Hockey: The Best Grief Therapy $10 Can Buy

I’ve had a hard time of it since my Mom died in August.

It’s been hard to continue making hats, which was terrible timing, since autumn and the holidays are my busiest hat season.

Honestly, for a while there, it was hard just to get up and face the day.

Thank goodness for hockey!

Not only does it provide fantastic exercise, and much needed endorphins, but the singular focus of chasing that little black puck around and hitting it with a stick is pure bliss.

Nothing in my head for a whole hour but hockey! No room for grief. No room to feel sorry for myself. Just hockey.

For my money, it’s the best grief therapy around. I highly recommend it!

(That’s me in the yellow helmet, by the way…)

Hat-Hat-Hooray for Dartmouth Women’s Hockey!

I’ve never been much of a fan of spectator sports.  I don’t watch television, and I don’t really follow any major league teams.

And then, 4 years ago,  we moved to the Upper Valley of New Hampshire.  Since I could not (at the time) play hockey myself, we decided to take in a game at the local Thompson Arena, home of Dartmouth Women’s Hockey.

We were hooked!  Soon, my sweetie & I found ourselves eagerly awaiting home games, and felt our spirits rise and fall with the fate of our team.  Since Dartmouth’s program is one of the best in the country, we have enjoyed some top-notch hockey at Thompson Arena.

Fiber artist, Carrie Cahill Mulligan & Mom enjoy excellent women's ice hockey at Thompson Arena, in Hanover, NH.

Me & my Mom at Thompson Arena, Hanover NH, 2007.

Last week was no exception… even my mom, who isn’t much of a sports fan either, found herself clapping and cheering for our winning women, who are undefeated so far this year.

So, if you  have never been to a Dartmouth Women’s Hockey game, do yourself a favor and get over to Thompson Arena on November 23, when our ladies take on St. Lawrence.  Puck drops at 7 pm. 

See you there… I’ll be the one in the felt hat, knitting up a frenzy, just above the blue line.  Go Big Green!

ArtWorks: Exhibit, Virtual Reception and Free Notecards

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The 2nd annual ArtWorks, a multi-media exhibit by Dartmouth College employees, takes place today, October 17, 2007 at Alumni Hall and Top of the Hop, in Hanover, New Hampshire

Today, Wednesday, October 17, from 11 am to 6 pm, ArtWorks, the Dartmouth College employee arts festival, will be held in Alumni Hall and the Top of the Hop.  The event is open to the public and will feature exhibits and performances by more than fifty faculty and staff.

Experience the many talents of Dartmouth‘s employees as we present a wide variety of visual arts, music, video, poetry readings, comedy, and much more throughout the day.  Detailed information, including the exhibit layout, performance schedule, and list of contributing artists, can be found on the ArtWorks web site.

Since I have to work at the Dartmouth Alumni Gym front desk for most of exhibit, I thought I would borrow a page from Brenda Marks‘ blog and host a virtual reception myself.  (Thanks for the great idea, Brenda, and to Alyson B. Stanfield for sharing it on her helpful Art Biz Blog.)Heirloom handknit llama and wool felt hat with freehand embroidery (#58 of 2007) by Carrie Cahill Mulligan was on exhibit today at Dartmouth College's ArtWorks, in Hanover, New Hampshire.

So here’s the scoop: You have until the end of this weekend (Sunday, October 21, 2007, at midnight), to leave a comment on this post.On Monday morning, I will toss all names into a (luxuriously warm, elegantly stylish yet hard-wearing, llama and wool, handknit felt) hat, and pick out a winner!

The lucky commenter will receive a set of 4 glossy hat notecards, each with a different freehand embroidery design.

So don’t be shy… leave a comment,  and enter yourself to win.  Good luck, hat lovers!