Friday, March 31, 2006


Today is one of those days were I am just so happy with my life...high on life I guess you would say. Ever have one of those days? I just feel thankful for so much in my life. I tend to think negatively more times than I would care to admit, so just indulge me in my state of euphoria.

~It's a beautiful, warm & sunny 82 degree day and I am thankful to see that sun shining.
~My dd Olivia was born 8 years ago today. I am taken back to the morning of her birth and I am thankful.
~My family will be here tonight. We have a Friday night tradition, we all get together & order take out. It's fun and crazy and I am thankful for traditions and for my family.
~We may not have as much money as I wish, but we paid the bills last night and we aren't completely broke and for that, I am thankful.
~My house is completely clean and I am thankful.
~I've been sticking with my diet for the past 3 days. I'm so happy and thankful.
~I couldn't ask for a better dh. I am so thankful.
~Ds is wearing shorts, I can see his cute, chubby little legs and I am so thankful to have him, his smile and those cute chubby legs.
~Today life is good and for that, I am thankful.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The spring jacket conspiracy

We have been having a string of beautifully sunny spring days here in NY! I'm really loving this weather. At night, it gets chilly but I hate to wear my winter jacket, because, you know, enough is enough, the calendar says spring and I don't want to wear a black, heavy, wool jacket any longer. Nuff said. Soooo, I am in pursuit of a pretty colored spring jacket. Can I find one??? Noooooo! I'm telling you, it's a conspiracy! What happened to all the spring jackets? Was I supposed to have bought one already, like after Christmas when it was still 10 degrees and snowing? For heaven's sake, the snow just melted a week or so ago! Where are they hiding the jackets? Have the jackets been replaced with all the swim suits that we won't be able to wear until July? Something has got to give...I want a spring jacket! Phew, glad I got that off my chest!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Cooking up something

I got two new cookbooks in the mail and I am so thrilled!! (Entertaining with the Sopranos and Paula Deen's The Lady & Sons.) I have such an affection for cookbooks. I'm telling you, I read them as if they were a novel. Dh likes to tease me and say it would be nice if I actually made something from all these cookbooks that I own. I make stuff from them all the time...he's just clueless! So I am off, to get lost in my culinary wonders!! Well at least until the kids get home from school anyway!!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The photographer is in

Very shortly, my sister & her family will be here so that I can take some family photos of them. How did this happen??? My photographic skills are far from professional, yet my sister asked me to do this. Such pressure...I hope I can at least get one good shot! I also can't decide whether to use my regular SLR camera or my digital or both. Although, I was thinking that since 99% of my pictures are individuals age 7 and younger, maybe things will go much smoother photographing 4 adults. Wish me luck!!

******let me edit this: I did get 2 decent pictures. I didn't get to take as many pics as I would have liked though. My nephew is at that age where having to do anything family related is torture, so he pretty much had one foot out the door before he even took 1 picture!! Ugh!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

The neverending list....

I have soooooo many things to do in the weeks & months ahead. Really, it's making me crazy when I think about it. I've had to write everything down, trying to free it from my head, and make me a little less crazy. Usually that trick works for me, but not this time. Everything is still swirling around in my head...dd's birthday, my sister's 50th birthday, dd taking First Holy Communion, lots of parties, lots of planning, lots of shopping, lots of things to do period. Why can't I just take things one day at a time? Why do I insist on making myself crazy? Why, why, why?

Monday, March 20, 2006

Idea book junkie

I haven't bought an idea book in a while and I have to say that I forgot how fond I am of them. Today, I bought the BHG Design Secrets book and can I just say, it is awesome!! That book is just brimming with many of my favorite celebrity designers too. I couldn't help buying it, I swear that book was calling my name from across the store...honest!

A new sense of self

I had to go see my doctor this morning. Thank goodness my sugar levels are within normal range!! I didn't know what I was going to do if she told me I have diabetes. Strangely enough, I left the office feeling as though my health needs to become a higher priority for me. I always say I'm going to eat healthier, exercise and lose weight, but for whatever the reason, I never stick with it. This morning though, I feel differently. I feel as though I have thrown the gauntlet down...I'm ready. I need to do this for me. I may need to read this post over and over again in the coming days, weeks & months, but I do feel it's for real.

On a lighter note, Johnny had his first t-ball game yesterday. I wish I had brought the camcorder, I brought my digital camera (big mistake) and it did not like the lighting in there at all! Anyway, it was possibly the funniest thing I had seen in quite some time. Ok, I'll say it here, God forgive me, but I really thought Johnny would be a "lazy" kid. I don't really know why I felt this way, he's always running around and is quite active, but somehow I still thought he'd be lazy. I was soooooo wrong!! He was the master fielder at 4 years old! No matter where that ball was hit, he ran as fast as his legs could take him to catch it! Now the funny part was that he ran after the ball whether his team was fielding or batting! At one point, he was on 2nd base, the ball was hit toward 2nd base and he catches the ball, and then proceeds to run to 3rd base and then home holding the ball!! Everyone was cracking up, it was so funny!! He even ran to catch the ball when he, himself, hit it!! Ohhh, what a riot!! I wonder how long it'll be before he'll actually catch on to the basics of the game. Right now though, he is just too cute!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

My name is now Beulah

For today, I am calling myself Beulah, Bertha, Beatrice, anything really, but...........


It has been one of those mornings where that's all I've heard is:


Ha! As I just typed that , take a guess what I heard?


When I didn't answer right away it was followed by Mommy, Mommy, Mommy...getting louder and increasing in intesity!
Can I run away now? I wonder how long I can hide out on this 'puter before they find me? Calgon take me (Beulah) away................

Friday, March 17, 2006

Ode to a Trimmer

Ode to a Trimmer
My Tonic guillotine trimmer is the best,
All the rest are no contest,
It cuts straight time after time
and I'm go glad it's mine all mine.

Well I never said I was a poet!!! Anyhoo, I am so loving this trimmer. I have had many over the years...Fiskars, Carl rotary & the Cutterpede, but this one, oh this one, is by far the best!!. I've been using it a little over a week now and I am amazed with its perfection, its precision, its excellence! (Have I made it clear that I love this thing?)

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Like a dream

I have to tell ya, today I feel like I'm living a dream. It is snowing like crazy outside, the kids have a snow day and the best yet, dh is off from work. It has been such a fun, cozy, enjoyable day. No place to be, nothing to do, just relaxing with the ones I love! It doesn't get any better than this!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

How do you spell relief?

It's not by spelling R-O-L-A-I-D-S, that's for sure!! It's by finally finishing those Christmas LOs!! Let's make this official....I hereby declare this 14th day of March, two thousand and six, the day that I finished my Christmas LOs from 2005!!I'm seriously suffering from red/green fever and I find it all quite odd that when I finished that last page, I looked out the window and the snow was starting to fly. I'm sure that means something, just not sure what! I feel like I'm going to run out into the street and sing and dance amongst the falling snow!! If you really think about it though, it is quite sad. Scrapping is supposed to be fun but when it comes to Christmas LOs all the fun gets sucked out of it and it becomes a chore for me. Not good at all. I definitely need to relax & lighten up. Oh well, I'm not going to worry about that until January 2007!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Out with the old...

You know, I was thinking, this scrapping thing sure is...for lack of a better word...fickle. I was searching for some embellishments the other day and what do I happen to chance upon?? My binder of diecuts. Let me very dusty, unused, binder of diecuts. As I paged through, I found pocket after pocket and page after page of what I thought were the cutest diecuts ever. I can remember back in the onset days of a very popular vegetable site, when we were all practically drooling & tripping over ourselves to get every one of these cute little diecuts into our hot and heavy hands. And now what? Here they sit, collecting dust. Do I actually dare use one of these? If I did, would I be shunned by the great society of scrappers? Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Oh what a beautiful morning....

It is shaping up to be a wonderful day here in NY!! The sun is shining, the temps are going to be in the high 50's, I'm in such a mood to clean and guess what???? I have to work!! Yeah, that's right, work!!! So much for enjoying this wonderful day! I work a Saturday once every few months...doesn't it figure my day would fall on a day like today! I know what you're all thinking...go ahead, send out the violins! I'm still mad!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Full House

What is it with the sitcom Full House? I never watched an entire episode of that show in my life, but yet dd & ds have discovered it in reruns on Nick & every night they have to watch it. They love it. That darn Joey (Dave Coulier) bugs the heck out of me! Someone please tell me why this show was so big that it's in reruns?? It's not like it's Happy Days or Laverne & Shirley for heaven's sake! Ok, seriously dating myself here.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Glucose test...yuck-o

Why does it sometimes seem as though my doctor will not be happy unless she finds something wrong with me? She sent me for a glucose test to check for diabetes. I have been putting this off & putting it off. Today I decided to go to the lab. They drew blood and then made me drink that horribly sweet orange drink. I had to hang around for an hour so they could draw blood again, then another hour so they could draw more blood. I haven't felt well ever since that drink! Ugh! top it all off, she ordered 2 tests and they can't do them on the same day, so I have to go back tomorrow! At least with tomorrow's test, they draw, then I can leave and return 2 hours later for more drawing. I swear if I never had to see a doctor or have a test again in my life, I'd be fine!!!

Just starting out...

I'm just starting this blog process, as usual I'm always late to the picnic! Since I forever have so many thoughts--or shall I say ramblings-- going on in my head, I may as well blog away and see if I can't free up some space in that mind of mine. Bear with me though, it may take me some time to get the hang of this.

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