Thursday, November 19, 2009

Giving Thanks

Sadly, writing here has been shoved to the bottom of my list these days. Curse you Facebook and your spy-like appeal. Instead of using my creative writing talents here, I am scouring friend's of friend's lists looking for people I know. Talking me back 20 years ago, when my path wasn't carved out for me. When mean girls scared me.

I am thankful that I no longer have to walk the halls in fear that I'll be pushed from behind.

Work has alot of potential change on the horizon. It could be HUGE for me, career wise or it could turn into a whole lot of nothing. It all depends on whether a deal can be worked out. It scares me in some ways because I'm already feeling pressure in the other areas of my life, it was nice to have work that was easy, boring even. This will change everything.

I am thankful that I have job and a Boss (whom I blogged badly about, three years ago and he read all about it) that has a great deal of respect for me.

Speaking of which, change is happening right here in my own house. Tenants who have been renting here, in my home, eight years, moved out, Sunday. Two generous and kind people, I will miss them terribly. I won't miss the smoke residue and cat hair they left behind though. Cleaning and painting hasn't been easy or fun. There are only nine more days left to get it all freshened up and renovated.

I am thankful that we have another couple moving in, that we are already familiar with and say a prayer for us that we get it all done.

As I look back over my three plus years without EBF (ex-best friend of 18 years) I've realized something. ~cue Gloria Gaynor signing I will survive softly in the background~ that when it all ended I lost my ability to trust. I felt exposed. But, I know in my heart, it was time to move on. Time for me to grow in other ways. And now, it's time for me to realize that what I've got, is a million times better than I ever thought my life could be.

I am thankful to have all of you (and you know who you are), you make me laugh, you "get" me on my many levels and I feel good about having you in my life.

Family life here is full of ... LIFE ... I guess. Busy. Crazy. My oldest gets more mature and TALL each day. She has a gorgeous youthful body that I envy. I never appreciated it when I had it, go figure. My boy has hit a few bumps in the road. (bumps = hit with multiple things for me to address) He too is getting TALL. I may need to constantly wear high heels. The youngest is into everything. So if you need something cut, smeared, torn apart, broken or drawn on, she's your girl.

I am thankful for my three healthy, beautiful children and my, rockin' husband.

In closing

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sunday Stealing: The Over The Top MeMe

Part One - Describe:

Your hair? Dark brown with highlights.

Your mother? Kind, Religious and Thoughtful.

Your father? Sweet, smart and funny.

Your favorite food? Anything with cheese.

Your dream last night? None. I slept horribly.

Your favorite drink? Coca-Cola

Your dream/goal? To travel.

The room are you in? Bedroom.

Your hobby? Reading.

Your fear? Of dying.

Your TV? Is working fine, thanks.

Your Pets? Three cats and one dog. Too many!

Friends? A few really good ones and a best one. I like it.

Your life? Is not bad, all things considered.

Your mood? Tired.

If you're missing someone? Not at the moment.

Your best friend? Cracks me up.

Part Two - The Where's?

Where do you want to be in 6 years? Making more money than I am now.

Where were you last night? Downstairs painting.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in a 94% Jewish populated town. I am Catholic.

One place that I go to over and over? The Library.

Your favorite place to eat out? Applebee's

Wish list items? I'd love a treadmill with a TV.

Last time you laughed? A few minutes ago.

Last time you cried? A week ago.

Part Three - The What's?

Something that you aren't? Messy.

Last thing you did? Switched loads of laundry.

What are you wearing? Painting clothes.

Something you're not wearing? Perfume.

Your favorite store? TARGET!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Inner Turmoil

You know you've got ALOT on your mind when you set the dinner table and pour sugary soda into your pre-schooler's sippy cup instead of apple juice.

And then not even realize.

Not that I did that of course. AHEM. There are winds of change here at my house. My youngest is growing so much, too much, too fast. She's smart, funny and into every stinking thing in this house (unless it's baby proofed). Markers and Scissors are her favorite.

Ask me how I know this.

My son, is having a tough time with school again. As if my life wasn't full enough with challenges, he's now in the mix. Chasing details. Making appointments. Micro-managing his life. Every day I call the homework hotline. Three times. It takes that many tries to get the assignments in his major classes. The teachers? While doing a most helpful thing, hurry through it like I know exactly what they are talking about. And, of course, there is no press #1 to replay this message.

It's incredibly annoying.

I have a "team meeting" tomorrow at 10 AM. Please think of me. Think of me being a strong parent (and saying a prayer that I don't cry my eyes out at this meeting wouldn't hurt either) as my man has to work and cannot be there. We are going to discuss my son's "issues".


Our tenants, of eight years, have vacated our first floor apartment. I use the term "vacated" loosely as there are still cabinets full of stuff left behind and things scattered on the floor of each room. They have until the 15th to get every last bit of it out. But by tomorrow night I'll be packing it up and putting it by the door. If I play my cards right (and rely on our friends) there will be some painting going on this weekend.

Lots of painting.

There also will be a major bathroom renovation. We have known this was coming for a long, long time now. I am holding my breath that financially we can squeak it out AND make the mortgage payment too.


There something new happening at work. The details are still being worked out. Tomorrow there is a key meeting (which happens to fall at the same time as my "team meeting", just kill me now m'kay?) with two big wigs and, no pressure, but I need to make a good impression on them and talk knowledgeably about my experience in employee benefits and issues, in addition, to being a number one assistant.

Alot is riding on this meeting, for me. I am going to dress nice and wear SHOES even. Shocking, I know.

My foot is healing, which pleases me. I think in a few more weeks I'll actually be able to run again. Running now, however, even if it is just a jaunt across the parking lot to my jeep, is just not a good idea.

Trust me on that one.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunday Stealing: The Strange Question MeMe, Part 2

26. What color is your watch? Black, of course.

27. What do you think of when you hear “Australia”? Men At Work, doesn't everybody think that?

28. Would you strip for money? Oh hell no.

29. Do you go in a fast food place or just hit the drive thru? Go in. That way when they forget my sauce, I'm right there.

30. What is your favorite number? Thirty. I wish I were still that age.

31. Who’s the last person you talked to on the phone? A mom of one of the preschoolers in my youngest's class. She wanted to make plans to meet at the playground.

32. Any plans today? LOTS. That's why it's 8:00 and I'm working on this. I did get alot done this weekend but I'm beat and tomorrow is Monday. Arg!

33. In how many states have you lived? Okay just one State. Three towns. Ever.

34. Biggest annoyance right now? That my foot STILL hurts.

35. Last song listened to? Bon Jovi, such a hottie.

36. Can you say the alphabet backwards? Probably not.

37. Do you have a maid service clean your house? ~falls on floor laughing~

38. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time? Sneakers. Yes.

39. Are you jealous of anyone? As ashamed as I am to admit it, yes.

40. Is anyone jealous of you? Not that I know of.

41. Do you love anyone? I love my family and my close friends, very much.

42. Do any of your friends have children? Most of them.

43. What do you usually do during the day? Umm work?

44. Do you hate anyone that you know right now? Hate is such a strong word. No one.

45. Do you use the word hello daily? I sure do, it's one of my favorites.

46. What color is your car? Black.

47. What size wedding ring do you wear? size six.

48. Are you thinking about someone right now? My son, he's downstairs stressed out and stewing, my heart breaks for him.

49. Have you ever been to Six Flags? No, I'd like to go though.

50. How did you get your worst scar? When I was five, I was riding a tricycle and it tipped on it's side as I was riding it, cutting my knee to the bone. To this day, I have issues with that knee.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sunday Stealing: The Strange Question MeMe - Part 1

1. What is the color of your toothbrush? Purple and white.

2. Name one person who made you smile today. My preschooler. She's adorable.

3. What were you doing at 8 am this morning? Ummm sleeping. (this is most unusual, but the baby monitor was turned down ... so ... )

4. What were you doing 45 minutes ago? Cleaning. Organizing. Straightening. Story of my life.

5. What is your favorite candy bar? So many to choose from. At the moment, its 3-Musketeers, Mint.

6. Have you ever been to a strip club? Yes I have. I've even been hugged by a naked girl.

7. What is the last thing you said aloud? Don't put that in your mouth!

8. What is your favorite ice cream? Black Raspberry.

How to choose? Easy, depends on my mood.

9. What was the last thing you had to drink? Coca-cola, my favorite drink.

10. Do you like your wallet? I did until the clasp came unscrewed and I didn't realize, so when I went to pay for groceries the whole piece went flying. I don't like it much now and it's pretty new too. Stuff made in China sucks.

11. What was the last thing you ate? Frecheta Pepperoni Pizza. Its good.

12. Have you bought any new clothing items this week? Nope.

13. The last sporting event you watched? Extreme Games.

14. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn? Buttah.

15. Who is the last person you sent a text message to? My son's friend. (boy does that sound weird.)

16. Ever go camping? Yes, but it was in a previous life.

17. Do you take vitamins daily? For years, yes, lately nope.

18. Do you go to church every Sunday? Funny, same answer as #17.

19. Do you have a tan? Zilcho. I can blind you with my whiteness.

20. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza? Ahhh yes. Sesame Chicken rocks.

21. Do you drink your soda with a straw? If I want to sneeze.

22. What did your last text message say? When we are done trick or treating can (insert son's name here) sleep over?

23. What are you doing tomorrow? Work. Double. Wah.

24. Favorite color? Black.

25. Look to your left; what do you see? The TV.