Thursday, December 27, 2007

Two days later....

Christmas day was really nice.

We didn't get up til 10am. Well - Joey was up around 6am, but, he watched a movie in his room, and kept peeking out his bedroom door to see if we were awake yet. LOL - I kept hearing the door open, and then close. I mostly dozed for that time, not really a deep sleep. I just wasn't ready to get up yet.

Everyone really liked their gifts. I got so many presents....*sigh* I really wish that Steve wouldn't do that. We had agreed that we both didn't want anything, and that we weren't going to buy anything for each other. I had already gotten a new coat, and proper shoes to wear for work, so that my foot doesn't hurt like heck after standing for hours at a time. He had already gotten a few things that he wanted and/or needed. So we both said, that's it.

But - once I saw that he was buying things for me - I of course felt it was necessary to go out and buy him presents, too. Hence my post the other day about not being able to shop for him, because he was with me, and my cutting a work day short to go shop for him. But, of course, he outdid me :P I can't complain. I got a new wireless keyboard, and mouse. The new Burberry London perfume - I love it!! I got Burberry last year, but, it is a heavier scent, London is lighter - more every day. I also got clothes, and unmentionables, and socks. Oh, and the Martha Stewart rooster cutting board I wanted. I'm going to hang it on the kitchen wall, and not use it at all.

John loved his World of Warcraft figures, and Joey was happy to get Spyro the Dragon 1. We had a great day at my aunt's house. Dinner was really good. She made turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, turnip, and cranberries. Dessert was pastries, and the frozen mocha cheesecake Jen, and I, made.

We ate, and then talked, and talked, and had dessert, then talked more. We finally got home around 10:30, and into pj's we all went. Bed was around 11:15.

What really put a damper on it, was getting up to work on Wednesday morning. But, that's part of my job. I'm just glad that I went on Monday to set V-day at one account, because my largest account took close to six hours on Wednesday - to set the Valentine's product. Today, I did the two small accounts, and that took 5 hours total. But, at least I don't have to work Friday - I'm not sure what we'll do. Maybe stay home, maybe go out. One thing is for certain...I'm not getting out of bed any time before 10am. Well, unless nature calls. ;)

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday! I can't believe this year is coming to an end. It sure does seem that time flies by so fast, it's like blinking your eyes. I know it's not that fast, but, it sure does feel like it.

Anyway - stay safe, and enjoy your families!
XOXO

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Handmade gifts!






Well, for now, I have pictures of one handmade gift. I made this wreath tonight, for my aunt. She just painted, and purchased brand new furniture for her livingroom, in blues, and greens. I thought a fresh new wreath would be a nice addition!


I have to finish up a few chipboard word bloom books, too. :) It's amazing what you can accomplish when you get up off your rear, and away from the computer.


Tonight, Jen and I also baked 3 batches of cookies. Fun stuff!


XOXO




Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Busy-ness

Much to do, little time to get it done.

That seems to be the way it is, at this time of year.

One relief, I am not hosting Christmas this year! We are going to my aunt's house. I'll make some desserts to bring, but, she is cooking the dinner. Of course, I'll be making my Frozen Mocha Cheesecake. The kids, and Steve, have been bugging me each day about it. Jen told me that she wants to make one for here, and one for there. Maybe we will - if I buy another springform pan.

Anyway - on Monday I worked for a while in the morning. Then, I wrapped up what I was doing so that I could go and get some Christmas shopping done for Steve. I haven't been able to get to the store to buy him any presents because we're always out shopping together. Geesh - talk about pressure. Last week, I had planned to go out and get some shopping done - alone. He suggested that we go to the Sunrise Mall together - so, we went. We ended up not buying anything, except for lunch. It's an OK mall, but, it's so hard to find things when you have your mind set on going one place, and end up somewhere else.

So - I finally got his shopping done. A few shirts, few pairs of pants, 2 DVD movies that he likes to watch, a handheld game, slippers, and his favorite 'Turtles' candy. I think he's done. I'm also working on a chipboard word bloom album for him. It's almost done. I just need to do some journaling.

We're done shopping for the kids. I think. :)

I'm bad this way...we say we are done, and then I go out -alone- and find other things. I really have to stop that.

The only thing I *have* to do, is make John's present. But, I need to make a screenshot of his WoW character, first. I'm making 2 long sleeve t-shirts, with iron-on pictures of his character in WoW. I thought it was a cool idea. He said he didn't want anything for Christmas. Just to be able to play WoW every day of the break. But - how do you not put presents under the tree for your child? So - it's going to be a very WoW Christmas for him. I was able to find two WoW action figures, got him the Dungeon 2 companion guide, his own headset/mic, pjs, a few other small things, and these 2 shirts I'm making. Oh, and 2 WoW shirts I found at Hot Topic with Jen. (she suggested we look there for him). My aunt also got him two WoW calendars, one is a wall calendar, and the other is a desk calendar, entitled "A year of gear".

As an aside - my friends, and I, never took that trip into the city. A few people cancelled out last minute - like the day before, and the weather looked pretty iffy for the day we were going to go - so, we called it. Unfortunately, the next day was pretty darn great until around 4:30pm. /shrug oh well. I'm planning on going in with the kids over break. Though, it may end up being just Jen and myself. I have a funny feeling the boys are going to have other ideas of fun.

That's okay, though. Jen is like me, when it comes to the city. She loves it, loves exploring, and walking all around, going to all the shops....I love my daughter. :) I couldn't ask for a better person to spend the day with. Don't get me wrong. It's a lot of fun doing things with Steve, and the boys, too. But - Jen just has the same attitude I have. She doesn't get bored, doesn't get tired of exploring.... instead, we just get tired at some point - and when we are tired, we call it a day. If it weren't for being tired, we'd never stop. :)

So - I think I need to get myself together here, and do some work. Just a little, though. ;)

Friday, December 7, 2007

We worked...

I had to work yesterday. Jen didn't have class - her professor was finishing up the mini-meetings with her students, and Jen was lucky to have pulled her meeting on Tuesday. So - instead of her sleeping all day, I woke her up at 9:30, and asked if she wanted to come with me for the day. So, she got up, and got ready.

First stop, was Starbucks, for tall hot chocolates! I skipped the peppermint this time. It was sooooooo good, only, I don't think it was hot enough. You know how sometimes, it's so hot you can't even take a chance to let that first little sip hit your mouth? It's as though the steam coming out the little opening is just as hot as the liquid inside. Then, there are times when you lift the cup to your mouth, and just drink. The liquid is warm, not hot. *sigh* That's what I had yesterday. So, while it was *so* good, it wasn't thoroughly satisfying.

Anyway - onto DPA - to head to Sunrise Highway, and my account. We get there, I scan in, and set Jen to straightening the counter. The cards weren't too bad, I must say. But, making it neat is a priority. I went to the stockroom, to pick up my order. Back out on the floor, we set up two corrugates, and loaded them up with the Christmas product. Done, and looking nice - we set to ordering. And then last but not least, I did the Thanksgiving credit, which totalled out without any problems this time. I packed that all up, and left it up front for FedEx.

So - by then, it was 1:45. I really should have done another account - but, we went to get some lunch instead. After lunch, we took a drive to Sayville, so that I could pick up some transfer paper, to make one of John's Christmas presents. We wandered around looking at this, and that. Then, checked out. Everything was on sale. :) Yay!

We wandered around that little Sunvet Mall, I think it's called. Went into the dollar store, and found a few cute Christmas decorations to add to my hutch - they are so cute! Gotta take pics of this stuff someday. After we were done there, we got back on Sunrise to head home. As we passed KMart - I asked Jen if she wanted to go look around, so we did. Bought some of those soft, cozy socks that were on sale, and a spiral lighted tree for outside, with blue lights, and a box of lighted candycanes. Checked out, and got in the car.

By then, it was 4:30, and getting dark fast. So not good....my night vision has gotten so bad. It's just not smart for me to stay out past 4pm, because you never realize just how fast it gets dark - until you're out driving, and have a problem seeing in the dark. But, we made it home safely. :)

So - we worked, for 2 & 1/2 hours. :) I love spending time with my daughter, and it also gave her a chance to relax, and unwind, from all the craziness of the end of the first semester rush.

It's all good.
XOXO

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Stressed out child...

My daughter has 6 days of classes left, and her first semester in college is under the belt. She is stressing out, in a majorly big way. Last night, she was up til past 12:30am, working on her debate write up for class today. Her group was responsible for debating 'Why abortion should be illegal'. This is their final debate for the semester. They got lucky, though, and time ran out, so they'll have to go on Monday.

She has two papers due next week, I believe. Plus, her mathematics final, and whatever other finals her teachers decide to give. I don't ask for specifics. As long as I know she's doing school work, I'm happy. And, as evidenced by the stacks of papers, notebooks, textbooks, and other literature books stacked up on her dresser, and floor - she's doing *a lot* of work.

I even think, perhaps, she's doing more work than she ever imagined she'd be doing....

Her schedule for next semester seems to be more compact, and less spread out. She'll be home by 2:30pm each day - so that is a very, very good thing! But - she does have two history classes thrown in the mix, so it should be another fun ride. Wooohoooo!

*sigh*

I do feel badly for her, that she is so stressed out. But - she's going to have to learn to get better at time management, I think. I also think, that she's going to have to get better at going to bed at a normal time, every single night. She stays up too late. Later than me, most of the time.

(I'm passing out by 11pm 90% of the time. I simply can't stay up. It sucks...it really does. I was the one that would stay up til 2 or 3 am, doing whatever - scrapbooking, playing WoW, watching movies, reading..... not anymore.)

So - I go in, and give her a kiss goodnight, and go to bed. I have to look at this from the standpoint of - at least she's at home, and not out with friends, driving around, going here, or there. Her friends are great, but, I like that she's at home, safe.

Next Friday night, the 14th, she is going to a Sweet 16 party. Her girlfriend's sister is the birthday girl. We got the dress yesterday - soooooo pretty! I'll take her tomorrow to get fitted for the little bit of alteration that's needed. Steve, and I, are going to take her out on Friday - shopping for shoes, and another new coat.

Yes...another new coat. Because the coat she ordered from American Eagle, is already coming apart after just two weeks. Well, not really coming apart, but, I don't expect the buttons to be falling off a coat the cost $130, after two weeks of use. So, that'll be returned.

Anyway - I think I'm going to get in bed. I have some *more* new scrappin goodies I bought today, on the way home from work. But - I'm just too tired to play with them. :( so, that'll have to wait.

XOXO

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Yay, for late night shopping!

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Aren't these great?! I can't wait to get them. I saw them advertised in Creating Keepsakes magazine about a week ago, and that they'd be available on December 1st. I'm so excited! They look like lot's of fun to use, and play with! Take a look over at http://www.lisabearnson.com/kotm/ Maybe you will get a set, too!
That's all for tonight - I'm going to bed. Very, very tired for some reason or another.
XOXO

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Got my e-tickets

My flights are booked for the wedding. I'll be going alone - it's just way too expensive for everyone to go. My tickets alone were shy of $400. I'll be flying Southwest down, and Jetblue back home. I'm kind of looking forward to flying Jetblue. Though - I just hope it doesn't snow up here in NY, or I may end up stranded - somewhere - on the return leg of my flight.

I talked to my brother last night, and he informed me that once I get there, it'll be busy. The night I get there - will be party/club night. A club? Me? Hahahah!! I haven't gone to a club in....oh....forget it. It's been a long time. I'm just not the club scene girl anymore. The next day is the rehearsal, and dinner. Then, all the 'girls' are sleeping at home of the bride's mom. Because, my brother said, the next morning we'll be going to get our hair done, and our nails 'did'. :P Then, back to the house to dress for the wedding, which is around 5pm, I believe.

I'm looking forward to it. I've never been in a bridal party, other than my own.

I talked to my dad last night, and he said it'll be nice for me to get away for a few days, and have some fun. He also let me know, that if I'm getting too tired on Wednesday night, all I have to do is call him, and he'll come pick me up wherever we are. You see, my dad understands that I'm 41 (42 by then), a mom of three, I'll have been up since 6am that morning, and that I'm just not into that party scene anymore. He's also really happy that I'll be there for a short visit.

Anyway - I have to work. I don't want to. I'm so tired from all the running around that Steve and I did yesterday. Plus, waiting up til almost 1am for Jen to get home from the city....bleh - but - if I want to go scrapbooking tomorrow, I need to work today. So - sacrifice I must!!

(afterall, I can nap later)

Monday, November 26, 2007

On a mission


....to still be able to fit into this - when I go back to pick it up on January 25th. And, to still fit at the end of February for my brother's wedding day.
I went for my fitting last week. The dress is beautiful, and so flattering. It also needed to be taken in a good 6 inches in the bust. Woot! The girls are getting smaller. ;)
But - wow, Christmas is a month away! What a time to have to watch, and be really, really good. Lunches, parties, cookies, and all the great holiday food and treats! I just have to, though. It's funny how something like a dress, that you have to wear in three months, gives you incentive to be good!
Steve and I were at Costco over the weekend, and of course, all those lovely people were there, with samples of food. There was one woman with these incredible shortbread cookies. OMG - I had one cookie, it was heavenly, and then sent Steve back to get me one more. I was so tempted to buy the tin of cookies....but....that would be dangerous. He's my conscience - 'remember - the black dress?'.
Grrr...sometimes I hate him. :P
(Costco sold one less tin of cookies that day.)
So...I really can't go up in size, and I really have to try not to go down in size, too. But, how do you 'stay' at the same size? I think going down won't be so bad...so, I just have to do my best to be good, good, good!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Coming soon, to a theater....

http://psiloveyoumovie.warnerbros.com/

Looks like a real chick flick to me. One that I'll be going to see.

;)

I've been busy

In reality, a four day weekend isn't as long as you'd think. ;)

It's now Sunday, and tomorrow we're back to business as usual. School for the kids, and work for me. When we want time to fly by, it doesn't...and when we want time to go slow, it flys right past.

On Thanksgiving, we had a nice quiet day at home. As planned. I did a ton of purging - and cleaning. 10 bags of clothing that either doesn't fit, or just isn't liked, went to the clothing bin at the church. 5 bags of garbage went out. Clothing that had holes, or rips, or faded ugly.....in the garbage.

Friday - I didn't do much. I planned to do something - but, ended up just going through pictures, and spending time with the boys while Jen worked. Oh, Joey and I ran to Wal-Mart for cleaning supplies. Friday night, I installed Diablo 2 on my computer, and played for a while. I leveled a new character up to 16. Fun stuff - and so very different from playing WoW.

On Saturday, Steve and I went out shopping. We had a nice day, and then came back to the house. Picked Jen up from work at 2pm, and took a drive to Michaels, and Target. I also decided to put up the Christmas tree. So, it's up, and lighted, and all decorated. The only thing I need to do, is get a tree skirt. I had one - but - it's gone, I can't find it anywhere.

So, that'll be my mission for today, I think. Finding, and buying, a tree skirt that I like. One that matches the colors of the tree decorations.

I would still like a few days off, but, who wouldn't?

*hugs*

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Thanksgiving, and the long weekend - is coming.


So, this week is Thanksgiving.

I think that a lot of people look at this upcoming holiday, and the days that follow it, and precede it, differently. For me, the days before - are so busy. Between working, and prepping, and family. The day of, I always enjoy, because we have a lot to be thankful for. Happiness, love, family. The days after - are always great, because we can sleep in, and stay up late if we want. Just a good amount of time to do what we want/like, to do.

The days preceding Thanksgiving, this year, are very busy for me.

First of all, since I work for Hallmark, I need to make sure that all my accounts have been serviced, and that all holiday party goods are out, and available for sales. Thanksgiving party product, is *the* biggest point of sale for all seasons. Even higher sales than Christmas party product. Truly. So, since I have 4 accounts - that'll keep me pretty busy on Monday. I'll want to get in to all my stores fairly early, so that there are the maximum days/hours, to sell off fall party product.

On Tuesday, I have an appointment at 11:30, at David's Bridal. It's my fitting, for the dress I will be wearing, in my brother's wedding party. I have my shoes, and my undergarments *Oh joy!* Jen is going to take a ride with me, and after the fitting, we will go on over to the mall. She saw a dress to wear for the wedding, and to a party she'll be going to in December. So, we want to check it out, try it on, and buy it, if it's suitable. We'll grab some lunch, and shop a bit, too.

Wednesday - I should check in on my accounts again, make sure all is neat, order a bit, pack out some orders that arrive. Because, I know that I really don't want to work on Friday. I really don't have to - since Christmas is set. But - I might stop in at my largest account when I drop Jen off at work on Black Friday. I'll see.

Thursday - the big day. We will be home. I think we're going to make this a pj's and movies day. We'll get up, have breakfast, while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade. I'll prep the turkey, and have it in the oven around 10am. We have a bunch of movies to watch. I also rented Deck the Halls. We really want to go see Enchanted http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/enchanted/ which opens on Wednesday. But, that's kind of hard to do when we'll have a turkey in the oven.

Friday - Jen is working all day, she's actually working all weekend - but, that's retail. She's not overly thrilled, of course. She still has school work, and a paper to write for the Monday after Thanksgiving. But, she'll get it done. She always does. The boys - I'm sure, are looking forward to sleeping in a bit, and playing their games. Joey will be tethered to his PS2, and John will be up to his elbows in WoW. I'm still not sure what I'll do - plenty of time to decide! I won't be playing WoW. I quit the game, and while I've been logging in sporadically over the last few weeks, my pre-paid time runs out on the 22nd - so I'm officially done with that game. (At least I think so.....) *wink*
I do hope that everyone enjoys their family, friends, and feasting.
*And remember, Christmas is 5 weeks from this coming Tuesday!*

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Long weekends are nice

This weekend has been pretty good so far.

I'm including Friday, since I didn't work that day! Marie, and her sister Marion picked me up at 11:30am, and we headed to the scrapbook store for cropping all day! We met Nina there, and Maryanne arrived a bit later. We had such a great time! Thank goodness our moods weren't affected by the weather, which was just awful! It was cold, and rainy, yuck!

I worked on some BoBunny chipboard word bloom books. I covered three books - believe, family, and love. Believe is the one I did the most work on. It was for Jennifer's birthday. I added pictures, and embellishments, lot's of bling, and ribbon. I'll have to take some pictures, and post them here.

It was just a great day, lot's of laughter, and chatter. ;) I got home around 11:15pm, and was asleep by midnight!

Saturday morning, I got up quite early. But, by 11am, I decided to go lay down again, and fell asleep. I just kind of relaxed and dozed most of the day away. The kids were all busy doing their thing, so all was good! Dinner was pot luck, and then I did all the finishing work on Jen's birthday present. Went to bed around 3:45am!

Today, Sunday...Jennifer's 18th birthday! Amazing to believe I have an 18yo child.

She loved her book, and her cards. Her birthday presents are enroute from American Eagle. Unfortunately, they didn't arrive in time for today. :( Jen and I went to see a movie today. Fred Claus. So funny! We really enjoyed it. On the way home, we stopped to pick out a birthday cake, but, instead of cake, she chose a chocolate mousse tart. Yummy!

So...now, it's 10:30, and we had dinner, and dessert, we watched Desperate Housewives, and everything is quiet. There is no school tomorrow, so that's a good thing. Another morning with no alarm clock! Yay!

I'm out to go chit chat on some message boards. Have a great night!
XOXO

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

So, today is Halloween.

I've gotta say, I'm somewhat sad. My boys don't want to ToT. When I asked if they were going to, they responded by saying, "I'm not a baby, no way!" So, Joey is raking the leaves, and handing out goodies, and John is out with his dad.

My daughter - on the other hand - the college girl, is going ToTing with her friends, once it's dark outside. She is getting dressed up, as a doctor. I'll have to make sure she knows how important it is to take pictures! (Mom needs to be able to scrapbook, afterall.) Plus, she is going to a Halloween party on Friday night, so there will be even more pictures after that!

I'm glad they are growing up, and I'm happy that they enjoy doing what they like to do. But, a part of me misses the 'young' days. When doing all the fun 'kid' stuff was so important.

Oh well - time marches on. At least I can look forward to the far away future, when I'll have grandchildren, and be able to experience all these fun events again through different eyes.

*tear*

Monday, October 29, 2007

A chill in the air

This morning, when I woke up, it was dark (6:15am), and 38 degrees! That's degrees farenheit. I've gotta say, I was positively giddy about it. Not the fact that it was dark, but, the fact that is was so cold. It's now 8am, and the temperature has only climbed one degree, so far. We're looking at the low 50's today.

I. Just. Love. It!

I'm so looking foward to it being cold all the time. I told Steve that yesterday when we were out. He said, "Yeah, right, and when it is, you'll complain it's too cold". Okay, okay, maybe he's slightly right. I probably will complain if we get a run on days when it's in the teens. That, my friends, is seriously cold weather. Brrrr!

But, this weather, that we'll have today, and a few days this week...this weather is beautiful!


Let's see, what else...

Work has been keeping me busy. All the Christmas product is in at my accounts. Things are being done a bit differently this year. Everything is to be set starting November 1st. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years. Unlike the last two years, Christmas did not get fully set until right after Thanksgiving. I think this is a nice change. Now, on Black Friday, I won't have to work, and will be able to go out shopping, or just stay home and decorate the house, or just relax if that's what we want to do.

Still scrapbooking like crazy! I met Marie on Friday to scrap, Nina came, too. We always have a great time. We're planning to do another all day/all night crop on the 9th. Plus, I'd really like to have Marie come over on Saturday, with her sister to scrap. I really don't think I can get away to scrap on Friday - I'm going to be too busy getting my two big accounts completely set. :(

That's one thing about my job.....I really can't complain too much. I can arrange my days/hours anyway I want, so long as my work all gets done. But, the only time I *have* to work, is right after or before a holiday. Plus, this week I have a lunch meeting on Tuesday, that'll eat up some of my time.

Oh well. It could be worse. I could have a full-time job where I'm gone all darn day, or, I could even have a different part time job, that requires me to punch a clock and work regimented hours.

I'll stick with what I have. :)

I'm out..gotta get ready for the day.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hmmm

...guess I should update this someday. Huh?

Maybe..but, not tonight.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

For the horde!

I've started playing more, and more horde side lately, on the Terenas server. My new characters are in my old guild, there. My level 60 rogue, Tulips, is not played. I just can't seem to get the feel for melee activity in Outlands. Quite a shame, too....because Twilight's Void is making regular visits to The Eye, Gruul's Lair, and venturing into SSC. They've got Karazhan on farm status, I think, when it comes to guild mains. If I'd level Tulips up - I'd be 70 fairly quickly, and could jump in on alt Kara runs, and whatever else they are doing at that level.....but, nah.

So - I have my Blood Elf warlock. She's two bubbles shy of 27. Then, last night I deleted an alliance side mage I had, and made a Blood Elf mage, with the same name, so that I could be sure I wouldn't lose the name.

Part of me is tempted to delete Tulips, buuuuuuuuut.....she's a 300 skill alchemist, and if I'd level her up slowly, I can still gather herbs, and make potions, and sell stuff on the auction house in game, even if I don't ever do any end game crapola with her.

I've gotta say, that a warlock is, by far, my favorite class to play.

September

So....the kids are *all* back in school, for the 07-08 year.

That means early mornings, and nights. Well, one thing is for sure, the early mornings happen, one way or another. The early nights - having everything done, and getting into bed at a 'reasonable' hour...that takes some getting used to.

Ahh...who am I kidding? It all of takes getting used to, after a summer of sleeping late, and staying up late. I'm so used to being up really, really late, that I'm having a hard time crawling into bed any earlier than 1am, so far. Not so good, considering I'm up at 6:00 each morning. Well, I'm supposed to be, anyway. I seem to push it, and get up around 6:30.

It'll all work out in the end. :) And, I don't mean the end of the year, haha!

Let's see, what else is new?

On Friday (9/7) - I wanted to go to the Scrapbook Expo, that was being held at Hofstra University. The classes didn't appeal to me, so my friends went to take whatever classes they wanted to, and did their shopping. I decided to con Steve, and Jennifer, into going for a ride with me. So, we went - the two of them walked around a little bit, and then mostly sat and waited for me to get done. Steve teased, and said that he'd have to tell the boys he was at "scrapbook heaven" that day. He said he'd also have to tell Joey, that he was at the place where the NY Jets practice.

I wasn't really impressed with what was there, though. As I walked around, I'd arrive at a booth, and think...have that, have this, not my style, my style 7 years ago.... There were just so many things that weren't awe inspiring.

There was one booth - for a monthly club. They were selling some of the premade kids from previous months. I thought those were cute, at $19.99 a kit (with all materials to make 6 - 12x12 layouts). I had three kits in my hand I wanted to buy. But, then another woman walked up to pay, and was told, that you "have" to join the club, in order to buy any of the kits that they had there for sale that day. I turned around, and put the kits back, and walked away. Uh - no one is going to tell me how to spend my money! I think, that if you're at an expo like that, you should let people buy your kits that you have there, and then see if they really like what you've got, and decide on their own if they want to join the montly club. Just my .o2. /shrug

I did buy more of the mosaic paper packs, and the mosaic idea book - I just love those layouts, and I bought 2 double layout laser cut overlays. That was all. I think they made out better in the deal - getting the $24 I paid for admission (for the three of us).

I guess that's all for now. I'm going to head out to work, I think. Soon, anyway. It's still a bit too early for me to do much of anything.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Yeah, mom, it's neat.

It has to be said, that my idea of neat, is not equal to my son's idea of neat.

Today, I took my youngest child to work with me. He's 13, and really responsible. He's a good, hard worker, and does help me a great deal. But, his idea of neat, and mine, do not mesh. He told me that the opposide side of my counter of cards was neat - and when I went around to that side to order - it wasn't neat...there were envelopes sticking up, and cards not pocketed all the way into their respective pockets. *sigh*

I asked - 'this is neat?'
He said - 'Uh, yeah.'

Gotta love him though. He did go back and redo it, and make it neat. My kind of neat. :)

On a side note - today we had record low temperatures here. It was 53 degrees - that's farenheit, ya'll. It's August....remember? It did feel really good to have some cool weather. If only the sun was shining, though, and not raining buckets of water.

Anyway - it was a day to sit and read, or watch TV. So, that's what we did when we got home.

Pet peeve - when people don't respond to emails, or phone calls that they said they were going to make.

I'm out.

$147.98

Jen bought two books today, for two of her classes.....just two. "2".

$147.98

Yes - really. I guess that it's been a long time since I've been exposed to these college book store prices. She still needs to buy books for three other classes, but, they were not in stock. She'll have to go back and buy them during her break between classes on Monday - her first official day of the semester.

Fun stuff.

More later today *Tuesday*. I have to go to bed now. It's verrrrrrrrrrrry late.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Safe and sound

My dad was in Peru - he was supposed to stay until some time in October.

He's home. Thank goodness!

There were some issues.....and he was all set to come home on Tuesday, but, he couldn't get a flight out until late Wednesday night. That flight, would put him back in Florida, on Thursday morning. Wednesday night, my aunt called to let me know that she just heard there was an earthquake in Peru. Of course, at this point, there was no way to get in touch with my father. All we could do, was wait, wait to hear from him.....all while watching the death toll climb, and hearing more and more about the magnitude of the after shocks.

When I woke up on Thursday morning - it was to the ring of the phone. My aunt...she had gotten in contact with my brother, and found out that my dad was back in Florida. He was waiting for a connecting flight. Since his flight left Lima two hours late, he missed his connection in Florida - so he had to wait. But, he was on US soil - so all was good.

What a relief it was to hear his voice on Thursday afternoon. He told me about the experience of the earthquake - he said it was the longest 25 seconds of his life. I can only imagine..

So, he's safe, and he is at home.

Thank God.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Been a while

I've been busy, and haven't taken the time to post/update here. Between work, and vacationing with the kids, free time to do so has been scarce.

So, down to business - Jen is registered for all of her classes, and starts in two weeks. I think she's excited, and nervous, at the same time. She has to go purchase her books next week - that is when the bookstore will have all the books prepped with the class/section numbers.

She has also been working, and going out with her friends. Last weekend, she went to the Warped Tour, and Nassau Coliseum. The bands were great, she said. But, it was so hot. She said at one point, a girl fainted right in front of her, and dropped to the ground. The boyfriend couldn't even pick her up, and somewhat dragged her to the first aid station. Pretty scary stuff. They only stayed for three hours, and decided to come home, shower and change, and go to dinner and the movies. Pretty smart.

The boys have been enjoying summer. Hanging out with their friends, spending time with their dad, and me.

I'm going on vacation soon - European destination. Can't wait!

Anyway - gotta scoot.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Lucky me

After three days of an intense toothache - I went to the dentist. I ended up having a root canal started this morning. Fun stuff. Fun - how your face can be so numb, your tongue can be the same size, yet feel three times it's normal size....words don't sound the same when you speak them. Oh yeah...fun indeedy. :)

But - six hours later, the novocaine has worn off, and I've taken half a Vicodin to help with the pain. Honestly - the pain from the root canal, is nothing compared to the toothache I had for the last few days.

Now I have to wait for the crown to come in, and then they'll complete the work on the tooth.

In the meantime - Joey and I go on Tuesday for a full checkup/cleaning, and Jen and John go on the 30th for their checkup/cleaning.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Class of 2007!!

Today was my daughter's high school graduation.
It was a beautiful day. Sunny, warm, and the clouds were few. My father, and brother flew up from Florida to attend, which was a great thing.



It's amazing to realize that her days of public school are over, and that she will be going on to college in a very short time. I asked Jen if it felt different, and she said no. She asked me the same question, and the answer really is no, but, I think it will really feel different when she actually is starting her classes at the end of August, when her college goes into session.


That's when reality will hit. That's when it will be real that she has entered the world of adulthood. I wonder, is she prepared? Did we do all that we could to prepare her for the world ahead.
I think so, her father thinks so.
In my heart, I think we did.
I hope so....time will tell - that much is for sure.




Picture 1 - Processional - coming in on the field.
Picture 2 - Her turn receiving her Regents Diploma.
Picture 3 - Moving the tassel from left, to right.
Picture 4 - Picture with Mr. McLeod - her favorite school administrator.
Picture 5 - Jen, with me.
Picture 6 - Jen, with her dad.
Picture 7 - Jen, with her grandfather (my dad).


Saturday, June 16, 2007

Green thumb?



Perhaps I've inherited a green thumb from my parents. It's nice to think about it - and I like to tell myself I have this interest in gardening, because of them.


Anywho - in my front yard, I have a planting bed that runs the full length of my house, the far right end, is rounded, and has a weeping cherry tree in the center, there were 8 hostas on the back part of the circle, and 4 carpet junipers around the front part of the circle. The junipers were looking incredibly crappy, so those were dug/pulled out! Then, yesterday, I set myself to splitting those 8 hostas.


The end result, after two hours, was 20 new plants. The entire circle is filled in, and now looks so pretty, and green, and full. I used to always fret over what to fill that area in with, and knowing how much space was involved, balked at buying that many hostas to fill it in. So - thankfully, these hardy plants were quite large enough to split up.


I think it looks lovely - and can't wait for them to perk up completely. Heavy watering is necessary to counter the shock to the roots from the splitting - so, the sprinkler is running now.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Prom


June 7th, was prom night.


Jen looked absolutely beautiful.


All of her friends did.







The day started off with the Senior Breakfast, at school. Jen was home by 9:15. She got things ready for the evening, made sure she had her hair clips for when we went to get her hair done.



We left here around 11am, to go pick up her flowers - they were beautiful. So totally Jen, so different from what all the other girls chose to have. My daughter, is different. There is no mistaking that. She is unique, in her own way. She doesn't like to 'go with the flow'. Which is a fact, I am so proud of. She does things how she likes, and doesn't worry about what anyone else will have, or do.





Her hair appointment was for 1pm - and we were done there around 2:15. Stopped by the bank so she could get some money, and were home by 2:45. Once home, she relaxed a bit, had a little something to eat, and then started to get ready.









We had to be at her friend's house around 4:45 - 5pm. Steve, and I, took Jen over, and met up with all the other parents, and kids. There were 14 all together in the car. The next hour was filled with picture taking, and lot's of talking, giggling, and happiness.


Finally, at 6pm - they were off to their prom at Villa Lombardi.



Jen called me at midnight to say they were leaving prom, and heading into the city, to go to Caroline's. A comedy club in Time's Square. That's when I finally went to bed. I woke up at 3:40, and she finally called at 4am, to let me know they were at her friend's house, and going to sleep.
What a strange feeling - to know that my oldest child was out all night, and having fun with all of her friends, while I was sleeping in bed. Albeit not so restfully. I just don't sleep well when one of my children isn't at home. But, this was a once in a lifetime occasion, and I certainly wanted her to make the most of it, and have a wonderful time.




Friday - was spent at the beach, and then later, they had pizza, and went bowling. Tonight, is a get together at another house to go swimming, and hang out (but, it's raining - so who knows what will happen). Currently - Jen is sleeping. She was up - but, falling sleep, and I sent her to take a nap. unday - the whole group is going to Six Flags, in New Jersey.

More later, maybe.
















Saturday, June 2, 2007

Dressed up - with someplace to go!


On May 26th, one of Steve's coworkers had a wedding vow renewal ceremony. When the couple got married 10 years ago, they didn't have a big celebration. So, they had a real wedding for the renewal.


We got dressed up, and it was really nice. I hadn't been looking forward to it, honestly. I like to stay home most of the time. But, once I found a dress I liked, I started to look forward to the evening out. The kids thought it was funny, for some reason, to see us all dressed up. Especially their dad! The boys opinon was, "Whoa - mom looks HOT!" (I think they are vision impaired!!!) and "Dad looks cool!"


Since Jen was staying home with the boys, we decided to order pizza for them. We left the house, saying good-bye, and then drove over to pick up the pizza for them. They didn't know about it, so, I got out of the car, and rang the bell. When they asked who it was, I said "Pizza delivery!!"


Then, we were on our way. It was really nice, good food, fun conversation. I knew a few of the guests that were invited, because I worked with them way back when I was a teenager. That part was funny, because we were discussing how my daughter is graduating HS this year, and that's when we all have known each other since. Time flies, eh?


Dressed up - it was a good thing!

Friday, June 1, 2007

June 1st....can you believe it?

I know I can't.

It's hard to believe that there are just a handful of full school days left. Then, there will be finals, NYS Regents exams, and Jen's graduation.

But, before that all happens, Jen will go to her Senior Prom next week, the next day, will be spent at the beach, prom weekend - they'll spend a day at Six Flags in NJ. It'll be great fun and memories for her. I'm excited for her, so I can only imagine how excited she is, too.

We've been so busy prepping the house for the party. Both inside, and outside. Funny - that so much will be done for one day. Steve, and I, have been shopping around for a grill, a backyard set, plants, and whatever else we think is necessary.

I've been doing most of the gardening with my boys. The planting beds in the front are almost done. I was going really good for a while there, and then, for whatever reason, I started to get terrible back pain, which radiated to my hips, and down my legs, and feet. I felt literally 'broken', from the waist down. So, for the last 3 weeks - I haven't done much out there, and it's killing me that all these baby weeds are starting to pop back up again.

I did go outside yesterday afternoon, and pull some of those weeds, but, as soon as I stood up, the pain was shooting down my legs. So - the boys are going to have to get in their knees and pull those weeds this weekend.

Let's backtrack a bit, too....Mother's Day. What a great day! I was treated so nicely. I got some really beautiful cards, and flowers. Jen also shopped at her job, and bought me such a loving card, and a lovely floral wall plaque. I also got some $$ to spend at the scrapbook store - which is always great! Jen had to work that day, so I went with the boys to lunch, and then on to Argyle Lake in Babylon Village. The weather was wonderful. The boys did not fight! We had great conversation, took some pictures - of course. We got ice cream cones.

It was just a wonderful afternoon. On the way home, we stopped at Barnes and Noble, and then M's to get supplies for a new front door wreath. (I'll make that this weekend - maybe)


Anyway - it's just been busy, and fun, and work is going well.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Who am I?

I'm crazy
I'm silly
I'm weird
I'm funny
I'm cute
I'm brave
I'm girly
I'm sexy
I'm sweet
I'm loud
I'm cheerful
I'm energetic
I'm opinionated
I'm courageous
I'm annoying
I'm fun
I'm outgoing
I'm beautiful
I'm not everything I wish I could be but I'm everything I need to be..I'M JUST ME AND I LIKE IT LIKE THAT..I'm a daughter.. a sister.. a grand-daughter.. a niece.. a cousin.. a friend. I'm a partner.. a student.. a young girl and a grown woman. I am confident and scared.. terrified and excited. I am loving and caring.. thoughtful and hopeful. I am sick and tired. I am shy and friendly.. careful and careless. I am broken and whole. I am misunderstood, misguided, and mislead. I am hard working and determined but a little scared on the inside. I wish on stars and dream my dreams. I pray to God and cry my tears. I smile on the outside while I'm dying on the inside. I listen to others who wont and dont listen to me. I walk on eggshells and I walk on fire. I believe in passion. I am everything and nothing all at once... and all I want is for someone to love ME <3

Thursday, May 10, 2007

What's new...

Lot's of activity in the last two weeks.

Jen had a first, and second date....and broke up with the boyfriend the day after their second date. She decided, on her own, that he is too old, that she's not grown up enough right now to date, and it's not fair to her, or to him, for them to date as a couple. She said she needs to grow up, and find out who she is, before she can be someone's girlfriend.

He thinks there is another reason, and keeps texting her asking what the real reason is that she 'pulled the rug out from under his feet'. She told him that she was serious, and he told her it's bullshit, that there is another reason. Does he want her to lie? Does he want her to make something up? Does she have to lie, and say that her parents forbid it? If so, then I'll gladly be her excuse for why, as will her father.

How is it, that a 22 year old guy just can't accept the truth, or even respect that she's admitting, openly, and honestly, that at 17, she's just not grown up enough to be in a relationship? Perhaps he would rather have her tell him lies...maybe that would be easier....

What I want to know is this, what the hell is wrong with these men? Both old and young? That is all.

And, in other news.....

It's really getting warm here now. The sun has been out regularly, it's been really nice, but, the house is hot...can't wait to get that a/c running! I've been so busy with the gardening, trying to get the house prepared for Jen's graduation party. It's a lot of work, and I've enlisted my boys....they hate me :) Today Steve mowed the lawn, and I didn't even have to ask. I went to work early, and came home at noon, and as I drove past the house, I was like "Wow! the grass is cut!"

I informed the kids that on Sunday, after we go to the cemetery to bring flowers to mom for Mother's Day, we're going to Home Depot, or Lowes to buy plants for the front planting beds. "Oh joy!" - I'm excited..they not so much.

Tonight I went with Jen to the school to purchase the prom ticket, and then after that, the kids all got to choose and set up the seating for the tables at prom. Let me tell ya, DRAMA!! I don't remember it being that way when *I* was a senior in high school! Better her, than me, is all I've gotta say.

Hmm....there is probably more, but, I'm tired, and just want to go to bed, so that's all I'm telling ya for tonight.

Sleep tight, and kisses from me, to you!
XOXOXO

Saturday, April 28, 2007

First date night

My daughter is out tonight, on her very first date!

Today was interesting....she had to work early. 8-2. She never works that early, ever. She has always been given a later shift. Anyway, at 2pm, I head over to the store to pick her up, and I'm waiting, and waiting. 2:25 rolls around, and she comes walking out, and I asked her what she was doing. She said that she had been talking to someone. The rest of the convo went like this:

Me - "Does someone have a name?"
Her - "Yeah......Harvey" (she had a grin on her face, the likes of nothing I'd ever seen before)
Me - "Harvey??"
Her - "Well, they call him Matt, too."
slight pause in there...
Her - "Mom, he asked me to go OUT to a movie tonight!!"
Me - "How old is he?"
Her - "Mom, don't get mad....he's 22."
Me - "22?"
Her - "Yeah, I told him I didn't know if I could, that I had to ask your permission first. He said that he would meet you, and dad, and follow any rules for curfew, too."
(me, thinking to self, oh yeah, that's for sure!)

We went to the bank to get money, and she said that she already had money. That she got it when she went out for lunch during her break. I asked - where did you go on break? Across to the pizza place.... with who? *giggle* "Harvey, mom!! And, guess what? He paid, too!"

So - the rest of the conversation was really open, and honest. Lot's of giggles on her side. She kept saying that she never thought anyone would ever ask her out. She's so much more mature than the boys that go to her school. She's also a lot taller than them.

We got home, and she chatted with him online for a while. I told her that if she really wanted to go out, she could, BUT, she had to go on a double date with her best friend, and the best friend's boyfriend. Her girlfriend said that they would definitely go out with them. (Her boyfriend is super protective over her, and all of her friends, and he's 19.) The guy that asked my daughter out agreed right away to the double date.

So, they agreed on a movie, and he came over to pick her up. Got out of the car, shook my hand, such a polite young man, soft spoken, very, very tall, and super cute. He's in college, which is a plus, too.

I had said all along, that once she got a job, or even once college started, that would be when she'd meet someone. And, here it is, a month after starting her job, she's out on her first date.

I'm sitting here, feeling happy, and excited for her. But, at the same time, I'm feeling sad, and unsure. I want her to grow up, and be happy, and enjoy life to the fullest. But, at the same time - I don't want to let go of the little girl. I know that I'm going to have to do that, because we have to give our children wings to fly. I just wish I could keep her wings clipped a little longer.....

*sigh* and *sigh* again.....

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Serious scrappers binge....

I've bought a lot of stuff the last two weeks....way too much, I think. :P



First, there was the day I went to Target with my son to get him cold medicine. I got the cold medicine, and the bill came to ~$74. The cold medicine was $5.73 or so. Uh..the rest was all scrapbook stuff. That specific Target recently revamped their sb section, and all the new stuff was really cute!



Then, I went to Michael's, and bought more stuff, because *they* revamped their sb section. AC Moore was next on the hit list - did I mention they've gotten in a bunch of new product, too?



Then, the other night, I ordered from Two Peas in a Bucket. Lovely, lovely, felt ribbon. :) I got all the colors...look at the pink..... isn't it delish? The only color 2peas didn't have, was black..and I'd love to get this in black.

I will, too. You watch!








(My best attempt at an excuse for all this buying - my daughter is graduating HS, and I'm working on an album to give her at her graduation party. Sort of - all the years of her life. Or, at least, most of the years.) teehee!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

More shopping for sb stuffs!!!

Okay, I know that I have enough. I know that I said I wasn't going to buy anymore. I promised, even. But, the only promises I ever break, are the one's that I make regarding NOT buying new sb stuff. I keep my other promises. :) I do, really.

So, today, I got some new stuff at the sb store, and even Michael's. M's is getting a sb face lift. Lot's of new product. Lot's of the same stuff. One thing I have to say - wow! lot's of nice new albums. A really great, and pretty selection there now.

We also went to the mall. John needed some shorts, and a few new t-shirts. Jen bought herself 2 tops at AE, and 2 posters at Hot Topic. I hate Hot Topic...they play the music way too loud, and I think it sounds bad.... :P the kids like it, though. /shrug

Now, we're home. It's 73, make that 75!!! degrees out there today. Bea-U-ti-ful. :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Some random pics

Easter has come and gone. The kids all got Easter baskets, even at 17, 15, and 13. Funny, my 17 was the first one to be finished with her candy!! I couldn't believe it. My 13yo still had candy in the basket - I know, because I steal some, now and then. :) shhhhhh!!




I bought this flower, at Stop and Shop. I thought it was pretty darn cute, with the poms, and pipecleaners formed to be ears and whiskers! I was working, filling in and making the Easter cards all neat, when I happened to see a shopper with one of these guys in her shopping cart. So, after I finished up at that account, I got one of my own. He sits to the right side of my computer desk, isn't he cute?!

I told the kids, that for some reason, it just made me smile.

I'm going to plant the flower outside, as soon as the weather warms up.


These pictures are from the day in the city. Luck would have it, that the Macy's Flower Show was going on that week. I've always wanted to see this event at Macy's Herald Square, but, I've never gotten there, even all the years I worked in Manhattan. Anyway - the windows were so beautiful, amazingly so! Unfortunately, the glare in these pictures sucks. :( Inside, the giraffe, and zebra, topiaries were so neat. The giraffee must have been at least 25 - 30 feet tall. But, I don't know for sure. :)


Anyway, it was really neat to see this for the first time.

hi

I haven't been updating my blog very much lately. Obviously.

I don't have a huge, or for that matter, any following. Some people have readers, and comments, on their blog daily. But, I don't, and that's okay, really. The blog is mostly for me, and if someone else reads it, and gets a chuckle out of something I wrote, or finds a happy memory because of a memory I described, that's even better.

I guess I don't lead a very exciting life. Just a regular, everyday gal - kind of life. Now, anyway.

So, what have I been doing lately....

I started a new character in WoW. Two, actually. One that I play on Stormreaver (PvP) with a group I've been gaming, on and off with, for the last four years or so. Her name is Lieserl, a Night Elf druid, and she's almost 20.

And, another on Terenas (PvE) with my son, horde side. Her name is Janina, a Troll priest, he is playing an Orc warrior, named Thunderlight, and I think we're level 6, & 7 - respectively. My son loves to play a warrior.

Last night, instead of playing on Stormreaver, though, I logged in on my level 70 warlock, Sassenach. I fished, for along time. I didn't take the time to get her fishing to 300 way back when, so now, I'm doing it. I did catch quite a lot of fish, though, it took quite a while to go from 268 - 280, though. *sigh*

So, that's the WoW excitement.

My daughter, who is 17, went to bed at 7:30pm last night. Rather, I think she fell asleep watching TV, and slept through the night. The boys went to bed at 10:30, and I went early, hitting the pillow around 11:15. I'm always exhausted at that 'time'. /shrug

Anyway - it's now 8am. It's a drizzly, misty, icky day. Everything is wet. Though, the grass is getting greener, and the flowers are blooming. My weeping cherry tree looks like it's about ready to burst into bloom.

April showers bring May flowers, afterall. :)

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Disney.....again??

I think we may be going to WDW again this summer.....in August.

Yes, I said August. Hmm....

..it's going to be hot.
..it's going to be sticky.
..it's going to be crowded.
..it's going to be a lot of fun, Disney always is.

If I could wait, I'd much rather go in October. But, Jen starts college this year, and I can't go pulling her out of school to go on vacation. So, the only other option - Florida, in the summer. At least the parks are open late, and the pool is cool. haha. We can get up, and go out early, and then come back to the hotel, and go swimming for a while, or swim first, then head out later.

We'll see.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Daffodils



Daffodils are my favorite spring flower.


Tulips, are my favorite flower overall, but, for springtime, it's the daffodil. :)


When I see those happy yellow flower heads, I can't help but smile. They come in all sizes, and color combinations. From the tiny little narcissus, to the larger variety of the flower. They remind me of a girl with a bonnet on, for some reason or another. Especially when the flower head is so heavy, that it is leaning over.


Bringing in a bunch of daffodils, to place in a vase on the kitchen table brightens up the room. I only wish they would last longer after being cut.


Sunday, April 1, 2007

City day!

Tomorrow I'll be going into Manhattan with my daughter. We're going to meet my aunt. Our aunt. My mother's sister. She is also my daughter's god mother.

We are going shopping for prom things. Namely, an evening bag of some kind, and a jewelry set, to go with the gown. We'll also check around the fashion district, to see if we can find some kind of floral item to be used with the comb in her hair.

We love the city. It's so much fun to walk around, and see everything. Especially when the weather is really nice. Tomorrow, is supposed to be a beautiful spring day. The forecast calls for high of 68 midtown, and sunny. Yay!

Since Jen has never been to a real Chinese restaurant, we are going to one for lunch. There are so many nice places midtown, so we'll pick one and eat lunch. I'm bringing the camera, of course, and hope to get shots of her eating with chopsticks! We never go to a Chinese restaurant here, because first of all, there aren't many sit down places. Secondly, the boys hate Chinese food.....so, we just get take out, and then the boys get pizza. So, we figure tomorrow is a great opportunity to enjoy lunch someplace new, and exciting.

We're also going to visit the M&M's store, and the Hershey's Chocolate store. The details are so great, more picture taking for me! I'll have more pics to scrap after this trip. I'm very glad about that...though...I have so many waiting for me already. LOL

I finally colored my hair tonight. The last time I did was late January, and the grey was really showing this time around. Maybe my hair grew really fast this time..I dunno. Anyway, it came out much darker than I had anticipated. Not so sure how I feel about that. At least the grey is covered. :-P

Anyway - gotta wait a bit before turning in, I just polished my nails a little while ago, and they need some drying time, or they'll have imprints from the sheets on them. *sigh*

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Spring

It seems that we are finally getting some nice weather.

On Tuesday, it was 69 degrees. Today, it was around 60. Tomorrow, it will be in the 50's, but, that's still better than freezing. It's funny, though, that March can bring such a huge range in temperatures. Maybe we'll see spring stay around, or, maybe old man winter will blast us a good storm for a last winter hurrah.

Time will tell.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Somebody STOP me!!!

I've spent the last 3 hours organizing scrapbooking supplies.

Yeah, right. Tell yourself that, Sirene. :P

I have another several hours worth of organizing to do. Next job, will be to empty out the closet and get rid of the junk in there. I'm going to get a tall bookcase, and put it in the closet for additional space to organize and store my pictures, and magazines/idea books.

I have SO much stuff......I am putting myself on a spending freeze. The only thing I will purchase is adhesive, and solid color cardstock if necessary. I told all three kids to remind me all the time, especially when we are out, that I promised I wouldn't buy anything new to use.

The hardest test, will be when I go scrapbooking with my friends at the store, and I see all the new product, BUT, I have to be good. It's a waste to buy anything new, when I have so very much already.

I'm going to try, though. I have to be good. Really.
:)

WoW

I'm looking into moving my son's level 37 warrior off of my account, to the other account that we have. That way, he can play that character with me. So, in light of this, I'm going to work on leveling up my priest. She's currently shy of level 33. At least then we can play together doing some fun stuff. He doesn't get that much time to play, but, with summer coming up - he'll get more time than usual.

I've also asked customer service if someone who has the US version of the game living in Europe can play on the US servers, and the answer is yes. *yay* I'm not sure where the information came from that it wasn't possible, and was even an offence worthy of banning. I am glad that this is incorrect, though.

Anyway - I'm going to go through the backpacks on my priest and make some room for questing. Her Robe of Power is also ready for her to ding 33. :)

Monday, March 26, 2007

Things are starting to look up!

So, my daughter had to work on Sunday. She didn't want to go. She said that she was going to go in and tell them, "I quit!", and walk out. But - I made her get up, and go to work. I told her not to quit, to just try it one more day, see what happens. That was at 10am. When I went to get her at 3pm, I was really *really* worried about what I'd be met with when she walked out the door of the store.

I was greeted by the best thing - a huge smile as she came out the door. She was beaming, and my heart soared. A mother wants to see happiness on the face of her child. She got in the car, and was so happy, she opened 2 credit applications, and the day went so smoothly. Yay!!

Today she had to work again, too. Again, wondering what state she would be in when I picked her up at 8pm....and again, smiles and happiness. She said that she rang for about an hour, and then she went to work in the children's department (which was my department when I was there, I was the lead for Infants/Toddlers). So, another great night.

Whew....thank goodness!

I told her that each day would get better, and if she has to ring, it isn't really that bad. It's usually slow, unless there is a big sale - a % off promo, or for every $50 you spend, get a $10 cash card, etc...those are the busy days. It's great money for a 17yo. She's not going to make over $7 an hour anywhere else, and in three months, she'll be making almost $8 an hour. That's great money.

So, I'm happy. I have a happy child. :)
*claws retract*

Saturday, March 24, 2007

They made her cry...again

*grumble*

Picked Jen up from work at 9pm, and all I can say is....what the hell is wrong with this guy? I'm not going to have my daughter in tears every time she works with this man. So, when we got home, I called him. Told him that I didn't appreciate my daughter coming home from work in tears the last two nights she worked there.

She's going to move to a 'department', and get off the register. I think it's best for now. She's just not cut out to push credit, and she's way too sensitive. She's going to have to toughen up a bit. Okay, a lot.

*sigh*

Wouldn't it be nice...

Hoping to attend CKC - Buffalo in June.

See here http://www.ckscrapbookevents.com/buffalo2007/

I think it would be great getaway for a few days. Just before all the craziness of the prom sets in the following week. I know that Jen is gonna be stressing out big time...and I just might need to get a way for a few days at that point. :)

Gotta check on airline and hotel availability.....too bad Southwest doesn't fly out of MacArthur to Buffalo. I'm going to have to hike into JFK for that. Oh well, it's not so bad, just a straight run on the Southern State.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

They made her cry

My daughter had to work tonight. Not so bad, right? Nothing terrible, cashier in the department store. Anyway, she's only had an hour or so of hands on training, they decide to stick her all alone at a register. No one showed her how to use the telephone/intercom system to call for help, and of course....something had to go wrong.

A customer wanted a gift card, and my daughter forgot all the steps to activate one, and she couldn't get it active. The customer asked her if she could call for help, and my daughter started to cry, told the woman that they didn't show her how to use the phone. The customer was so nice, told her not to worry, it wasn't her fault, and not to cry. Then, she went to get help.

WTF?

I could see, as soon as she got into the car, that something was wrong. Actually, I saw it in her walk, and the look on her face when she came out the door and saw me there waiting for her...I knew it..just knew that something bad had happened. I was ready to get out of the car and go in there and raise hell-o.

But....I can't do that. She's 17, and she's got to learn how to deal with these things. I'm not always going to be there to rescue her. It's her job, and mommy can't go in and fix it all. She has to learn to be assertive, and stick up for herself....and I can only hope she's learned how to do that. I mean, they didn't even give her a break until 7pm, and she was working 4-8.

When she got home, and told her brothers, they gave her hugs, and she let them....you know right there that she was upset....she doesn't allow her brothers to touch her, goodness no!!

They made her cry.....and they better watch out, because if it happens again, I'm not sure I'll be able to just sit back and let her deal with it on her own.

Momma kitty is on the guard. *claws*

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Bento Lunches

On the scrapbooking board I go to, someone posted a thread about an article on the bento lunch. Also included, was a website that has pictures of these incredible works of art.

http://www.e-obento.com/main-Frame-set.htm

I've been checking online and have found some bento boxes on ebay, but, I'm going to explore further. These look really interesting!! I'd love to learn how to do this. I wish I could read that website, but, that isn't going to happen anytime soon. :(

If anyone has any info related to this, please email me at ladyoceanina{at}hotmail{dot}com.

Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

In the works

I am going to be starting work on my scrapblog. I'll be posting my layouts, and other related projects there. I'll let ya'll get the link once it's ready.

Can't wait to get it up and running!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

I got rid of it, and now, I really want to use it...

Don't you hate that? When you have something that you think you'll never use again, so you get rid of it. Then, any number of months later, you say to yourself, wow, I can use XX just for this, only to search high and low, and not find it....finally realizing...that you probably got rid of it. :(

It, in this case, is an orange tall, tall vase that my mom had given me way back when. The only time I used to use it, was during autumn time. Then, it would get put away the rest of the year. The last two years I haven't used it, though. I haven't even thought about it, until tonight. I had purchased some lovely floral stems at Michaels in the fall. They were cheap...very cheap compared to the prices in the spring time. Now, that I want to put them out, I don't have a tall, tall vase. *sigh* I guess I'll have to go buy one. I really wanted to use that vase...I'm sorry I got rid of it. Kind of stupid..... :(

On a lazy Sunday afternoon....

I've been sitting around, in between doing menial household chores. The laundry, the dishes, mating socks *yuck* - checking out my favorite sites on the web,

......logged into WoW, thought I'd play my little blood elf. Logging into that game, doesn't even spark an interest at the current time. It's kind of sad, in a way. I was *so* in love with the game again, when the expansion came out, and now two months later, not so much....not at all. I'm half tempted to cancel my subscription, but, I can't do that. My son has his current favorite on my account. His warrior, who is almost 40. So, I can't cancel on him.

We had talked so much about playing together, and I can't even muster up the interest to play from the beginning, even with him. I feel pretty bad about that. I'm going to have to push myself to do it, not for me, for him. I love that he's so interested in the game, and he knows so much about it. It's really pretty impressive, when someone will ask where a certain item can be found, and he knows the answers. He wants to play today, but, he was on the computer for way too long playing yesterday. So, today, no gaming for him. (The result, is a grumpy, cranky child...withdrawals? hmmmm)

I think I'm going to get my beef stew cooking, and then make a bowl of popcorn and go drag him into watching a chick flick with me. Maybe a DVD, or Titanic, which is on one of the channels starting at 4pm. My other two children are busy with their own things....happy in their rooms.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Bleh.

As usual....feeling a little better yesterday, I went to work, and did some errands - including that trip to Best Buy. The temperature, when I left the house in the morning, was 63 degrees, by the time I picked my son up from school at 3pm, it was 42....and by the time I got my daughter from work at 7pm, it was 35.....and pouring rain.

So, today? I can't stop sneezing, my nose is all stuffed, my head is pounding, and my body aches like crazy. Typical. I just called to let Marie know that I would pass on scrapbooking today, and she said with the crappy weather, it was fine, she'd just hang around at home and do stuff. But, we made plans for next Friday.

Maybe I'll install my new game (never got to that last night), and check it out. Or, maybe I'll go back to bed until it's time to get the kids at 2pm..... /shrug & *sigh*

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Something new

For some reason or another, even with the updated software from the website, my old router stopped working - suddenly, on Tuesday night. I was browsing the web, and the connection was gone. Cable worked on all computers if hooked up directly, but, as soon as the router was introduced, it was gone. I got a new modem from Cablevision on Wednesday, and tried again, nothing once the router was introduced. I was in no mood to go out again last night after making dinner, so the new router waited til today.

Everything is hooked up, and running perfectly now. :) But, while I was at Best Buy, I decided to take a look at the games. I ended up buying a new game to try out. Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. It looks interesting, the website has some really nice looking screen shots, and the in game mounts look pretty darned cool. So, why not try something new.

I really enjoy playing WoW, but, now it's all about instance running, to get the key for this or that, or raising rep with whatever faction....*sigh*.... I am just not in the mood for that. I haven't even logged in on Sass to 'play' in about two weeks. I've logged in to look at how great the game looks with my new computer, and it looks wonderful. But - if a few days go by with not logging in, I don't even care.

So, after I pick Jen up from work, I'm going to install this game, get it updated if necessary, and give it a try. :)

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Ugh...

Sick.

I haven't been this sick in a long time. I had an ear infection back in January, but, still felt ok. This cold is kicking my rear. My eyes keep tearing, and the sneezing actually hurts. My throat hurts, this cough is hurting, my body aches. Did I mention I hurt in there somewhere?

Ugh...being sick sucks.

Heading to the store to get more tissues and cold meds.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Things are moving along

First, my computer works beautifully. WoW looks amazing, the graphics are so nice now. ;) And, it's so much faster - as far as loading graphics, etc. Much smoother play...very good, very happy.

I finally went to bed around 1am, and woke up today with a terrible sore throat, and headache. My body just aches, nose is all stuffed...cough is starting...getting sick. Kind of wanted to say in and sleep/relax, but, I made plans with Jen to go shopping for her prom dress today, and with her job, her weekends aren't going to be very free soon, so we wanted to get this done. It took me a while to get ready and then we went out. First, we went to one place, but, it smelled so bad...kind of a cross between body odor, and old food...we didn't stick around long....instead, we took a drive to Macy's Bridal.

They had the dress she wanted to try on. It looked so nice on her, and she loved the color they had in store, so we went with that. Since it's a bridesmaid dress, it's special order. And, since the prom is three months away, and these dresses take between 12 - 16 weeks to arrive, we were looking at the added 'rush' charge, just to be safe. There was an extra charge, too, because she's, shall we say, blessed, like her mother, and the bust area required a size 18...so, that was $15 more. Alterations will be extra, too. So, her prom dress, so far without alterations, is $315.

Am I pleased with the price, no, not really. But - she can't go into a store and buy off the rack. The styles that we saw off the rack really don't fit her personal style. She's not flashy, she's not skinny....

Besides - she has one prom, she's a great student, a good girl..she deserves to have a night to remember. :) I love my daughter, and want her to be happy, and feel beautiful in her dress, and she will.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Seriously cold

Hands, and feet. :)

For some reason, these extremities are always, always icy. The other day when I touched my son's arm, he screeched...he said that he never knew hands could get so cold...indoors. :-P So, now, whenever my hands are this cold, I grab his arm....he calls me evil...like a vampire, sucking the heat out of his arm.

Funny....I've been called that before, let's see what was it, oh yes - a heat vampire. Only, it was because of my cold feet....

Monday, March 5, 2007

Something nice

My boss sent this out by email to us tonight....I think it's pretty.

Your Mother is Always With You

She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street. She's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore. She's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well. She's your breath in the air on a cold winter's day. She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, and the colors of a rainbow.

She is Christmas morning.

Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop. A mother shows every emotion.......... happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow.....and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.

She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you.

Not time, not Space.......not even death!

Upgrade!

I'm going shopping today for a new computer. The one I have is 'ok', but it's two years old, and it's time for something new. So, I'm going to build a computer. Excited, and nervous at the same time.

No getting someone else's old computer after they have upgraded, or gotten a new one. Afterall, if it's not 'good enough' for them to use anymore, why would I want to use it? I want a new computer of my very own.

Friday, March 2, 2007

*Giggles*

I just got off the cell with my daughter. She is all giggles. Right now, she's sitting in the stretch Excursion limo that they are going to be using for the prom, with her girlfriends, and one of the mom's. They went to check out a limo that is *less* money, (woot!!), and from the sounds of the giggles, and laughter - sooooo much cooler, and better than the Hummer stretch.

I got a description of the lights, and the tv, dvd-player, bar, music system, and interior. Best part, is that it's less money, did I mention that? Yes, much less. $2,000 for the prom package. That, is something we can all work with, gladly.

*giggle*

Update - limo is booked. Girls are all excited. Jen got home at 11:30 tonight. On the way back, her friend's mom suggested they get Chinese food since it was late, so they did that. Then, Jen called me at 8:30 to ask if it was okay to stay there and watch a movie, which of course was fine. I was having a hard time staying awake at 11pm. John was playing WoW, Joey on his PS2, and me on the sofa fighting off sleep..haha. I did eventually doze off, but, woke up instantly when I heard the door open. She said that she, and a few of the other gals fell asleep. Her, on the sofa, one friend on the love seat, and others crashed on the floor with pillows and blankets. The mom came up from the basement, and suggested it was time to go home. So, her friend gave her a ride home.

We chatted for a while. She showed me the dress she wants, so we need to go to the mall and hit Macy's Bridal to try it on, and order in her color...hopefully, it will be just that easy.

Tomorrow, we'll go out while the boys are with their dad, and do something....one place is for sure, the scrapbook store. (I didn't get there today, gotta make a visit and check out the new stuff! ) Oh, and we have to pick up the drug screening form for Jen's job. She'll be working retail where I did for 5 years. She's really excited about that.

Anyway, time for bed. I'm tired.

Goodnight! xoxo

Month of birthday's

March is full of family birthday's.

March 1st - my brother Joe
March 2nd - Steve
March 6th - my son Joey
March 7th - my brother John
March 25th - my son John

Yes, my boys are named Joseph, and John, too. :op

Anyway, today is Steve's birthday. I'm taking him to lunch. We don't do fancy lunches....instead, we'll go to TGI Friday, I think. The food is good, the service where we go is good, and we like the atmosphere. I made cupcakes last night, chocolate, with fluffy white frosting, and, I created little flowers from chocolate fondant to decorate them. Cakes are too big, and get tossed, so the cupcakes work nicely. We'll have those later with the kids. Gotta take pics!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

It's beginning to look at lot like...

Prom time.

My daughter is a senior in high school. The prom is quickly approaching. Early June. So, all the sit down's begin:
- booking the limo
- looking for a dress
- where will they go after prom
- where will they go in the day(s) after prom...

Not only is there prom, but, then there is the senior picnic, and senior cut days. Yes, days. Not just one day. argh!

Anyway, the limo booking is underway. We are talking about a group of 17 kids (girls and guys). They were going to get a Hummer stretch, but, the price was $3,260. No go for so many of the kids. It's just not feasable. So, tonight, they found a stretch Excursion, for $2,000, and knocked down the group for 17, to 13. This will be the one they go with, and it will be booked this weekend.

It seems that these 'fancy' cars are the rage...not the usual Lincoln Town car limo, or Caddy limo. The kids want these stretch SUV type limo. I'm just glad that they found something more reasonable...very glad.

Next up - prom dress shopping. Jen and I are looking forward to spending time together doing that. Then, there will be shopping for shoes, purse, stockings....making appointments for hair, nails...etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. :)

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Lazy

It snowed last night, and was messy this morning. Schools had a two hour delay of start time. By the time the kids were gone for the day (10am) - I wasn't in the mood to go to work. Doesn't help that it's 'that time'. So, I showered, got dressed, and made myself hot tea. I then grabbed the quilt my mom made, my pillow, and the TV remote, and sacked out on the sofa.

It felt nice to just lounge around, in a quiet house. Just me, the dogs, the cat, and the birds. The birds were kind of noisy, but, otherwise, all other life was quiet, and sleeping. I watched some TV trash - Hillbilly Fights on Jerry Springer, then switched to WE (Women's Entertainment), and watched a really lovely movie. Louisa May Alcott's: The Inheritance. It was the kind of movie my mom would watched, and called me on the phone to say, turn on this channel..... I think I need to look for the book and read it. A trip to Barnes and Noble this week sounds good.

Then, the rest of the day just more relaxing, and hot tea. Picked up the kids from school, and then drove Jen to her friend's house later so that she and her friends could go looking at limo's for prom. Made dinner, pork cutlets, veggies, salad, yummy! Watched more TV, logged into WoW to check my auctions, and collect my gold.

Now, I think I'll go to bed. Kind of tired...after doing nothing today. :)

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Several days later

Later never got here the other day. :P

I get busy with things, I work, I have been enjoying mid-winter recess with the kids, and time with Steve. I log in to play WoW....

We've been busy.

Thursday, February 22nd marked the one year anniversary of my mother's death. It's hard to believe it's been a year. Where the heck did that time go? On one hand, it seems like such a long time ago, and yet, at the same time, it feels like yesterday. I miss her so much. A lump forms in my throat, and it becomes hard to swallow. My mom, my light, the one who I looked to, to learn by a shining example of what a real mother is. Sure, she wasn't perfect, but, who is? Though, in my eyes, she was perfect, and then some.

Perfect comes in all shapes and sizes. I can only hope that I reflect and emulate what she taught me over the years.

Maybe I do....my middle child has been a little brat of late. He's going to be 15, and he talks back, and makes smart ass comments, faces, just really ......bratty. On the way back from the cemetery on Thursday, he was being a royal pain in the car, and then at the shoe store, he elbowed me, on purpose, in the chest. When we got home, he was grounded from his beloved PS2, and the computer. Then, I told him he needed to write me an essay on "The Importance of a Mother". He looked at me bug eyed...as if I'd lost my mind, or had 3 heads sprouting from the one neck below.

I did not push the issue of the essay for the rest of the day. But, on Friday morning, while laying in bed preparing to get up, I thought - hmm...did he write the essay yet? Of course, his brother was the one to bring it up - 'mom, did he write his essay yet?" I asked him, if he wrote the essay, and he looked at me, as if it was an unknown thing. I asked if he thought I'd forgotten, and he responded that I never said anything else that day, so he figured I was joking. HA, joking, I don't think so. So, I told him, it was expected to be done by the time I got home from work - and my work is such, that it all depends on how fast, or slow I go, that determines how early or late I am home from work. :) But, I went to work, and since I was in no rush to return home, I took a quick detour to Michael's ( to pacify my mood with a Cricut font purchase.*grin*) That got me home around 3:30.

As I sat down to watch the end of General Hospital, in my nice comfy pj's, with my hot tea - Joey came out with his essay. I have to say, he does get what the importance is...his essay was good, really good. We talked about what he wrote, and if he understands what he did wrong, and he said yes to all. Let's see how things go now with him. The rest of Friday was good, today was good....we'll see how it goes. :) For now, I'm somewhat placated.

Being a mom is tough work. Steve and I have discussed my returning to work full time. But, it always comes down to the fact that even if they are all teenagers, I'm still needed, big time. From the oldest, to the youngest, I'm the one they want. Dad helps, but, mommy is golden.

I wonder how my mom did it.... I should have asked her that question a long time ago.