November wasn’t enough. No. NaBloPoMo became Blog365 (which sucked the will to live right out of me a couple of years ago) and now there are monthly themes with which to torture oneself. I have been deleting the monthly emails about the themes in a nearly religious fashion, including the one that arrived for June.
Then I read what my friend Uncle Crappy had to say today. As usual, he made me think. Then I spotted something shiny, aka Twitter, and was happy for a few minutes, until the dominoes started falling. It seems I wasn’t the only one reading Uncle Crappy and being sucked into the vortex. Sometimes I can be a bit of a joiner so I threw caution to the wind and said I’d jump in too. It’s only a month, right? And I haven’t had much to say lately. Or, to be more specific, I have had a lot to say. I just haven’t said it.
So the theme for the month is “Now.” My “now” is about a hundred things swirling around my head. Projects, sub-projects, and many, many tiny details that go with each of them. You’ll hear more about all these things as the week goes on. Things like my son’s last few days of pre-K. (I’m already practicing my best “don’t cry” chant for the Move Up Day ceremony on Friday.) Small things, like 35 people coming to the house for dinner on Saturday. And interesting things, like the Hebrew National Better-Than-A-Picnic on Saturday, June 5, in Highland Park.
I was thrilled to learn from TheMotherhood that Pittsburgh was on the picnic schedule this year, and honored to have been selected as a co-host for the picnic, along with Alaina, Kim, and Beth. In true Pittsburgh fashion, we have great service projects lined up. And of course, lots of great hot dogs. We’ll be decorating re-usable grocery bags for the Pittsburgh Food Bank, stuffing outpatient care packages for teens and tweens at the Children’s Institute, picking up trash in honor of World Environment Day, and collecting supplies for the Animal Rescue League.
If you’re in Pittsburgh, I hope you’ll consider joining us on Saturday. Bring your family, your picnic blanket, donations for ARL, and your appetite. Join us in beautiful Highland Park.
Date: June 5, 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Highland Park
Details about the park: We will be near the Reservoir, in the same location as Pittsburgh’s ”Reservoir of Jazz” event, off Farmhouse Drive (near the corner of Reservoir Dr and Farmhouse Dr.) From N. Highland Ave, make right onto Reservoir Dr. and then almost immediate left onto Farmhouse Dr. and there is a great open area.
BRING A PICNIC BLANKET! The park does not have picnic tables or many benches, but there will be plenty of areas for people to set up their picnic blankets or use blankets we will have on hand.
Who: You can bring kids, family, friends, and lots of other bloggers and their kids too!
What: Fun, hotdogs, friends, four service projects. There will be LOTS to do and enjoy — music, giant puzzles, a mechanical bull and other activites for kids and families, too!
[I am a compensated co-host for the picnic but the opinions expressed are my own. Pittsburgh and service just go together. They didn't have to ask me twice to get involved.]