i'm addicted...

...to the Olympics. I can't stop watching. I'm even watching beach volleyball, and I don't like volleyball. lol. Unfortunately, I just can't stay up late enough to watch until midnight, and it seems like I miss a lot!! Luckily, Steve's been watching later than I have and he fills me in. We just can't get enough. :)

anyone else like this too or am I just nuts???


house update

sorry I spoke too soon in my earlier rants. We did cancel the house deal, and then the sellers came back with a great price. so we may be back on. We agreed to that price, but the VA is requiring some minor fixes in order for us to get the loan, so we are now waiting to hear whether the sellers are willing to make those changes or not. We'll see.

I am not going to get my hopes up until we actually close. I want this house bad, but I just won't believe it until that day comes. We are supposed to close on Sept. 4th if all goes well. Then we'll get the keys on the 26th. We're in our lease through Novemeber, plenty of time...

that's about it. I have had a boring blog lately I realized, but nothing has been going on except house stuff. It'll be nice when it's over and finalized.

Anyway, what does everyone think of the Olympics in Beijing? I love the Olympics, especially the summer ones. I can't wait to watch. I hope that the world can come together and honor the people in these events that have worked so hard to get to where they are and for a few weeks forget everything else. That's how it should be.


spoke to soon...

...maybe. who knows. i'll keep you updated. lol.

never mind

house didn't go through. i don't want to talk about it. i'm pissed off. that's about it.

start over i guess.


the house

LOL, ok Cheryl. My friend informed me that she wants to hear about the house, so that's what this post will be.

We had the house inspection and had a few things that we wanted changed. Mostly electrical. Turns out that in order to get a VA loan (my husband was in the Air Force so we qualify for that) these things have to be fixed. The sellers fixed everything last week, and we are going in tonight for the appraisal and to see what they did.

It's very exciting!! Then I heard after this we are home free until close. Actually, we walk through three days before close to make sure everything is good and then we close. We close in September, beginning of, and get the keys then.

It's really a nice house. We got the ranch that we wanted, and a lot of room really. Small yard, but it's surrounded by trees, so it feels very private. Two bedrooms and two full baths upstairs and then the basement is finished and we have two more bedrooms and a bathroom down there. Really nice kitchen, all appliances staying. Back deck, pretty good size. We want to do a little work to one of the bathrooms and paint and clean and stuff but it doesn't need anything major. We'll work on it, but nothing that absolutely has to be done, which is nice.

And we can do everything we want before moving anything in, which is also nice. Plus, I like the area. I love where we are now, it's convenient and I grew up there so I'm partial, but it's going to be nice being there. Steve and I both know the area and I have a lot of friends around. and really it's not much farther than we are now. Not a far move or anything.

I'll keep you posted. If there is anything I missed that you want to know, just comment and I'll respond. I'm sure I'm skipping a lot.

very interesting blog

I was playing around online one day and came across a really interesting blog. allaboutolive.com
if you get a chance to read it. It was a blog written by the "oldest known blogger in the world". Actually, Olive's friend, Mike, typed it for her, but she told the stories.

Olive just passed away at the age of 108, she would have been 109 in October I believe. Born in 1899. I haven't gotten real far in it, tried to start at the beginning, she started in Feb of 2007, and start reading, but the stories of her life are really great to read. It's amazing the difference between the world then and the world now and everything that she had lived through.

She lived in Australia and had people all over the world reading her blog. As I said, I think I'm only on her 7th post or so, but if you have some extra time on your hands, it might be interesting to read.

Since she passed, her friend Mike has updated it a little bit. and he's trying to reply to everyone's comments as well as keep the blog going, it's getting a little slow with so many people trying to read it.

That's about all I have for now! hope everyone is enjoying their summers!


It's been a long time!


We've been busy! Actually, Steve and I both took last week off of work, which was nice. We went to a 3D shoot with Jim one day, went to Cedar Point, which is such a great place. All the newer crazy rides were packed, but we were able to get on all the older coasters without much wait so we really rode a lot of rides!

We took Linda and Jim to The Wilds. That place is so fun. It's an animal conservation type of place rather than a zoo. Non profit. You ride in a bus, open-air or closed, and have a tour guide drive you around. They have 10,000 acres there and all the animals, all endangered, wander pretty much freely. Some of course are closed off from others, but they have sooo much room. Zebras, rhinos, giraffes are the more familiar animals, then wild horses and a lot of animals from the deer family. It's so fun. We had giraffes and horses come right up to the bus. I'll post pictures later, we got some great ones.

We went to the Columbus Zoo on Saturday, that place is huge!! Cleveland Zoo is really nice, but Columbus is so much larger. The weather was so nice all week. Rained a little at The Wilds, but they said that was good because the animals were moving more.

We watched a ton of movies, Wall-E, Hancock, Wanted and Definitely, Maybe. They were all good, I love Pixar and I must say Wall-E wasn't one of my favorites, but I think kids would probably really like it. And no matter what the reviews say, Hancock was really good. Will Smith is a great actor. Wanted was a little more "blood and guts" than I normally like, but that movie was really good. Not what I expected at all, they really get you. Definitely, Maybe is more romantic comedy, but I really liked it. That's my movie review for the week. :)

I am working on the yearbook/reunion book for the Buchtel High Class of 1958 right now, for those of you who remember I did 1957's last year. I really like the gentleman that I am working with and so far (knock on wood) things are running pretty smoothly. It needs to go to the printer when I come back from Atlanta (I leave for that trade show again later this week) because their reunion is at the beginning of August, snuck up on me a little, but I think we'll make it.

Steve and I got a house!!!!! I am so excited. We made an offer last Monday, and they countered of course, higher than we really wanted, but we got a lower interest rate and the payments are what we were wanting so we took it. Signed the papers for the loan application yesterday and have the house inspection today. If all goes well, we close in September and get the keys. We are in our apartment through November so that gives us 3 months to move in!! Paint, clean, anything we want to do before we move any of our stuff in and then can move in slowly. That is so nice.

I'm very excited. :)

Well, that's it for now. I probably won't post again until next week after Atlanta. Everyone have fun!



my titles are usually misc..because i never have much for topics anymore! lol. I am not on here enough so when i do get on i just have to update everything.

We are still house hunting. we have a different realtor because my friend's schedule just didn't match with ours so she switched us to someone else in her office. the new woman has a lot more time. We've found two houses that are really nice. going to the first one for a second time tomorrow to look again. these decisions are difficult!

Happy Father's day to everyone out there. Yesterday we spent the day with Steve's dad and stepmom plus his grandma and Del. it was fun, we don't see them nearly as much as we should. We hadn't seen Velma and Del since our wedding, and that's coming up on two years almost. It was a nice day. I like hearing all their stories.

Going to dinner at my Dad's tonight. Play with the little monkey awhile, it'll be fun.

Still spinning, not as much as i'd like, the classes are pretty full and difficult to get into. I may try their other location in Medina and see if i can get in some of those classes. I'm not far from there from work.

The Seville yard sales were this weekend. My dad and his neighbor always set up there. they love it. went over friday at lunchtime to see them and hang out a little. they were pretty busy. then spent a few hours there on saturday helping him sell stuff. the yard sales are crazy there. the whole town sets up and food vendors and everything come out. kind of like a fair it's so busy. they do really well there every year and really look forward to it.

that's about it i guess. nothing super exciting. house hunting is fun though!


Wii Fit

Ok, yes I am a sucker to the Wii. Steve and I got one for Christmas and it is the coolest thing. lol. I am not at all a video game fan, haven't really been since Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo way back when. But this thing is cool.

First we played the sports games that came with it, which are fun. Get you off the couch and playing. You make a little Mii person that you play with. My Jennie girl is cute I must say. :)

We've played other things with Wii, we've downloaded a lot of old Nintendo games (which you can buy online for like $5/ea) and just recently we got Wii Fit. I thought it may be dumb, claiming to be a fitness game but that thing is great! I don't know that you would actually get enough of a workout on it to notice a difference, but it really does get you moving.

You play with your Mii and stand on this board to do it. At first it weighs you, you tell it some info and it tells you your BMI and how much you need to lose to be at a perfect weight. Everyday you are supposed to get on and track your progress. and if you do outside activities (like my spin classes) you can log those in too. Then you can play games that really get you working out!

You choose between a bunch of categories, aerobics, strength, yoga etc. and you play the games or do the activities in there. The more you do and do successfully the more activities you "unlock" and add to your collection. My favorite has to be hula hooping. It is freaking hysterical! you pretend to hula hoop as fast as possible, and they throw more hoops at you as you go and your points add up. it's great and it totally wears me out!!

There's skiing and step classes and jogging and yoga poses and push-ups, all kinds of things. Plus balance, they always balance test you and tell you where you stand. I tend to stand with more weight on my left leg than my right.

I could go on and on but don't have much time. Just wanted everyone to know that this thing is so fun and funny. Everyone should try it!!


Great Weekend!

Three days! It was so nice to have those three days. and Steve had them too, so we had a good time!

Friday night I went to Amy's and babysat Charlie for the evening. It was Scott's birthday and they went to dinner and a movie. Charlie was getting a few teeth in, so he was actually very calm and clingy. He sat on my lap the whole evening and we looked at books. He is so cute cuz he will tell you basically what he wants when you ask him. about 8:15 I said Charlie are you ready to go to sleep and he said yes. (which sounds more like "yesh") but he went right to the stairs and tried to fit under the gate to head up before I could move it. Went right to bed. What a good little boy.

Got up Saturday morning and went spinning. Then we went over to Steve's Mom's house because he got a new bow and wanted to shoot it for awhile. Had a good time. Went on a bike ride around the lake and got an ice cream cone at their little shop. Came back and started a bon fire in their fire pit in the backyard. They had their neighbor and her son and daughter-in-law coming over for a bbq that night too so we got everything set up. The son and daughter live in Manhatten and work for the New Jersey Orchestra and they are really interesting people. It was a lot of fun to meet them and listen to some stories.

Sunday we got up way too early :) and drove to Millersburg for a 3D shoot. It actually went OK. Steve did really well, Millersburg and I always seem to have problems. lol. but it went fine. Came home, showered and went to dinner with Steve's Dad and Cheryl. Had a good time with them, we don't see them as often as we should, it was Christmastime the last time.

Yesterday we slept in really late, which is always fun, and then went for a 25 mile bike ride. Let me tell ya, geez that's a long ride! This time we started in Canal Fulton instead of Barberton and rode through Massillon. Hadn't been that way before, really really pretty out there. I like that path a lot (part of the towpath) It was just a little too far for me though, I get sore sitting that long!! But it was my own fault because Steve told me to let him know when I was ready to turn around and I waited too long. But it was fun. Came home, showered, ate dinner and I went over to Mom's for a little bit. Hadn't seen them in awhile.

It was a really good weekend. Now I'm back to the same old grind. Been so busy at work. Two more really really long weeks and then I think we may slow down for a little while.

I think I could have used a week like this. There were so many things that we could have done, everyone was doing something, there just wasn't enough time to see everyone. But we had a really good time with the people we did see.

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend!


Aunt Bon

Yesterday I went to the cemertary and put some fake lilacs in her and U. Don's vase. So I felt like writing a post on her because I have mentioned her before.

A. Bon isn't really my Aunt. Her name is Yvonne and she was my parent's neighbor. I just couldn't say her name when i was really little. She had three daughters, all about 15ish years older than me, that I still keep in contact with, and they used to babysit me.

A. Bon was one of the best people I have ever known. She was a preschool teacher and the sweetest lady alive. Very easy to talk to, very giving, and probably my biggest cheerleader. She loved my family very much and we her.

We saw her everyday and she was a huge part of our lives. She used to come over in the summertime, knock on our front door and give us a huge bunch of lilacs (that she picked from our backyard) it was hilarious, but they were her favorite flower and if she gave us a bouquet it was ok for her to take one for herself she felt. which she was always welcome to do of course.

She was always supportive and knew what was going on in our lives. As I got older, if I was ever upset about something or something was wrong I'd run to her house. When my grandparents passed away and i couldn't get myself to go to the funerals she hung out with me for the day. She was so special to me. I'd go over and talk to her about anything all the time. She'd always listen and wouldn't give advice unless I was looking for it.

She was my Mom's best friend. My Dad said he came home from work once and we were all in the backyard. Mom and A. Bon in our kiddie pool and Amy and I playing outside of it. It was really funny. I always sat on her lap and she would make up the best stories to tell me. She and her daughters taught me all my letters and numbers and sang songs to me. We spent all holidays together.

She passed away in the summer of 1998. I was supposed to move to PA for school and postponed it for a quarter. I visited her often in the hospital. I remember the last weekend she was with us her daughter came over to tell us it was almost time and i couldn't go. but i didn't know where to go because she was my safety net. It was horrible.

Once she was gone I became friends with U. Don, who was my Dad's best friend. Mom made him dinner most nights and I would bring it over to him and sit and talk for awhile. He was just as wonderful, but had a bit of a harder shell to get through. It was just as hard when he passed away in 2001.

Their daughters auctioned the house off and I remember Mom bringing me a lamp and some misc. pieces to keep and I stayed in the house with their grandchildren (which I babysat) I couldn't even go outside and watch. I have those pieces still today. Wonderful people bought the house luckily and my Dad has spent a lot of time the the guy there. They re-did the entire house and I have only gone inside once. It looks really nice, but I just still can't do it. 10 years later.

I go to the cemertary a lot and sit and talk to them. I probably look like an idiot, but it makes me happy. It's a beautiful place and I know they listen to me. It was wierd to do at first, but it makes me feel connected still. I could still cry at the drop of a hat about it. So could my Mom.
A. Bon was a part of our wedding too. We had a picture table where we had couple pictures of parents, siblings and grandparents, wedding pictures and stuff and I put them in. and even though it was a fall wedding i had a fake lilac tucked into my bouquet and my mom and sister did too.

I don't know if anyone can really understand how much they mean to me, and a lot of people probably think i'm crazy. But A. Bon is one of my favorite people. I know she is out there and watches over me and my family. and my Mom feels the same way.


misc updates

Steve's step dad seems to be doing better. We saw him on Sunday for just a short time, but he's in good spirits. He needs some other tests done to make sure that he doesn't have problems in other areas, but so far so good.

Charlie really is a monkey! lol! amy has never straped him into his high chair before, he's never needed to be, but the other day she turned around to the sink and then when she turned back around he was on the floor! jumped right out of his chair! He's fine, he was just a little stunned!

He's started talking, little words here and there. He'll answer questions with "yes" and tell you when he's "all done" eating or playing. He has a different animal noise and body part everyday that he likes. He's been on a sheep kick, telling everyone "baa" and pointing out everyone's eyes but poking you in them. The other day we taught him about his belly button. problem now is he knew "button" as in on your shirt, but now "belly button" is confusing. He forgot button all together and just pulls up his shirt and points to his belly. Really cute.

He loves it outside. The other day he was standing at the door looking out and my Mom said "you can't go outside right now, you don't have shoes on" thinking that would work, but he went over and picked up his shoes and brought them to her. He's such a smart kid. lol

Steve and I are still house hunting. I haven't said much about that because we can't make up our minds. Problem is where to live and whether to buy existing or build. Steve would rather build, I'm not so sure we could afford that. We could afford the house/land that we are looking at, but the extras like landscaping and a driveway are added costs. and existing house prices are so low right now and very negotiable, we could get a great deal.

Spent last Friday with my sister. We had a great time. We traveled all over the place, Lodi outlets, Failawn and Wadsworth stores, lunch and then dinner later with Mom, Dad and my little Monkey. It was a great day.

This is going to be a long week, so much due at work this month, but that's ok. That's what keeps my job going! Not much planned for the weekend. Friend of mine taking me to dinner on Friday for my bday next week. Quiet Saturday (which never ends up being the case) and the Steve and I have a 3D archery shoot in Canton (I think) on Sunday morning. That's about it.

Nothing too exciting. Maybe I'll have something more fun later. I need a good topic...


crazy weekend

well, the weekend was going to be a very relaxing one. I didn't have any plans really other than a pedicure with my Mom and sister scheduled for Saturday morning. I have a few books I wanted to sit and read on our back deck because it was going to be beautiful out.

That didn't work. Usually when I plan to do nothing it doesn't work. But family comes first.

Steve's step-dad, Jim, ended up getting life-flighted in the middle of the night Thursday night to Akron General. They thought it may be heart problems because he just had two stints put in, which was the reason for the flight. Ended up not being the case, but it was really scary.

Non-medically speaking, he has calcium/blood clots surrounding his heart and they moved to 18" of his small intestines. They talked about cutting that section out, but had decided to give him antibiotics and monitor him for 24 hours (this was friday afternoon) which ended up working, luckily. He was actually released yesterday and went back home.

It was a scary time though. I got to General about 4:30am, Steve came from work, both Jim's daughters and their families came up, and Jim's sister and Mom from PA came too. He had a big group of supporters. Rough weekend though. Same hospital my Dad spent time in last summer with his neck so at least I knew my way around, that helped in the middle of the night.

He seems to be on the mend though which is great news.

This weekend, I am taking Friday off to hang out with my sister. Our birthdays are at the beginning of May and she's been bugging me for awhile to take a day off and hang out with her, so I thought this would be a good time. She is going to come here and drop Charlie off with Mom and then we are going to run around for the day. Hopefully the weather will stay nice and we'll have a great day.

Steve is off this weekend, so hopefully we'll have a stress-free weekend.

Hope everyone is well.


100 things about me

My friend Cheryl thought it would be fun for all of us to do a "100 things" list. I don't know if I can list 100 things about me, but here we go:

1. I am almost 30 and not excited about it.
2. I have been married for about 1-1/2 years.
3. We met through his Mom, which I didn't think would work, but did beautifully.
4. We have a lot in common and are opposite at the same time, it works great.
5. I have one sister.
6. She has a little boy whom I love
7. I also have two wonderful neices through my husband that I wish I could see more of.
8. He has a great family.
9. I'm a Daddy's girl.
10. I used to be a dancer, ballet, tap, jazz.
11. I was on the dance team at Ashland University when I went there, my freshman year. Danced inbetween basketball quarters.
12. Got introduced to crappy college food and beer and gained too much weight.
13. Slowly working now to get it all off. mostly with spinning classes.
14. I love bud light and diet coke. my favorites.
15. I am a Graphic Designer.
16. I love what I do, I wish I could update my skills through school, either learning more programs or web design.
17. I would love to be able to freelance full-time.
18. I run the catalog dept for the company I work for.
19. I have a great team under me. I couldn't do this without them.
20. My husband and I are house hunting. It's really hard.
21. I have a lot of medication allergies.
22. I love Italian food, and chocolate. :)
23. I love my friends, they mean the world to me.
24. I am still friends with the girl I met when I was one year old.
25. My sister and I didn't become friends until she was getting married a few years ago. Now I think she is one of the best people I know.
26. I am truly very thankful for my friends and family everyday.
27. I used to be a great drawer, pretty good at painting and liked ceramics, even though I didn't put enough effort into it. I haven't done these things in a long time.
28. I got a scholarship to Ashland from a drawing of a work boot that I submitted.
29. I am not into scrapbooking. I think it looks really cool when finished, but it is cleaner and faster to do on the computer.
30. I do know how to knit. I don't really like it, but I know how.
31. My favorite flower is the lilac. It's beautiful and it smells good. and A. Bon loved them.
32. I am bad at goodbyes.
33. I hold grudges.
34. I love with all my heart and put my whole self towards my family and friends.
35. I love the beach. the ocean, the smell of it. I love to lay on the beach all day long.
36. I feel better with a suntan.
37. I don't like to talk on the phone unless it's my family.
38. email is easier for me to keep in touch. I'd rather just get together.
39. I am a social person, I'd rather go out with everyone than sit at home some nights.
40. other nights, it's nice to curl up with a book.
41. I like to make Italian food, other than that, I hate cooking.
42. I wish I felt a love of cooking, or at least baking.
43. I love bonfires.
44. I hate bugs. any bugs.
45. I hate birds.
46. I am afraid of the dark.
47. I am claustrophobic.
48. I love swimming.
49. I love watching sports, basketball, baseball, hockey, football, I am not good at these.
50. I really like archery, but wish I was better.
51. I am impatient.
52. Steve and I want a dog someday.
52. I don't like the little "kick me" dogs, I like bigger ones.
53. Not a cat fan.
54. Had a dog, fish and a few ginea pigs when we were little.
55. my sister killed all of my goldfish because she poured the entire bottle of food in the tank. she was little, it was an accident.
56. I just learned how to ride a bike last summer, Steve taught me.
57. I love pilates and yoga.
58. I love a lot of music, but don't know the names of the groups/singers or the song titles of hardly anything.
59. Steve and I went to Maui for our honeymoon. it was the best place i have ever been.
60. our wedding was outside and was beautiful. I couldn't have asked for better.
61. i wish i could win the lottery so my dad could retire and my parents could have medical insurance.
62. i wish steve's sister's and their families lived closer.
63. i am very close to my family, we'd do anything for each other.
64. i go to the dentist every six months, but i hate it. lol
65. i am most comfortable in jeans
66. i have really thick hair. and I like it short.
67. i always wanted to be a dark redhead.
68. I would love to travel. to all the touristy places in the US.
69. I love Old Navy, Walmart and Penneys.
70. I love Taco Bell. lol
71. I love Big Macs (can you see why I'm not skinny!)
72. I love ice cream, not chocolate though. Dad and I used to go get ice cream all the time.
73. I love to walk outside.
74. I hate the cold weather. I am only here because my family is.
75. I love elephants, they are amazing creatures.
76. I rode an elephant once at a circus. it was great.
77. I love the zoo. that was my first date with my husband.
78. I love being outside.
79. I love the color blue.
80. but i also love deep, rich browns and reds together.
81. i first went to college with an Interior Design major.
82. Then i wanted to be a starving artist because I switched to Graphic Design and didn't want to learn the computer!
83. I love the city of Pittsburgh. it is beautiful. I spent a year there for school.
84. I am a huge Cleveland Browns, Cavs and Indians fan though.
85. I love American Idol, So you think you can Dance, Biggest Loser, and Friends.
86. I have almost all the Friends DVDs.
87. I love little kids, but don't really want my own.
88. I miss people terribly when they are gone and wish I could see everyone all the time.
89. I can smell scent on unscented stuff. lol. very sensitive nose.
90. I love the smell of my husband's soap and deoderant.
91. I love the smell of vanilla and coconut and peach.
92. i love mushroom pizza.
93. i love pictures.
94. i love the Impressionist period, especially Monet.
95. I also love Andy Warhol.
96. I wish i would have been a better student.
97. "i wish I knew then what I know now"
98. I like silver better than gold.
99. I love jewelry, but I don't change up what I am wearing.
100. I love blogger, it keeps me in touch.

I did it, but I rambled a lot. Sorry! Hope you like it Cheryl! Amy, your turn!



I just quickly need to throw this out there, goes with one of my earlier posts about the crazy forwards that everyone sends...

The one about the cancer update, no plastic containers in the microwave, no plastic water bottles in the freezer, no plastic wrap in the microwave etc etc because it lets out a dioxen chemical that causes cancer....

I don't want this email anymore!!!!!! :)
Someone sent me this update, and I should forward this to everyone (lol) but I won't.
Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/cookplastic.asp

Just don't worry about it!

That's my rant for today, I'll go for more entertainment later.


the weekend

ok, so Cheryl brought it to my attention that I'm a slacker and haven't had a new post in awhile, sorry!!!!

Spent the weekend in Ashland with my old sorority alumni girls, we had sooooooo much fun. That campus is amazing, they have done so much to it, it's beautiful.

Lizzy (my roommate from school) met me at the hotel friday night. we went and got dinner and then went the the bar at the hotel for the alumni night. free appetizers and cash bar. Calmer evening. saw a bunch of girls there that weren't going to make it to the next day. We pretty crazy to see everyone.

Saturday we chose to sleep through the signing in and stuff in the morning, but we went and ate lunch at the school (didn't like it when i went there, but it's pretty damn good now!!) and then toured campus on our own. The art building is the same, but they have a new business building and education building. Also, they built a rec center that is enormous!!! pool with diving boards, basketball courts, tennis, rock climbing, aerobic classes etc. so big, i'm so jealous! we kept saying that if they let us come back we'd be in shape and actually go to class this time!!! lol

then we went up to the suite to meet everyone. IT WAS SO GREAT TO SEE EVERYONE!!!! the hall was full of all my old friends!! I miss the girls in Charlotte terribly!!! Hung out there for awhile, then went back to the hotel, turns out Lizzy and my friend Kim had a room right next to ours (she didn't come in until Saturday morning) drank some rum and cokes for awhile, 10 of us jumped back and forth between rooms, Lizzy had her ipod playing. It was so fun.

Dressed up and went out for a formal dinner with everyone. it was nice, catered, and they showed a power point presentation of "through the years" craziness.

Afterwards, we went back and changed and decided we were going out. 10 of us. it was so fun. and we all stuck together in a giant group of 10 too. I'll post pics tomorrow, but the bar we went to had a dance floor and they were dropping bubbles/foam from the ceiling, Lisa and Lizzy were soaked by the time we left. Kim and I stood back and took pictures and laughed at them.

Lizzy and I went to lunch on Sunday before we left. It was so fun to hang out with everyone and act like young girls. lol. I miss those girls so much. Hopefully we will stay in touch better. some of them do live around here. We need to do better.


email again

Got this from a friend, some are funny, some are so true, some are just dumb :)

Zen Sarcasm

1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone.

2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.

3. It's always darkest before the dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.

4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.

6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

7. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of your car payments.

8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

9. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

12. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything..

13. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the windshield.

14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

17. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

18. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.

19. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much when your lips are moving.

20. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

21. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

22. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.


Charlie's Birthday and Easter --- Again

I posted some pictures yesterday but didn't have much time to write about it. We had a great weekend. I went to Amy's on Friday night to make all the food for Charlie's party. She ordered sandwich rings from Walmart and got potato/macaroni salads. Cut cheese cubes and homemade sausage from Scott's family. We made these little lunch meat rolls that were great! Walmart sells them by the tray but we figured we could make them cheaper. You just buy tortillas, lunch meat, lettuce and cheese, lay it out on half the torilla, roll it up and put it in saran wrap overnight. In the morning, just cut each tortilla into 6 little rolls. Good stuff. We used five different meats and two cheeses, so good.

Anyway, the party on Saturday went well. 50 people or so. Charlie was a trooper. He really only wanted Grandma to hold him, he's particular, but he seemed to have fun. He loved the helium balloons that Amy had hanging. He got a ton of presents, but of course he didn't open any of them, Mommy did it for him. Well, Mommie and two other little kids that decided they were helping. That was my only complaint. I know kids get excited about that stuff, but this little girl, probably about 5 years old was in Amy's face the whole time. At one point she was opening the stuff before Amy got to it. And her Mom kept calling her name but that was it. The little girl wasn't answering to her name. I just don't think that's right.

She put him in his high chair in front of everyone and gave him his little "smasher" cake. He kept looking at it and looking at her like "am i really allowed to do this???" and after a few minutes really dug into it. He was so funny, he had frosting everywhere.

Easter went well. That was the next day at my Mom's. We had one of my Aunts and Uncles and cousins over. My cousin Kelly and Doug brought Chase who we hadn't met yet, he's 3 months old. It was fun. Lots of food all weekend. Charlie was a little concerned with Chase there, he couldn't understand why Chase had a pacifer and thought it was his.

He sat on Uncle Steve and my lap on and off all day to read books. That kid loves books. He'll sit for an hour and look at the same book. When you get to the end he says "all done" and he flips it back over to the beginning. Hopefully that sticks with him.

That's about it. We really had a fun weekend. and the little monkey is a year old!


Charlie's Birthday and Easter

Pictures to show you, will update with stories later....



I received this email recently, and I also saw it on a few other blogs, and thought it was really funny and worth sharing. Especially to everyone that feels the need to forward emails to the 7 people you have to forward them to in order to keep the bad luck away for so many years.....lol


I must send my thanks to the person who sent me the email about rat poop in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet towel with every envelope that needs sealing.

Also, now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings because I gave it to a sick girl (Penny Brown) who is about to die in the hospital for the 1,387,258th time.

I no longer have any money at all, but that will change once I receive the $15,000.00
that Bill Gates/Microsoft and AOL are sending me for participating in their special e-mail program.

I no longer worry about my soul because I have 363,214 angels looking out for me, and St. Theresa's novena has granted my every wish.

I no longer eat KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

I no longer use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.

Thanks to you, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an email to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.

Because of your concern, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.

I no longer can buy gasoline without taking a man along to watch the car so a serial killer won't crawl in my back seat while I'm pumping gas.

I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper since the people who make these products are atheists who refuse to put, 'Under God' on their cans.

I no longer use Saran wrap in the microwave, because it causes cancer.

And thanks for letting me know that I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life.

I no longer check the coin return on pay phones because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS.

I no longer go to shopping malls because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me.

I no longer receive packages from UPS or Fed Ex since they are actually terrorists mailings in disguise.

I no longer shop at Target since they are French and don't support our American troops or the Salvation Army.

I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a phone bill with calls to Jamaica , Uganda , Singapore, and Uzbekistan.

I no longer have any sneakers, but that will change once I receive my free replacement pair from Nike.

I no longer buy expensive cookies from Neiman Marcus because I now have their recipe.

Thanks to you, I can't use any one's toilet but mine because a big brown African spider is lurking under the seat to cause me instant death when it bites my butt.

Thank you for all the endless advice Andy Rooney has given us. I can live a better life now because he's told us how to fix everything.

And thanks to your great advice, I can't ever pick up $5.00 in the parking lot because it probably was placed there by a sex molester waiting underneath my car to grab my leg.

Oh, and don't forget this one either: If you don't send this email to at least 47,000 people in the next 47 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:47 p.m. this afternoon, and the fleas from 47 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's beautician.

Have a wonderful day. AND a scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain and sexual activity read their email with their hand on the mouse. Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late. I FEEL BETTER NOW!


Juliana and Angie

I got together with my group of girls tonight. We try to get together once a month, but since the beginning of this year we've had a slow start. I might have mentioned this before, I don't know.

I met these girls through my friend Juliana. Juls and I grew up together. Literally. She was my neighbor as a child, and our Moms got us together before we were walking. I've known her forever. She is really like a second sister to me. We know everything about each other and we talk frequently and laugh like sisters as well as argue like them. She is really great. Sometimes I used to think that we wouldn't have been friends had we not have grown up together because we are very different. We have a lot of different views on things, really life in general, but especially in the last few years, even 8-10 years we have learned to appreciate the different sides of things and respect each others opinions and differences. Again, she is really great. I value her friendship beyond anything I could ever say.

Juls' family moved to Luxembourg when I was 8 because of a job transfer her Father had, and we stayed connected. It was like my 8 year old world ended, but through letters, books and audio taped "letters" we stayed together. When they came back a few years later they moved to the city next to us which was great. When we went to college we grew apart a little, but we've managed to get back together since then and we'll always stay close no matter where we are now.

Anyway, as I was saying, I met all the rest of the girls through her. Friends she worked with or went to school with, but I have also known a majority of them for 10-12 years. They are my friends now. To where I don't talk to any of them nearly as much, but I can call any of them at any given time to get together on our own and vice versa. Which brings me to Angie.

Angie is a friend through the library where she and Juls worked. She and Juls both met their husbands through the library as well, and they are very special guys too. Angie and her husband have always loved children. They have been trying for 4 years, 4 years next month actually, to get pregnant and have never been able to. They have gone through an unreal series of tests and nothing has shown up as wrong with either of them. Juliana always felt bad because she always said she could just look at her husband and get pregnant. It's been really hard for Angie and in the last year we really haven't even wanted to ask. They have tried a bunch of different treatments, all kinds of things with no luck.

Finally, they decided they weren't going to worry about it anymore, they decided to go on vacation to Florida for a break and when they got back they had one more treatment they could try and then they would consider other options. Well, Angie's pregnant!!! It looks like a Florida vacation was just what they needed!!! We are soooooo excited for the both of them. Juls is already wanting to plan a baby shower- lol!

I hope Angie doesn't care that I share this info, but we couldn't be happier for them. It's been a long time in the making and they will be great parents!

Busy weekend

We have a crazy weekend coming up, should be fun, a lot of family. :)
Tonight I'm getting together with "the girls", we try to hook up once a month or so and it has actually been awhile unfortunately. It doesn't always work out for everyone's schedules.

Tomorrow Charlie will be 1 year old!! I can't believe time went that fast! Seems like I was just in that hospital room with Amy when he was born! He's so darn cute. lol. So, tomorrow I am going to Amy's after work to help her make food for his party which is Saturday.

Saturday, his party is at noon at their house. Steve took the night off, which is so fun!, but he needs to come home in the morning and sleep for a little while first. I need to pick up the cake to bring with us and then the party can begin! Even though Charlie is really too little to have any idea what is going on!

Then, of course, Sunday is Easter. Very early this year. So we are all recruited in helping Mom cook because everything is so last minute this year. Easter is always at my Mom's house and Thanksgiving is always at my Aunt Betty's. Christmas was at Grandma's when she and Grandpa were around, but now we just do Christmas with our immediate family.

It's going to be fun because we don't see much of our extended family throughout the year and this weekend we have them both Saturday and Sunday.

Then I need a total vacation. :)

Happy Easter to everyone!



I was bored at lunch the other day and started "googling" people that I knew. :)

I checked me first and found my blog (with my maiden last name, not married), found others with my name, but that was it on the real me.

Then I found stuff on my Dad! The funny part was I found stuff from where he works and normal stuff like that but then at the bottom of the list I found a website for his High School graduating class and a photo of him on the Band Council in 1967. It was neat to see.

He is the top row guy on the right. So handsome :)



I am not good at continuing to update my blog, nor am I really all that good at coming up with interesting things to say. But I really like being on here. I have been able to keep in touch with some friends who I don't get to see much of, and I have met some great people.

I know I only have a few blogs listed on the side as "favorites", but through them I have also met some great people. Those few are wonderful people. They have such different lives and things going on and it is really interesting to read about everyone and all the different things that can happen in a day or a week or a lifetime. Artists that show the creative, beautiful pieces they make, Moms that survive and thrive with family members and friends and even Moms that love and care about people so much they share everything wonderful about the world. It has really opened my eyes to how different yet wonderful people can be.

Then through these people I have met more. All over the country. Did you know in a small town in North Idaho they regularly get totally dumped on with feet and feet of snow? it's amazing to see and hear how they live with all of it. People that work in all kinds of fields, home-schooling parents, coffee shop "baristas", designers, nurses, teachers, etc. It's really interesting to read all of it and makes you realize that so many crazy things, fun things, sad things go on every day.

I am grateful for all the people that I have met on blogger. Look forward to keeping in touch in the future. Seems silly, but it is a great way to keep in touch.


today's happenings

I am feeling better. Thankfully. Sore throat from Saturday turned into a cold, which I can handle. No big deal.

Today, My friend's son from This, That and the Other Thing (which used to be Mementos of a Military Mom), his fiancee and his step-dad came in to see us at work. He is finally home from Iraq after 15 months and wanted to come in and say thank you for all the stuff that Ohio Wholesale sent him and his unit.

It was really great to see him. I always thought he was such a great guy. It was great to meet his fiancee too, she was very very nice, very smart and you could tell that she loved him a ton.

He has to go back to NY for a few months before he is free to move back here. I would really like us all to get together when they are back, go to dinner or just hang out at his Mom's.

I would love to talk to his fiancee more. She is very interesting. Plus she had a great point that everyone, including myself, needs to realize more often. She said when she sees people telling each other off, or spouses yelling at each other she really just thinks you need to realize what you have, what's right in front of you and what you would miss if it were gone. With her here and him in Iraq that would give you great insight on what to be thankful for and how to spend your time with each other when you were together. We tend to forget those things on a day to day basis. That's important.

Anyway, other than that. Nothing much. I am spending the evening with my Dad which should be fun. Mom is going to Amy's for the night and neither of us had plans so I thought it would be fun to hang out with Dad. He needs to run to Home Depot and I need to run to Walmart and then we'll catch dinner. Short night, but fun.

Hope everyone is well. also hoping the weather turns for us soon!!


snowed in and a sore throat

darn it! the blizzard of 2008 is going on right now and I can't get my car out of the parking lot. Even if I wanted to get my car out of the parking lot, they just announced that if you are driving in Summit County right now you will get a ticket. great. I'm so bored. :)

We do have a PILE of snow. I just went out to throw trash in the dumpster, more to just get out of the house for a minute, and I couldn't figure out where the sidewalk was compared to the curb for the parking lot. Needless to say, I said screw it. Oh well. I can't even look at the line of cars and instantly decide which one is mine! Guess I am not going anywhere today.

Steve did leave for work though, and he actually did ok. Usually takes him about 20 minutes, and he got there in about 45. Not too bad. He was really hoping that they would just close the plant, but they are swamped right now. The printing company that he works for mainly prints school books and March is the time for them. I guess there are four states that require that textbook companies submit so many copies of their version of a textbook for approval. The textbook has to be in by the end of March, and then it is either accepted or denied. If accepted, the book is in circulation for 5 years. Each year is a different subject (math, reading, etc.) so that this happens every year. If it is declined, then the manufacturer just lost all the money in production and printing of their samples and the book is just thrown out. That's some tough competition! It isn't Ohio, I heard CA, FL, NY and a fourth that I can't remember. So anyway, the printer is swamped right now with all of that, not to mention all the other stuff that they do normally (including my companies' Summer 2008 catalog that I just turned in)

Long story short, Steve did have to work tonight. :)

As far as me, I guess I shouldn't go anywhere anyway, my throat is on fire! I blame my cute little nephew. I saw him Thursday morning and he was a snotty mess. He managed to rub his snotty nose all over me, but of course I didn't really care at the time because he is super cute. Amy called me yesterday and she has a terrible cold, as does my Mom. May not be his fault though because I don't have a cold. Just a throat that is on fire. Not good. Oh well.

That's my excitement. I was supposed to go see Amy last night after work, but it took me 40 minutes to get home so I decided driving what would be an hour in good weather to her was probably not the greatest idea. I did go hang out at my Mom and Dad's instead though, couldn't get myself to sit at home all night, and they only live about a mile and a half from us.

Well, I hope everyone is warm and safe. Take care.


blah week, maybe more fun on the horizon

This has really been a so-so week. Nothing really good, nothing really bad either. Just blah. I don't really have a reason for this. Maybe it's that it was in the low 60's on Monday and has been cold since, with more snow on the way, or maybe it's that it is the beginning of March and everyone has had enough of the winter blues and needs to see some sunshine. I don't know, but I am looking forward to sleeping a lot (my sleeping has sucked this week too) and starting next week over on a better note.

Looking forward, the first week of April I have fun stuff coming up. My sorority (yes I was actually in one of those) is about to celebrate their 40th Anniversary at Ashland and they are having a weekend get-together for all of the old Alumni. So I will go Friday after work that week and come back on Sunday afternoon. I am going to get a room with my old college roommate, who I only see every few years, and hopefully we'll be in the same hotel as our friends that currently live in Charlotte. They emailed me last night to let me know they are for sure coming and I haven't seen either of them in about 5 years or so. Others from around the country and Ohio are coming as well. It should be a ton of fun.

Friday that weekend is a get-together at the bar for all the alumni. Saturday is checking in at the school and getting all together, seeing the remodeled suite, meeting all the young girls, taking a tour of the campus (so much has changed) and then that night they have a formal dinner. I'm pretty excited!

Anyway, hopefully nice weather is on its way and everyone will get energy and happiness back in their lives soon!!



My friend Tricia and I went out for a girl's night Friday. It's so fun to do that, and we get together so rarely really. We met at Speghetti Warehouse for dinner, I had never been there before and it was such a cool building and they had great food.

After that we went to EJ Thomas Hall in Akron to see CATS. I saw that production probably about 12-15 years ago and loved it then. At the time I went with a girl from my ballet class, so I couldn't remember if I actually liked the concept of the show or if I just liked the dancing. I'm a sucker for ballet. Either way I was excited to see it again.
It was soooo good! I'm not sure Tricia liked it, I tried to warn her that it's different, a little strange really, not a normal theather production. Come on, it's cats singing and dancing. She thought it was a little long. But I just loved it. It all came back to me as soon as it started. Those people are so good. Just so good.
If you like ballet or theather at all I suggest seeing it when it comes to town. Just keep in mind that it is a little strange. But it's great.



Some info I got from my friend Wayne. Thought it was interesting:

Do you realize how early Easter is this year? As you may know, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox(which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.

Found out a couple of things you might be interested in!

Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare. Here's the interesting info. This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!

Here's the facts: 1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).

2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So,no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

I always thought that stuff was interesting.



This story made me laugh, but I would actually like to see that museum, it'd be interesting.

If for some reason the link doesn't work, let me know.


email i got

A friend sent this to me over email, figured I'd post on here because it told a little about me...

Put an "x" in the spot if you have done these things

(X) Smoked a cigarette
(X) Drank so much you threw up
(X) Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back.
(X) Been arrested.
(X)Gone on a blind date
(X) Skipped school.
( ) Watched someone die. (real life, not on the news)
(X) Been to Canada
(X) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Mexico
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been lost
(X) Been on the opposite side of the country
(X) Gone to Washington , DC
(X) Swam in the ocean
( ) Felt like dying
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
(X) Recently colored with crayons
(X) Sang karaoke badly i must add!
(X) Paid for a meal with on ly coi ns
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls.
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose.
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Washed my hair in the rain Not my hair, but does washing my car in the rain count??
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
( ) Watched the sun rise with someone you care about.
(X) Blown bubbles.> >
( ) Made a bonfire on the beach.
( ) Crashed a party
(X) Gone roller-skating
(X) Ice-skating

1. Any nickname? JennieB is the best there's been lol
2 Mother's name? Patricia
3. Favorite Drink? Bud Light or diet coke
4. Tattoos? two
5. Body piercing? tongue
6. Love your job? I love what I do
7. Birthplace: barberton ohio
8. Favorite vacation spot: maui
9. Ever been to Africa ? No
10. Ever eaten cookies for dinner? Yes
11. Ever been on TV? No
12. Ever steal any traffic signs? few times, it was fun
13. Ever been in a car accident? yes
14. 2 Door or 4 Door? 4
15. Salad dressing? Ranch
16. What car do you drive? toyota corolla
17. Favorite number? 11
18. Favorite movie? i love a ton of movies, can't pick just one
19. Favorite Holiday(s)? Christmas
20. Favorite dessert? ice cream
21. Favorite food? italian
22. Favorite day of the week? Friday
23. Favorite toothpaste? crest vivid white
24. Favorite smell? wow, can't narrow that down... vanilla, coconut, bonfires, springtime etc.... 25. What do you do to relax? tv, read, shower
26. Do you have a message to your friends reading this: thank you for everything you do for me, i hope i can be as good of a friend as you have been to me.
27. How do you see yourself in 10 years? i have no idea
28. What do you do when you are bored? read, talk to my sister


this past weekend

Friday was a pretty calm day. I went Rocknies for dinner with my parents and their neighbors (I actually went to high school with their neighbor, and now he and dad are good buddies doing the yard sales and flee markets together) which was a good time.

Got home around 8, did the usual, washed leftover dishes from Steve, cleaned up a little, that sort of stuff. Decided to watch tv in bed, being a really big bum. Amy called a little after 10 because she was in bed and couldn't sleep, so I talked to her for an hour or so.

Saturday I had a chiropractor apt in the morning. If you brought a donation in for the Battered Women's Shelter of Medina you got a free adjustment. That was totally worth it, and just nice of them to do. They do a lot of things like that and I try to help where I can. I feel like it's a Pay it Forward kind of thing. People have helped me in the past, I can help others as well.

Went to spin class, and went home. Steve and I went and saw that new movie Jumper in the afternoon. It is really good! You should check it out. This guy is able to teleport all over the world, very jealous of that!

Other than that the weekend consisted of "home" talk. We are trying to decide what we want in a house, where we want to live, how much to spend and whether we can afford to build or not. We had an apt with Wayne Homes yesterday, and the house that we picked out, even with the extra stuff we wanted added, really was much lower than I expected. Land is the problem. Land costs so much!! so, I think I got my hopes up because I don't think we can afford to do that.

We'll see I guess. that's about it. It's going to be a crazy week. Have my doctor's apt on wednesday, but all my friends are great with trying to keep me busy afterwards! It'll all be good.

100 Posts!!

Ok, so it has taken me years, but I finally made it to my 100th post. I'm very proud of myself! lol. and I'm going to try to do better and get to 200 faster, although, the posts may get really stupid for me to do that!!

Thanks to the few of you out there that read them, I appreciate it. It's been nice to keep in touch via blogger to some I don't get to see often, as well as make some new friends through this! Everyone has been great.



Happy Valentine's Day!

I love Valentine's Day. I know, it really has turned into a Hallmark holiday, but I love the feeling of it all. I know it's cheesy, but everyone is so happy. Steve and I do cards, which is great because my family is totally a card family, I get cards for people all the time for nothing at all, plus we are going to see Jumper on Saturday at the movies. I am not one of those people that want to make a huge deal out of it and get gifts for each other, because I actually don't want that. I like getting cards and I like the smiles and warm feeling of it all.

Even at work today, everyone was happy. Passing out candy, or just hello's, smiles and "happy Valentine's day" is so nice to hear. It was a good day.

Then afterwards I went to Mom and Dad's to hang out. I get them cards and Dad always gets Amy and I the traditional heart-shaped box of candy. We love it. :) Amy and I are so spoiled. hahaha

So anyway, to everyone out there, Happy Valentine's Day, I hope the day went well for everyone.

Flogging Molly

So, I braved the House of Blues and the crazy concert scene (which I am pretty bad at) and went with some friends to see Flogging Molly last night. I had so much fun!! It was really a great time!
Flogging Molly is a crazy irish punk band, maybe that's what you'd call it, i don't know, lots of fun.

There were two bands before them, and I really didn't pay much attention to the first one, but the second one, rev. paytons big damn band, was great too. The guy on the guitar was amazing and the woman with the washboard was totally into it and having a blast. it was so fun to watch. The guy on the drums in the back, so good. Not something I expected to like. Not because they wouldn't be good at what they did, but because it wasn't my type of music.

It was crazy to people watch, everyone jumping around and just lovin it. some of us were further back, because I'm a chicken, the House of Blues is a really cool place.

Anyway, fast story, but I had a good time.


My sister and I

I got to spend a few hours with my sister tonight and we had a great time! I went to her house after work, she's about an hour away or so, and we went to Mangia's for dinner. It's really a little dive Italian place, but man it is soooo good.

We brought her husband dinner home and hung out there for awhile, looking through pictures and stuff. I asked her if she was getting video of Charlie, he's a walking machine now, going everywhere, look out! she said she was. I remember that night in the hospital with her, Scott had just bought that video camera in the last few days, and it was the same one Steve and I had, so while he was freaking out we were trying to show him how to use it. It was such a great, crazy night.

So we started watching some of the videos of my little monkey, Charlie. and I have to say, I am totally amazed at how my sister and I have the same voice! It's really crazy! i have never noticed that before. I know I used to get so ticked at my parents when i would call because they would get us confused on the phone and I never understood it. It's crazy! it took me 29 years to realize this! :) I knew from pictures that we make the same facial expressions, but the voice really messed me up!

We are a lot alike and very different at the same time. People say you can definitely tell we are related. We have the same facial features, same Badalamenti nose, same eyes, mouth, eyebrows, body structure. But we also have different shaped faces, and hers is thinner, I have always had the chipmunk cheeks and she hasn't. We both have dimples, but she's always been covered in them. Mine stand out more when i lose weight, but I don't have nearly as many.

Our personalities are different. Granted we are both outgoing in that we'll talk to anyone. I think it drives both our husbands crazy. I can start a conversation with any stranger and she can too. But I am labeled the "nice one" in the family because I would prefer no confrontation, I like to keep things calm and I like everyone to be happy. Which sometimes is a bit stressful! She has never held back. if she thinks it she says it and she doesn't care what you think of it! Granted, I have been known to give an earful to someone, but she has absolutely no filter whatsoever.

We have to be funny to watch. I can't remember a time in the last few years that we've hung out and haven't laughed until we cried at some point in the night. We act like total idiots. Together we really bring out the facial expressions and sound effects and the stupidness in both of us, and it's so fun. I think we easily embarrass the people we are with sometimes! We were not friends for a long time. I didn't know her at all and really we are still learning each other. But it is great now. She asked me to be her Maid of Honor in 2004 and I knew she only did it because I was her sister and she didn't want to hurt my feelings, but it was the best thing that she ever could have done. I think, except for my honeymoon, I have talked to her every single day since then. I am not really a phone person either, and I couldn't imagine not talking to her at least once. Today alone before I got to her house I talked to her 5 times! :)

So, after all that, we ran to Target to look for toys and books for Charlie's 1st birthday. I think we read every book made for 1 year olds in there. And with sound effects. Amy finally bought a book about farm animals and a hoedown or something. She had to because she acted out the book as she read it in the middle of Target! :)

Anyway, my point in this is my sister is a beautiful person and I love her very much! Can't wait to get together again.


life is crazy

Life is crazy isn't it? I don't really have a solid reason for saying that, but as I listen or look around or just pay attention to what goes on in the world it all seems just so crazy to me. The emotions that can run through a person in a day is amazing. The amount of things you can get accomplished in a day, the amount you can learn, the amount you can handle/tolerate, the amount you can appreciate is amazing.

Sometimes I feel that the world is becoming a scary place, you just don't know what to expect next. But I also wonder if I just become a bigger chicken the older I get. I don't remember it being like this when I was younger. Didn't really matter what you ate or drank, what medication you took, where you played in the yard, how careful you really were. I always felt pretty safe. Doesn't seem that way anymore. Everything is "bad" for you, everything is dangerous, people are scary, don't play too close to the street, everyone sues everyone else and man don't touch that because there's lead paint there.

But then to switch it around, I was standing outside last night getting the mail and looked up to the sky and it was amazing to watch. It was just slightly sprinkling, I could see the sky and some stars through these dark puffy clouds that were really moving quickly across the sky. It wasn't quite a dark black sky, but it was a very dark blue. Enough light from the stars to show the blue around the edges of the clouds as they moved. It was almost surreal to me. Sometimes at times like that it will hit me what an amazing, gigantic world we live in. It was kind of like laying in a giant field and watching a clear sky night or day, ever done that? It's been a long time, but it always made me think about what a huge place we were in. Yet comforting at the same time. I have no idea if that makes sense to anyone else. :)

I guess the situations that people go through and the things that happen in our day to day lives just makes me laugh and think life is just crazy.

I want to....

sleep in, until i can't lay in bed any longer, and lay there some more, all day...

go on vacation, go somewhere warm, lay out and watch the stars at night, feel the warmth of the sun on my body and the sand on my feet during the day, smell the ocean, play in the rain, visit Rome, Venice and London, visit friends in NC, friends in PA, friends in AZ, family in FL, and all over OH, visit San Francisco, Vegas, and the Islands of Hawaii, see the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and go back to NYC...

visit my nephew, watch him smile, watch his face light up, watch his emotions and watch him as he discovers and learns new things, play in the yard, swim in a pool, build a castle out of wood blocks, color, teach him his numbers, letters and animals, take him to the zoo...

really really hang out and get to know my sister more, go shopping, get pedicures, massages, take a walk...

drive down to Hocking Hills, walk to Old Man's Cave or Ash Cave and hang out for the day, people watch, relax, enjoy...

go spinning, walking, biking, swimming, feel good and lose weight, get healthy, feel better, sleep better, be nicer...

make sure my friends and family know how much I care, and love them, and am here for them, help wherever I can, talk, visit, hang out, walk with, stay in touch....

just been brainstorming everything i'd like to do or feel or say and felt like writing it all down.


more misc. stuff that's going on.

OK, I'm trying to stay good on my word to continue updating my blog posts. It is really difficult though when there isn't much going on!! So, this is just another array of things going on in my life. lol.

Most importantly, at least I believe, is that my friend at Mementos of a Military Mom found out that her soldier is coming home for sure! That is so exciting! I'm very happy that he will be home with his friends and family soon.

My cute "little monkey" is a walking fool these days! I stopped at my Mom's before work this morning to see him and he was all over the place. So cute. Granted, he's not great at walking, and really looks like a little drunk hobbling all over the place. but he gets so excited. and if he sees you watching him he puts his hands over his head while you say "yea! good boy!" and then he claps. I just love him.

Superbowl! How crazy was that night!! Did not at all see the Giants beating the Patriots!! It was craziness. But a ton of fun. Steve and I went over a friends house and hung out, had a good time. Game was good, commercials were pretty good.

I don't think many people know about me and my crazy HPV stories. A ton of people have this out there, so that's nothing new, and a ton of people have issues too. But I'm going to just vent on my newest endevors with it. I had my latest pap come back high-risk again. darn it. so now, I am scheduled to go back to the doctor (I was happy it was the dr. office and not the hospital, there was a chance of either one) for a LEEP. Anyone out there heard of that or had it done? (my dr. is sending me info about it in the mail) I guess from what the nurse on the phone told me quickly, they numb you (how???? i just don't want to know) and then go in and cut out all the abnormal cells. Which is good because then they hope that when they grow back they come back normal. Which would be great! Plus they can then really look into these bad cells and make sure there aren't any crazy cancer cells floating in there. So, it shouldn't be all that bad. Said it should only take about 1/2 an hour, and since I have a desk job I can go back to work. no lifting over 10 lbs for a few days and no physical activity. no spin class for awhile, that sucks. lol. all I know is I will do whatever it takes to make my body normal again! and of course i'm going to make someone come with me and hold my hand :)

So, that might be the extent of the last week or so. Oh, still interviewing people, wish me luck. and i may have gotten myself into another 50th high school reunion book. ugh. what I get myself into. lol

Everyone take care out there.


an array of stupid stuff.... :)

I am having trouble coming up with a topic, so here is a whole bunch of stupid things that go on in my world... :) (and in my head)

I am trying to interview people for a position in my department right now. Interviewing people is definitely NOT my strong suit. In fact, I hate it! It is so hard to figure out in such a short period of time whether this person really knows what they are talking about, could do the job well and would fit into our crazy group. Really hard. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I get it really really wrong. ha ha.

I have LA Ink on TV in the background right now and I would love to get another tattoo. I love them. They are addicting! In the past I just got tattoos without any real meaning. One I thought looked cool and one that I drew out myself, but with no meaning. Which actually is fine to me, I still love the ones that I have and I don't regret them at all. If I would get a third I would go for a lilac branch. Seems a bit odd, especially for me because I'm not really the "floral" kind of girl, but that would mean a lot to me. It would be for my old neighbor "A. Bon" and that's a story for another post, but I seem to be in the more "sappy" mood these days for some reason, and I miss her. I've thought about it for a long time and that is what I would want. Not that I will really go out and get another one, just a thought.

My nephew is so cute (I know this has been said a trillion times). He is up to 6 steps on his own right now! and he loves being chased around. He starts crawling and looks behind at you and wants you to come after him (while crawling). If you do, he starts laughing and crawls off. So cute.

I am taking a spinning class right now three times a week and trying to get to Snap Fitness across the street 2-3 times a week. Just got back into it, but really need it. Enough is enough. I know what I can look like and I'm tired of looking like I do. I used to be a cutie! :) and I want that back. Spinning is crazy hard, but it really helps me work off stress and burns sooooo many calories in one hour, I love it. I wish I could do it everyday. I refuse to hit 30 years old looking like I do now, things need to change.

I can't believe January is almost over. I didn't think this year could possibly go as fast as last year did. I don't know where the time goes. There is so much that I want to do and so many people that I feel I need to spend time with and catch up with and it just doesn't seem to happen. I need to get better at this. I think that a lot, and then when I do get a free few minutes I just want some quiet time to myself! Hahaha. I can't win. I guess I just have to hope that my friends and family know that I love them and we will catch up when we all get a minute. Everyone is crazy busy right now, it's not just me.

I need to win the lottery to travel! Wouldn't that be great! That would really help me see everyone. Besides going to Rome and Venice which I would just die to do, I could hang out with Missy in whatever city she's in at the time and go to Charlotte to catch the girls down there, and my Uncle in FL. Not to mention everyone here. Plus, there is so much to see in this world! I would have to start in this country of course, so much I want to see here. I love NYC and would love to go back there. I want to see the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, to name just a few of the famous landmarks. I want to see it all firsthand. I want to visit all kinds of crazy places. Anyone have any trick to winning the lottery let me know. :)

I really need to go to bed right now. I also need to figure out how to sleep better. It is one of my favorite things to do and I am bad at it. I either fall asleep really quickly and wake up a ton throughout the night, or it takes me forever to fall asleep and I lay there irritated. I really don't know what is worse. And I'm a clock watcher. If I'm awake a long time or wake up in the middle of the night I have to know what time it is. If I try and not look I'll stay awake longer because it will grate at me. Every few months or so I will actually fall asleep and see through the whole night and it is the greatest feeling! Doesn't happen often and I don't know what I do differently to cause it. I think I have a hard time turning my brain off and that is a lot of my problem.

OK, now that I have sufficiently bored everyone to tears, I will end this and go to bed. :) Thanks for listening to a part of my life!


reading suggestions....

I just finished a series that I've been reading for awhile, Sue Grafton is the Author. She has books with titles consisting of the letters of the alphabet, all the way to T is for Trespass. It's a series about the Private Investigator and everything she gets involved in. It began pretty slow, but once I got started I had to keep going because then I "knew" the characters in the books. Now I really like them but I have to wait for "U" and who knows when that will happen.

Anway, so I am bookless right now. OK, I have some that I haven't read yet, I usually borrow a handful from my friend Lauri. I call Lauri every once in awhile and ask to borrow from her library and Missy does the same every few months when she's home for a few days. That's how much she has. It's become a joke between Mis and I. So, I do have a handful, but nothing I really can get into.

I like almost everything it seems. Fiction and Non, doesn't really matter. I just want to be able to really get into it. Have you ever started reading a book and the next thing you know you've just lost an hour or more and you can't put it down? That's what I like.

So, if anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. I need something new.



AIDS in Africa.........

OK. This is just a quick bit to vent on today...

I feel pretty strongly about starving children, kids needed adopted, people needing healthcare, AIDS, all that stuff. IN OUR COUNTRY. Not that I have anything against Africa or any other country that has these issues too, I don't, but why can't we fix the problems in our country before trying to fix everyone else's problems.

I just briefly read about the whole RED deal and Dell and Microsoft involved in trying to solve the AIDS in Africa problem. (you can get the story on MSN.com) Plus all the celebs trying to fix everything over there, whether it be adopting children or AIDS or whatever.

I feel the US has enough issues already and maybe we should spend some time focusing on that first. That's all.


venting on a bad habit

ok, I need to vent. Some people haven't heard, some are tired of hearing, but I quit smoking about 4 months ago. With the rare slip-up. So basically, went from a pack a day to none at all, and for four months now. Ok, can I just say this is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life!

I was on the patch for about 8 weeks or so, and it was rough, but the patch is a wonderful thing and really worked great. But after that, its been hard. And the worst part for me is that it's not in my body anymore, the addiction is all in my head.

My husband and I discussed this over the past weekend. It is so frustrating how a little cigarette can totally take over your life! But i loved it!! lol. And it's really hard!

Sometimes I am absolutely fine but a lot of times I feel as if I am crawling out of my own skin. That is the only way I can come up with to describe it. It's crazy. And it's not a "I need a cigarette now!" feeling anymore. It's really a "I can't sit here any longer, I feel like I could run a marathon, and I'm losing it feeling." Crawling out of my skin. Nuts. And any patience that I ever had in the past, yeah, pretty much gone.

I know I've been terrible to get along with and live with, and I'm really trying to get over this. i know it'll get better as time goes on as well. Steve said he was impressed that I've gone this long because usually it takes a few times "quitting" to actually quit. I smoked for 12 years and this is my first quit. I can do it, but geez!!

I wish I could be the social smoker that some of my friends are because honestly, I really loved it. but I can't. I know that about myself.

Plus, it was my stress reliever, and I haven't figured out how to handle that yet without it.
I know it all sounds really silly, it does to me too, and that might be the most frustrating of it all. but I am a strong girl, darn it, and I can do this. one way or another.

Thanks for letting me vent! :)

election time....

The following link was sent to me by my friend at Mementos of a Military Mom. To be honest, I haven't done it yet, but I did look it over and find it very interesting. It is a form you fill out, yes or no answers plus the degree of strongness you feel on the issue, and it is supposed to help you decide which presidential candidate fits your views most. Very interesting.

What I really liked about it is if you don't fully understand the issue, or are confused by what "yes" or "no" entales, you can click on the issue for an explanation. Very helpful.

I didn't fill it out yet, but I do plan on it, out of curiosity and to understand some issues more. I do know I feel strongly on some more than others, and sometimes my feelings are to the extreme. So, as this election year continues, I will discuss any issues with anyone. We may strongly disagree, we may totally agree, who knows, we all have a right to our own opinions.

Check out the link though, and thank you MMM for sending it to me!!



two questions....

been meaning to ask these for awhile. Not that a lot of people read my blog, but I do value the opinions of those that do :)

Answer, don't answer, post them on your blogs, doesn't matter to me. Just want to throw some thought out there. I've gotten interesting responses...

1. If reincarnation really exists...what/who would you like to come back as and why? any traits, anything.

2. If you could spend one full day with anyone that is no longer alive, who would it be? famous person, personal person, anyone.

My answers:
1. I would like to come back as myself knowing what I know now. I don't know that I would change anything, but I would like the knowledge of events that I have now.

2. My first thought was A. Bon. I love her and miss her very very much. But I know she is with me all the time now. My second thought was my grandpa, dad's dad. He passed away when i was 8 years old. He was great. He used to come pick me up for some weekends, sometimes just me sometimes my cousin kelly and I. He was my favorite person :) My final choice was my Mom's Dad, Fred. I never got to meet him because he passed away when my Mom was 11 but she has told me such great stories about him. He would be great to meet.

Just some info to ponder... :)


don't even know where to start....

ok, again, been a long time. i say that a lot now! my blog has gotten boring and so i haven't seen a point in really getting on here. I do like staying in touch though, so that is what brought me back on today.
Hope everyone's holidays were good. My were. Time goes so fast though. 11 days off work and they just flew by. It was nice to get to spend some time with family. In these crazy days it doesn't seem like there is time for anything anymore and my famiy members are the most important people to me. I wish I could have spend some time with some old family friends that i miss a lot, but I got a few phone calls in, so that works for now.

Got back to work and went straight to Atlanta for AmericasMart again. It's a crazy place. Hate it and love it at the same time. Change of scenery though which is nice.

I learned that I take a lot more crap from people then I expect myself too. But looking back, I've done that in the past too. Just depends on the situation. I wish I could be that outgoing person that just tells it like it is, but I can't always do that. and I know, MMM especially, you probably think I am like that. and you're right to a point. I'll watch out for all my friends, but myself last. it's wierd.

ANYWAY, I'm hoping 2008 is the year! We all need some good stuff going on around here. I want to hear from everyone! MMM I'm so happy to hear "our soldier" is coming home, that is super exciting news for the year!! Best I've heard!

This will be an interesting Presidential race for sure, but that's a post for another time. :)

Everyone take care and I'll try to get on here more often.