Monday, August 22, 2011


I don't know what's been biting me but it's reminding me of Belize... Itch, itch, itch!!!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Day at Cape Cod

Being that I have lots of family up East, it should come as no surprise that’s where I “vacationed” this summer. I took my youngest sister along with me and we had a blast of a week- time spent at the ocean, playing Phase 10 with some of my cousins, lots of time reading, catching up with friends, and way too much time (imo) in stores, though Rach would definitely argue with that...

This is sort of backwards, because I’m posting about what was actually our LAST full day in the Rhode Island/Massachusetts area, but oh well. I haven’t gone through some of the other days’ pictures yet!

We visited my uncle and his family who live on the Cape, and they took us to a beach that was pretty much literally in the middle of nowhere. We had to go down a dusty, dirt road to get there, but it was gorgeous!

Fresh fish for dinner?

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It was swampy, and while I don’t have a picture of it, there was actually a road cars could drove on on the beach!

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We had dinner at a different spot on the Cape- the sun was going down on the other side of the sky, but it was still gorgeous!

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Me with my oldest girl cousin. She’s 15 and I remember being THRILLED when I finally got a girl cousin! Smile We had fun together the week of vaca.

The tide came in like crazy. The grass you see in the second picture here is the same that’s covered in the third…cool, eh?

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It was a great way to say farewell to the ocean Open-mouthed smile

Monday, August 15, 2011

seriously, what can you enjoy on your pizza other than CHEESE?! :)

NOTHING except MORE cheese!!! (And, guess what I had for dinner...?)

Ask me anything

Vacation Aftermath

I went on vacation.

I took a couple thousand pictures, which I should find time to post here.

However, with the absence of wireless in my house, I’ve spent the past week reconnecting with friends, meeting with potential new babysitting clients, wishing the last couple weeks of the kids’ summer away (but NOT mine…summer for me does not end yet, I won’t let it!!!) and reading lots… so here’s my hope. The kids go back to school next week- leaving me with just the boys in the afternoon and the youngest buddy of mine in the mornings! I hope to find time to sort though said vacation pictures and various blog stories that run through my head until I either blog them or forget about them. Smile

On the upside, take a look at my new pet! (No, I didn’t really bring him home but yes I wanted to!)…so, what has everyone been up to? As busy as me?


Friday, August 05, 2011

Just Sad

Seriously, McD’s? Get your act together and learn how to spell your own name…


Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Red rose

A couple of weeks ago (or maybe it was just a week now that I think about it!) I had lunch with my old school secretary, who I’ve known for about 3 1/2 years now. Her son was entering high school as a freshman when I met her, and now he’s heading to college in the fall!

I always enjoy seeing her and catching up. The topic actually came up during our lunch how we can not see or talk to each other for months, but when we see each other eventually, it’s like no time passed. Our conversations are casual, but we know a lot about each other. We are comfortable with each other- can sit in silence for a while without it being awkward, something that I think is hard to find.

My roommate recently met a couple of new friends and so the same topic came up with her. She wasn’t looking forward to going to dinner with the people and trying to think of something to converse about, so we were discussing how rare it is to 1) meet someone and right away feel comfortable with them and 2) find a friend that you can have a comfortable silence with!

It’s funny though. There are a few people, like Sharon…(hi, Sharon, sorry to use you as an example!) literally from the first time we met, I don’t think there was an awkward silence. At least not on my end.

On the other hand though, just because the beginning of a relationship doesn’t always go smoothly. The first time I met my best friend Stevie, I, being the name freak that I am, asked her what Stevie stood for…this is at the ripe old age of 9 or 10. In my mind, her answer was not nice- hehe- and I worried when I heard my mom had invited her family over to our house for dinner one day! Needless to say, that 2nd meetup went a little better! Smile

I also remember a good friend of mine, T, recalling the first time she remembers meeting me. We had just moved to Ohio, so I was about 12, and were at some gathering playing games. Apparently I beat T (I don’t even remember this day at ALL!) and so she decided she didn’t like me! Again…it turned out we actually DO get along well Winking smile 

Anyway, enough of the rambling…but do you feel the same way? First impressions aren’t ALWAYS right. Most of the time…yep. Open-mouthed smile

Monday, August 01, 2011

Books, Books, Books!


I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m really enjoying delving back into books this summer. I’ve probably been reading five or more books a week, and it’s hard to keep track of what authors I loved, which ones were okay, etc. My “to read” list is currently over 400 books, a list I’ve been adding and subtracting to for years as the library brings in new books Smile

So, I started yet another blog- but this one will benefit me for years, so I’m determined to keep it going. I’m not sure if any of you enjoy autobiographies and/or christian/general fiction…maybe you’ll get some new book ideas Smile I don’t have the time to review each book, so I just give it a simple “out of 5” review and label them by author. Simple.

Books Galore