Hello, my friends!

The news of the horrific shooting in Las Vegas has been overwhelming. It has left many of us in shock, extremely sad, with a lot of questions.

 

I remember, as I was getting ready to start my day, I tuned in to watch Good Morning America. I saw Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos looking very sad.  I knew something bad had happened.  Shortly after I processed the news, I felt just like I did when I received the horrible news on September 11th, and when the shooting at Columbine High School happened.  Our thoughts and our prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.

 

 

As for me, many of you who read my blog are aware that I sustained an injury while running during the summer. After many tests and physical therapy, it is time to do the surgery.  Next Friday, October the 13, I will have an arthroscopic meniscus repair.  Dr. Robert Williams, Orthopedic Surgeon and sport doctor, will be performing the surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m feeling apprehensive about my surgery,  but it is normal to feel that way.  I do miss running, and I can’t wait to go back to working out with intensity. In the meantime, I’m enjoying Pilates. Of course, it is Pilates with a lot of modifications right now, but I’m happy that I’m still working out.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m also happy to announce that I have completed my third article for Thrive Global. It is under review by the editors.  It should be published in a few weeks. I will post the article on the blog.  It is such a joy to be a contributor for Arianna Huffington’s magazine.   I still can’t believe that, and I still pinch myself.

I hope everyone has a fantastic week.  I will keep you posted on my surgery.  Hopefully all goes well. XoXo

All my best,

Nunzia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi friends,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

I can’t believe how fast the time goes by. I have been wanting to write this blog post since last week, but with the magazine, Claudio, and family, my days are jam-packed. I have also been spending an hour or so of physical therapy three times a week, and will do so until the end of September. I have been getting my therapy at this facility nearby, chosen by my orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Williams.

 

The staff at that facility is always courteous and professional. I have been assigned to a wonderful therapist, Allyson. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, and professionalism keep me focused on reaching

our goal of making this knee strong again. I also get the opportunity to workout under  the supervision of other techs at the facility, and they do a great job keeping me on track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please understand, I have always loved working out, but when you are trying to make an injured knee work, it is not always easy or fun. My main goal is to avoid surgery. I will be seeing the orthopedic surgeon in October. Until then, my objective is to work very hard. Claudio is going to help me!

 

I need some new decorating ideas for fall.

 

 

 

Anyway, I was planning on doing some shopping this weekend. However, on Friday afternoon, the unexpected happened: shortly after my husband, Patrick, got home, we heard some loud and strange sounds coming from our kitchen. The noise seemed to be coming from under the dishwasher. Suddenly, we heard cracking sounds, and our floor began cracking at a fast rate. It’s like witnessing an earthquake (believe me, I know a thing or two about earthquakes; I survived a major one in Italy back on November 23, 1980, a Sunday night, and I never forget that day).

So, on Friday, hearing a loud, cracking noise and watching the floors of your house come apart definitely brought back some unpleasant memories. Everything is fine, though. We will get it all fixed. My husband is already working on it, and he has done this job before, back when this last happened during Christmas 2012.

The most annoying thing about this flour situation is the dust is aggravating my allergies. Oh, well. It will teach me not to worry if the house is messy and dusty. Can I do it? Let’s wait and see! Have a great weekend, everyone! XoXo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear friends,

It has been overwhelming since Hurricane Harvey made landfall over the Texas coast. The past few days have been very difficult for the residents of our Texas coastline. As you already know, our beautiful state was hit by Hurricane Harvey.

Just a few days before Harvey made landfall, when l I first heard about the chance of heavy rain on GMA, I did not pay attention.  Here in Texas, we are accustomed to severe weather.

How did this so-called “heavy rain shower event” turn into a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane? The last time our city suffered major damage from a hurricane was when Celia ripped apart Corpus Christi in 1970.

So far, several deaths have been reported in the floodwaters, but the exact number is unclear.

Just days since the landfall of one of the biggest storms to hit the US, authorities have rescued thousands of people in Houston alone. As for our family, we evaluated the day before Harvey made landfall.  I’m grateful and blessed that our house did not sustain damage – just one side of our backyard fence will need to be replaced.

Yesterday, I tried to shop for a few items at the grocery store. Sadly, our local supermarket was just about empty; I had never seen such a thing. Shoppers were only allowed to buy two loaves of bread per family.  As I witnessed this, it took me back to my childhood, when my grandfather used to tell me stories about the food shortage during and after World War II.  Thank goodness I was there only to get a few items, since I was able to shop before leaving town.

I would like to thank the Mayor of our city, the police, and the Fire Department,  Red Cross volunteers, National Guards.   I would also like to thank all the wonderful doctors and nurses on duty at our local hospitals for a fantastic job when duty called. Thank you.  I’m praying for my home state, and all those who are suffering through the devastation of the Hurricane Harvey. Xo, Nunzia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, my friends! I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Have you noticed that “back to school” is trending on every social media site? As many of you parents are busy getting your scholars back in school, you realize how fast time goes by. Like me, I am sure you are savoring the last of these beautiful, hot, sunny days.
Napoli! 2017 vacay!
Lago di Garda! Summer 2017 vacay!
I love summer, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t last forever. This morning, as I was organizing some upcoming appointments on my phone calendar, I realized that summer is almost gone. However, I am determined to relish these last days by squeezing more and more time out in the sun.
I love to savor my summer by spending as much time as possible outside with the family, whether we are taking long walks in the heat or spending time at the beach. Believe me, in Texas, we are accustomed to hot temperatures. Now, with our new addition to the family, I’m getting plenty of vitamin D with my little one running around outside every five minutes.
How are you spending the last days of summer?
Claudio is ready for the game!

Zio Gigi para il rigore!

As for the game, Alex Sandro caused a penalty for our team. As always, Gigi Buffon stunned everyone and saved the penalty.  What can I say? He is a living legend.
Now, let’s talk about Juventus’ first Serie A game for the 2017-2018 season. If you are a soccer fan, and follow my blog, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Our first game ended in victory, with Juventus defeating Cagliari 3-0. As my son Patrick and I were watching the game, we could not believe that we were actually there at the stadium in Torino back in June. We visited the dressing room, conference room, and even stood at the edge of the field. Nope, it was not a dream! We were actually there! We saw Gigi’s net up close. I can’t wait to go back.
Yay! I’m happy we had a great start. It is always nice to start the season with a victory.  Forza Juve! Fino alla fine!
 XO,
Nunzia

Ciao amiche! Hello everyone!

My husband and I are new parents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have  a 10-week-old puppy, Claudio. He weighs six pounds, and is a terrier mix.

Fifteen months after the death of our beloved Harry, we decided to get another dog. It was not an easy decision. We wanted to take our time.  As you know, getting a new pet is a big commitment.

This time, we decided to adopt through our local Humane Society.  Thankfully, my husband, Patrick, was checking their website for updates every night. So, Friday night, we saw our baby for the first time. By Saturday, mid-morning, he was already home with us.

I can’t explain how much our life has changed in such a positive way since the arrival of our bear. Yes, he does look like a bear up close.  I can’t seem to get enough kisses from the little guy who, btw, loves to cuddle.

The name Claudio was my son’s idea. Claudio Marchisio is the centerfield player for our favorite soccer team, Juventus.  I sent a picture of Claudio to Claudio Marchisio via Twitter, and he “liked” the picture within minutes.

As for me, I need to make some adjustments with my writing  schedule.  My priority right now is to make this little guy happy and comfortable, since he already had a rough start in life. We were told by the Humane Society that our little angel was brought to them by Animal Control. That is heartbreaking. From the moment we saw him, we knew this little guy needed to come home with us.

Yesterday, we went to Pets Mart for his first medical checkup and, on the way over, he was visibly shaking. As I was holding him, I felt his little heart beating super fast.  In his young life, he has already been through enough, I’m sure! I will keep you posted on his progress.

As for me, I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon on August 23.  According to the MRI, I have a tear in the right meniscus. I do miss running, but I’m sure I have a long way to go until that day.

I will be back soon!  Until then, be happy and stay zen. Also, if you are thinking about getting a new pet, please contact your local Human Society. There are so many dogs and cats in need of a home. XoXo!