Feeling Blueberry: Summer Odds and Ends

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Feeling blueberryFeeling blueberry — “Explored” on Flickr

I’m a teacher who’s been off all summer, which means day after day of tennis and nothing, two things I adore, with both boys home before they leave for college, so all is good. Here are some tidbits from my endless summer–shh, I’m fully aware it’s not endless, but let’s not dwell on that just yet.

1. Feeling blueberry

On a whim, I snapped the above picture, some blueberries in yogurt, for my first contribution to the Macro Mondays group on Flickr. It got featured on Flickr’s Explore page (my first time!), which brought many views, faves, and comments. Viral blueberries–perfect for summer.

2. Tennis Hall of Fame

I bagged a few new 42s (a photo scavenger hunt) during a day trip to a tennis tournament at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.

Bridge marker 42 Newport RI Match time: 42 minutes, Baghdatis v. Karlovic

{My 42 page of photos and microstories}

Speaking of “bagged,” this shot of Baghdatis was my favorite from the day. It was about a thousand degrees out, and Marcos Baghdatis was facing the serve of the 6’11″ Ivo Karlovic in a semi-final match. 

Baghdatis in the heat, Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, RI

Karlovic at Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport RII was close enough to see Baghdatis interacting with the lines people between points; he let them guess for him whether Karlovic’s huge serve would be wide or down the line.

Baghdatis played well, but Karlovic proved unbreakable and won the tiebreakers. 

The next day Karlovic went on to win the tournament.

3. So Jerry Connected

While watching Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, I felt a jolt of connection with Jerry Seinfeld when he said this:

“I like to explore things. I don’t expect to enjoy them, but I’m curious what is working for other people.”
— Jerry Seinfeld to John Oliver

I’ve felt the same way about many of the “adventures” from my 101 things in 1001 days quest. For example, I ended my tale of taking a trapeze class by saying, “And then I was free to spend the rest of the day in Manhattan with my husband, exhausted from adrenaline, and glad that the fun was over so that I could relax and enjoy myself.”

4. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

It’s been ages since I’ve been so thoroughly charmed and delighted by a movie, and my husband and I really hit the jackpot because my two (newly) adult boys both loved it too. It’s from New Zealand about a “bad egg” of a boy going to stay with a foster mom at a remote farm on the edge of the bush. It’s quirky, touching, and funny. I really connect with New Zealand humor for some reason. If you get to see it, let me know what you think.

5. Mount Marcy Aspirations

I, Marcy, will finally climb Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in New York state (or that’s the plan anyway). Stay tuned, and I’ll let you know how it goes.

6. 42 Redux

When a photo scavenger hunt even makes ordering from the deli fun:

Order 42

Update 08/16/16: Another “Explored” photo on Flickr — Anyone for tennis?

Anyone for tennis?

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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4 Responses to Feeling Blueberry: Summer Odds and Ends

  1. Maggie says:

    Congrats on #1 and good luck on #5!

  2. Abby says:

    Great summer recap! I’d say you accomplished much while doing “tennis and nothing”.
    “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” looks very fun. Sam Neil!
    Mt. Marcy. You have to.

    • Marcy says:

      Thanks, Abby. I’ve always wanted to tackle Mt. Marcy, what with my name, and it’s also the only nearby state that I haven’t climbed its highest peak. Katahdin (Maine) was very tough for me, though, so I’m a little apprehensive. Slow and steady wins the race, I hope.

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