean “Feels” (COL)
  7. Maroon 5 ft. SZA “What Lovers Do” (IGA)
  8. French Montana ft. Swae Lee “Unforgettable” (Epic)
  9. Childish Gambino “Redbone” (GN)
  10. Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid “1-800-273-8255” (DJ)
  11. Sam Smith “Too Good At Goodbyes” (CAP)
  12. Kesha “Praying” (RCA)
  13. P!nk “What About Us” (RCA)
  14. Bruno Mars “Versace On The Floor” (ATL)
  15. ZAYN f/Sia “Dusk To Dawn” (RCA)
  16. Imagine Dragons “Thunder” (IGA)

NOW Presents What’s Next:

  1. Barns Courtney Golden Dandelions (Capitol)
  2. DaniLeigh Play (DJ)
  3. Moon Taxi Two High (RCA)
  4. The Accidentals Odyssey (Sony Masterworks)
  5. Billie Ellish Ocean Eyes (IGA)
  6. Molly Kate Footprints (ATL)

Are you excited? I’m still dancing. Now 64 has 22 of today’s biggest and latest hits and makes a perfect gift during this season of gratitude and then giving. Show someone you care about just how much you care about them, because Now 64 is available everywhere you are! This link right here will take you where you want to go. What are you waiting for?

What’s your favorite song on this track list?