To Thine Own Self Be True.

01. February 2019 Gina DeNicola 8
To Thine Own Self Be True.
  When I landed in Ottumwa Iowa a few weeks ago, all my preconceived notions were pretty much confirmed as soon as I stepped out of the airport.  I assumed it would be cold and I expected there would be a lot of nothing.  As I climbed into my rental car, I knew I was right ...

Can It Get Worse?

Can It Get Worse?
As sat on the bus drinking my coffee, in freezing cold Canada, I was desperately looked around for a box of tissues.  It seems all the traveling, time changes, and new schedules has resulted in a head cold.  Having a cold on a tour is the absolute worst.  There is no sleeping in because you ...

I was Queen for 30 hours or so!

17. September 2018 Gina DeNicola 1
I was Queen for 30 hours or so!
I wasn’t going to post about my very very long flight from Los Angeles to Sydney in fairness to everyone else who was flying the same route, but to be honest – I don’t know how I couldn’t.  You see I was flying First Class from Nashville to Perth on three flights. The first flight was ...

Back from the dead…

15. September 2018 Gina DeNicola 0
Back from the dead…
I’m bringing my little blog back from the Dead, resurrecting her for a specific purpose. _________________ Here I am sitting in my seat on this plane and I have two more flights after this Nashville to LA flight. I have Bob Woodward’s book open on my lap, but I can’t stop playing Woody, a highly ...

Goodbye 2017

31. December 2017 Gina DeNicola 0
Goodbye 2017
  I know Instagram has your most liked nine pictures of 2017, they will put them all together so you can remember the year, post them, and share them with everyone. Heck, I even did it, but I thought I could come up with better pictures than Instagram for 2017. 2017 brought me to so ...

If We Were Having Coffee – Part Four

13. December 2017 Gina DeNicola 0
If We Were Having Coffee – Part Four
As I sat in a cold production office somewhere in Canada, I realized it had been awhile since we’ve sat and had coffee. I looked back at my previous “If We Were Having Coffee – Part Two” and realized it had been almost six months. So much has changed in that six months so I ...

Three Years Later and A Facebook Betrayal

Three Years Later and A Facebook Betrayal
I woke up this morning completely fine. I laid in bed and thought about some weird dreams I had last night, but mentally I was fine.  I picked up my phone, opened Facebook and started to go to “on this day,” and just like that, I wasn’t so fine. I had been a little surprised ...

Crowded Coffee Spots and Memories

Crowded Coffee Spots and Memories
Today I was going to finish all the characters to my book, and I needed to get out of my apartment. So, I threw on a pair of jeans, an old Rolling Stones tee-shirt, my black chucks, grabbed my laptop, and headed to my favorite coffee shop in town. Parking was crazy, but that isn’t ...

Being Brave for a Minute.

Being Brave for a Minute.
How did you end up there, you may ask? How exactly did I end up sitting at a table in what used to be my sweet little bakery? The little 1000 square feet where I poured every inch of my soul.  The little 1000 square feet that I have avoided for three years. The little ...

Old Pictures, Something Shiny, and Life

Old Pictures, Something Shiny, and Life
  My day usually starts with good intentions, and then something shiny crosses my path, and I’m distracted in a flash.  Monday of this week, while at Orange Theory Fitness, I felt something “snap” in my hipish area.  I just ignored it and crushed the rest of the class, but by the time the short ...

We Are Almost Three

We Are Almost Three
My little blog is soon to be celebrating its third birthday, and I took a minute to look back at all my posts. Way back to the very first post on September 2, 2014, titled “Day 2 of Unemployment and Self Realization”.  I went back and read the post, it wasn’t very good, but it ...

Was that Sexual Harassment?

Was that Sexual Harassment?
  The year was 1991. I was 24 years old and four months pregnant, but I wasn’t showing. I was three years into an abusive marriage, not physical, but mental abuse. I had been laid off from my previous job, and I needed this job. It was my first real job as a Paralegal.  It ...

Dominick A. Lockwood

Dominick A. Lockwood
I worked as a Paralegal in a tiny law office in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. It was a job that saved me in a lot of small ways. There were two Partners in that law firm, Dominick A. Lockwood and Janet Jackson and we were all like a family.  One horrible morning, 15 years ago today, Dominick ...

OMG I just joined Orange Theory Fitness

OMG I just joined Orange Theory Fitness
It all started with my husband standing in front of me in our apartment announcing tomorrow he was going to quit sugar, carbs, and I believe there was one more thing, but quite honestly I don’t think I heard it, and if I did, I certainly don’t remember.  You see usually I’m the one who ...

Blueberry Lemon Vodka Trees

Blueberry Lemon Vodka Trees
My husband doesn’t really drink.  If we are out he will occasionally have a gin and tonic, but that is the rarity. I watch what I drink mostly because my father was an alcoholic, but will usually order a vodka tonic if we are eating out. Usually you won’t find alcohol in our house, with ...

Stuck in the Space Between

Stuck in the Space Between
As I sat on my balcony with a big cup of coffee in one of my oldest and most favorite mugs, on one of Nashville’s most perfect mornings, I looked out over the downtown and the amphitheater. The mug was from my single mom days, and it is an actual miracle that it has survived ...

Holding Your Breath

Holding Your Breath
As I stepped onto the pier, the air seemed cleaner, my head felt clearer somehow, and I sat on what felt like the edge of the world, I just took a deep breath. Things in my little corner of the world were moving along smoothly. We are here in Chicago for a couple of weeks ...

The Evolution of Gina’s Wallet

The Evolution of Gina’s Wallet
  First, it was my 50 Coats for a 50th Birthday campaign.  Then it was several couples that needed help with giving kids a better life by opening their homes and giving them a family.  Most recently it is a kids hockey team trying to make it to Nationals from Washington state to Florida. Giving ...

Comfort, Baking and Friends

Comfort, Baking and Friends
  While I’m on the road, one of the largest things I miss almost as much as I miss my chickens is my kitchen.  There is only so much take-out you can eat, you can only be so creative with the microwave in your room, and there is just so much pizza, even I can ...

Wire Frame Glasses

Wire Frame Glasses
I have been in New York for roughly five months, and it took me just about all of it to head out to Long Island to see my Aunt and Uncle and as I sat on the train watching Long Island fade into the background, I couldn’t help but think about my father.  I have ...

The E Train, Kindness and Scams

24. February 2017 Gina DeNicola 1
The E Train, Kindness and Scams
  If you know me well, you know that I use to be a single mom. A struggling single mom from the time my kids were three and four until they were about 13 and 14. Because fish sticks were cheaper in bulk, we ate a lot of them.  Because Cheerios were also cheaper in ...

We’re Going to be OK.

We’re Going to be OK.
  It was 10:45 am on Inauguration Eve, I was sitting on my couch all alone in Nashville, the confirmation hearings were playing in the background, and I looked up to see an airplane flying in the sky on the upper right-hand corner of my tv.  He was headed to Washington, in a plane that ...

Courage and Fear

Courage and Fear
Courage and fear. Two words that go hand in hand and elicit the exact same response from me. My heart starts to race, I break out into a cold sweat, I have trouble breathing and I can’t look people directly in the eye.  That is exactly how I felt when I told the closest people ...