Another day in ‘the Q’

I can’t believe it’s almost officially Spring and we’re still in ‘the Q,’ as people are calling this strange time in history. Governor Wolf recently extended the stay-at-home order until June 4. That being said, I hope everyone is staying healthy and somewhat sane.

There’s officially another Temple grad in our home! Caroline graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in neuroscience last Thursday. Of course, her commencement ceremony couldn’t be held in-person with all the craziness of the pandemic right now. We made the best of it, though, and had a little at-home celebration instead. Her psychology professors held a nice virtual ceremony. We Zoomed with family and drank sangria while we listened to speeches and waited for her name to flash across the screen. The dogs loved being invited to graduation this year! They’re not minding this whole stay-at-home thing one bit.

It’s crazy to think that I graduated three years ago now! Time really does fly. Here’s a picture of Caroline and Willow having a graduation photoshoot and a throwback picture of my friends and me on the TU big chairs.

Last week was Mom’s birthday and Mother’s Day as well! It’s safe to say we had a busy week celebrating around the house. Birthdays and holidays seem a little anti-climactic in quarantine, but that just means we can redo them once it’s safe enough to venture out into public again. Two days out of the year isn’t enough time to show our love and appreciation for you, Mom. Thank you for supporting me every day and helping me put my life back together, piece by piece. You’re the best.

There’s certainly been a lot more downtime during quarantine. In some ways, it’s been nice, but I know I’m not the only one starting to go a little stir crazy. Reading has been one of the things getting me through the many weekends cooped up at home instead of seeing friends. I’ve never been big on fiction, but it’s kind of nice to sometimes escape reality for a little while. I’m about to finish Quarantine Book #7. Some of the books I’ve read and would recommend are Little Fires Everywhere, Nothing to See Here, Verity, and In Five Years. Give ’em a try!

Another new development: I applied to grad school! Ahhhh. Temple’s Master of Science in Communication Management program begins in the fall. Fingers crossed I get in! I’ll keep you posted.

9 thoughts on “Another day in ‘the Q’”

  1. Thanks for your update, Mary…always fun to read what you and family are up to. A big thanks for the book recs! A belated happy birthday to your mom!
    Take care,
    Mrs. O’Connor


  2. Hey Mary!! Love reading these so much!! Grad school? awesome!!!! Can’t wait to see you and your mom and the fam all in person!!! Stay healthy 🙂 Love you!
    Mama Moore


  3. Hi Mary – love reading your blog! Best wishes with grad school. I admire your ambition. I belong to a book club so I will send you down a few good books you may enjoy. Love, Claudette


  4. Thanks for your update. .Kudos to you and our family. Also congratulations to Caroline. Much success in your endeavor for for grad school.


  5. Sounds like you guys are handling the “Q” nicely!! Congrats to Caroline!! Willow has gotten so big. You do have a fantastic Mom Mary!!! And I’m wishing you the best for the grad program!! That’s awesome! Keep up your positive spirit, love for the fam and your reading.
    Think of you all often.
    Take care and best to all.


  6. Hi Mary
    WOW applying to Grad school—yea! And Yea for another Temple Grad in your house—Go OWLS!

    Wanted to say hi to you and your mom and dad. We are hanging in there. We are ramping up scheduling of patients now that the governor is allowing elective surgeries. We are also being positive and moving forward with our 6th annual Walk for Love in case you wanted to mark your calendars—Saturday October 3rd and this year—moving to the Philadelphia Zoo. Walk registration will also allow everyone entrance to the zoo and enjoying a zoo day after, hope you guys can come on out again. http://www.walkforlove5k.org

    Ms. Terry Diamond
    Director of Development

    3551 N. Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19140
    Tel: 215.430.4055


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    Please remember Shriners Hospitals for Children-Philadelphia in your estate planning.


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