The New Normal

I took the week off to collect my thoughts, honestly I have found it sort of hard to blog. It seems so trivial to blog about the restaurants we went to in NYC and the fun we had.

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In NYC a few days prior to Monday’s tragic events

It is still so surreal to me that all this happened in places that are so familiar to me, especially the area of the manhunt. Nick and I were glued to the news on Friday (thankfully my mom was here and kept B busy playing upstairs), the area (the Arsenal malls) where the police were headquartered was where I used to go shopping (before moving North), that Target used to get a weekly visit from me, and that is still the DMV location that we go to. Once suspect 2 was captured, I realized that the diner behind the street was one that Nick and I went to with one of my best friends and her now-husband when they were first dating. So how do I get back into my normal routine, when things that were once normal to me are now uncomfortable and potentially scary?

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Our local liquor store – telling it like it is.

I know that I have to move back in to my “normal” life, but finding the boys that did this was the end of the beginning. In Boston, we are still grieving for our city. The families and friends of the victims are still grieving, and the wounded have a long battle ahead of them.

For this marvelous monday, I am going to share places where you can help & donate.

 

The #1 place is the One Fund formed by Mayor Tom Menino and Governor Deval Patrick to help those affected by the tragic events.

If you would like to donate to individuals who have been affected by the bombings, this is a collection of all the men and women who need donations to help cover medical bills, home renovations to make their homes accessible and whatever else they need. Some of their stories have been published nationally, some locally, and some just via friends and family.

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Adidas is selling a Boston Tribute Tee in both Men’s and Women’s sizes for $26.20 and 100% of proceeds go to the One Fund.

Erica Sara Designs is donation 100% of sales from the Boston Strong and Every Mile Necklace to the One Fund from now until April 30th.

SparklySoul Headbands – 20% of all sales from Blue, Gold and Blue/Gold striped Boston Headbands will be donated to The One Fund for Boston now until May 15th.

If you don’t have the funds to donate monetarily there are other ways to donate, check your local Red Cross, even if you are not Boston local, donating blood will always be a lifesaver.

The most important thing you can do is KEEP RUNNING. Pavement Runner started a movement to have a run in as many cities as possible on the one week anniversary (which is today). As a community, a running brotherhood, come together and run. Check his page to see if one has already been set up in your area.

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The next start line I toe (and for many after that) will be in honor of Boston. You can’t hold me back and you can’t stop me. I will only get, stronger, faster, and better.

For now, I will get back to a mostly normal blog schedule.

 

If I missed any places to donate, let me know and I will update accordingly.