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"If I were John and you were Yoko..."

Look! Pete and I are actually together!



Pete had clinical this morning, but, for once, did not have to work tonight! So we enjoyed dinner out at Chili's and now Pete is laughing his butt off at Blazing Saddles while I take a second to blog!

And now, time to watch Pineapple Express!

"Though sometimes I stammer and mix up my grammer, you get what my meanings are..."

I think Friday might very well be the best day of the week! Or, at least today was the best day of this week so far!

My WW meeting went well! I didn't lose a ton, just a pound and a half, but I was still down and that's all that matters! Since I am getting my period, and feeling bloated for sure, I am pretty happy that I lost anything! I am thinking that maybe getting back to the gym this week helped to combat some of my usual PMS symptoms and allowed me to still lose a bit! Now if only the gym could keep me from becoming a complete psycho bitch a little cranky during that time! ;-)

Anna and I got to enjoy another Friday lunch with Randi! Even though Anna was a little off today (I think she was tired from the excitement of having her grandparents there for a visit) we all enjoyed some yummy food at the Silver Diner!

I still did not manage to get a picture of Ellie today, but it was for a great reason- I got done work before she got home from school! Not that it was great that I …

"In a locked and guarded vault, are the things I keep only for myself..."

I am a crappy nanny and did not, as promised, snap a picture of Ellie today. There was a whirlwind of activity when she came home from school- homework, showers, dinner- so the gals could be free of obligation and able to enjoy an evening with their grandparents, who are in town for a night on their way to Florida. By the time I realized I forgot to get a shot of poor Ellie, I was...well, I was home. So I will try, try again tomorrow!

Instead, you will have to make do with this:



This picture is symbolic because while I do have a bowl of conversation hearts next to a picture of us on my end table, we have not have an actual, in-person conversation in almost a week. Oh, the lives of a married nanny wife and a nursing student/EMT/volunteer fireman/pizza dude.

Tomorrow is my third weigh-in, but as I am getting PMS, I may need to hope for a limb to fall off in the night to experience any weight loss. As long as I don't gain, though, I'll be happy. There's nothing I can do about t…

"I feel fine enough, I guess, considering everything's a mess..."

So, I think today was one of the saddest days I have ever had as a music fan! I was innocently checking Perez on my cell phone and saw the headline:

"Steven Page Leaving Barenaked Ladies."

I know it must seem stupid, but you can not know how sad this made me. I have been a fan of the band for well over ten years and have seen them in concert a number of times! I have always loved their energy, their lyrics, and how the song "If I Had $1,000,000" can always make me smile- it's my happy song! It was the very last song of the night at our wedding!!! Mostly though, I loved the Simon and Garfunkel-esque quality of the combination of Steven Page and Ed Robertson's voices. So even though Barenaked Ladies will still be making music as a band and still have that same amazing creative energy, they will sound very different from now on, and as a fan, that makes me a little sad.

Sigh...

As far as today goes, it was a typical busy Wednesday! Anna had dance class in the af…

"Do what you want but you're never gonna break me..."

Tuesday is a weird day. It doesn't quite have the dull, annoying ache of a Monday, when you are returning to work after a restful weekend. It's not like Wednesday, hump day, when you can see a light at the end of the tunnel, or Thursday, the day before Friday, when the weekend is so close you can TASTE it! And Friday, that wonderful say when you end your work week! Tuesday just doesn't have it's own thing. It's not as horrible as Monday and not anywhere near as great as Friday!

My Tuesday had alot of help in making it a good day! Anna and I had a visit from Michelle, Amelie and Maeve to brighten our day and help the afternoon speed by! I tried my hand at making a pasta dish for lunch- hopefully, Michelle wasn't just being polite when she ate it! I thought it wasn't bad, actually! Trying to watch what I eat has inspired me to try and be more creative in the kitchen, which I am actually finding I enjoy! Maybe I do not hate to cook as much as I thought! And wh…

"I can bitch, I can bitch 'cause I'm better then you, it's the way that I move, the things that I do..."

Ooohhhhhhhh, LORDY! I had a friggin' wicked case of the Monday's today. It was honestly a struggle to remain halfway civil to anyone who wasn't one of my gals- I was saving up all of my energy for them, I guess. Thankfully though, I am home now, relaxing with Oscar recaps and a "One Tree Hill" rerun.

Yes, I watch One Tree Hill.It comes on right after Gossip Girl. Don't judge me.

At any rate, the week is mercifully on target to shape up now that I have made it through this sluggish Monday. A playdate with Michelle and her gals (as long as her wee rebel adheres to her morning nap schedule), a date with Gina, my hairdresser, so I can do something about this MOP I have growing on my head, our usual busy Wednesday full of dance, friends, and Chick-fil-A, and Marla and Steve's ONE YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!! I can't believe it's already been a year! It seems like just yesterday her wedding night was a glittery whirlwind that left me barfing in the bathro…

"Well I, I dream days away, but that's okay..."

A Poem About My Day

My day started off at fifteen after 8
When Pete and his friend Walter came to our place and ate.
They were on a break from work. They had a chance
To have some breakfast, then go back to driving an ambulance.
After they departed, I got in the shower
At a little after 9. Then fast-forward an hour-
By then I was dressed, driving, and must confess
I stopped at my parents to borrow their GPS.
I used to guide me on my drive to my friend Amanda Roy's
To visit with her, Arjun her husband, Selina her daughter, and Dylan, their boy!

We had so much fun chatting, and Dylan pretended to be a pirate
Then it was off to lunch at Chili's (and I didn't stick to my diet!).
Back at their beautiful house we relaxed and conversed.
Then it came time to go so I grabbed my purse,
Kissed Amanda, Arjun, Selina and Dylan goodbye
Then hopped in the car and home I did drive!
On the ride I drank coffee, so sadly for me
By the time I got home I really had to pee!
Urine passed, I felt better, not nearl…

"She blinded me with SCIENCE!"

Happy Birthday(party) Riley!

We all had a fantastic day at Riley's 5th birthday party! It was so good to see everyone to celebrate and enjoy the Mad Science show! Our girl- along with the rest of my nieces and nephews- is growing by the second! I remember exactly where I was the day Riley was born (teaching a class to Cooper) and can not believe that 5 years have gone by since Pete sent me a text to let me know she had arrived!

And now, with my belly full of Sweet Eats birthday cake (Weight Watchers be dammed- I skipped breakfast and had a salad for lunch just so I could enjoy a big, honking slice of cake!) and my pajamas on (at 7:20pm), this wild woman is off to relax!

"I got my hands on a miracle..."

Well, well, well! Will miracles ever cease?

I needed a few tiny ones to remind me that life is okay after all, and I managed to get them today!

First, I got out of bed on time, took a hot shower, put deodorant on and got dressed. Believe me, that was a miracle.

I got my gals cuted up and off to school with minimal cussing under my breath. Also a miracle.

I headed off to my WW meeting (sans my wonderful WW buddy who could not make it) and as it turns out, I lost some more weight after all! I was dreading stepping on the scale, prepared to move on if I was disappointed, but instead, I didn't need to be.

Hallelujah.

I got to enjoy lunch with Anna, Randi, and the wee Mr. Rappaport brewing away inside of her! Ever since I started this job, I have been blessed to be able to spend alot of time with Randi and her girls, since she works from home. Sometimes, just meeting up with her for lunch offers more support then one would think possible! How lucky are we all to have friends to offer us…

"Don't be so afraid of facing every day, just take your time..."

I really,really want a Cadbury Egg right now, and even though it's only 3 WW points and I have them to spare today, I am abstaining. Tomorrows weigh-in should rank somewhere between the Hindenburg and the Thailand tsunami as far as disasters go. I didn't stray from my points this week, but I mostly laid around and didn't drink much water at all, so I am feeling bloated, discouraged, and not at all happy at the thought of getting on the scale tomorrow! Hopefully, I didn't gain- I'll settle for just not having lost.

Today turned out to be a short day with the gals, so I was home by 5pm! That was a rare treat, so I enjoyed my evening of eating leftovers, straightening up, and having a quick visit with Shelly! Next on the repertoire: watching Sober House so I can find out what happened to Seth! Carmen and I have been counting down to tonight's episode all day!! The only thing I am missing is Pete, but Thursdays are his late night at work.:-(

My mom gave me a call a…

"Far in the distance, this is the view from the other side..."

Blergh. So the spoils of my four day vacation were reaped today, as I slogged through a Wednesday that felt like a Monday with two exhausted little girls in tow! I was cranky from going back to work, and my muffins were completely spent after a weekend of skiing! But, we all made it through reletively unscathed, and now I have some time to blog while I wait for the bathroom floor to dry.

Yeah, I mopped. It happens sometimes.

I found my heart to be pretty full today- thinking of so many things. I spent some time todey online trying to learn about Parkinson's Disease. It was alot to take in,and I am very glad my mom will see the neurologist tomorrow, to get more difinitive information and advice. I am trying to take all of this day by day and not leap ahead to the thought of what I might be watching my mother go through.

I know that so often in the past year, this blog has been so melencholy. I am sorry to anyone who reads this blog on purpose (although for the life of me, I don't…

"But even the sturdiest ground can shift and tremble and let us fall down..."

From The Department Of: Really? Are You Friggin' Kidding Me With This:

Just when I think things are starting to even out, something always comes up. It just seems sometimes that the people I love can't catch a break.

My mom has been feeling kind of...well, off for quite some time. It was nothing that was really debilitating, but enough to cause a disturbance in her every day routine. She went through a battery of tests trying to get to the bottom of it, and each test would yield nothing. And to be honest, with all of more critical, in-the-moment stuff that came up with the people we love, I kept forgetting my mom was not feeling well. Saying that out loud Writing that down is a hard thing for me to face- I hate thinking I swept one person's needs under the rug for another.

So, my mom called me tonight and told me they finally have an answer to what is wrong. She has Parkinson's Disease. I was floored. Really floored, like speechless. Parkinson's? Really. After all of…

"There's an obvious attraction to the path of least resistance in your life..."

Boring day, oh boring day! How I love you!

Today was just that, a boring day, but it was great! I got to sleep in a bit, watch TV, catch up on all of my favorite blogs, clean up the mess in our apartment, and relax with my cat! The best part is, I get to do it all over again tomorrow! Yay!

The highlight of my day was making a meatloaf...well, turkey loaf that did not taste like ass! It was actually really good and a recipe I got from the WW website, so I was able to eat a nice portion and be within my points!

See, that's how boring my day was. I am waxing poetic about Weight Watchers points.

Despite the fact that I sat around all day in a tee shirt, pajama pants and Uggs and have not taken a shower (ahem), I am feeling a little less like some sort of troll living under a bridge. Yes, I am not at my optimal weight, but I am not exactly Gargamel. I just need to remember my resolve to not get lazy and dress like a slob every day (today doesn't count!) even though I have a job that…

"I want to tell if I am or am not myself..."

I missed a blog day yesterday!

And I feel ashamed, but after a day of work, all I wanted to do was hang out with Pete for a bit before we both went to bed early.

No euphemisms there. We actually went to sleep. We're not really Valentines Day people!

Today Pete had to work again so I enjoyed a day out with a few of my best girls, Marla, Carmen, and Genesis! We made a trip out to King of Prussia Mall to shop and ogle the expensive stores! We all just about had a fit in the Betsey Johnson- we pinky swore that if we ever won the lottery we'd come back and buy each of us a dress! I was salivating over this cute yellow rose number, but with a price tag of $415.00, I had to walk away. I also almost bought a pair of shoes, but they smallest size they had was a 6 and they were too big. Stupid tiny feet.

Now this is the part when I write something obnoxious and you all love me anyway: I had a great afternoon with the girls, and enjoyed every second of it! That said...well, it was kind of…

"Know when to fold 'em..."

I am watching "The Wedding Singer"for the millionth time!

Today is finally, finally Friday! Today turned out to be a pretty easy day. I took my chickens out to lunch and then to get haircuts. Except for the fact that Ellie ended up barfing up her lunch, the girls had a good time and their new haircuts made them look SOOOO grown up! And now, I get to enjoy four days off! Yay!

I would write more, but I have so much laundry to do that it's not even funny! And lest you think I am fibbing, I present photographic evidence:



So heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to fold I go!

GOODNIGHT!

"We can keep chilling like ice-cream filling, we can be cool in the gang if you'd rather hang..."

I don't know how it suddenly became 11:32pm, but here it is and I still have so much to do.

So,of course, I'm blogging.

(By the way, I have tried to fight the use of the word "blogging", it's just sounds so strange, but I have given in. This is a blog. I am blogging. I have blogged.)

Today was a pretty relaxed day, I enjoyed a morning with Shelly after dropping off the gals, then enjoyed getting my butt kicked at Uno! by Anna! After I said goodbye to my gals, I went back over to Shelly's for dinner and to help tuck her gals into their cool new bunk beds! Shel was nice enough to make me a dinner that was within my...uh...dietary constraints. Read- non-fattening. Anyway, we got to relax and chat for a bit, and I was just reminded again that my sisters are made of steel. I was also reminded of how much we all really miss Greg. As if I needed reminding.

One of my friends, Keith, lost his brother Bob to cancer back in 2003. It was just devastating for his whole famil…

"I am folded, and unfolded, and unfolding...I am..."

This has a to be a short one, because I have Valentines to put together for my chickens!!

Today was one of those here, there and everywhere days! I found myself feeling very chaotic and overwhelmed- just a few moments of disorganization and I went in a tailspin!

Fast forward to tonight, when I finally got home and adding up my WW points for the day. Turns out, I was like many points short of what I should be eating for the day! While I don't want to go over, I certainly don't want to under eat, either. I'm glad I didn't resort to grabbing a handful of crap, but being hungry makes me miserable, and there's no reason for that! So, I need to set up a better game plan for days when I am on the go alot!

That said, just take a look at the sun setting over...well Wegman's, where I happened to pull over to snap a few shots:



"Trickling down the page of the most beautiful colors..."

I am blogging while Pete and I discuss our mutual crush on Jillian Michaels. Seriously. I could go the other way for her.

Ahem. Anyway...

Today was a great day because it was a short day for me! My boss had jury duty, so he was home by 4:30 which meant I was done at 4:30! Yee ha! And today was actually a great day- we had another playdate with Michelle and her gals and I made a chicken parm that was not only within my WW point goals, but also did not taste like ass! So suck on that, fat!! And the capper is that I got to come home and spend the evening with Pete!

Even more exciting (to me, anyway) is that my cousinIL Michael came over today and started painting! The color is up on the walls, and even though it's a pretty simple color (kind of a golden beige) it looks SO good and brightens up the hallway already! Later this week Michael will come back and sand and paint the ugly trim! Then, it's the living room, and we'll almost be good to go! It's taking a long time, but …

"Yesterday is right behind me like a loaded gun..."

"Monday again?", she whined.

Not that it should really feel like a Monday, since I worked right through the weekend, it should all just blend together! But there's something about a Monday that is so....Monday-y. It's just a flavor to the day, no matter what the days surrounding it might be like! I always feel a little off my game on Monday's!

Thankfully, today was really pretty good!The morning was quiet and then our friends Michelle, Amelie and Maeve came over for a playdate! With most of Anna's friend in school now, it's been a while since we've had a really fun, friendly, make-a-big-mess-in-the-playroom playdate, so we were all very happy campers! Anna and Amelie played the day away, Maeve re-arranged the magnets on the fridge, and Michelle and I were able to wax poetic about Weight Watchers, babies, Gossip Girl, The Office, and tragic wedding gowns! I have known Michelle for a long time now- as long as I have known Pete, Shelly, Greg and all of m…

"But if I tell the world, I'll never say enough..."

I am truly amazed that I am able to sit down and blog, because my workday rendered me into a coma, it was sooooooo boring! It was ten....very....long....hours. The highlight was making valentines with one of my teen patients and making this one for Pete!

Thankfully, now I am home,trying not to barf up my 21 points I ate today while I watch the Jonas Brothers sing with the amazing Stevie Wonder. Really, the Jonas Brothers? Singing with a living legend? Really? Blergh. I know the Grammy's are trying to mix it up this year, but oy.

But, salvation! Adele won a Grammy! LOOOOOOOOVE HER, go get her CD now, now, now!

Okay, enough Grammy commentary.

Today was Day 2 of my Weight Watchers Experience and it went well! I am still getting the hang of how to best dole out my points for the day, but I felt relatively satisfied after my meals and snacks today. Not as satisfied as, perhaps, a Ho-Ho with caramel would have made me, but hopefully, that will pass! It's so tempting to just hop on t…

"There's still so much to learn, so many dream to earn. But even if I crash and burn ten times a day, I think I'm here to stay..."

Today was a pretty long, drawn-out, boring day! I was at WCRH today and with only five patients on the floor, there isn't a whole lot to do! Even with some of the patients being somewhat demanding, the day just draaaaaaaaaged!

It helped a little that today was the official start of my Weight Watchers campaign! I was able to amuse myself by looking up point values with one hand while I rocked babies with the other! My co-worker asked if I minded having to read labels so much, but it actually speaks to the OCD in me. It's just getting my OCD to trump my lack of willpower that's the problem! But, I made it through day one, and that's the first step!

I know that my lack of motivation/feelings of crankiness/annoyance at other drivers/insert-other-random-malaise-HERE have been a central theme of this blog for the past few months. I am starting by doing something about my weight, and hopefully, I will be ready to tackle some of the other issues soon. I feel like it's final…

"There are moments when I don't know if it's real, or if anybody feels the way I feel. I need inspiration..."

Yay! It's Friday night! Not that I am doing anything to wild and crazy, and Pete's not even here- he's at work! But, I am relaxing with my cat, blogging, and watching the Today show that I DVR'ed so I could see the interview with the mother of the octupletts! She had 6 children already before she had these eight! Oy. Can you imagine more then doubling the amount of children you have in one pregnancy...when you started with six??? Oyyyyy.....

So while my uterus contacts at the mere thought of thought of eight babies bouncing around in there...

My Friday was quite the busy one! I got to to work in time to get my little chickens all cuted up for the cold day, and after I got them off to school and came back to supervise the entrance of the cleaning people and the carpenter, I headed off to Weight Watchers with a supportive friend to join. My most successful weight loss was when I was going to meetings, so I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try. Getting on the scale …

"Spinning infinity, boy, the wheel is spinning me..."

Thursday. That magical day that's just one away from Friday! And not only that, all of my shows are on Thursdays! So, how self-indulgent is it that I am plopped down in front of the TV and blogging at the same time. Just get me a handful of Girl Scout Cookies and I'm breaking like, 6 commandments!

But I ate all of the cookies. Foo.

Anyway, the onset of the joys of womanhood (ahem...) have made this a bit of a long week for me! It's so secret that my nerves have been a little psychotic jangled, so add my monthly female sunshine and I am kind of a cranky girl! The wacky weather- warm one second and then snowing the next- isn't helping either. And to make it worse...I just realized I complain way too much for someone as reletively young as I am!!!!!! But, I promise, I am really, really trying to do something about it. It just boggles my mind that I can be so strong in helping other people, but when it comes to myself, I can just let myself turn into an overweight blob who…

"Running, running as fast as we can. Do you think we'll make it?"

Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow!



Not that it's...you know...snowing anymore. But, thanks to the snow, Pete's clinical was cancelled this morning! I did not have to be with the gals until late morning, so we got to spend the morning together! Since time together can be scarce, this was a welcome treat!

Today was a super busy day with my gals! They both have dance/gymnastics classes, and joining Anna this semester is my niece Riley. So today, I picked up Ry, met Anna, her mom, and the rest of our dance crew at The Little Gym. We all went to lunch, and then took Ry back home! After the girls hung out for a bit, Anna and I headed back to the gals house to pick Ellie up from school, then headed right back to The Little Gym for Ellie's class! After, the gals and I met up with my mom and dad for a quick bite, and then I took the girls back home! It was one of those days when I felt like I was in my car all day! And when I finally got home and wanted to settle down and blog fo…

"So please forgive these few brief awkward lines..."

Can you believe this weather?

Snow was already falling when I woke up this morning and is still falling steadily right now! The flake size has varied, but it hasn't stopped once, and at this point, it's starting to accumulate! I'm rooting for a snow day for the folks I know would enjoy one, but personally...I hope the roads are nice and clear in the morning! :-)
Either way, I get to sleep in tomorrow morning, since my gals mom will be spending the morning with them! And thank goodness- today was a LOOOONG day. Thankfully, the day wasn't bad, just slooooooooow.
Still, it was hard not to feel restful and peaceful when I would glance out the window and see the snowflakes falling. It may suck to drive in it, but when you can just sit and watch the snowfall, it's such a treat!

'Called my name but there's no way in..."

I wanted to get my taxes done early for once but... ....twarted.

"But you'll never see the end of the road while you're travelling with me..."

Today was a quiet day for me, just me and my sinuses for almost the entire day! I had a pretty full day planned- a family christening, a cooking class, and the Super Bowl! But after having sinus pain and that getting-sick-burning in my nose and throat for the past few days, I figured staying home from the christening would be the better plan. No sense spreading my germs! Especially when I can save them for Pete (evil cackle!)!
My plan was thwarted, however, when I tried to cancel my cooking class and found out I would have to forfeit my payment! Um, no way! So I hauled my little Jewish ass and my yucky sinuses and drove over to Surle Table to learn how to make some Winter Soups and Breads!
Sinuses aside, the class was really alot of fun! I learned how to make an amazing sourdough bread from scratch (seriously, to DIE for!!) and a New England clam chowder that left me speechless! We also made a minestrone, a bean soup, and dinner rolls! It was all much easier then I expected! I got use …