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This Is Framingham
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Boston Bound!

January 8th, 2011

Wow, it’s been over a month since I’ve posted.  There hasn’t been much going on, I’ve had kind of winter blahs and have been very down on Framingham in general so I decided to lay low.
The other day my boss came over to my desk and said that the Board of Selectmen each get a marathon number to give to someone to run on behalf of a non-profit and one of them called her (knowing I run) and asked if I’d be interested in receiving his number!   I shook my head in disbelief and made sure I understood correctly that I would be getting number to run the Boston Marathon.  After I understood that YES, that was the deal, I was just ecstatic!
This mean so much to me.  My sisters and I would look forward to handing out water every year in front of my dad’s store downtown when we were kids and I never thought that one day I’d be on the other side of the water cup!

Then I thought how it was kind of amazing that if we never moved to Framingham, I’d never have started this blog.  And this blog is why I did a post about the History Center.  Because of that connection, I interviewed and got a job there.  Because of my boss’s brother I got into running last year (which has changed my life) and now, again because of work, I have this amazing opportunity  which wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t move to Framingham in the first place.

So while I’ve been down on the ‘ham, it took this event to remind me that this place isn’t always so bad and I’ve met so many great people since moving here that have effected me in ways I don’t realize until I take a step back and see where I am and what I’ve done since coming here.

I told Selectmen Sisitsky (after thanking him profusely) that he just changed the next 4 months of my life!  I’ll start a training program next week and while there’s a little more pressure than just running on my own, since I’m fundraising  for work, I’m so grateful and excited to be officially part of the Boston Marathon!


  1. Congratulations! We will be cheering you on!

    Comment by ptcakes January 9, 2011 @ 6:45 am

  2. Congrats.

    Comment by Eric January 9, 2011 @ 8:54 am

  3. Yes, congrats, Michelle.
    After 20 years here I do often feel a bit burnt out in trying to influence change for the better — like swimming upstream — but there are some good qualities of this town which you really can’t get elsewhere. You’ve pointed up a lot of them. I, and my kids, have had an interesting education thus far.

    Comment by Matt January 9, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

  4. We just hope you will always be a part of Framingham… you have made us always coming back for more of your fun and informative observation of the “Ham” and hope we never lose you!

    Comment by A fan January 10, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

  5. Hi Michelle,
    Why so down on the Ham? Sometimes I get a little tired of the things I see around town too but this blog usually gives me a boost!

    Comment by mike January 11, 2011 @ 9:47 am

  6. That makes me sad–Don’t be down on the ‘ham for all its ups and downs–it is home. There is no place like home as Dorothy observed. Love the ‘ham blog btw please keep it up! Good luck with your training.–a fan

    Comment by another fan January 12, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

  7. Cheer up! I relocated here from Portland, Maine 7 years ago and use your blog to keep me in the know! My girlfriend has been here for 2 years now from Portland also (and an avid runner) and is going through a bit of culture shock and uses your blog to learn the ins and outs of this mostly wonderful town. I also wanted to let you know I have come up with an abundance of Framingham post crads for the 20’s and would be happy to show them to you. Send me an email!

    Comment by Paul January 13, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

  8. Michele, just curious about what you’ve been down on, if you’re willing to share. I wish the ham were a little more progressive sometimes and wish there were more of a “village” feeling like say Coolidge Corner in Nobscot (hey, I can dream!).

    In any case, I really enjoy reading your blog to see what’s going on around town.


    Comment by Chris January 17, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

  9. It’s funny that some of you have been asking “Why so down on Framingham?” to me, it’s no-brainer but really don’t want to go off on a rant and it could be, as one friend pointed out I may not feel that way if I lived in a different neighborhood but also some of the changes I’ve noticed since moving here have not been so good and although I really do try to see the upside of things there are some days that I really just..don’t see it.
    Anyway, thanks for your support and I hope to be blogging more soon.

    Comment by michelle January 17, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

  10. For me, living in the Ham, after 12 years now, is like the Facebook relationship status “It’s complicated”.

    There are good and bad things about our fair town, but that goes for anywhere. Ever heard of people who have a love/hate relationship with where they live? Some NYC folks are like that.

    But Framingham really is home to me now. I take the good with the bad and try to improve what I can through my community activism. I also know enough about myself that I’m happier here than I think I would be in some of surrounding more affluent towns.

    Allow yourself this “down” time Michelle, and you’ll probably bounce back at some point. Or maybe you just need a different neighborhood. We’d love to have you in Nobscot!

    Comment by Brett January 20, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

  11. Hi,
    Just wanted to tell you, I love, love, love your blog,… Just moved here from northern ca and want to find great places to discover. We have used your blog for some great food places. Anyway, keep updated posts going…I am reading..

    Comment by Germaine February 10, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

  12. Thanks Germaine 🙂

    Comment by michelle February 11, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

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