Wednesday, January 30, 2008

This is how I feel, period.

I say period because I am about to get mine and it's making me crabby. Sorry, TMI, but, it's my journal and I'll write about my period if I want to.

Anyway, it annoys the hell out of me when you have a person who would do anything for her friends surrounded by a bunch of friends who can't be bothered.

That's all.

(see below picture to get a better understanding of how I feel today...)

This is just the way I feel today...

...sorry to bother you, folks!

Monday, January 28, 2008

"So I learn to listen through silence..."

Over in the various Wexler/DeFusco/Latini households, everyone is in a full wedding frenzy! Marla and Steve are coming up in almost a month to the day! Thankfully, her dress survived a fire at the seamstresses house (as did all of the human occupants as well, thank God!)! Only our luck! Fire aside, all of the plans seem to be going well and now that everything is in the final stages, it's crazy! I remember when Marla and Steve's wedding was over a year away! All of a sudden, it's a month away and I still need shoes!!! Yikes!

And of course, Marla's wedding being only a month away makes mine only 5 months away, and now I am regretting all of those times that I made fun of Mar for always having something weddingy to do. At the time, I couldn't help but think- What on EARTH is so pressing 6 months before the wedding? Um, yeah. Turns out, while not pressing per sea, there's stuff to do! So, now I'm feeling overwhelmed, like the Short Bus Bride to my sister's Bridal Valtedictorian!

But, despite that feeling, things are coming along. The big stuff in done, and the small stuff will fall into place...hopefully! Personally, I'd still elope if I could! :-)

Aside from wedding stuff, it's all the usual status quo. My Dad's radiation seeds to treat his cancer hopefully have done their job- we'll know for sure in April when he goes back for another checkup. I asked him if he felt anything different, but thankfully, the main thing he's feeling is pretty good, which works for me!

Pete just started his last semester of nursing school! It's crazy to think that's he's almost done! It's going to be alot of changes all at once for him- graduating school and starting his career, moving out for the first time, and getting married, all within two months of each other! Pete's something of a creature of habit, so I hope all of this change doesn't freak him out, but my instincts tell me he's going to get through it all just fine! ;-)

So, that's about all I've got!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

"And rise, rise above it...'cause things only get better with love..."

Crap That Is On My

  • The fact that my wedding is only 5 months away and I still have so much to do
  • Jealous of my sister Marla, who seems to be the Bridal Valedictorian to my Short Bus Bride
  • Worrying about what is going to happen when Greg goes on medical leave from work next week. I am happy he can concentrate on getting better but so worried about what steps that will take.
  • Really wanting to stick to my "lifestlye change" (we don't call it a diet) so I don't look like a big old moo cow at Marla's wedding
  • Mad that I ate Dorito's tonight (Although it was just a few)
  • Hoping I can shake this tired feeling with a good night's sleep tonight


Monday, January 14, 2008

"Our lives are made in these small hours..."

I hope everyone had a great weekend!
Mine was a crazy one, because finally, it was Marla's Bridal Shower!!!!
We have been planning it for months now, but of course I could not "Blog" about it for fear that she might read it and get wind of it, but thankfully, it's done now and it could not have gone any better!

Marla, weird kid that she was, had a full on obsession with "The Price is Right"!
She could hear that theme music from anywhere in the house and would just come FLYING to the TV! And since she's really not the type for a hearts and flowers type of shower, we went for creativity and had a "Price is Right" theme, complete with Plinko (which my Aunt Sandy gamley climbed up onto a folding chair to play!) and a Showcase Showdown!

The games were a blast, of course, but I think my favorite part was seeing all of those people there to celebrate Marla and be happy in sharing her and Steve's love for each other! She was showered with an aboslute TON of gifts and good wishes! And she had a pretty amazing cast of bridesmaids who helped to plan her shower! Her friends designed the invites, created an amazing boquet of ribbons from her gifts, cooked, helped to orgainize, were fantastic hostesses, and made sure that any mini-crisies were safely averted! Kelly, Marla's soon-to-be sister in law, allowed us all to invade her absolutely stunning, minutes-old home at the peril of her cream carpets (which thankfully, remained unscathed!). I can't thank those girls enough for everything that they did!

The day really was perfect, and I can't help but feel a little bit pleased that I was able to fufill my Maid of Honor duties and give my sister a shower she will never forget. And I hope she never forgets it, because this was it- I don't care if she pulls an Elizabeth Taylor and gets married 7 more times (which she won't, Steve, don't worry! She loves you!!!) because I'll tell ya, I was stressed planning this thing, even with all of the amazing help I had!

So, since I cried through the whole thing, I thought I would post the toast I gave to Mar. Some of it may have been unintelligable due to my horrible bawling, anyway!

I love you Mar!

I sat down to write this toast a thousand times, and in one of the rare instances in my life, I found myself with no words. It’s hard to get down on paper the way you feel when you see your sister- your crazy, larger-then-life- little sister- preparing for one of the best moments in her life!

My first thought was “YES! Let the roasting commence!” And, I do have a few choice stories about Marla to share, from the way she could never get song lyrics right to the time I thought I was going to have to drive 500 miles home from college to save her life because my mom found out she got her tongue pierced! From her many car accidents to how she mooned a rabbi during a nursery school performance. And, my all-time, hands down, favorite funny Marla moment is contained right here in this envelope, and anyone who has a dollar for me can view the contents! (I had an unfortunate picture from Marla's toddlerhood!)

I think that pictures, more then words, are what have been going through my head ever since Marla and Steve got engaged. Pictures of a blueish, sickly kid, a white blonde, fuzzy headed toddler, a skinny teen who went from not having enough to fill her training bra to having her cups runneth over- so much so, a breast implant rumor swirled for weeks! Looking at the pictures closely, you’ll see a child who overcame some amazingly harsh obstacles become a woman who helps other children get through their own. A carefree spirit who dances while she plays Guitar Hero and cries over her tiny patients, who makes up new names for restaurants, such as Filthy McNastys and the Bonehead Grill. You’ll see a picture of the person who is my best friend in the whole world. Steve is a lucky, lucky man! So, raise your glasses and toast our guest of honor, the bride to be, the future Mrs. DeFusco!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Everything that we survived, it's gonna be alright, just lucky we're alive...

So, welcome to the new home of my journal!

I was inspired by my friend Michelle, whose own journal provides me with endless amusement and also looks really pretty! As I am one of those people who feels like the world is askew if my MySpace page doesn't look cute, I felt the need to expand this psychosis to my journal!

And doesn't it look pretty folks?

That said...HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! I can't believe it's 2008! I remember being all excited when it wasn't the 80's anymore! Either way, I was really glad to kiss 2007 goodbye! There were a bunch of amazing moments (Pete proposing! Yaya being discharged!) but there were also a crapload of...uh...crappy ones (my Uncle Gary passing away, my dad being diagnosed with cancer, Greg's illness, Tiff's accident, and on...). I think I learned alot from ALL of those moments, from learning my strengths and being forced to face my weaknesses. But I am also ready to leave those learning experiences behind!!!

And really, what a year to come! Marla's wedding in LESS THEN TWO MONTHS, Robbie's baptism, babies to come from Jen, Amanda, and Jenny, Pete's 30th birthday and then his graduation from nursing school (God willing!). Our finding a place to live and right after that, my own wedding!

And what better way to bring in the New Year but with a little bundle of joy?!?!? My amazing friend Monica and her husband Jim, as well as their son Jake, gave birth to the beautiful Gabriella Grace!

I wish ALL of you, anoyone who happens to stumble across this dumb journal, grace this coming year, Gabriella Grace or otherise! :-)

Happy New Year, everyone!