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!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Quiz

1. When is the last time you used a pair of scissors? Today

2. Who did you last send a snailmail letter to? Uhh...I have no idea. It's been way too long!

3. How many phones are in your home? Hmm...I think 6 or 7, counting our cell phones

4. Are you currently waiting on something in the mail? Yes

5. Do you like hotdogs? No, but I will eat them if there's nothing else

6. If you have a pet, do you frequently give them snack treats? Thankfully, I have no pets

7. What is the temperature where you are right now? According to Google, 63*

8. Do you fondue? I have in the past, usually around Christmas time

9. Which do you prefer to watch: Documentaries or the news? News

10. What came in the mail today? Will and Grace Season 2, Friends Season 10, and a credit card offer

11. What brand of toothpaste do you use? Aquafresh

12. Do you know where your birth certificate is right now? No, I should have it, but I believe my mom still has it.

13. Do you have any laundry to fold right now? Nope!

14. When did you last eat a muffin? Hmm...I made some a few months ago

15. Would you like to go to Belgium? Yes

16. Do you like pancakes? Yes

17. For your last birthday, what flavor was your cake? I think I ended up having strawberry shortcake. I really don't remember...

18. What time did you wake up today? 6

19. Are you afraid of lizards? No, we used to have one as a pet

20. How old is your keyboard?
6 months I guess, as old as my computer

Like woah!

Today was an absolutely crazy day. It started with one of the children dropping a carton of yogurt all over the kitchen floor, another one banging her head on the kitchen table, and the third child dumping out and destroying some of his parents' cd's. And this all before 8 am...haha

Once we finally got the boys off to school, D and I took a morning trip to Salem to do some shopping. We started out at Dunkin Donuts for breakfast, where D was handed a free powdered donut by a cashier, so of course that got all over her! We ended up being gone past her nap time, so she napped in the car and when we got home was ready for lunch. We spent early afternoon cleaning up the house, playing outside, and having some fun in the basement. She's definitely over her fever, so that is good!!

After the boys got home from school, the afternoon, a few of the neighbor kids came over for what started out as a snack and ended up being a party. :) It was nuts, but a lot of fun for them and me. I had 6 kids here ages 1, 4, 4, 6, 6, and 7. We spent the whole afternoon blowing up balloons, twisting them into dogs, swords, crowns, and other odd creatures, having balloon fights, running around the house in circles chasing each other, and just plain kid fun. I had never made balloon animals/objects before, but some of them are quite easy. After making about 10 dogs, I got fairly good at it!!

Not much else to report. I picked up "The Office" Season 2 today @ Target- woohoo! I'll probably end up spending most of the night watching that. Til later :)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

California, here I come!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOHOOO!!! :)
Another good day under my belt. Aside from the fact that D got the 101* fever that Z had over the weekend, nothing exciting happened. D and I were going to spend the afternoon at the park, but once the fever hit, all she wanted to do was alternate between cuddling and playing...fine with me!

For about 1/2 hr before Ando came home, all the kids and I were out in the cul-de-sac with 8 other neighbor kids. The older ones were climing the tree, the younger ones just exploring the dead leaves and grass, occasionally wandering off into the road; with our neighborhood, there's not much traffic anyway. The two youngest babes, D and the little neighborhood girl who is 5 months old, just stayed in arms. D because of her fever, and the littlest one because got a million shots today and was in pain :( Not fun, but she's a cutie and was tolerating it well!

I got some news from Mom & Dad today. No, they're not moving again, at least not yet. ;) Grandpa from NJ will be living with them for a while. Since his visit to Ohio in June, he's been rapidly declining mentally and physically. He's becoming more and more confused (doesn't remember even traveling to Ohio) and has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He can no longer drive or live in his house alone, so for 3 months he's been with my aunt, uncle and their two boys in NJ. They are getting burnt out caring for him 24/7 while trying to carry on their normal schedules of work, school, practices, etc. So, on Friday after work Dad will drive up to NJ and pick him up. I haven't talked to Mom yet, just Dad via email and my brother Bryan...but nevertheless, it will be a change. Mom will have a hard time homeschooling the three youngest, I'm sure, and because he can't be left alone will have to run around with Mom during all of her kid drop offs and pick ups throughout the day. So I guess that's the big news of the day!!

In other happenings, today my Grandma recieved chemo again. I believe this is the 4th time, if I'm remembering right. Her sister is visiting until Saturday, which is when G-ma will probably be starting to feel a little better. I saw her on Friday night, my first time seeing her with no hair. It was...interesting. Still Grandma, and yet something different. In some ways, it makes me wish I could remember more about my other Grandma (Dad's mom) during her battles with cancer, but I was too young.

Later~

Have You Evers

Have you ever...

Gone over the speed limit? Every day

Painted your room? Yes...not the one I live in right now, but yes

Driven a car? Yes...

Danced in front of your mirror? No, I don't dance anymore

Been dumped? Not since about the 5th grade

Stolen money from a friend? No

Gotten in a car with people you just met? Yes, in Austria

Been in a fist fight? Yes, with siblings

Snuck out of your house? Nope, my parents live in the country and there was no where to escape to without a car. They could hear the car...so it was never successful ;)


Been arrested? No

Ditched school to do something more fun? Yes

Seen someone die? Yes, my grandmother

Been on a plane? Many times

Slept in until 3pm? I don't think so, unless I was sick or recovering from jet lag

Laid on your back and watched cloud shapes go by? Yes, I loved doing that while in college!

Made a snow angel? Many times

Played dress up? Of course

Cheated while playing a game? Not since I was very very young

Been lonely? Yep

Fallen asleep at work/school? I don't think so

Been to a club? Yes

Felt an earthquake? No

Touched a snake? Oh yes. My cousins have them as pets

Ran a red light? Once, and it was by accident...lol

Been suspended from school? Never

Had detention? No, I was a good student

Been in a car accident? Not really

Hated the way you looked? Sure

Witnessed a crime? Yep

Been lost? Sure

Been to the opposite side of the country? Yes, a few years ago. Hopefully I'll be back there in a few months :)

Felt like dying from embarrassment? Of course

Cried yourself to sleep? Not for years, but yes

Sang karaoke? Yep

Done something you told yourself you wouldn't do? Yes

Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose? Eww...no!

Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Absolutely

Kissed in the rain? Nope

Sung in the shower? Many times

Glued your hand to something? No, I don't think so. But, when I was in 1st grade I stapled my finger and almost missed the bus! Lol...

Got your tongue stuck to a flag pole? Nope

Been a cheerleader? No

Sat on a roof top? Yes, many times

Didn't take a shower for a week? It's possible- maybe during WYD or a mission trip? I remember putting my hair in many little braids at one point because I was told I wasn't going to be able to shower for a week

Ever been too scared to watch scary movies alone? No, I do it all the time.

Played chicken? Yes

Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? Yes

Been told you're hot by a complete stranger? Unfortunately, yes

Broken a bone? Yep

Laugh so hard you cry? Yes

Been easily amused? Haha, all the time

Cheated on a test? No

Forgotten someone's name? Yes

Blacked out from drinking? Haha, not quite!

Played a prank on someone? Ooohhhh yes!

Gone to a late night movie? Yeppers

Failed a class? According to my old college, yes, but I've never figured out how they say that happened, as I had a B going into the final...haha

Choked on something you're not supposed to eat? Yep

Played an instrument for more than 10 hours? Oh no way!

Did you celebrate the 4th of July? This year, no because I was flying from Ohio to MA and the flight got delayed...every other year, yes

Thrown strange objects? Sure

Felt like killing someone? Besides myself? I don't think so

Made your parents cry? Yes, every time I move

Own an instrument? Yes, a recorder, haha.

Been in a band? Nope

Drank 25 sodas in a day? Ew no, I don't even like soda ;)

Broken a CD? Yes

Shot a gun? Yes many times

Been on MySpace for more than 5 hours? Absolutely not :)

Monday, September 11, 2006

71 Movies

And, because I'm just sitting here watching random stuff on youtube...

From Kelly- SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 100 movies, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 171 movies on this list.
Put your score in header and repost:

( ) Nacho Libre
( ) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
( ) pirates of the caribbean 2
(x) Orange County
( ) The Green Mile
(x) Charlie and the chocolate Factory (new)
(x) Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory(old)
( ) Neverending Story
( ) Blazing Saddles
( ) Airplane
(x) Red Eye
( ) Stick It
(x) Shes the Man
( ) 8 Mile
Total so far:6

(x) The Princess Bride
( )SNL's The Best of adam sandler
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Fun With Dick and Jane
( ) Saw
(x) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
(x) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
(x)The Princess Diaries
(x) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 14

( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
( ) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 14

() Harry Potter
() Harry Potter 2
() Harry Potter 3
() Harry Potter 4
() Resident Evil I
() Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
(x) Cinderella Man
( ) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 17

(x) Finding Nemo
(x) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
(x) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
(x) White Chicks
(x) Butterfly Effect
(x) 13 Going on 30
(x) I, Robot
( ) Robots
Total so far: 25

( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(x)Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x)Meet The Parents
(x)Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
(x) King Kong (old or new)
Total so far: 30

(x) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
(x) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
(x) Passport to Paris
( ) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
(x) Flubber
( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
(x) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 36

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
(x) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(x) 10 Things I Hate About You
(x) Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
(x) Remember the Titans
(x) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 43

( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean's Eleven
(x) Ocean's Twelve
( ) Identity
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( ) superstar
(x) Ice Age
( ) Ice age 2 The Meltdown
Total so far: 46

(x) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Boss' Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
(x) Monsters Inc.
( ) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
(x) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 52

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(x) She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
(x) Sideways
( )Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(x) Ever After
(x)Forrest Gump
( ) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
( )The Terminator 2
( )The Terminator 3
Total so far: 58

(x) X-Men
(x) X-Men 2
(x) X-Men 3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
( ) The Others
(x) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of fire
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
Total so far: 67

( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle
( ) Old School
( ) K-Pax
(x) Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
(x) A Walk to Remember
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old-virgin
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
Total: 71

Merry Monday

For it being Monday, it's been a good one. :) Yay! The kids were all in fabulous moods this morning, and we were able to get the boys on their buses on time. That in itself is always a plus! :) D and I ran errands this morning/afternoon and that took a while, but she had fun playing in the basement, which she never does. This afternoon, J went to play with some friends in the woods and the other two were resting. Z was sick over the weekend so even though he doesn't usually nap, he did today! To finish off the work day, I got to leave early-- woohoo!!

A quick shout-out to my two overseas buddies!! Catie should be flying into Scotland any minute now, and Jess is happily settled in Bolivia- Yay!! I miss you both. J, thanks for the emails and if I have anything to say about it, I'll be seeing you in a few months!!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sigh...vacation's over

So...I'm headed back to MA tomorrow afternoon. As of right now, I'm pretty much torn about it. I have been able to see SO many of my old friends while here, which was completely awesome. I spent time with my siblings without having to work at the same time...also very fun. However, a person who has ticked me off for about 10 years still continues to let me down and I don't know WHY I let it get to me anymore. I thought I gave up on being her friend years ago...and still... ARGH! But really for the most part, this trip has been great. Spending time with my family, my 2nd families, my friends, eating way too much yummy food, sleeping in, a trip to the zoo, many pictures, a concert, random hanging out sessions w/ college friends, a completely unplanned 2 hr gab session w/ my T-girl last night, seeing a friend I thought I might never see again...

And yet, with all of this and all the fun I've had, another part of me is ready to go back to work. To see my little ones, to have some time to myself (haha...isn't that what vaca is supposed to be for??), to get back onto a SCHEDULE!!!

That's all for now....many random thoughts, as usual. At the moment though, I'm having a great convo w/ Scarlet so it's all good!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

A to Z survey for a lazy Saturday afternoon

I'm in Ohio...but don't feel like writing out the past week right now...haha

A - Age: 21

B - Birthday: February 28th

C – Current location: Ohio

D - Drink or smoke: drink

E - Easiest person/s to talk to: Stephie

F - Favorite song/s at the moment: Loving Dar Williams' "Farewell to the Old Me"

G - Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: worms

H- Home state: Pennsylvania

I- IM phrase used most often: LOL

J - Job: nanny

K- Kids: of my own, none, but 60+ hrs a week I have three

L - Longest plane trip taken: about 10 hrs.

M - My favorite Sport/s: baseball

N - Number of relationships you've had: 0

O - One job you’ve had: Office worker in a distance learning center

P - Phobias: appendicitis

Q – question most asked: When will your nanny job be done?

R - Reason to smile: hanging out w/ friends tonight & tomorrow before heading back to work

S- Siblings: 6 of them, all younger than me

T- Time you woke up: About 10

U - Unknown fact about you: Uhmmm…I didn’t make it to Disney until I was 20

V - Vegetable/fruit you hate: Pears

W - Worst habit: being lazy…haha

X - X-rays you've had: Quite a few…too many to count

Y- Yesterday- what did you do: Read a book, dropped my mom and 3 siblings off to go to church, ran errands, went out to dinner w/ one of my sisters and a friend of mine, went to a concert

Z- Zodiac sign: Picses