Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I watched The Notebook Saturday night. And then watched it again on Sunday. I am a total sucker for drama-star-crossed-lover type romances. I had read the novel years ago (like in the late '90s, before the movie cover version was printed, thank you).

Also, Ryan Gosling, who I did not know existed before Saturday, is hot. Both with and without the beard. Also, with and without his shirt on.


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Just Write Sucker on My Forehead

Items recently purchased:

In the hopes of being able to breathe well, a Neti Pot

In the hopes of getting my husband to wrap presents: pop-up tape strips and a wrapping paper cutter.

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Friday, December 19, 2008


I can't tell you how badly I wish I had the time, patience and skill to do this.


Friday, December 12, 2008

Compassionate Friends

On Sunday is the Worldwide Candle Lighting for families who have lost children. All over the world candles will be lit at 7p.m. local time, creating 24 hours of continuous light. We'll be going Sunday night to support Ron's sister.

If you know of someone who has lost a child, pass this on.


Holiday or Not

My mother, she seems to be having a hard time with the fact we had Thanksgiving at our place. Or maybe she's just having a hard time with the holidays in general. I have my moments when I still get angry at her. It's easier to do that, get angry. But I know, without knowing, that there is something else there. I suspect that her mind and her heart are not well; one literally, one figuratively. So getting angry is much like kicking a puppy. I should know better.


Ron may stop to get a Christmas tree tonight. I look around our apartment and it doesn't look very Christmas-y. More decorating to be done. The tree will likely only have ornaments higher than 3 feet from the ground. Or they'll all have to be plastic ornaments on the lower 3 feet. Curious toddler about.


On Wednesday, Ron took Rolo to his parents house for an overnight visit so that I could go to my holiday party last night. So yesterday morning, I slept until 7, took my time getting showered, made-up and dressed, and drank coffee on the couch. It was peaceful, easy, and a reminder of the mornings in my old life. Although I did not do any stretching. I used to stretch every morning. Now I do not. Even when I have the time to do so.


I have never been one to make New Year's resolutions and yet. Yet, I find some voice inside my head saying: "Starting January 1st, I'll start stretching again. And in January, I'll start taking a yoga class. In January, I'll enroll Rolo in a music class. Starting January 1st, we're going to eat healthier around here. In fact, starting January 1st, we're going to all start eating together as a family. Can you imagine how much healthier we'd be eating if we all ate what Rolo ate? Starting January 1st..."


Rolo is sick. Fever, coughing. Trying to decide whether it's worthy of a doctor's visit.


Work has been busy lately. Stressful, but maybe in a good way. I expected to fall on my face during a presentation the other day, but I held my own, even when I got grilled with crazy questions. I got high-fives from my team when I was done. Funny, how at age 33, high-fives can still make my day.


I'm not sure why, but it doesn't feel like Christmas to me.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008


No, I have not fallen off the face of the earth. Here's what I've been up to:

-Thanksgiving. It was a little cozy in our apartment, but hosting Thanksgiving for 8 people turned out pretty well. Food was good, no china was broken, and I think everyone had a good time.

-Massively large projects at work. Lots of budgeting. It's amazing how budgeting can be extremely hard and yet boring at the same time.

-Parties. My husband's siblings all tend to procreate around the same time, and so two nieces and one nephew all have birthdays within 12 days of each other. Which meant several birthday parties. Plus, a "Santa" party for Ron's sister's godchildren (I think she's a godmother seven or eight times over) and all the godchildren's siblings. I don't know, it's about 20 kids. Ron plays Santa. It's pretty funny. Coming up are a slew of other work-related and friend-related Christmas parties as well.

-Testing. I mentioned before that Rolo was supposed to get some testing done. So far, we've managed to get two X-rays and the bloodwork done. The skin tests are up next, and I'm not sure what I want to do about the sweat test. Rolo was totally spooked by the X-ray machine, even though I was able to stand next to him the whole time (and pin down his arms--fun!). As soon as I picked him up off the bed, he started saying "bye" and waving to the machine as if to say, "Yeah, time to go now!"

-Christmas shopping. We've actually managed to get to a mall once or twice. Still lots more to get.

-Operation Kill Binky. After a couple of misfires, the discontinuation of the binky has gone rather well. Rolo has gone to bed without a pacifier every night for the last week. He cries a bit when we first put him in the crib, but it's only for a few minutes. I have, however, made some exceptions and allowed him to have his binky during these X-rays and blood draws. He is, after all, only 16 months old. In addition, I've finally given him a toy, Fred the Monkey, to sleep with--up until this point, he's never had anything else besides a pacifier in his crib with him.

Well, that's it for now. Hopefully, I'll get back to posting again soon.

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