Edgartown Town Column

By Gail Craig - December 27, 2007
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I hope everyone had a happy and wonderful holiday with friends and family. I hope everyone enjoyed good health, good cheer and good food and gained less than five pounds! As I write this, I'm surrounded by all the different cookies I'm baking and the house has smelled yummy! Luckily, all the baking and smells seem to have taken away my interest for sweets and I'm not completely sugared out. Not yet, anyway. I had a goal a couple of weeks ago to drop a few pounds. Then I realized, with all the parties and fun, a more realistic goal was simply not to gain during this festive season. I can get back on track, or more to the point, back on the treadmill, in January.

Carol Mercier, along with her family and friends, are celebrating some great news: Last week Carol was accepted in early decision at Curry College in Milton, where she'll be heading next September. Carol's hoping to major in education, concentrating on special education, and would love to come back to the Island to teach.

The Rainbow Place preschool is planning a multi-family yard sale fundraiser for the spring and they are looking for storage space for the items until then. The Rainbow Place is a 501c (3) non-profit corporation and they fundraise to create a fund for supplies and items for the school, as well as necessary repairs of the building. If you have space, particularly if you are willing to donate it, please contact Cindy Andrews, the director of Rainbow Place, at rainbow@vineyard.net. With all the families that have passed through there, surely someone must have some space.

Welcome to the 40 and over category, Kelly Hess. Kelly turned the big 4-0 on Sunday, Dec. 23, and celebrated in fine style. Forgoing a party and festivities during this busy season, Kelly instead took her son, Owen, to his first Patriots game on Sunday. I'd be hard pressed to tell you which of the two is the larger Pats fan, but I can tell you that I'm not allowed to call her during a game or I'll suffer verbal assaults for my insanity.

I probably should have put this in the column last week so that everyone could have wished her a happy birthday on the actual day, but I have this weird superstitious thing where I just like to put the birthdays in after they happen. As it is, I'm actually writing this column before her birthday because of an early deadline so I am, in fact, going against my own superstitious policy! Hopefully, all will go well.

How many New Year's Resolutions have you been with me for now? Three? Four? I've lost track. This year, I have several. The usual ones of eating better, getting more exercise, and more sleep are just assumed. New for this year is the goal to drink more water, which for me would mean some water. I tend to only drink things with caffeine. I also am aiming to be more patient and more understanding. That is, after we get back from Mexico. I shouldn't be expected to be too patient and understanding while traveling with two young kids, but I will try. Ultimately, my goal for 2008 is to do as the pillow I have says and be the person my dog thinks I am.

If you'd like to share some of your resolutions with the world, send them along to me and I'll be happy to include them in my next column.

Unless something unexpected occurs, there won't be a column next week. Happy New Year to all. Celebrate, but be safe!