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"That's where we meet, at the club at the end of the street..."

"Then you'll be forever young and beautiful to me..."

I am so numb that I can barely feel the keys underneath my fingers, but I am going to give this a go.

You might remember that last week, Mom-Mom was taken to the hospital with chest pains, chest pains that turned out to be the product if a pretty large heart attack. The decision was made to discharge her from the hospital and let her go home, treating her symptoms with drugs.

That was Thursday morning. Over the week, she was not feeling well. "Lousy" was what she said when I spoke to her on Thursday afternoon. I told her we'd call the doctor the enst day if she still felt crappy, and in the meantime, to rest up, and that I loved her. I was thankful, for the first time, about my layoff- with a free weekend, I could go see her on Sunday.

Early Sunday morning, my phone rang, and when I saw my mom's number on the Caller ID, I knew. I was hoping that Mom-Mom had been rushed to the hospital for something, but really, I knew before my mom told me. After a frantic call to Pe…

"I hope you will guide me as only you can do..."

You don’t need us to tell you what a beautiful woman our Mom-Mom was. As children, we found her beauty to be unfathomable. It was beyond what we later grew to recognize was her honest, true physical beauty- to us, Mom-Mom was dazzling, spectacular. One night, Mom-Mom was dressed for a night on the town, and gazing at her in rapture, my sister Marla said “Oh, Mom-Mom, you look beautiful. You are even prettier then Miss Piggy!”

We also knew how hard she worked for her beauty, although anyone with eyes could see she didn’t need to. She kept her nails beautifully polished, choosing her color carefully from the large selection she kept in her fridge. Her accessories were gorgeous. She moisturized her skin without fail every night. She had her carefully coiffed hair styled once a week, and ensured it’s upkeep with many, many, many millions of sprays of Aqua Net. Our childhood goal was to be taller then Mom-Mom- first passing the top of her head, then needing to grow a few more inches to cle…
Anne (Rittenberg) Wexler
ANNE (nee Rittenberg) March 22, 2009. Wife of the late Benjamin Wexler. Mother of Paul (Olga) Wexler and the late Gary Alan Wexler; grandmother of James, Laurie, Brie (Peter), and Marla (Stephen); great grandmother of Wyatt, Aaron and Jamie. Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Services Tuesday 10:00 A.M. precisely GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S RAPHAEL SACKS SUBURBAN NORTH, 310 Second St. Pike, Southampton. Interment King David Memorial Park. Shiva will be observed at her late residence. In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

"In the end, only kindness matters..."

I took the lazy way out and have not blogged in a few days, and now, with my belly full after dinner with my in-laws and Pete dead to the world on the couch, it's time to sit and empty my brain!

Thursday night was not of any real consequence, I was just too tired to blog after I watched all of my shows (which is, of course, my number one Thursday night priority!). So I went to bed without blogging- not that it made a difference but I have been sleeping like absolute crap lately. But anyway...

Here's my photo from Thursday- the gals and I had a "spa night" and I put their hair up so that in the morning when I took it down, they would have crimps (Anna) and waves (Ellie)! We also did manicures and had a "spa dinner" of finger sandwiches, tea, and fruit salad! The next day, when I took their hair down, they were thrilled with the results!

Friday was alternately stupid, awesome, and horrible. It was stupid because I had only lost 1.2 lbs over the past week- I wa…

"Breathing is the hardest thing to do..."

The Fitness Wench is trying to kill me. Or, maybe it's not that she's trying to kill me, but more that I suck donkey gonads at yoga. And here's why:

1. I have horrible balance. If I needed to be on one foot, I usually ended up tipping over. Which, yes, I know! I will improve if I keep at it.

2. Holding the poses is boring. What I can hold the pose and not falling over, anyway.

3. Yoga appears to make me fart alot. Sorry I had to tell you that, but I'm shooting for honesty here. I think that's the real reason I never do yoga in public.

4. No, wait. I know the real reason. It's not the farting, but the fact I cracked myself up every time I did!

Sigh. And there you have it. But I will keep trying the yoga (in the privacy of my own home) and try to improve! In other news, it appears I may not be as laid-off as I thought. The staffing person at WCRH called today- right after the layoffs, the census shot through the roof, so they are scrambling a bit for extra hands.…

"I just saw Haley's Comet, she waved. Said 'Why are you always running in place?'..."

Ohhhhhh myyyyyyyyy....soooooooo tiiiiiired!

This fitness stuff is for the birds, seriously! Thankfully, I have progress on my side to make me feel better! I can run for longer lengths of time and I am keeping up with my Favorite Fitness Wench with a little more ease! I just feel like my body was put through the wringer!

Today was a lovely Tuesday! I got the gals off the school and went to the gym! Go, me. After lunch, I took Anna and Emily the dog to the playground, where the sun shone down on us and kept us warm! It felt so good to be outside and enjoying the fresh air! Anna made some new friends and had a blast playing!

Later on, once Ellie was home, we had some special dinner guests! Randi came over with her gals, Natalie and Gabi, to enjoy a special St. Patrick's Day dinner! Green was the theme and the gals had a blast!

And now, here I am at home, with sore abs and eyes at half-mast, so off I go to bed!

"Work your body like some cardio..."

Today was my first day as a member of the uni-employed!

And I am going to stop whining about it startiiiiiiiiiinggggg....NOW! Because so many people I know lost their only job, and although it will be an interesting adjustment for me, and I will miss my babies and co-workers, it could be alot worse!

Instead, I think I will vent my frustrations on Maya, the girl in my Yourself Fitness game! This wench is really starting to get on my nerves! She keeps telling me to pull in my abs and drink water...humph. If I was thin and healthy she would leave me alone! Oh, wait...

Frig. I need that wench after all.

"I have been changed for good..."

Just a quick few words-

Today was my last day at WCRH. I found out today that there was a HUGE layoff, and alot of the people I have grown to care about lost their jobs. It's really the first time I have been exposed to just how horrible it is out there- the economy in general is in a shambles, and for the first time I am seeing it real life instead of played out by experts on The Today Show. It's the first time in nine years that I have had only one job, and I am feeling blessed to even have that!

Pete and I are hardly people who live in the lap of luxury, but we are really going to have to make some changes. We had planned on my having two jobs this summer in order to put away some money, but unless I am able to find something, that's going to change, so I can't help but feel very stressed out about our future. At least the next 6-9 months, anyway.

That said, I can look back on the past 4 1/2 years and feel so blessed for all of the things I have had the opportunity t…

"Anyway it looks like no one heard me, so here I go..."

Oh, what an eventful two days it has been!

Well, one eventful day and one lazy day, to be truthful. I spent all of today being a lazy bum, and as I told an old friend from high school, "I feel like a combination of a slug and Lance Armstrong- lazy but victorious!".

Go, me.

Yesterday was an eventful day. In the morning, one of Mom-Mom's doctors (an extremely nice cardiologist) was nice enough to give me a call and bring me up to speed on what, in his opinion, is going on with Mom-Mom and what the best course of action might be. He managed to be extremely hopeful and extremely truthful at the same time, which was much appreciated. The next step is to speak with her other doctor and try to get everyone on the same page.

I find it so surreal that it's even necessary to step up and handle Mom-mom's health in this way. A few years ago, even at age 70, she could have handled ALL of our needs simultaneously, without a hair in her very large hairdo falling out of place.


"I don't cry every time I bleed, my eyes are dry but they're bloodshot. I have faith in medication...but this is where it ends..."

Oh, Thursday Night! That magical time when all of the good TV shows are on! Yes, it's a night that I am all alone, but I enjoy the downtime every now and then! Plus, we're all that much closer to Friday! Yay!

Today was a bit stressful- it seems there was a miscommunication between two of Mom-Mom's cardiologists, and she was discharged from the hospital (which is good, of course!) before a test could be performed.

Wait, let me back up.

When she went back to the hospital on Monday, it turned out that she had indeed had a massive heart attack. There was quite a bit of damage to her heart, of course, and right now, the best course of action seems to be very confused. The opinions of both cardiologists seem to be a thousand miles apart, and since she only has one heart, I would prefer some kind of consensus. I mean really, it's like having a sick kitten and one vet says "Let's do some tests to see what we are working with", and the other vet says "Oh, God…

"But I won’t let melancholy play me for a fool..."

From now on, I promise to blog before I play with my new toy. My half-hour demon workout, devised by the animated wench from Yourself Fitness, has left me too tired to talk about all of the things on my mind. So, I am abandoning blogging for my bed.

In the meantime, I submit for your viewing pleasure a picture of Anna's chameleon project for school, which she worked amazingly hard on, considering she is only five!

Goodnight, and keep praying for Mom-Mom!

"If I had $1,000,000 we wouldn't have to eat Kraft Dinner..."

I think that I have never been happier to be married to my husband then I am tonight!

Pete took the time to make amazing dinner plans at POD Restaurant in Philadelphia, picked up his dinner partner right on time, treated her to a fantastic dinner with fun ambiance and delicious food, and most importantly made his date feel so special!

Oh, his date wasn't me. I was at the Pop Shop with some of my best little gals celebrating the 2nd birthday of my good friend Randi's daughter Gabrielle!

His date was our niece and his Godchild, Riley!

Okay, let me back up a bit. Riley turned 5 back on February 17th, and her birthday party was the week after! Pete has clinical on Saturdays, so he couldn't make it to the party. Not that missing three hours of screaming kids jacked up on sugar made him all that upset! That said, Pete takes his Godfather duties very seriously. He's Riley and Carl's Godfather and he always makes sure he does a little extra for them both. He promised Ry that…

"Won't it be odd, to be happy like we always thought we're supposed to feel..."

I woke up this morning with the sun in the sky (thanks to daylight savings!) and a song in my heart- I was determined to make the dreaded Monday a good day!

It started off well- I got my little chickens off to school without a hitch, went to the gym, came back for a shower and then headed out to pick Anna up from school.

And then it happened.

My mom called to let me know that Mom-Mom had been having chest pains that morning and was taken to the hospital. By the time my mom called, Mom-Mom was much more comfortable and not in any pain, so it was a little less weight on my heart. But I know that with her previous diagnosis, this might be something that occurs with more and more regularity. The thought of her having pain on a continual basis...well, it's alot to think about. That said, when I spoke to her tonight, she was mad about having to stay overnight and no doubt torturing Margaret, her amazing caretaker!

It was hard getting through work, which in and of itself was pleasant eno…

"I'm so sane, it's driving me crazy..."

I am starting to reconsider my work ethic.

I usually work seven days a week- I have had a part-time job at Weisman Children's Rehabilitation Hospital for well over 4 years now, and I spend almost every weekend working in the playroom. The job is a great gig- it's a fun job for someone who likes to play game, hold babies, hang out with kids, and talk with funny people! It's a job that allows me to exercise my caring and creative sides and I really enjoy it! I have fun at work and have the luxury of extra money when I need it.

In fact, I spent all day there yesterday, hugging babies and trying NOT to get into a power struggle with a cranky teen! Ugh, I think all teenage boys should be put into Tupperware and not allowed out until they are twenty-five. At least, that's how I felt yesterday. :-P I usually really enjoy having teen patients on the floor!

Today was a day off for me- something I have been trying to do with more frequency. That past few months have really worn …

"Better then the first time, better then the worst time, if I could just reverse time I'd be set..."

Oh, my word! I haven't blogged in two days!

That's the longest I have gone in quite a while, ever since I started Project 360. I have faithfully hauled my camera and diligently tapped out my happenings on the keyboard! More important, I have truly grown to enjoy blogging- it's like free therapy! So two days off are kind of a big deal for me now.

Thursday night I was honestly so tired that I could not focus enough to write! I watched my TV shows in a cloudy haze and stumbled off to bed, where I fell asleep as soon as I stopped moving and did not wake up until my alarm went off. For someone who in general, sleeps as poorly as I do, it was....awesome!

Friday, I was at work all day, and then that night took my sweet friend Michelle out to Redstone Grill to celebrate her 30th birthday! We had such a great time- dinner was awesome and Redstone is a great place in general- the fire pit in the outdoor bar was a nice touch! My high point- the fondue appetizer! Ohhhhh....that was good…

"It's hard to keep your mouth shut, harder still to make noise..."

So the first thing that I need to address today- I need to not watch shows on E! about celebs who have bad plastic surgery. I think I could watch a Stephen King movie and be less horrified. My God, and these are people with MONEY paying to look like a hot friggin' mess! If I went in for plastic surgery with my nanny salary backing me up, I'd be afraid of ending up looking like Gollum.


Today was a fairly short day at work- I didn't have to be in until 10, when I picked up Anna from the doctors office (she took her shots like a camp, as usual) and whisked her off to pick up Riley and head off to dance class. We all enjoyed our usual Chick-fil-A apres dance lunch with our favorite lunch date. We dropped Ry off at home, headed back to the gals house to walk the dog, and then picked up Ellie from the bus stop and headed right back to the Little Gym for Ellie's gymnastics class! Usually, we head back home to some dinner, homework, and baths, but their dad was on hi…

"Everyone falls through time and the funnel it makes, but I'm staying here inside my biggest mistake..."

I really, really, really needed this today:

Lots and lots of this.

That is all.

"I followed footprints in the snow..."


I woke up to one of the best things ever- being able to turn around and go right back to bed! Honestly, is there anything better then a snow day?

I wish I could say I did something productive, but Pete and I spent most of the day like this:

Ooops. But that's what snow days are for- if I was supposed to work, God and Mother Nature would not have been in cahoots to keep me home! So instead, I enjoyed a quiet, restful day at home with Pete and Gordie (who spent most of the day napping next to the radiators!). Tomorrow will be back to cold reality, but today was a lazy day blanketed in white!

"There are luxuries we can't afford, but in our house we never get bored..."

Not less then an hour ago, I was theorizing that the big snow storm we were expecting was going to be a bust.

Well, it's coming down now, so I guess I'd better eat my words!

Today was a fairly lazy Saturday- I have not been feeling very well due to this crazy up and down weather. My sinuses are in a little bit of an uproar, but now that it's getting cold again it should settle down! I just kind of puttered about, doing laundry and some vacuuming so as not to feel like a total slug! It's not often I have an entire weekend off, so it's easy to be completely lazy when I have nothing to do!

Marla, Steve, Pete and I all got together with my parents for dinner at their place, where we celebrated Marla and Steve's first wedding anniversary! I can't believe how fast a year has flown by, with all of the good and the bad that came along with it. Tonight though, I was just so grateful to have my family with me, celebrating such a fun occasion!

And what better way to c…