Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year

In 1 1/2 hours, it will be 2007. UNBELIEVABLE!! The year of 2006 was mostly a good one for me-- moving and starting a new job...it's been amazing.

My friend Anna is visiting right now though-- so Happy New Year!!! :)

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas tree

You Are a Cranberry and Popcorn Strung Tree

Christmas is all about showcasing your creative talents.
From cookies to nicely wrapped presents, your unique creations impress everyone.

Holiday stress

Your Holiday Stress Level is Moderate

The holidays sometimes stress you out, but mostly because they wear you down.
Take it easy! You can have a fun holiday without running yourself ragged.

Elf name

Your Elf Name Is...

Stubby Snow Bunny


Teehee

Christmas movie

Your Christmas is Most Like: A Very Brady Christmas

For you, it's all about sharing times with family.
Even if you all get a bit cheesy at times.

Summer

You Should Spend Your Summer at the Beach

You're a free spirit who is always thinking of new ways to have fun.
And you don't just love summer... you live for it.
So, you really should blow off your responsibilities and head to the beach!


Yay!

Soda

You Are Broccoli Casserole Soda

Vegetarians taste better!


Ewwwww

Impulsiveness

You Should Try Car Racing

You've got an unbelievable need for speed
No little fear of crashing will stop your lead foot

What kind of meat

You Are Beef

You're big, burly, and maybe even a little stinky. And no one's going to come between you and a good steak.
And you've probably never met a vegetable you like, unless fries and ketchup count.

Redneck

You Are 30% Redneck

The wheels still turning, but the hamster's dead.
You're just fakin' bein' a redneck.


LOL, surprised it's not more! I lived like 1 minute from WV for a few years ;)

Blue

You are Ocean Blue

You're both warm and practical. You're very driven, but you're also very well rounded.
You tend to see both sides to every issue, and people consider you a natural diplomat.

What kind of artist?

You Should Be a Poet

You have a way with words... and a talent for drawing the pure emotions out of experiences.
Your poetry has the potential to make people laugh and cry at the same time. You just need to write it!


Yea, no...poetry and I don't mix well ;)

Languages

You Should Learn Spanish

For you, learning a language is about career advancement and communication.
Knowing Spanish will bring you tons of possiblities for jobs and travel. Bárbaro!


Oh no-- I tried to learn Spanish a few times and it didn't go well. I'm SO not a language person!

Mexican name

Your Mexican Name Is...

Doña Beatriz


Reminds me of DeColores, this interesting retreat my mom went on once...lol!

Movie bluff

Your Movie Buff Quotient: 48%

You are well on your way to becoming a movie buff.
You've seen many of the great films, and you have even probably developed an expertise in a few genres.


Hehe...I watch too many movies that just aren't on this list ;)

Communication

You Communicate With Your Ears

You love conversations, both as a listener and a talker.
What people say is important to you, and you're often most affected by words, not actions.
You love to hear complements from others. And when you're upset, you often talk to yourself.
Music is very important to you. It's difficult to find you without your iPod.

European City

You Belong in Dublin

Friendly and down to earth, you want to enjoy Europe without snobbery or pretensions.
You're the perfect person to go wild on a pub crawl... or enjoy a quiet bike ride through the old part of town.


Yay!! I love Ireland! :)

Thanksgiving

You Are Mashed Potatoes

Oridnary, comforting, and more than a little predictable
You're the glue that holds everyone together.


Yummy!

What age am I?

You Are 28 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.


Hmm...not quite 28 yet...LOL!!

1950's Name

Your 1950s Name is:

Phyllis Yvonne


I don't like Phyllis. Yvonne is okay...

2004 Hit Song

100 Years by Five for Fighting

"Every day's a new day...
15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey 15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live"

2004 was about thinking and reflecting - but isn't every year?


Hehe, I listened to this song SO much in 2004!!

Music Taste

Your Taste in Music:

90's Pop: High Influence
Adult Alternative: High Influence
Classic Rock: Medium Influence
80's Pop: Low Influence
90's R&B: Low Influence

Maturity

You Are Very Mature

Even though you may not always feel like it, you're a full fledged adult.
And while everyone should be as mature as you, most people aren't!


LOL, I'm always being told I am mature for my age...I guess it's a good thing though.

Inner European

Your Inner European is Russian!

Mysterious and exotic.
You've got a great balance of danger and allure.


Hmmm...need to visit Russia I guess!

Holidays

You Should Spend the Holidays In

France - where "Pere Noel" fills your shoes full of toes

Slacker

You Are 20% Slacker

You are anything but a slacker. You're truly a go getter.
You never let laziness get in the way of living your life - and you can't stand to see it in others.


So funny...people are always saying I'm a hard worker, but sometimes I feel like a slacker ;)

Attitudes

Your Attitude is Better than 45% of the Population

You have a positive attitude... somtimes. You prefer to see the world through clear glasses, not rose colored ones.


Hmm...need to work on that!

Purple

You Are Iris

You are an interesting blend of fun and wisdom.
You definitely make people think about themselves and their place in the world.
But they'll have fun doing it. You definitely epitomize laughter therapy.
You are a very enriching and entertaining friend!


Okey then!

Obsessive

You Are 0% Obsessive

You're less prone to obsessive thoughts than the rest of the world...
While you do get hung up from time to time, you're excellent at clearing your mind.


I do agree that I'm good at clearing my mind! :)

Sesame Street Character

You Are Big Bird

Talented, smart, and friendly... you're also one of the sanest people around.

You are usually feeling: Happy. From riding a unicycle to writing poetry, you have plenty of hobbies to keep you busy.

You are famous for: Being a friend to everyone. Even the grumpiest person gets along with you.

How you life your life: Joyfully. "Super. Duper. Flooper."


I'm glad I'm happy big bird! It's taken a lot of mind work to change from an unhappy teen to an optimistic person :)

What color green

You Are Teal Green

You are a one of a kind, original person. There's no one even close to being like you.
Expressive and creative, you have a knack for making the impossible possible.
While you are a bit offbeat, you don't scare people away with your quirks.
Your warm personality nicely counteracts and strange habits you may have.


I love teal

2893 Name

If You Were Born in 2893...

Your Name Would Be: Neyr Ara

And You Would Be: A Demi-God


Not too bad... Ara is kind of cute :)

Pizza

Cheese Pizza

Traditional and comforting.
You focus on living a quality life.
You're not easily impressed with novelty.
Yet, you easily impress others.


I LOVE cheese pizza...heh!

My theme song

Your Theme Song is Back in Black by AC/DC

"Back in black, I hit the sack,
I've been too long, I'm glad to be back"

Things sometimes get really crazy for you, and sometimes you have to get away from all the chaos.
But each time you stage your comeback, it's even better than the last!

American City

You Are Boston

Both modern and old school, you never forget your roots.
Well educated and a little snobby, you demand the best.
And quite frankly, you think you are the best.

Famous people from the Boston area: Conan O'Brien, Ben Affleck, New Kids on the Block


Well then, it's a good thing I live near Boston now! ;)

Female brain

Your Brain is 73% Female, 27% Male

Your brain leans female
You think with your heart, not your head
Sweet and considerate, you are a giver
But you're tough enough not to let anyone take advantage of you!


LOL...

Mixed Drinks

You Are a Bloody Mary

You're a fairly serious drinker, who's experimented a lot with different drinks.
You're a drunk, but a stable drunk. You don't ever let your drinking get out of control.


Not even close!

Gluttony

Your Gluttony Quotient: 30%

You have a pretty good relationship with food - you enjoy it, but you don't go overboard.
You've struck the perfect balance between gluttony and self control.


Surprised it's not more...I love my food! LOL...

Sarcasm

You Have Your Sarcastic Moments

While you're not sarcastic at all times, you definitely have a cynical edge.
In your opinion, not all people are annoying. Some are dead!
And although you do have your genuine moments, you can't help getting your zingers in.
Some people might be a little hurt by your sarcasm, but it's more likely they think you're hilarious.


Hmm...

Openness

You Are 41% Open

You are a fairly open person, but you also like to maintain your privacy.
You definitely will tell all (okay, almost all) to your closest friends...
But strangers and acquaintances only get a peek into your life.


Sounds about right... ;)

Time of Day

You Are Sunrise

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.


Heh...alrighty then...

Celebrity Music Style

Your Musical Tastes Match: Jennifer Garner


See her whole playlist here (iTunes required)


Sweet, I like Jennifer Garner :)

What advanced degree...

You Should Get a MBA (Masters of Business Administration)

You're a self starter with a drive for success.
You'd make a great entrepreneur.


Hardeehar...I hated my business classes in college, lol!

Super Excited!

Last night I had a late dinner @ Kings with one of my four sisters as well as one of my best friends from Ohio. My friend, T, had some happy news. She had been waiting to see me in person to tell me...but couldn't hold it in for more than 5 minutes after we sat down in the restaurant booth. Anyway, her news is that she'll be moving very close to me in August. By close, I mean less than two hours-- right now we're about 14 hours apart, so I am PSYCHED. She'll be in school, but Little Miss and I will be visiting her a lot. Seriously-- to have another friend from OH in the area will be such a blessing. Like Moni and I said to T, we're trying to get our whole posse in the East Coast. Only a few more people to go!! LOL...

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all! I know, it's a day late (technically 2 since it's almost 2 am...heh). Oh well. I'm in Ohio enjoying time with my parents and six younger siblings. We're all feeling a bit under the weather today, so we ditched our original plan to see "Charlotte's Web" and go out for dinner. All day we've just been talking, laughing, eating, reading outloud, and a few episdoes of "I Love Lucy". :) It's wonderful!! The next few days should be filled with more family and friends, and I don't head back to MA until Monday afternoon. :)

Friday, December 22, 2006

Almost Christmas!

I cannot believe Christmas is almost here! It's been a whirlwind month (mostly filled with sick kids)... but still! I feel like I was just in Ohio for Thanksgiving, yet tonight I'm flying there again! I packed a ton of books with the hope that I will have time to read them all. We'll see...

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

WITH 2006 COMING TO AN END HAVE YOU..
1. Have you had any relationships this year? nope
2. Have you had your birthday yet? Yes, seems like forever ago!
3. Seen Happy Feet yet? No
5. Pulled an all nighter? Yes
6. Drank Starbucks? Yes
7. Went Camping? Nope
8. Bought something(s) Yes...I've bought way too much this year!
9. Met someone special? Many of them
10. Been out of the country? Sadly, no
11. Gone Snowboarding? Yep
12. Hugged someone? Yes
13. Slept in someone else's bed? Yes
14. Drank any alcohol? Yes
15. Loaned out money? Yes
16. Eye Color? Blue
17. Height? 5'6"

Yet another...

Prefer black or blue pens? Blue

Like to travel? Absolutely love it

Are you currently happy? Yep

Birthplace? Maine

Christmas or Halloween? Christmas

Colored or black-and-white photo? Completely depends

Go to the movies or rent? I like both

Have you ever moved? Yes, many times

Mcdonalds or Burger King? Burger King

Night or day? Depends what I'm doing

Number of pillows? 1

Piano or guitar? I like both, but play neither

What are you hearing right now? the TV

Plans for the weekend? Heading to my aunt's house to babysit and have a family get-together

What did you do today? Worked, went to the mall w/ Little Miss, played w/ the kids

Another survey

Is your hair up?: Yep

Is your phone right beside you?: Nope
Do you wish you were somewhere else?: Nah, I'm okay

Do you have plans for tonight?: Yes...lots of wrapping and writing to do

Are you wearing makeup?: No

Are you wearing chapstick?: Yes

Are you cold?: Yes, it's winter- I'm always cold heh

Are you tired?: Yea...I can't seem to catch up lately. One late night out w/ Jenn, a night working late...it all adds up!

Are you excited?: Yes, for the weekend

Are you watching t.v.?: Yea

Are you wearing pajamas?: No, but I want to be!

Who's the last person you IMed?: Julia

Who's the last person that called you?: My grandma, about this weekend

LAST WEEK

Had any plans last week?: Yes

Who did you see most last week?: The kids, probably followed by Jenn

Was last week interesting? Little Miss was sick, so it was interesting, just not in a good way!

TODAY

Have you yelled at someone?: No

Have you gotten mad at someone?: Yes. Z-Man was not following directions for a bit

Have you cried?: No

Have you called more than 3 people?: Yes

Have you IMed more than 3 people?: Yep

Have you eaten anything gross?: Nope

SPILL YOUR GUTS

Q. First thing you did this morning?: turned off the stinkin' alarm

Q. Last thing you drank?: juice

Q. What's something you look forward to most in the next 6 weeks? That would be Christmas, spending time with my family and friends, and Colleen & James' wedding!

Q. What's annoying you right now? my room

Q. What's the last movie you saw? Eh, I watched one last night "Perfect Christmas Recipe" or something...

Q. Do you believe in long distance relationships?: Sure

Q Where is the last place you went?: The mall w/ Little Miss

Q: Who is the last person you called?: Hmm, Jenn probably

Q: Do you like your handwriting? Sometimes

Q: Are you a friendly person? I think that depends who I'm talking to ;) But I think so, usually!

Q: What color shirt are you wearing? gray

Q: When is the last time you saw your dad? about a month ago

Random Survey

Just because I don't feel like typing out how busy I've been...lol

EIGHT lasts
8. last cigarette: Umm...5th grade?
7. last beverage: Juice
6. last phone call: My grandma
5. last text message: Jenn
4. last cd played: Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong
3. last bubble bath: uhh...no idea
2. last time you cried: few days ago
1. last meal: pizza for dinner

SEVEN have you's:
7. have you ever dated someone twice: No
6. have you ever been cheated on: Friend-wise, yes. Dating-wise, no
5. have you ever kissed someone & regretted it?: Nope
4. have you ever fallen in love?: Not w/ a guy...but with itty bitty babes ;)
3. have you ever lost someone: Yes
2. have you ever been depressed: Yes
1. have you ever been drunk and thrown up: Nope

SIX things you did in the past three days
1. Worked
2. Shopped
3. Worked
4. Shopped
5. Worked
6. Slept

list THREE favorite colors..
1. Blue
2. Green
3. Yes


SO FAR IN 06'...
Been to school - Nope! I finished exactly a year ago this month, so no school in '06 and loving it!
Made a new friend – Yes!! Thank goodness...
Fallen out of love - Nope
Laughed until you cried - LOL Absolutely!
Went behind your parents back – Probably, b/c I don't answer to them/ tell them everything anymore
Met someone who changed your life - Yes
Found out who your true friends were – I'm always finding that out...sigh

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Peanut Butter Kisses

1/2cup granulated sugar
1cup packed brown sugar
1cup creamy peanut butter
1cup butter or margarine, softened
2eggs
3cups flour
1 1/2teaspoons baking soda
1teaspoon baking powder

Additional granulated sugar

Hershey's Kisses
1.
Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, peanut butter, butter and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder.
2.Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in additional granulated sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
3.Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Press 1 chocolate candy in center of each cookie.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Cleaning up vomit is not fun.

Neither is doing 5 loads of laundry a day because a certain little one keeps deciding to wet his pants on purpose.

And fighting with a 7 year old about wearing a coat when it is 20* outside keeps me on my toes too.

Sigh.

Welcome to my life. Vent over.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

150 Things

Bolded are the ones I've done:

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula

07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it

09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise

14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game

16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa.
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables

18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight

31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster

35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment

39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk.
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales

45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe.
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds

57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke

59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud

64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured an ancient site

70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played Dungeons & Dragons for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date (among other things, that I won't mention here. Ah, I miss those days sometimes.)
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently well enough to have a decent conversation
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised (raising) children (child)
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over

101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse

119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet

121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours

123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper

129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed (paraglided…close enough!)
132. Touched a cockroach

133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read their books
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair

147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Cars and California

So...my life lately has been consumed by car problems and work. Work is going fine, Z-Man is doing GREAT with the potty training. My car...well it's been in and out of 2 shops in the past two weeks. And, it's going to cost a ton of money to fix, so after discussing it with my parents, thinking about it for a few days, it looks like I'm going to be getting rid of it. :( I'm so sad, because it's my first car, but for now I can use my boss' car to get around outside of work, so that's a blessing. I'm going to see if I can get some money for it, but we'll see. There is a plus side to this, but I'm not going to post that...it's kind of on the d-l. ;)

In other news, I leave for California tomorrow night-- I cannot wait, but I have SO much that needs to be done! Our internet is down except for the desktop computer (not mine) so stuff that has to be done on the computer I have been doing after the kids go to bed...so I've been staying up WAY too late!

Anyway, back to work for me! Hopefully tonight I'll have time to post a few pics from the past few weeks- Jenn and I had an awesome trip to Connecticut last weekend!

Have a great weekend, all! :)

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Missing Ohio

Yea...I'm missing "home" in Ohio. I just got off the phone with my mom, so that's part of it. But, this weekend is Apple Stirrin'...which I believe I've gone to every year since 1997, with the exception of '04- but I was in Europe then so it didn't matter! I've been there with Jess, and I miss Jess. She's so far away. I miss talking to her on the phone, miss seeing her! I also miss our 2x weekly lunch dates from last fall... :(

I just miss fall in Ohio. I hated it when I lived there, but now that I'm gone, I want to go back. Apple Stirrin', FUS campus in the fall, Algonquin Mill Festival, freezing cold fall nights spent bowling with the Clln and James, flag football, ultimate frisbee, spontaneous movie nights with friends, Thanksgiving with my family, long walks down 39 and up 646 on cool but perfect fall evenings...I miss it all!

I guess it doesn't help that I've just been sitting in my room all day. I love weekends, but I hate them. I love that I can do what I want, but I hate when I have nothing planned and don't feel like I can leave my room because the P's are all over the place. I mean, my bed's comfy enough to read on, but I'd love to sit on the couch. However, if I wander out there, then I'll get into a conversation with Dani or Ando, or the kids will want me to read to them, and I just need "me" time, especially after this week. Ando was gone from Sunday-Friday (in Ohio, no less!) and so I ended up working much more than usual...plus the babysitting gig on Thursday night which ran until after midnight. Not fun, when you have to get up at 6 am, let me tell you what!

Ok, I'm done complaining. Seriously though, you people in Ohio-- savor all the little festivals and fall time. Do it for me, okay? Thank ya!

It's been busy here since the baptism on Oct. 8- but now I'm a godmother!!! And my godson Aidan is absolutely adorable. Grandma, who lost her hair b/c of chemo, has a wig that she wore to the baptism. It has a bit of a reddish hue, but it works. Heh... There are plenty of pictures in my album, so check them out :)

I've been busy with the kids as well. Autumn in New England is really an experience- it's absolutely gorgeous! A few weeks ago I took Z-Man and Little Miss apple picking- so fun! It was the first time for either of them, and Z-Man had a blast picking his own apples. Little Miss did as well, and she cracked me up when she just snapped an apple from the tree and chomped down. Yummy!

A few days later, the kids had off school because it was Columbus Day, so I took all three of them hiking at a nearby park. I had Little Miss on my back, J was the trailmaster in charge of the map, and Z-Man was in his glory. At one point, J decided to give me a break and offered to carry Little Miss...it was adorable to see a 7 year old with a huge backpack and a toddler strapped to his back. It lasted about 2 minutes, but I got a great picture!

I am SO tired of potty training Z-Man. I've been doing it for 4 months, and I'm just worn out. I don't know how to get him to realize that HE has to tell me when he has to go, that I can't tell. Supposedly we (me, the school, his parents) are going to go full force this coming week. I'm hoping that means just sticking him in underwear and plopping him on the toilet every 1/2 hr-1 hr. If we keep this up the way it's been going, I'm going to get burnt out. Very fast.

Little Miss has been very adorable lately. She and I had a busy week. On Tuesday, we went with Jenn to the mall up in NH for lunch. Jenn had a very old gift certificate to one of the "teen stores" that she wanted to use, but nothing in that store was going to fit either of us, so Jenn ended up getting Little Miss a stuffed toy monkey- a very adorable one! We lost it in Baby Gap and had to run all around the mall trying to find it again- we found it! We took Little Miss to lunch at Bertucci's, which is a yummy Italian/pizza place. Little Miss was welll behaved for the most part and loved the free bread!

I can't for the life of me remember what we did on Wednesday...I know we did something, lol! I'll remember later...On Thursday, Little Miss and I met Jenn and two boys she was babysitting at the park, went to BK for lunch, and then Mon and Em came over for the afternoon. At the park I met another nanny from a town close by, and she let me know that there's a nanny group meeting at the playground on Tuesday! I am psyched and totally plan on attending!

Yesterday I took Little Miss and Z-Man to a place called Imagine That- basically it's 1200 sq. ft. of playspace, broken up by area. A junglegym (big enough for me, btw), art center, store, etc. We were there about 3 hours and they both had a complete blast.

Last weekend was fun as well. It was a perfect mix of craziness and down time for me, lol! On Saturday night I babysat for a 1 1/2 y/o boy during one of Kris' friend's wedding receptions. It was way too easy- he went to sleep by 7:30 and then I just read a book and wrote until midnight! On Sunday, I FINALLY got to talk to Amata (seriously...that girl is IMPOSSIBLE for me to get ahold of!) while Kris and I were on our way to CT for a Nields house concert- which was just awesome...even though I was getting smashed on the couch by a large random man. Haha...the concert was great, though!!

I haven't been doing anything today...but I slept in til 9!! That never happens on Saturdays for me, lol. Later tonight Jenn is coming over, and once the kids are in bed we're going to have some fun. Probably just a movie since Jenn's "babysitting" them and we can't go anywhere, but hey that's okay! I'll introduce her to my dear friend Nutella, which I recently rediscovered...ohhh man guys remember that stuff? We ate it on EVERYTHING- no wonder we all gained 20 lbs living in Europe....LOL!!!!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Thursday already? This week has flown by! With the kids out of school on Monday, it has seemed shorter than usual. :)

I didn’t sleep well last night for whatever reason, and apparently Z-Man had the same problem. He’s usually up by 6:30 at the latest, but this morning I had to drag him out of bed kicking and screaming at 7… poor kid. Amazingly, he bounced back by the time school let out and had endless energy this afternoon. Since his class at school has been talking about animals that make good pets, we had a discussion about that earlier. He informed me sadly that his favorite animal- an elephant- didn’t make the list because it’s too big. :( The animals that made his list today- cat, dog, lizard (he was thrilled about that), mouse, bunny, goldfish, and the donkey. It was very cute…in other news, he’s featured in this season’s Toys R Us catalog! I picked a few copies up today while at the mall, and he was ecstatic to see himself in print. :)

Little Miss and I spent some of the day at a mall near Monany. We had lunch in the food court, walked around a few stores, and met up with Mon, her cousin, and baby Em in the children’s play section. The little ones had a blast, and Mon and I had a great talk. We’ve both been feeling the same way this week…and we came up with a way to describe it. Blah…original, I know. Yet, it seems to be the only word that fits. We’re not sad; we’re not depressed, we’re both just “blah” this week. Hopefully next week will be better for both of us, but for now, we’re just the blah twins. I love spending time with Mon though! At the end of our little mall excursion, we stopped by Kay Jewelers and I showed her the ring and necklace I received from the P’s on Monday. Beautiful, I tell ya!

Tomorrow Jenn is coming to watch the kids after I’m done from work. I’m excited to see her again. She helped Z-Man this summer at a camp for a few days, and I enjoyed meeting and getting to know her, but then she started a new job and the kids started school so I haven’t seen her in months. We did talk on the phone the other day for over a ½ hr though…so yea, I’m looking forward to that. After spending all day with kids, I’m sure I’ll be ready for some adult interaction. :)

Another piece of news tonight- I might have found a family to babysit for! They found me online and we’ve been playing phone tag for close to 2 weeks now. They have three kids, two boys and a girl, close to the ages of the ones I nanny for. She’s looking for someone who could baby-sit every weekend, but I told her up front I’m not available most weekends because I’m gone. At first, she didn’t understand why, until I mentioned I’m a live in nanny…and then she got it. She’s open to me just babysitting during the week though, and I’m meeting her and the kids on Monday after work. She sounded super nice and easy to talk to, so I’m psyched.

I’m leaving tomorrow right after work for baby Aidan’s baptism and will return on Sunday late (but, as a godmother!)…so till next week :)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Oh what a long, long Wednesday! Little Miss and I spent most of the day out and about, hitting every possible business in town (or so it would seem!). In reality, we didn’t go to that many places: Wal-Mart, Old Navy, the library, post office, a bookstore, and Dunkin Donuts. I didn’t get anything at DD (go me!), just picked up a donut for Little Miss. She was SO cute and well behaved during our errands. :) We got home just in time to get the boys from their buses and then Z-Man and I put away some laundry and dishes before having a sword “fight”. :)

J still has a very weird cough…it’s been lingering for a few weeks and almost sounds forced, but it’s not. A cute thing he’s been saying lately, though, is that he needs “cough pills” instead of “cough drops”. I’m not sure where he got it, but it’s adorable when he says “Beth, may I please have a cough pill?” Hehe!!

My television is still on the fritz. It drives me nuts…guess I should get it fixed at some point. I really don’t watch much tv in my room, but every once in a while I’d like to just chill and enjoy a show without the cable cutting out 5x in a half hour.

In other news, I’m still on the hunt for a digital camera. I’ve “narrowed” it down to about 20 cameras, I think. Now I’m just searching for reviews and then I’ll have to choose which one to go with! I did look at a few at Wal-Mart today…none that caught my eye, though.

Tomorrow should be fun! Little Miss and I have plans to hit the mall with Monany and baby Em- there is a play place for the little ones and a food court for us adults so it will be nice. Friday is Mon’s birthday but since the baptism is this weekend, tomorrow will have to count for me spending time with her near her birthday!

Oh, one last thing- for Stephie- today marks NINE years since my family moved to Ohio. HOW IN THE WORLD IS THAT POSSIBLE?!??!?!?!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Cameras

I HATE trying to find a good camera to buy!! Ughh!!!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Monday, Monday...

Another Monday...I cannot believe it’s October already! How is it possible that I’ve lived in MA for 7 months already? Ahhh!!!!

I had a great weekend, with lots of Monanyand babe time. On Saturday, we went shopping for a nice outfit for me to wear this weekend to Aidan’s baptism (and possibly to the Clln’s wedding in December). I ended up getting the very first outfit I tried on…God only knows how much I hate shopping and he had mercy on me! ;) It’s actually just a black skirt and a blue/green top…I’m not even going to try and describe it. I explained it to my sister but then Monany shoved me away from the computer and started going on about the flirty/sexy skirt and the top w/ some kind of special sleeves and I was completely lost. Shae and Monany are much more into clothes than me, so whatever Mon says, goes for me! I didn’t find any shoes that “look nice” with the skirt, according to Mon, but oh well. I’ll just have to make do for Sunday.

Between Saturday and Sunday, Mon, Em and I hit Friendly’s three times…heh. Perhaps we’re addicted? Actually, no. Our hotel happened to be adjacent to one, so that’s where we had dinner on Saturday, plus we had already been to one in the mall for ice cream, and then we went again on Sunday with Jac.

Hmm…what else? Oh yes, I talked to my little sisters a few days ago, and Rach was explaining to me that she and Lily are writing books. They are takes off “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and they’re adorable. Rach read me about ½ of hers, which is titled “If You Give a Horse a Hamburger”. Lily’s is “If You Give a Chicken a Chip” but I haven’t heard very much of it. Mom informed me that Rach has finished hers since then, so when I return to OH in December I look forward to seeing it! =)

The kids didn’t have school today, so we spent a lot of time outside in the beautiful fall air! I love this weather…you can SMELL autumn and the leaves, and it reminds me of Apple Stirrin’ in Ohio. I believe it’s this coming weekend, so I’m a bit sad that I’m missing it… oh well, what can ya do?

Little Miss is still getting over being sick, and around noon she got another rash, most likely because of her high fever on Friday. She doesn’t seem to be bothered by it, other than being extremely cranky, and she loved going down the slide all by herself multiple times this afternoon. One time she got completely turned around and ended up head first, but she’s fine. Z-Man once again resorted to ripping pages out of books again. I think he’s ready to go back to school tomorrow! I really don’t know why he keeps destroying the books, but he doesn’t seem to care when I take them away either. Argh! J and I had a good time this afternoon while the younger two were sleeping. We got in a few games of Chutes and Ladders, played with magnets (I snuck in a science lesson about the north and south poles..hehe), and built various lego guys before he ran out to play with some friends.

Not too much more is going on here lately. I talked to my grandma this morning and she’s doing pretty well- having another chemo treatment tomorrow so she’ll be knocked out for the rest of the week. I’m heading down there on Friday night and staying over at her house before heading to RI for the baptism. Hopefully I’ll be able to convince her that I should drive with her dizzy/double vision spells lately. We shall see…

I am in the market for a new camera, I’m thinking. I received a gift from Dani and Ando this evening and wanted to take pics of it to post because it’s absolutely gorgeous, but my camera has decided not to work well anymore. I knew it would happen soon, as my current beloved camera has been my close friend for about 3 years, has trekked all over Europe and the US with me, and has taken 10s of thousands of pictures wonderfully. Any tips? I hate searching for stuff like this but I need to do my research!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

I’ve been neglecting my blogs…once again. Eh, too bad. Here are many many updates- good luck making it to the end. :) (Austria, Jess? Haha)

My grandpa

After 13 days in the hospital, Grandpa was released yesterday and brought to a rehab center/ nursing home that my Dad and his sister chose. Dad wasn’t able to stay in NJ to make sure Grandpa was settled because of work and returned to OH late Monday night, but it sounds like Grandpa is still very confused. Heath wise, he is doing a little better, but the doctors are still quite concerned about blood clots and his mental health. There are a few decisions to be made by the family in regards to advance directives, so continued prayers would be appreciated for sure.

My grandma

Grandma, now well into her 2nd month of chemo, is doing well for the most part. She lost her hair, and I saw her without for the first time a few weeks ago when we went out to dinner. Even though I thought I prepared myself well, it was still a shock to see her bald. She, too, has been having additional health problems- this time around it’s double vision/ dizzy spells, so the drama continues

My family

My family in OH is keeping busy so I don’t get to talk to them as much as I would like. I talked to Rachael on the phone the other day, and she informed me that her math book is getting harder. She is in 1st grade, but is working on 2nd grade math. I thought that was cute. Lily had just begun to flood the basement while attempting to water the dogs, but I believe that got under control quickly and there wasn’t much damage. Bryan just celebrated his birthday on Saturday, and it was a hard day for me. I have found that birthdays and holidays are when I find it hardest to be apart from my siblings. Sam is enjoying school and soccer, but it sounds like he’s gone from home many evenings because of soccer games/ practices. Amata is having a blast at college from what I can tell, and I am glad I have a friend there who can keep an eye on my social butterfly of a sister. She’s involved in so many activities that I can tell her college experience is going to do anything but parallel mine. Shae’s sorority had rush week last week and she and I had a good conversation one day as she explained to me how rush week works. Always good to learn…

Old Friends, But Good Ones

In the past few weeks, I have been connected with a couple old friends that I’ve been missing for years and thinking of frequently. Ryan was a guy I worked with for a few years before heading to Virginia, and I was disappointed not to find him working in my old school’s cafeteria when I returned to visit. He had moved on to greater things and higher paying jobs, and today I got a message from him. We’ve always gotten along great and I’ve missed his crazy but funny ways. He and I always had a great camaraderie working together and just plain got along well. I could tell him anything and he wouldn’t judge or laugh- hopefully the next time I visit OH I’ll be able to catch up with my old buddy. :) Katie is a former classmate of mine, although we only attended college together for one semester. I’d seen her once since she graduated in 2003, but only for a short time. She actually flew to OH this past summer for a wedding, but I was here in MA so I missed her. Anyway, I ran across her email address online a few weeks ago and we’ve reconnected. It’s awesome!

Traveling

I have the travel itch so badly right now, and wish I could just pick up and go to Bolivia or Scotland for a few weeks to visit my dear friends…that’s obviously not possible! However, I may have a fun trip coming up this weekend, but I need to wait and see how it pans out. I was FINALLY able to buy my ticket to OH for Christmas. I’ll be there 9 days and will hit my parents annual Christmas party (think a few hundred people to catch up with…it’s great!), Christmas Eve and Day with my family, my friend Colleen’s wedding, and a New Year’s Eve bash with some of my best friends. It’s looking like a great trip. California is looking like it’s going to happen as well, all I need to do is buy the ticket and go- that will be in December and I’ll visit my cousin Matt, who I haven’t seen in over 5 years.

My job

My job is going extremely well. I’m content where I am, and at this point have absolutely no plans to move back to Ohio. This is much to the chagrin of my mother’s friends who, while they praised my work while I was visiting, made no secret of their desire for me to move back so as to spend more time with them and their children. I do miss everyone in Ohio, but at the same time, I know this is where I am supposed to be. Seriously. I know it sounds cliché, but I just know. For now, I’m staying put until …??

Being a Mom

Okay, so I’m not REALLY a mom, but I feel like it most of the time. I get the kids up in the morning, feed them breakfast, get them dressed, off to school, play with the Little Miss, go grocery shopping, do the laundry, clean, cook, play outside with the kids and the neighbor friends, make snacks, comfort them when they are sick or hurt, read the kids books, discipline them, drive them to gymnastics/friend’s houses/ etc.

So, I took the Little Miss D to the playground one day last week and because I had time to relax a little and watch mothers interacting with their children (having to only watch 1 child instead of my usual 3) and I was amazed at the different types of parents, even at the playground. Of course, I learned about all these parenting types in my various education classes, but this was real life observation. I noticed parents who had their hawk’s eye on the child, and they warned the child about anything headed their way- “No, Johnny, don’t go down that slide, you’ll hurt yourself”, “Johnny, that rope is too high for you”, etc. but didn’t interact with her child at all other than the yelling. There was the mom who had her ear glued to the cell phone the entire time we were at the park. This mom kept up her conversation quite well, even when her little boy, about 2 years old, fell off a slide and bit his lip. Never did she offer one word of comfort to the toddler, who was obviously in pain, and never did she allow him on her lap to snuggle a bit. This little boy was brushed off at the playground (aka kid land!) and I just wanted to pick him up and console him. A third mom was mingling with other moms but keeping a close eye, out of sight to her daughter, as this little one explored the inner workings of slides, ropes, tire swings, etc. As we left, I just couldn’t stop thinking about this normal daily activity and the different ways children can experience it.

The Kids

Onto the children I watch… J is really enjoying 2nd grade. We work daily on his spelling words before he runs out to play with friends, and last week he got all of the words correct by Wednesday and aced the test on Friday. After a few weeks of school, I’m noticing that he must have matured a lot over the summer. Being with him daily I didn’t recognize it, but I’m not getting any more of the attitude that I saw last school year. He’s in gymnastics 2x a week and seems to be loving it. J also participated in this last year, but at a lower level and only 1x a week for a shorter amount of time.

Z-Man goes to preschool four days a week and the schedule completely agrees with him. The last few weeks of summer I thought we were all going to go nuts, just because Z-Man does much better with a schedule, and summer was not providing that at all. Yesterday morning, Z-Man’s mother got the surprise of her life when she walked into his room and he was picking out his own clothes and dressing, all by himself. He and I have been working on that skill all summer and he finally had a chance to show off. Potty training is still going well…we’re chugging along. It’s been 3 months now, and I think he’s ready to say goodbye to the diapers. Poor Z-Man was very sick today with the stomach virus. He was fine this morning and went to school, but I was called before 10 am saying he’d thrown up and needed to come home. The Little Miss and I rushed over to find poor Z-Man completely drained, vomiting, and sleepy as can be. After a turbulent (haha) ride home in the car with only one episode, he was placed in bed and slept for nearly 3 hours, waking only to get sick all over his bed, clothes, and sheets a few times. By mid-afternoon he was ready to come downstairs and just relax on the couch for the rest of the day. We watched many episodes of the Backyardigans, Blue’s Clues, and Between the Lions, but got to snuggle a bit too so it was nice. He ate some rice pasta for dinner and so far, so good. I’ve successfully made it through my first really sick kid nanny moment. Glad it’s over…

Little Miss will be 1 ½ in October and she’s usually very fun for me to have around. Lately, she’s been very cute and also well behaved, which is a relief from the tantrums she threw a few weeks ago. With that behind us, she spends her free time (usually most of the day) playing quite well by herself. Yesterday I was cleaning the pantry for hours, and the entire time she was tearing through old boxes and helping me. She’s a little mama for sure, carrying around her dolls and asking for “help” when she can’t get them in the stroller. She’s learning how to not get so frustrated after a few seconds and likes to try a couple times by herself before asking for help. At the playground last week she enjoyed going down the slides all alone for the first time. She was so timid when we first arrived, but by the time we had to leave to get her brothers, she had to be torn away. She’s growing up so fast, and it’s hard to believe she wasn’t even walking when I arrived here in March!

And thus ends this saga, till later!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Grandpa

My grandpa isn't doing well at all. He was supposed to only be in the hospital over the weekend, but he now has pneumonia and his blood thinners were causing problems. He's having a spinal tap and MRI tomorrow, he's restrained in bed, he had a cyst on his kidney that burst...all of this within the last 6 days. Dad's heading there tomorrow.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

What kind of shirt are you wearing?
A t-shirt from Paris

Would you kiss anyone on your top friends list on Myspace?
Nope

Do you have "A thing" for anyone?
Not right now

How many kids do you want to have?
I don’t know…a lot

Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
Yes, most of the time

What name would you want besides the one you have?
I think I’ll stick with mine
J

What did you do for your last birthday?
Went to Bahama Breeze with about 15 friends

What's your current ringtone on your phone?
I think it’s the theme song from “The Office”

What time did you wake up today?
6

What were you doing at midnight two nights ago?
Sleeping

Do you like having your hair pulled?
Not really, but Z loves to do it to me

Name something you CANNOT wait to do:
Hm… be Aidan’s godmother!

Last time you saw your mom?
September 4th

What is one thing you wish you could change about your life?
Sometimes I wish I had a significant other!

If you won 300,000 dollars (tax free), what would you do with it?
Pay off my car and my school loans, take my family on a vacation because we’ve never been on one, pay off my parent’s house

Have you ever tried to call Santa Claus?
Nope

Last thing you ate
A bagel

What's your favorite month?
May

Least favorite month?
February

What's the last piece of clothing you borrowed from anyone?
Uhmm…I have no idea. I do have some of Ando’s socks right now…haha

Who's getting on your nerves right now?
Nobody

Most visited webpage?
Google

Favorite kind of soda?
None, I don’t like soda

How is it Thursday already?!?!

I need to be packing... except the thing is, I don't know where I'm going to end up this weekend. I could be at Kris' house, catching up on Grey's Anatomy and then heading to a baseball game in NYC, or I might be spending my weeekend off at a hospital in New Jersey visiting my grandfather, who was admitted late last night because of any of these things (or maybe something totally different??)

1) a stroke
2) the possibility that his prostate cancer moved to his brain
3) an infection

That is the updated info I got around 2 this afternoon and I'm still waiting to hear the results of all the tests he's undergone in the past 20 hrs.

Most of my day was consumed thinking about my grandpa, talking to various family members about him, etc. The kids know nothing about him being in the hospital, so the day wasn't any different to them (or at least I tried not to let it be different!). I did tell Ando and Dani though, in case I need to take a few "sick" days to go to New Jersey.

D's fever came back with a vengence this afternoon after a 2 day hiatus. Not sure what's up with that, but it was almost 102* today. She was given Motrin and ate a huge dinner though...

J had two friends over again this afternoon. Really, there are so many kids in this neighborhood that the kids are always playing with each other. They had fun with balloons again...heh...no animal/shape making today though, just balloon ball.

Z seemed awesome today. We read a few books together while J was playing and D was napping, so that was nice. Of course, we read Green Eggs and Ham which is his #1 favorite book. At dinner, Ando and I were talking about the fact that Dani lost my Nields cd, and Z picked up on it right away "I want to listen to Red Red Boppalinalin!" I had to bring out my computer and put it on for him, bringing the number of times that song has been played on my computer to a whopping 85, towering over all other songs in my Itunes directory by at LEAST
70 times... LOL!!!! He does love that song!!

Okay, I'm seriously just procrastinating now. Must pack!