Monday, August 31, 2009


The weather is changing and, in my opinion, for the better! I love fall! There is nothing better than sweater and boot weather. The colors of autumn and the smell of a wood burning in a fire pit or a fireplace make me so happy. Sitting around a fire with the family roasting marshmallows and drinking cocoa....sigh....! The anticipation of the holidays and all the family birthdays within weeks of each other are all things that make me feel amazing inside. Apple and pumpkin picking, too. How could I forget? It's all good....really, it is!

Getting Ready

The last few days have been a bit hectic running around getting things ready for school. We've been pulling out clothing and backpacks and school supplies in an attempt to be fully prepared by Tuesday so that Wednesday morning runs smoothly. The kids have declared their excitement of starting a new school year and being around their friends on a daily basis. It's all cute the first few days but I know that, inevitably, things will change when the novelty wears off after about a week. Once homework becomes a constant and the early morning rising gets to be a burden the attitudes will change. Here's to a new school year! God help us all!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I am feeling very tired today. As I sit here typing this entry I feel sluggish and worn. I'm kind of having a hard time with this today. I suffer from thyroid disease and as much as I would like to be able to kick this condition in the ass and be healthy and energetic there are days when I just can't feel well no matter what I do. I've been gluten free for about 3 weeks now (with one or two days where I ate something I shouldn't have) and have felt a bit better but not the way I would expect to. I did lose a couple of pounds though and that makes me feel accomplished. The weight thing really affects me too. Could that be considered an eating disorder? I stress about 2 or 3 pounds like they were 10-15lbs. I think about it every waking moment and torture myself endlessly about the weight. It's not so much about the way I look with the weight as much as it is about the poundage on the scale. I stand on the scale and pray that the numbers are lower and when they aren't I get sad. For real sad! I let it affect my mood. That sounds crazy, right? I think it is but it doesn't stop me from obsessing about it. Thyroid disease means that I have to work harder than others to accomplish small feats. It's not fun. For now I'm going to try and get some rest and forget about how I feel if I can. Until tomorrow. Good night.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wish List Addition

image via lagarconne

These boots are a bargain at $1274! Holy Jesus!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Woodstock Love

I wasn't born until a couple of months after this festival took place but I would have loved to be a part of this time of love and peace. I think I would have fit in pretty well.


My daughter finally had her surgery on Friday. It was so difficult for me to witness her so anxious and afraid. She had to have general anesthesia because she needed an extraction and some cavities filled plus she was supposed to be fitted for a retainer. The days leading up to the surgery were filled with nervous anticipation for all of us. I couldn't mention the word surgery without having her tell to me please not say that word. Everything went well but took longer than was expected because she felt pretty sick after she woke from the anesthesia. She needed to sleep it through and finally felt well enough to go home. She's now happy and running around and wanting a lot of ice cream.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Tonight as we were sitting around the living room watching tv and playing a board game my daughter came up to me and says very matter of factly, "Mom, I think you should give my brother some Motrin?" So I ask her why wondering if he is in pain. She says, "He needs it so he can fall asleep and not bother me so I can sleep in peace." My husband looks at me and just laughs. I tell her Motrin doesn't help you sleep but she's convinced it does. So I should sedate my son with some Motrin so he won't talk my daughter's ear off as they're trying to go off to sleep. My daughter is one funny kid!
P.S. She's getting her surgery tomorrow and I'm sure she's worried. I feel so bad about this because I know she thinks it's her fault because she may not be doing a good enough job at brushing. It's not her fault but maybe I should run with it so she takes really good care of her teeth.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


My sentiments exactly!

I'm feeling anxious. I feel a lack of control when I feel this way and I don't like it at all. My daughter needs oral surgery and we'll be taking her in on Friday. The anticipation of this whole situation has me feeling awful. I'm not good at masking how I feel so I may sometimes come off as pissy. I don't mean to. I become overwhelmed and everything bothers me. I'm assuming this is normal?! If it isn't then maybe I'm just a strange bird. I hope for the best and pray that my daughter can recover quickly, otherwise, I'm in for a tough couple of days with a very high strung child. Oh boy!

Monday, August 17, 2009

images via toast
I know these photos are from the Spring/Summer collection but I love them so much. They encourage me to take time for myself somehow.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Had a wonderful time at the beach today with the kids and great friends! Will update tomorrow. Right now, I'm exhausted. Kids are in bed and I'm ready too. Back to work tomorrow.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wish List

I want this...
and this...

and this...

and this...

Love these!
(clothes by Humanoid)

P.S. That hair looks really familiar....hmmmm! :)

Friday, August 14, 2009


Well, today is officially the last day of my vacation. After this weekend I return to work on Monday morning as usual. I'm kinda sad about it but not because I don't like my job (I really like my job and co-workers) but because I'm gonna miss being home with my husband and kids. I really love being with them. I enjoy our hours spent together watching movies, reading books and taking walks. We do everything together. I'm one of those moms you see who takes her children everywhere with her. We go grocery shopping and clothes shopping and we even go to the laundromat together to wash those monsterous quilts that don't fit in my washing machine. Life goes by very fast and I don't want to miss a minute. Don't get me wrong, I get frustrated and upset with my kids just like everyone else but I remind myself that they are only little once. I need to enjoy them now before they start off on their own lives. I'm sure it won't be long before then.
Today we went to the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. We got a pass from our local library that allows you to visit the museum for free. It was a lot of fun but the kids did get tired pretty quickly due to all the walking as did my husband. We were all pretty pooped out by days end. We took the bus into the city and getting there seemed to take forever. The weather was very nice so walking back to Port Authority wasn't so bad. We walked from 79th street all the way back to 41st. It was a lot of walking. New York City blocks are very long. We did stop into The Shops at Columbus Circle to look around. I always love shopping even if it's just window shopping. We had a great day and my vacation has worked out pretty nicely so far. We probably won't do much tomorrow and just get some rest but Sunday may be a beach day. Maybe I can start on those things I've been pushing off tomorrow. We'll see. I'm enjoying this time off quite a bit.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Clean up! Clean up!

As part of my vacation I had planned on doing some cleaning up around the house. There are things that I've been putting off specifically for times like these. Guess how much of it I've gotten done? .... That's right! None of it. Why is it so hard to get to those things that we put off so often? I don't want to think of myself as being lazy but quite honestly I'm feeling pretty lazy right now. As I'm typing this I am feeling the pull. I know I should be elsewhere. There is a pile of clothes on my bedroom floor neatly stacked waiting to be sorted and put away. I've spoken to it several times this week but it hasn't had any luck in persuading me to tackle it. I mean, come on! I'm on vacation! I will get to it soon. I promise. But for right now, watching movies I borrowed from the library and skimming through magazines with a cup of coffee is my ideal evening passtime. The kids are in bed and Confessions of a Shopaholic awaits.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Day At The Beach

We had the most amazing day at the beach today. The sun was shining and the water was amazing. What a great time! The kids fully enjoyed the day. The only issue we had were those damned biting flies. They were everywhere today. Other than that we had no complaints. Even the trip back and forth was effortless.

I can check "go to the beach" off my to-do list.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Nicole Richie's Style

I love Nicole Richie's style. Not the one she had back when she was filming stupid shows like the Simple Life. I'm talking about her new, being a mommy, hippie chic look. I don't usually like too many peoples styles and tend to dress to my own beat but lately I've really taken an interest in hers. I think she looks amazing post pregnancy with her first daughter and now pregnant with her second child. My inner hippie is always looking for a way out and if I could afford to dress in the long flowy dresses and grow my hair past my butt I definitely would. What do you think?

On Vacation

I'm on vacation this week. We have all kinds of plans for the week including a trip to the museum. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate. I've been waiting on this time off for a long time. I don't plan on exhausting myself though. Relaxing would be good. Talk to you all throughout the week.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Washington Square Park continued (pics)

The Pots and Pans Man--this guy will yell at you if you try to videotape him.

The Kids
Husband and the boy
I love New York. Have I mentioned that before?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Watch out for feisty 7 year olds!

Today on our way home from our local library my husband and I were discussing how incompetent some of the librarians are and how we tend to avoid one of them every time she is there because we can never get a straight answer from her. All along my seven year old daughter is listening quietly in the back while we have our conversation. As soon as we both think the conversation is over and we are now quietly driving along my daughter chimes in from the back seat and asks, "Daddy, did you give her an upper cut!" We both just looked at each other and started laughing. She really is something else.

Monday, August 3, 2009

2 Days in Paris

I saw this movie with my husband on Sunday night and I can honestly say I loved it. I don't think I've laughed this much in a long time. This movie is really funny. It's from 2007 and I don't remember seeing too much for it in terms of promotion back then. Adam Goldberg and Julie Delpy are wonderful together. I read on imdb that she wrote and directed this film. It's very Woody Allenesque. She even wears glasses like his throughout the movie.

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