Sunday, December 31, 2006

Pictures from the last week

Pics and stuff coming soon!

It's been a busy week. A lot has been going on. I'm busy uploading pictures to Photobucket, and stuff....

All in between getting things ready for a few friends coming over later tonight. :)

But - in case I don't get back here tonight, I want to say Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

WoW Christmas!



Merry Christmas to my guild mates in Imperial Defenders, and friends, on Terenas!

Apparently, I haven't lived yet.

This told to me by Jen and John. *sigh*

They looked at me incredulously - when I said I hadn't seen "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". The two of them were talking about movies, and my daughter brought up the topic of this movie. She asked me if I knew a certain part, and I said quite simply, that I'd never seen it before.

*gasp*

Dear daughter informed me that she'll be putting it in queue at Blockbuster(dot)com. John saw it in Social Studies class last year, and Jen saw it at school, too at some point. /shrug I guess I haven't lived yet.

:)

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Some late night shopping.


I was reading on the Two Peas site, and someone posted that Scrapbook 1o1 was having a sale on Cricut cartridges. $35.99!

I'm not one to pass up a really good sale, so I went to check it out. I wanted the Opposites Attract font, and the regular price at Michael's is $89.99, sale price has been $59.99. But...I just purchased it for the sale price of $35.99. Well, $40.98 after shipping.

So, this is good. Christmas is Monday, I'll get to finally open and use my Cricut *grin*, and then the cartridge will hopefully arrive by the end of the week. I should order a few more cartridges....but, I guess I will wait. *twitch*

:)

Should have, but, instead...

Today, I should have done a lot of things. But, instead, I got up around 10:30, then had a cup of hot tea. I started cleaning my computer desk (what a mess), dusted, vacuumed, and then......

I logged into WoW. As soon as I logged in, I got an invite from Fabled, to where? I wasn't sure. I accepted...and asked in guild chat, "So...where am I going. :oP" He lol'd, and said ZG. So...on my way I went.

My first time in ZG, I was pretty lucky. I got the Fang of Venoxis, the Belt of Untapped Power, and the Cloak of the Hakkari Worshippers. This time around, I think my dice were broken. Pissed me off, that some guy won the next 5 rolls in a row on coins and bijou's. PITA!! But, that's open rolling on items. :) The items that dropped this time around weren't as nice as the first time I went. But, that's what happens sometimes. I walked out of there with one bijou, and quest items that I needed. So, all in all, it wasn't such a bad run. I'm glad that Fabled called it when he did, though. My head was starting to hurt like hell, and I was ready to quit.

By then, it was 5pm or so. We had a small dinner, just soup and sandwiches. Then, I dusted the furniture in the livingroom while watching You've Got Mail, and then I put in Titanic. Joey is sleeping already. His throat hurts, and he's feeling pretty miserable. I gave him a dose of Nyquil, and went to check on him half an hour later, and he was out cold.

I'm really not in the mood for company on Monday. :( I wish I could cancel, but, that wouldn't be fair, now would it? I'll grin and bear it. Yay.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Goofin' off!

I was taking some pictures of the Christmas tree, not sure if I like those, yet. Joey came into the room, and we played around a bit posing for the camera with self portraits. :oP Oreo got into the picture, too. These pictures of me are so bad. No makeup, been awake since 5:30am...*sigh*

Oh well, enjoy!
Hehe, looking at these pictures, and several others, I really can see that my children have my cheeks ;)





So, I went to the scrapbook store today...

Yes, I did. Did you expect me not to? :)

I went to work, and kept my eye on the time. Straightened and put out the rest of the Christmas backstock that I had. Stashed my new product, and clocked out. Hopped in the car and took off for the store. :) I kept looking at the time, because I had promised Joey that I'd pick him up after 7th period.

I was doing calculations in my mind, if it's 12:30, and I need to get him by 1:30ish, do I have enough time to get there and back? I know it wasn't very smart, but, I rushed there....the traffic in certain zones was a bit of a pain, but, I made it there in 15 minutes, shopped, got what I wanted, and even some of what was new, even though I hadn't planned to get it, paid, and then got back in the car to drive to the school.

I made it to the school by 1:32. Not so bad. But, not so smart to rush like that. Not with all the people on the roadways holiday shopping.

I'll start the little chipboard album later, looking forward to that. Maybe I'll post pics when it's done. :)

*wave*

Christmas recess has begun.

YAY!

Today was the last day of school, until January 3rd. My kids are ecstatic. I'm pretty glad, too. No alarm clocks til back to school day. Actually, there will be one day with an alarm clock. The day we go into Manhattan we'll need to get up somewhat early so that we can make the most of our time there. Otherwise, no alarms.

I'll go in to my account on Tuesday whenever I get up and get ready, and spend whatever time is necessary setting my Valentine's day product. All the V-day stuff was delivered at the store today. Ton's of stuff..I think I got even more than I did for Christmas. Valentine's is the biggest card selling holiday for the industry.

This weekend we'll be relaxing, and spending time at home. I have no reason to leave the house, and that's a very good thing! After Christmas, we're going to relax, and recharge, too. Besides the city, we'll probably see a movie - I know they want to see Happy Feet, still.

School recess, it's a good thing. :) *at least until they start fighting*

Ah, the life of a druid.

Every few days I log into WoW to chat with people I know. Lately, I've been doing so with my little druid girl. Life can be fun as a druid...you can take on many forms. :)

All girl


Burly bear

Charming cat

Cheeky Cheetah

and the ever so *adorable* underwater seal

I think my favorite form, is the travel form of cheetah. But, for game play, I'm cat all the way. Stealthy, and wicked with my sharp claws. :)

Games

Got an email the other night with a 7 day free trial of Lineage 2.

Gotta admit, I played in the beta, and didn't really like the gameplay much, but, the graphics were pretty great. Same thing this time around. I love the graphics, and the sounds, but, the gameplay is lacking. Not sure how people actually pay to play this game.

Fun, though, to run around in a really short skirt that shows off my white lacy thong panties. :oP

I'm also playing the LOTR online beta. Now, this game, I love. I can't say much more about it - NDA ...but, I will say, it's eerily reminiscent of Asheron's Call 2. The sounds, the graphics, the music. I could just run around for hours in this game and not do a single quest. It's that wonderful to me.

:)

Darn It

So, I got the weekly email newsletter from my favorite scrapbook store.

*sigh*

Why did I read it? They got in some really neat, new items.

I'm just going to *have* to take a drive over today. That chipboard book in the shape of a heart sounds really neat.... I can probably make a quick gift book over the next few days. Plus, it sounds like they got in a whole lot more of what I'll like. :)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

There's something about this song...

..that I really like. Maybe it's the words, maybe it's the beat. It sounds somewhat seductive. It's Nelly Furtado, Say It Right.

in the day
in the night
say it right
say it all
you either got it
or you don't
you either stand or you fall
when your will is broken
when it slips from your hand
when there's no time for joking
there's a hole in the plan

oh you don't mean nothing at all to me
no you don't mean nothing at all to me
you have what it takes to set me free
oh you could mean everything to me

i can't say that i'm not lost and at fault
i can't say that i don't love the light and the dark
i can't say that i don't know that i am alive
and all of what i feel i could show
you tonite you tonite

from my hands i could give you
something that i made
from my mouth i could sing you another brick that i laid
from my body i could show you a place god knows
you should know the space is holy
do you really want to go?

Things to do, things to do, things to do...

Today I'll do most of the shopping for Christmas dinner.

I'll go to Best Yet to purchase all my coldcuts, making sure to remember the provolone, pepperoni, and salami for the antipasto. Then, I need to get all the other indredients for the dish - marinated artichoke hearts, olives, marinated red bell, and green bell peppers, pepperoncini (spicy, but yum!), anchovies (salty - but yummy, too!!).

I have the ingredients at home already for the sauce, and manicotti. My meats will be purchased on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, I'll start the sauce, and we'll make meatballs (handmade), brasciole (homemade), and toss all that, plus the sausage, into the sauce after it's been browned in some olive oil, first.

Last night I made chocolate covered pretzels. Tonight, we're going to make chocolate crinkles, sugar cookies, and coconut macaroons. Well, we'll make the sugar cookies for sure. That dough is ready and waiting in the fridge. :oP

We'll see what we get done. I just need a jump start back to my Christmas cheer... I'm in some kind of mood, and all these things I'm doing, are by force of habit, and necessity, to make sure that my children have a great holiday.

All done with a smile on my face.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

There is something to be said....

about having a job that gives you great flexibility.

I got up at the usual time, 6:30 am. Joey was already up, showered, dressed, and ready to go. We don't have to leave til 7am, so, he had to wait a bit. Today was Jen's late day, so she was still sleeping. Got John up and moving, then drove Joey to school. Came back home, and made John shake a tail feather - left with him at 7:30 to go to an early session extra help. Came back home, got Jen up, and got myself dressed. We left here at 8am, I dropped her off at school, and then I went to work.

Clock in time - 8:10. I have mentioned that I work as a merchandiser for Hallmark. So, today, was another day to straighten and refill some Christmas cards. Then, I got to work putting away the order that was there. At 10am, my cell rings. It's Jen - my lovely daughter.

"Hi, mom."
"Hiya, sweetie."
"Whatcha doin?"
"Working."
"Oh....I'm walking to the bagel place, alone."
"Where are the girls?"
"Well, friend #1 is on a trip, friend #2 is not coming in til 5th period calculus, friend #3 is on another trip.....so that leaves me, alone today."
"Ahhh..ok. Well - maybe I'll come meet you."
"COOL!!"

We hang up, I put away what I was working on, and grab my coat and purse, and manage to green light it all the way to the bagel place. Unheard of, and a first for me. I always get stuck at red lights. The smile that broke out on her face when she saw me, was priceless. Moments like that, make my heart burst with happiness. I got a bagel, and hot tea, and then we sat and chatted for about half an hour.

I drove her back to school, and told her, under no uncertain terms, was she to 'cut' 7th period :oP, something she had said she wanted to do. I was met with an "Okay, mom" *sigh*, a kiss on the cheek, and a wave good bye. Then, she was into the building for her next class.

I, on the other hand, considered just goofing off the rest of the day, but, decided to go back to my account and do some extra work for a few more hours.

This is what I love about my job. I can just put everything away, and leave whenever I am ready to go. Or, like today, I can just leave to go meet my daughter for lunch. I don't have to ask permission, I don't have to worry about making anyone mad....it's great.

Plus, I have the opportunity to spend time with my little girl, who isn't so little anymore, at the unexpected ring of the phone. :)

Monday, December 18, 2006

Unbelievable!

On Sunday, we went to the cemetery to bring Christmas to my mom.

We decided on a small Christmas tree, and a bunch of holiday greens: holly, holly berries, pine branches, etc. Something other than cut flowers that would wither and die off quickly. We arrived at the cemetery, and planted the little tree next to the headstone, and then placed the greenery into one of the flower holders on the other side. While I wish she was here, it is comforting to be able to do this small gesture. To be able to go where she is, and bring her flowers, and talk to her. So, it means a lot to us that what we bring is left there with her.

Today, while I was waiting for my son at school, my cell phone rang. It was my aunt. She was at the cemetery with her husband. She asked what did the greenery look like that I left there, because she was standing right in front of the headstone, and there was no greenery, only the tree that we had planted in the ground. She looked all around the area, and up the hill behind to see if maybe it was somewhere. Nothing....the bunch of greenery is gone.

I just don't understand....are some people that horrible? What makes people that miserable, that they would steal from a cemetery? It just blows my mind. Someone on the scrapbooking board I go to said that someone upstairs is watching, and Bad Karma might get to them at some point in their lives..I surely hope so.

In the end, I am not going to dwell on this. My mother knows that we were there, and that is all that really matters.

Merry Christmas, Mom. We love you, more than ever. :) xoxo

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Night Blindness

I am afflicted with this condition.

I think it's gotten worse over the years, too. After 4:30pm (at this time of year), you won't find me driving the roads. No way - because I am a risk to myself, and others. When I am out shopping with the kids, we make sure to do all we need to do, and then be on the road to be at home by 4:30.

I feel badly when I'm rushing them along, but, my vision is so bad, even at dusk, that it frightens me terribly. The glare of the other car headlights blinds me, and my peripheral vision as it gets dark is also lacking.

Last night, for the first time ever, my daughter went out with friends, and I let her go with her friend behind the wheel of the car. I think she is safer with a friend driving in the dark, than she is with me.

I'm glad that I recognize this weakness I have, and that I don't 'drive anyway', as that is what I'm sure many others will do.

Just a reminder to be safe on the roadways this holiday season, and at all times of the year.

Update on all I wanted for Christmas. :)

I'm getting my Cricut!! Yay, yay, yay!

It was on sale at AC Moore for $159, on Wednesday. I was shopping with Steve, and we went in to check the price. Saw the sale, and the deal was sealed. Only bad part? Since he bought it for the kids to give to me, I have to wait til Christmas to use it.

Wah! I don't wanna.... :(

Oh well, I'm a big girl, and as my mom always said, "Patience is a virtue", so I will wait.

Good things come to those who wait!
:)

Friday, December 15, 2006

The best day of the week....

...is Friday.

Not just because it means that the next two days we can sleep in without the alarm going off at 6am, but, because Friday, is our set scrappin' day. I send the kids off to school, and then come back and get ready for the day. I leave around 10:30, and head over to the scrapbook store to meet my friends. We do scrap one other day of the week, but, since the holidays are upon us, we decided that until after the holidays are over, we will just go on Friday.

It's a great thing. Being able to hang with the girls for a few hours each week. We work on our layouts, chat, bounce ideas off each other, laugh, and enjoy the time we get together. We don't do anything fancy for lunch. We simply walk across the street and get Wendy's (which happens to be the best fast food out there), and then we bring it back to the store and eat. After eating, it's back to our tables for more scrappin'.

Another thing about going to the store on Friday, is shopping. They are always getting in some really amazing product. Today, I escaped with just an $11 purchase. Not so bad. It's not unusual for me to drop some major $$ in there. But, I have enough paper and embellishments at home to open my own store. :P

Monday, December 11, 2006

This one is for you, Twisty. :)


I've known Twisty for years...gosh...5, 6...something like that. So long already, I don't even remember. I adore him. He's great. Anyway, a few nights ago, he told me that I never post pics of all my children, so, here is a picture of all three together. :)

This picture was taken on February 22nd, 2006. The day my mother died. Yes, it was a sad day, but, it was also a day of bittersweet relief. Mom was no longer suffering, no longer in pain, no longer worrying about anything. We went to the arboretum. Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, in Oyster Bay, New York. The zipper on my son's coat had just popped and was hopelessly stuck *sigh*. But, their faces are priceless. They would have done anything this one day to make me smile...God bless them for that.

The arboretum was my mothers favorite place to go on Long Island. The day we were there, was also the day they were cutting down one of the oldest trees on the property. The tree was dying, but, later in the season, it was replaced by a new tree. My children love this place - it was a gift their grandmother gave them. The love of nature. So fortunate they are.

You can 'visit' the arboretum online @ http://www.plantingfields.org/

World of Warcraft


Lately I haven't played much in the world of WoW. I don't miss it too much, either. Perhaps, it has just been such a busy time of the year, and other things are more important. Or, perhaps I've just had enough for now. I'm not truly sure.

My favorite character, is my human warlock, Sassenach. The new warlock talents are great, but, again.....I get bored, fast, when I play. Most times, I log in on one of my characters, and end up walking away from the computer to do something else. Make a phone call, spend time with my children, watch a DVD with a friend.

I've gotten the presell of The Burning Crusade, and perhaps that will bring back my interest. But, as of now, I've deleted all my horde toons, but two. I've even started to pare down the amount of stuff that I have saved up in the bank and mailboxes for my alliance toons. I mean, how many Twilight cultist sets do I need to hang on to anyway? Right? :oP

Funny thing - I was going through my screen shot folder the other night, and came across some really old screenies....good memories for sure. :)

All *I* want for Christmas....


The kids made their Christmas lists. Their dad, and I, made sure to get them 95% of what is on those lists for presents this year. So, surely mom should have the ability to get what's on her list, right?

On my list, is this one thing....just one little thing. I really, *really*, want a Cricut Personal Electric Cutter. The original price was $299, and it has dropped to $199. There is nothing else I want, or need for Christmas. Throughout the year, if I see something I want, I buy it. Quite simple. I work, I make my own money, so I buy things I like. Nothing extravagant, usually. Clothes, shoes, scrapbooking supplies. I take the kids to the movies, and I buy them nice things, too.

But, scrapbooking is my hobby. I love scrapbooking, more than playing on the computer, even. Lately, I've been scrapbooking, a lot more, and this 'tool' will make is so much easier to make my page titles, and even for journaling, and captions on my pages.

My daughter knows what I want, as do the boys. Their dad just rolls his eyes when it comes to scrapbooking.... so we'll see if they can cajole him into doing this purchase for them. If not, I'll just end up going out to buy it for myself as soon as I see it on sale....... ;)

Friday, December 8, 2006

Senior Pictures

We got Jen's senior pictures this week.

They turned out really nice..... except for this little grey spot right on her chest. *grrr*

How they missed it, I'll never know. I'm disappointed that now I have to send them back, and pay for postage, after paying $9 shipping when we ordered them. At least we won't have to repay shipping again when they fix, reprint, and send them back. But - now we also have to hope that they fix the picture that will be in the yearbook, as it's the same pose we ordered for enlargements, and wallets.

Keeping my fingers crossed. :)

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Keane

My daughter loves music. All kinds of music....except for country. :)

One night, I was up late - I opened Real Player, and started listening to her music that was saved on my computer. I came across this group, and just fell in love with them. All the songs have a meaning, and the music is just as good as the lyrics. Sometimes you'll hear a song, and the music is pretty, but the words are awful, or vice versa. I don't find that to be the case with any of their music.

The next morning, when I drove my daughter to school, she just laughed when I told her how much I liked this group, and said "Ohhhh mom, you're trying to be cool."

*sigh*

Can't a mom be cool, too? :)

Holiday work lunch!

I love my job. I work for Hallmark as a Retail Merchandiser. It's a really, really nice job. I make my own hours, and I work whatever days of the week I want to work Holiday time can be crazy. Starting mid-September it picks up. Thanksgiving product comes in, that has to be set, then Christmas/Hanukkah product comes in, and has to be set in November.....Valentine's product is starting to ship now, too....it's almost non-stop until after Father's Day. But, I still love my job.

Anyway, on Tuesday, I went to our holiday luncheon. So much fun! It was held at Champs Sports Bar and Grill, in Rockville Centre. The management team treats us really well. There were so many gifts set up to be 'raffled' off. The raffle is actually one where you know you'll get a gift, but, it's just a matter of 'which' one. There were enough prize gifts so that everyone got two. I got a cute little bowl with a spread knife - looks like a giant peppermint, and I got a basket filed with holiday party table goods (cups, paper plates, napkins, tablecloth) The food was really good, too. There was lot's of talk, and laughter. The woman that trained me when I was first hired was there, too. She was up in NY visiting, that was a nice surprise.

Another nice thing - we got paid to attend the lunch. Can't beat that at all. Lunch, gifts, paid for the hours at the party. We even got to take some of the product that was discontinued merchandise from stores.

On the way home, I stopped at Macy's in the Sunrise Mall. I'm trying to get a decorative mini bundt pan. I saw one at the Macy's in Roosevelt Field when Steve, and I were shopping there last week, but, I didn't buy it. Now, I'm sorry that I didn't. :( I've been to the two Macy's in the malls close by, and neither have had the bake pan. I guess I'll just have to order it online, or trek back out to Roosevelt Field - though, I hate that mall with a passion.

Live and learn..when you see what you like, buy it right away!

John goes to the ER

It's been a pretty busy week.

On Monday, Steve and I were heading out to do some shopping. We stopped to get sodas at 7-11, and then were on our way. My cell phone started to ring, and it was John (12yo). He said he had pains in his chest, and it felt like his heart was popping inside. We turned around, and headed back to the school. I called the pediatrician on the way, and they said to bring him right to the ER, they would call and let them know we were on our way there. Over the lastfew weeks, on occasion, John has told me in the morning that his chest hurt, or that he didn't feel well, so I'd let him stay home for the day, but, by 3pm, when his brother and sister were returning from school, he was fine. He has visited the nurse more in the last 2 months than both of his siblings have in last year.

So - we arrived at the ER, and they took him right in. Did an EKG immediately, and took him to x-ray. Everything turned out to be okay, physically. When the doctor came in to talk to him, and us, John told the doctor that there has been "a kid" bugging him in the locker room during Phys.Ed. The other child believes, apparently, that it's okay to kick, hit, and punch my son in the locker room, out of sight of the teachers. John said this has been going on for weeks already. When I looked at my calendar, and the sequence of the days out of school sick, and the days he's been to the nurse at school, it was always on a 'gym day'. There were a few non gym days thrown in, but, most were the day of gym.

My son is actually getting physically ill from stress. Stress caused by the actions of this other child. I know that stress can make one sick. When I was under heavy duty stress, I was constantly getting headaches, and getting sick all the time. I just wish he would have told us about this sooner. He said he figured the kid would eventually stop, and that he didn't want to worry me. He said he didn't want to hit the kid back, because he didn't want to get into trouble for that. When he went to school the next day, he went to his guidance counselor, and had a little chat, and then he talked to the Assistant Principal, and they also called the other child down to ask him if he did this to my son. The child said he did, and that he did it for 'fun'. But, he was told that his actions were making John sick, and that John had to go to the ER because of it. So, yesterday was a gym day, and the child didn't bother my son - let's hope it stays that way.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Christmas is on the way.


I'm really looking forward to enjoying Christmas this year.

Last Christmas, was not very enjoyable. We had found out 2 days after Thanksgiving 2005, that my mothers cancer had metastasized to her brain. She was unable to walk, and talking was very difficult for her, as the cancer was located in the left brain. With me living in New York, and my parents in Florida, it was rough. I flew down to Florida with my daughter for close to 10 days. My daughter wanted to see her grandmother for the last time.

The visit was very hard on both of us. At the end of the stay, we were both emotionally drained. So much so, that it was difficult to even cry. Two days after getting home, my cat was not himself. Took him to the vet, only to find out that he had a tumor behind his heart, and he was in bad shape. The only fair thing to do, was put him to sleep, so that he would not suffer anymore than he already had.

So, you see, preparing for Christmas was not way up there on my list of things to do. But, I pushed myself to get a tree, and decorate it. But, that was pretty much the extent of it. No baking, rushed shopping....and sitting on pins and needles, jumping in fear, every time the phone rang. Worried that is was bad news about mom.

SO...this year...we are excited and looking forward to Christmas. Of course, it's not the same because mom is gone. But, she is still here in our hearts, and the memories of how wonderful she made Christmas for me, are always going to be there.

The tree is up, and the inside of the house is almost completely decorated. I do most of the inside decorating. The lights are up outside. My youngest son helped me with that. He loves to help. The Christmas shopping is almost completed, too. My daughter loves to wrap gifts, as do the boys. So, I let them go for it. Each time I shop, I'm asked if there is anything for them to wrap, and can I sneak the things into their rooms. Gotta love them, and I do!!

Just a quick picture of my kitty peeking through the branches of the tree. Even the pets love the tree! Peaches has been sleeping under the tree, nestled between the presents. She crouches down low, and waits for one of the dogs to pass, then she charges for their legs. So far, one ornament has been broken. I wonder how many will become casualties this year? :)