Thankful on Monday from Michigan!

November 23rd was Black Friday.  I am proud to admit, I did NOT go to a big box store, mal, strip mall, towne center, no where with a crowd. Instead, due to sheer life and death dependency, I rang in “small business Saturday” a day early and went to see Stacey at The Neighborhood Pharmacy in Del Ray on Mount Vernon Avenue.  I love my hood.  I am thankful for Stacey and her Del Ray Pharmacy.  I’d be lost without her.  See, I need people as much as people need Do More.  It’s a fabulous circle.

November 24th was not only Small Business Saturday; it was Rivalry Weekend for college football.  I am thankful for the University of Michigan’s Team #133 for providing us with some family bonding on Saturday afternoons this year and for the past 4 years.  It was a hard fought loss to “that school in Columbus” but well played by our Senior Quarterback who’s been so fun to watch, Denard Robinson!  Go Blue & Congrats to the George Mason Patriots on their college hoops win Saturday evening.

Sunday November 25th I found myself thankful for Sue Goodhart & the Goodhart Group.  See, on Sunday’s from 1 – 4 p.m. I hold homes open for Sue Goodhart of McEnearney Associates, Inc. and get to talk to buyers, some serious, some not so much, nosey neighbors, and friends just popping in for the home tour and a chat.  Fun way to avoid watching football all afternoon!  Thank you for trusting me, team!

Today, Monday, November 26th I am thankful for friends and family again, only this time I mean my A Squared family.  So great to see my baby brother this afternoon as he met me at the Blake Transit Center in the heart of Ann Arbor after class and we had a lovely lunch.  First time I’ve seen him at school since he’s been legal, so we went to a neighborhood brewpub, The Jolly Pumpkin, and shared a beer!  Yum!

Today I worked with one of my very first clients and accountant, Viv, as she’s generously putting me up (& putting up with me) for a few days.  Tonight… Zingerman’s Roadhouse!  I can’t wait.  If I go missing, I’m in Ann Arbor.  You heard it here first!


Now just a little side story overheard at the airport this morning:

An elderly man across from me has an escort with him awaiting a flight to DET. 

Escort:  “So, you ready to go back to the big city?” 

Nice Man:  “Oh, I’m just passing thru Detroit to get to Ann Arbor!” 

Amen to that.  I smiled big. 

LES:  “Me, too!  Go Blue!”

(love that it’s such a universal phrase!)


Today’s The Day

It is Thanksgiving Day in America!  November 22nd.

It is Turkey Trot Day in Alexandria!

I love today!  It was early when my internal alarm went off.  My body wanted to go, go and go some more, but I couldn’t bring myself to run the Turkey Trot, that’s for sure!  I did keep up routine and headed down to the end of the street that I am dog-sitting on and watched the runners strut their stuff and show off their best trot!  I love this Thanksgiving morning ritual.

It’s very fun to see everyone out there, but it does feel a little weird just standing there with my coffee mug and layers on while people really are working at running their hearts out before today’s feasting!  Cool to see everyone, and fun to be seen, too!

Stood out there today with my dear friend Tracy and his grandson, Soren, as we watched Soren’s momma & pappa run the race.  I love those guys!  So glad they’re on the same street I am on and not in Hong Kong for this special day.

So that’s what I’m thankful for today.  Friends.  Family.  Near & Far.  Mom and Grandpa and Claire and I will head to Aunt Betty & Uncle Howard’s shortly.  There’s a lot of family far and wide who cannot be with us.  I am thankful for them, too, not that they’re far away. 🙂

Which brings me to what I am thankful for yesterday, November 21.  College Hoops.  Michigan Wolverine college hoops in particular!  Here’s to the NIT Tournament!  What fun!  My baby brother is in his final year (tears!) managing the Men’s Basketball Team at the University of Michigan and last night the undefeated #4 seed Michigan held off to beat Pitt (also undefeated at tip-off) 67-62!  Go Blue!  I even saw Dan quite a few times on TV as that game was on ESPN2.  They play next tomorrow on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. v. K State.  KS will be there to watch live in NYC.  I’d be jealous, but I’m going to the Big Ten ACC Challenge game in the Crisler Center this coming Tuesday!  Also on ESPN – look for me!

November 20th I was just thankful to survive the day.  I was very busy from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Tis the season to airport travel!  I took clients to National at 6 a.m., to Dulles at 2 p.m. and picked up from BWI during the heart of rush hour at 5:30 p.m.  Note well that I am not complaining.  I am thankful to have a job that I love that lets me do these fun things, like wake up early, drink lots of coffee, see people off to their families far away, hear about travels & adventures to come and catch up with people while crawling along the BW Parkway!  Love it!  In the end I was dubbed “the best welcome home committee ever!”

November 19th I found myself thankful for friends, again….  Old friends, new friends, young friends, fun friends!  I went to Brion’s Grille to watch the George Mason Patriots game (WIN!) that was held in the Virgin Islands…and just have so much fun there.  Brion, Sam, John, so fun…Life is good.

I am thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours where ever you may be celebrating.  Be safe & HAVE FUN!

Go Skins (I’m really not a fan, just am looking forward to the rivalry)


tomorrow and the next day…..GO BLUE!

Ten Days of Thankful!

November 9 – Thankful to have been able to serve three clients in one day, a Friday, AND witness George Mason’s Men’s Basketball team win against UVA.  (Not saying either of these were easy, but definitely fun!)

November 10 – Today I am thankful for my friendship with my State Senator, Adam Ebbin.  This was his birthday and I am happy to know him and be able to call his memorized cell phone number and wish him a happy day.  (Granted, I called a day too early, but…still!)

November 11 – Today – tonight – I am thankful for times when a plan comes together and, oh yeah, for friends who don’t LOL right away when you fall down the stairs (sober) with a full bottle of beer.  (Here’s where you’re thankful I am sparing you a photo of the bruising!)

November 12 – A holiday.  A day off.  A chance to pause and remember and give thanks for our veterans.  I spent time with a few of my favorites this weekend & today.  Thank you, all.

November 13 – “My boys”.  Tuesday mornings of this school year have been a lot of fun so far.  I drive two freshman and two sophomore boys to school as the mom in the carpool for the day and have enjoyed watching them grow and mature and argue over who gets the front seat!

November 14 – Today I was thankful for dinner that lets you to catch up with an old friend and close the place down at the same time!

November 15 – PAY DAY (Enough $aid!)

November 16 – New clients, with cute two-year old twins and a great new Honda, who need a ride to the airport at 6 a.m. to kick off the holiday travel season. (yes, I fit in the back between the car seats!)  Thankful for the recommendation, too, D.S.!

November 17 – Political fundraisers with the perks!  Like Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn’s party at the Silas Burke House complete with a black stretch Escalade limo ride & these yummy pies – – go buy some, you will not regret it!

November 18 – Today I am thankful for fun girlie time where you spontaneously go for a mani-pedi party immediately followed by a good clean and yummy dinner with friends & the Candidate turned winner, Councilman Paul Smedberg & Team!

At the start of the Thanksgiving holiday week – what are YOU thankful for?


Post-Election Day Thankful

A new day.

Another even number.

Time for letting blog followers know more of what I am thankful for in this month of thanksgiving.

November 5th I was thankful for over the counter cold medicine.  I needed a lot of it to get me thru this past weekend and today in preparation for tomorrow.

November 6 – I could go on and on about how thankful I was to be a woman, an Alexandrian, a Virginian, a poll worker, a voter and most importantly, an American on this day.  What a ride.  Mostly, I was thankful for the ability to stay awake.  I was up with the alarm at 3:30 a.m., out the door and at my assigned precinct at 4:30 a.m., departed the poll at 9:30 p.m., gathered with friends & fellow campaigners and my winning candidate (& his dad visiting for the big day from CT) by 10 and off to the victory party around 10:30. 


On the way back we learned this on the radio thanks to XM’s CNN channel, but it’s cooler to have a visual….


Then by 11:30p.m. I was home watching with my equally exhausted, but less partying, mother. 

At 1:30 a.m. our time, (how nice, it was only 12:30 in Chicago!) our President once again gave the speech of this life (aren’t they all?) about how “if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight. You can make it here in America if you’re willing to try!

I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America.”

So, in all, I was up 23 hours.  Enough Said!  Watch the speech here:

November 7th – Again I remain thankful for a client providing me with a task at 8 a.m.!  Thankful that a plan came together, everyone showed up, returned calls, removed yard signs and life goes on.  (OH! & I took a nap & shopped with a girlfriend at Tyson’s!)

November 8th – today – I am thankful for opportunities that are seized and taken advantage of.  I applied for a job in Development at Children’s Hospital and had my interview today, complete with a trek to Silver Spring, MD to meet with them.  With a lot of great advice and perfect references and a supportive and large fan club, I am thankful and my fingers & toes are crossed.

Thankful – Day 4.

Nov 4th:  Today I am thankful for the family in my life.  The best plans are the spontaneous & least planned plans.

Nov 3rd:  Yesterday I was thankful for my friends.  Near & Far.  Old & New.

Nov 2nd I was thankful for my clients.  More specifically repeat clients.  I helped Sheila move out of Alexandria a year ago and back into our fair City on Friday, November 2nd.  It is always rewarding to have repeat business from fabulous clients.  More than that, tho, a quality referral is always nice, too.  So thanks for Susan for passing Sheila on to Do More With LES.



Last Call for Early Voting!

Today and Tomorrow are your last opportunities to vote before Election Day! 

Polls will be open on Election Day (Tues Nov 6) from 6am-7pm, but there’s still time to cast your absentee ballot before then. It’s easy to vote early, if you qualify.  Make sure your voice is heard and your opinion is counted!  Among the many reasons you may qualify to vote early are if you are absent from your city or county for work or personal business on Election Day. Don’t let an unexpected weather event or work crisis get in the way of voting!

Just remember whichever way you vote to bring ID with you.

Who Can Vote Absentee?Among the many valid reasons for voting early (“absentee”) are:

  • Leaving your locality for personal business or vacation
  • Unable to get to the polls because of disability, illness, or pregnancy
  • Working for at least 11 of the 13 hours the polls are open (includes commuting, lunch, etc.)
  • Students at institutions of higher learning and their spouses
  • Absent for business purposes
  • Firefighters and first responder personnel
  • Caretakers of confined family members
  • Religious conflicts
  • Active duty uniformed services or merchant marine personnel and dependents residing with them
  • Registrars, electoral board members, or officers of election scheduled to work the election
  • Political party or candidate representative volunteers scheduled to work inside the polls or at different polling places

To view locations and hours for in-person absentee voting, click on your appropriate locality: FairfaxAlexandriaArlington.

For other general questions about absentee voting, refer to the Virginia State Board of Elections’ recently updated website.

For more election information in Alexandria, click here.

For more election information in Arlington, click here.

For more election information in Fairfax, click here.

Thank You For Voting!

Voter LES

30 Days of Thankful

OK I took this idea from a friend on facebook. She’s going to list something she’s thankful for every day. So am I. But not on here. Just in a notepad in my bag or next to my bed. Every few days I’ll blog and share the list with you.
But for starters…..
Today I am thankful for power. That’s broad. The power that is on, the power of my cold meds, the power of friendship, the power of people. Thoughts are with those still without…. Thankful.