Monday, December 29, 2008

2008 in Review

Christina posted an interesting 2008 Q & A. I thought it may be interesting to review my 2008 since it's my FIRST year blogging!

So here ya go. 2008 in retrospect, 2009 to come:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Got married! It's not that I didn't think I would do it, but I've never done it before- and I never plan on doing it again (although it was a beautiful day)!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any resolutions last year. I wanted to be more organized (especially planning for the wedding) and I wanted to finish my master's degree.

I'm going to try and get rid of the 11 lbs I gained since the wedding- I must admit I completely gave up after the wedding- but I'm getting back on track now!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My co-worker in May, My cousin in August.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Grammy passed in October and my cousin passed last week. I hope they're looking down on me now.

5. What countries did you visit?
Ummmmm.... none. We went to Hawaii, but that's still in the US.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A BABY!!!! Now, if I could only work on convincing my husband....

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm! I walked down the long marble aisle of St. Patrick Church to tie the knot!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Master's Degree, buying a new house, getting married, all within, eh, six weeks. Yeah, I know, I'm pretty badass.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Letting myself go after the wedding- but I REALLY needed a break! Something had to give!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Other than this nagging cold for the last 4 weeks on and off, no.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A honeymoon!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
No idea.... I'm going to have to side with Christina here and say that Britney was pretty amazing. I loved watching her documentary and seeing that she pulled herself together.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
George W.- yeah, he pretty much sucks.

14. Where did most of your money go?
BILLS! Mortgage, wedding, credit cards, etc.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting MARRIED! And my new puppy Sadie!

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Michael Jackson- The Way You Make Me Feel or Norah Jones- Come Away With Me. Neither were written in 2008 but they were our wedding songs- one slow, and one fast (it was such a good surprise to our guests to see the hilarious fast dance)!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? HAPPIER
b) thinner or fatter? FATTER
c) richer or poorer? Probably the same financially, but we have more (bigger house, nicer things, etc.)

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercise/ relaxing

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eat crap, work work work!

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve at my sister's house. Christmas morning at my sister's (to watch the kids open presents) Then Christmas at Eric's parents' house.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
I'm still in love.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Real Housewives of Orange County- I just want to be as pampered as they are!

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Not that I know of....

24. What was the best book you read?
A Pilot's Wife.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I still love Dave- he will always be my favorite.

26. What did you want and get?
A new house!

27. What did you want and not get?

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I am not really a movie person- I just fall asleep during movies!

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went down the shore- went out to eat- my niece made me cupcakes and I got lots of cool wedding related gifts (as it was three weeks before!)

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Still pretty boring! I'm pretty conservative at work, but the budget keeps me in check.

32. What kept you sane?
Friends, my sister, my husband

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Good question.... I just like reading the trashy mags.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The election. Yay Obama!

35. Who did you miss?
Grammy. Jenny.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Sadie puppy! Dogs count right?

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Be thankful for what you have. People always have it worse that you.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I've been waiting for so long
Now I've finally found someone
To stand by me
We saw the writing on the wall
As we felt this magical fantasy

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Stinks that I've got a cold today, but it's nice and quiet in our house. We just home from dinner at my sister's and we're settling down for bed before going back to watch the kids open presents in the morning. Eric and I aren't exchanging presents, so we'll just dote over Sadie's stocking stuffers in the morning. I made sure to tell Eric that all I want for Christmas is to get pregnant.... and if I'm counting correctly, it would mean sometime soon!

Hope you have a great holiday!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pretty Pictures

Some pretty pictures of Jenny.... sorry, it's the one of the few things that makes me feel better.... I love thinking about all of the happy times!

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Time Has Come

Jenny passed last night. I'm sure that she was hanging on, waiting for her brother to arrive from Germany. He made it here with his wife and baby on Saturday afternoon. Although I'm terribly upset, I feel relived that her family was not sitting at her bedside on Christmas. I'm ready for 2008 to go, and welcoming 2009.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Best Time To Shop...

I'm convinced the best time to shop is on Saturday night at 9 pm.  I just got home from Target and it was AWESOME.  There was no one there and they were restocking the shelves for tomorrow.  Score!  So, now I'm home wrapping.  Eric is out with his friends and I've got really boring Saturday night shows (that I actually enjoy) on.  Yay- sweatpants are a fabulous thing!

Hope all is well- please keep Jenny in your prayers.  Her brother, sister in law and niece arrived here from Germany this afternoon.  When we told her they were coming, she did actually open her eyes a bit and stick our her arm.  I'm just hoping she's not in pain.

Thanks for stopping!  Please leave your comments- I love reading them!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It Doesn't Seem Fair...

I went back to see Jenny tonight. I was at the hospital for awhile last night and they decided to move her to hospice. I was shocked that they were moving her because although she was sleeping a lot, she could wake up, wave, and give you a thumbs up or down to answer your questions.

Today was a different story. I got to the hospice after work and it seems as though things really turned. Her breathing is very labored, she's almost completely unresponsive, and she feel almost "gone." So, needless to say, it was much harder than being there yesterday. Seeing the priest come in confirmed my every last fear..... it really is the beginning of the end.

All I can do is hope and pray that she's not suffering and that her family will someday will be able to cope with the pain of losing someone so wonderful, so soon. It truly doesn't seem fair. It makes you question life, God and your morals. Why do good people have to deal with so much? Hasn't she had enough? Hasn't her family been through enough? Seriously, I don't know how they can do it.

So Jen, if you're listening someday to me, you're the best, I love you.

"Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die." ~Amelia Burr

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Too Young.... Too Soon

My cousin is battling brain cancer.... for the second time at 26. Although she's a fighter, she's had her "maximum" of radiation the first time she had cancer. Unfortunately, although they removed most of the tumor, there's not much she can do. She's in the hospital now, but her parents are considering moving her to hospice. As far as I know, hospice means... the end. It's so heart-breaking. She's a great person, and a true hero to have even dealt with this once, let alone twice.... and no complaining whatsoever. So, we're waiting. She was in a hospital in VA, where she lives, but her parents had her choppered up here on Monday. I'm going to run over to the hospital tonight to visit. She can't really speak, but she's coherent and alert. I'm going to try real hard to pull it together all day and put on my strong face, because I know she's the one who's strong, not me.

I feel terrible for my mom, who is her godmother, not only because she's losing a god daughter, but she's also losing her best friend. She's so worried that Jenny's mom will never be the same.

There's so much negativity right now, I don't even know how I feel like Christmas is coming. Many of our friends are going through divorce, my grandmother passed, Jenny's sick, it's just a lot all at once. Although I do feel extremely grateful to be alive and healthy, I feel most worried for those who are not in my shoes. I'm going to say my prayers and hope for the best.... because I do believe in miracles.

"Each of my days are miracles. I won't waste my day; I won't throw away miracle. "- Unknown

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Favorite Things

FYI- before I start talking about food, I MUST introduce my favorite Christmas Candle:
And it's not because I'm married to a Puerto Rican guy and I love all things Spanish, but I LOVE Feliz Navidad. Not too cinnamony (Is that a word?) and provides a YUMMY smell in my house!

Okay.... now on to food:

First, I made fudge..... YUMMY!!!

These are the ingredients I used:

I can't believe that this disgusting mess made WONDERFUL fudge!
Miss Sadie taking a nap while I'm hard at work in the kitchen!

The finished product:Now- on to Chex Muddy Buddy Mix!

First, I took all of the topping indegredients and melted them in the microwave.
Then, you add them to your Chex cereal.

Mix 'em up! I used my hands. It was a little messy, but it got the job done a LOT easier!
Then, you put the mix in a bag with powdered sugar and SHAKE it up!
Then, I layed it all out on the counter to cool.
My husband told me it looked nasty, but once he tried it, he was addicted.

See- I CAN cook! (er- well..... bake..... I can do SOME things!)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Christmas is coming! Here's what I did this weekend:

Our Christmas Tree

Just Call us the Grizwald's!


The staircase

Eric's mom made this wreath!

Stockings and christmas trees!

The Buffet Table Santa Collection

Daddy and Sadie

Sadie's a sleepy girl!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Colds and Baby Fever

So, I'm sick. I have a cold... .blagh.... I hate being sick because it just totally slows you down! Anyway, I stopped feeling sorry for myself this morning and got up for the gym anyway. I've gotten a lot done around the house and believe it or not, I'm almost finished Christmas shopping! It's really easy when you don't have to buy for your immediate family. We're not exchanging gifts because we're going on vacation in January instead. So, gotta work off that butt!!!

Anyway, I'm back to baby fever. I went out the night before Thanksgiving and saw a whole bunch of friends from high school. Of course for most of them, it was the first time since the wedding that they saw me. So, the first question was, "How is married life?" The second one was, "When are you going to have kids?" I would have them soon if you would stop asking me!!!! Jeesh- talk to my husband! At home, it's a bit easier, but Eric's still a pain in the butt. It would have been easy if Eric would have stuck to his promise of not "teasing" me. Well, the other night, he "somehow" lost control.... yeah right. Just so happens I think I'm right in the middle of my cycle so now it's constantly on my mind again. So.... ugh.

Anyway, I'm done cleaning for a bit, I'm going to try and lay down so I can clear my sinuses!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Sorry I have been MIA. After we got Sadie, we've been super busy with her and other stuff. Sadie's coming along well. She's still working on getting her house trained which is a feat in itself, but it's coming along. Last week, on Friday, we had our read a thon sleepover. It went VERY well, but I was SO tired on Saturday. I felt like I had a hangover with a terrible headache and exhaustion. So, Saturday, I didn't do a whole lot of everything. On Sunday, I helped my mom finish cleaning out my grandmother's house and picked up my wedding video. It came out really nice! We spent the better part on Sunday afternoon/evening watching the video and making fun of ourselves!

This week is conference week. That means that the kids have half days and we have conferences all afternoon. It's nice to have a half day of school, but it's stressful to have conferences all afternoon. Just one more day!

I'm pretty psyched that my high school friends will be home tomorrow to go out tomorrow night. I am not sure if I can hold my own alcohol wise anymore, but I'm sure it'll be fun!

Well, I better get this day started since I've been at work for a half an hour already and haven't done a thing!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cozy Sunday!

Well, we've had Sadie for more than 24 hours now. She's a great dog. She's really mellow, especially for all the craziness she's gone through in the last day! First, we had the appointment at the shelter on Saturday morning. We had purchased tickets to the Brian Regan (comedy) show in Atlantic City months ago and we didn't want to cancel our trip, so we just assumed that worst case scenario that if my parents wouldn't let us take her to their beach house that we would just leave her with my uncle. Besides, we didn't even know if we would come back with a dog! I took my uncle with me to the rescue since Eric had to work.

So we arrived and went back to the barn where the puppies were. There were about 10 puppies and we were looking for Sadie (Greta) as we had seen in the photos online. She didn't really look the same as her coat was lighter in person than it was in the photos so I didn't know it was her at first.

After we found her, we took her out to play a bit and I was shocked at how calm she was for a puppy. She doesn't bark, doesn't pull on the leash a lot, and isn't super jumpy. I was happy about ALL of this. So, we decided to go with her. I made my donation and we headed out. After that, I proceeded to confuse her for a VERY long time. We first stopped at the club so that Eric could meet her. He was in love right away. After that, we stopped to drop off my uncle and took his dog and Sadie on a walk. After that, we stopped at my sister's so everyone could meet her. She was very good around all of the other dogs.

Finally, we arrived home, but only for two hours before heading to the shore. We packed up all of her stuff and my parents agreed to let her come with us because we promised she would be crated when we weren't home. I think my dad secretly liked her although I know he'll never admit it.

She was awesome in the car, she just slept the whole way. We took her for a long walk, she walked right into her crate and we left for the Borgata. We came home a VERY long time later and she had a little accident in her crate, but finally ate her food. She didn't seem to freak out either.

We came home this morning and stopped by my other uncle's house because he wanted to meet her. Then we took her to PetSmart to get a doggie tag. Now she's officially named. We slept on the couch for awhile and went to Applebee's for dinner. Now, we're home in our jammies cuddling on the couch! I think we're officially home bodies now!!!

Well, that's all for now, I'm off to iron and do laundry for the week! Have a great night!

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Meet Sadie! Here's our rescue pup from La Mancha Rescue in Unionville. It's such a GREAT facility. They have so many dogs, including puppies! She's about 3 months old and she's a Lab Shepard mix. She's SO calm! She may have been abused, because she flinches if you put your hand down to pet her. She also shows her submissiveness to other dogs too. She's really friendly though!! Here are some pictures!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

ONE positive!!!

Yeah, not a preggo test...... I wish!

But, we got a reply from one of the rescues! La Mancha Rescue approved our application and said we can make an appointment to come look. Unfortunately, the dog Eric really wants, Lily, is at the other rescue. I might force him to go look at other dogs, just to look. Who knows? Sometimes the cutest dogs are annoying and the best dogs are the ugliest ones in pictures.... so we'll see. We have to wait until he gets home tomorrow night to talk about it.

I'm super excited (I never thought I'd be that way). Although I'm not a HUGE dog person, it's only because I don't want the responsibility. If we get one now, Eric will be home to train it with his work schedule.

We'll see....

Monday, November 10, 2008

Still Nothing...

We still haven't heard anything from the rescue and Eric's very intent on having THAT dog. We sent the form in on Thursday.... and I'm getting antsy!

We did go to Pet Smart on Friday night and looked at various doggy related items. Hopefully, we'll have a Christmas present!

Eric's in Charlottesville, VA until Wednesday for a golf tournament. It's really nice because I'm cleaning out the closets, but it stinks going to bed alone!

Still at work, and happy my second observation today went well! Only two more to go!

Have a great week!

Friday, November 7, 2008


So, I think we've agreed to rescue. We spent some time on Petfinder and found two shelters around here. We've submitted our applications to them and just waiting to hear. There is a dog that we like right now, and her name is Lily. We don't know if we'll get her, but it's worth trying. She's a beagle mix. Although I think Eric still wants a big dog, I just don't know if our townhouse can handle it. I'm not worried about the size, because our townhouse is bigger than some people's single family homes, but because we don't have much of a yard, it might be an issue for a big dog.
I will post a picture later!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


So I've pretty much decided that I'm going to get Eric a dog for Christmas or his birthday (in Jan.) I'm still worried and nervous. I know it's going to be a pain for awhile, but it's proving my commitment. And come on, they're really stinkin cute. Thanks for all of your advice! Maybe having a dog will get him to come around on the baby front? Who knows? Haha.....

So, does anyone know of either a good breeder or shelter where I can get a YOUNG dog? The key thing Eric wants is a puppy. I would rather rescue an older, trained dog, but he really wants a puppy, so my boy gets what he wants. I need your help if you live near the PA, DE, MD area!

Hopefully I'll figure it out soon!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Keep On Keepin On

So, not much new, just pretty overwhelmed with life right now. I'm trying to get cleaned up from my family staying with me this weekend. Also, I'm supposed to have people over on Thursday, so I have to RECLEAN for that..... AHHH!!! Tonight, I have a meeting, tomorrow I have to tutor and a doctor's appointment (thank goodness it's an inservice day!) and Wednesday I have class. I feel like I'm just trying to get my head above water.

I'm still debating on whether or not to get Eric a dog for Christmas. He really wants a Chocolate Lab. I don't mind the dog, but I know he wants a puppy and it's just like having a baby. Except babies don't chew brand new furniture. Soooo.... as much as I'd like to surprise him for Christmas, I don't know how to do it.... hmmmm Any thoughts about puppies????

Friday, October 31, 2008

Back to the Grind...

So, I am back at it again. Time to move on. Reality is here whether I'm ready or not. The service was really nice. I was happy that so many of my grandmother's family and friends were able to attend. I'm going to post the movie to You Tube and I'll the post the link when I get it. I'm sitting on the couch waiting for trick or treaters. I'm hoping no babies come around. Go figure that there were FOUR, yes.... FOUR infants in my classroom for our party today. What is that all about?!!?!?!? Torture.... anyway, now that all the mania has subsided, I'm hoping that I'll be able to talk with Eric again soon. I don't know what his plan is with his job, his certification and his mind. Just haven't been together a lot lately with his work schedule, the Phillies, and my grandmother. We'll see though. Anyway, better get off my butt and wait for those kiddies!!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008


I'm off of work today preparing for the funeral. We have several family members staying with us and my house is a MESS from trying to get everything ready! I need to get cleaning so it looks decent by this afternoon. I also need to go grocery shopping so there's actually something to eat!

I made a really nice IMovie for my Grandmother. It's a slideshow of pictures from throughout her life. I'm very proud of myself. I'm also working on a program for the funeral. I hope that turns out well.

Well that's it for now.... I wish I were still in bed, but there's too much to do!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Rest in Peace....

My grandmother passed away last night at 7:15 pm. It was very peaceful and calm. She was surrounded by her family and friends and I felt a lot of closure being in the room when she left us. It was almost as if she waited for my cousin to get there and see her before she passed.

The funeral will be on Thursday, so I'm going to take off of work on Wednesday and Thursday. We have a lot of out of town family coming in, so I need to make sure we have the house in order, food and the slideshow for her viewing prepared.

On a different note, Eric got a ticket from his boss to the World Series game. He was very excited to go, and I hope he gets to see a win!

Just relaxing tonight- I am completely exhausted.....

We love you Gram!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Holding on...

My grandmother has slowly started slipping away. She was great yesterday morning, she was in physical therapy and had been doing well. My mom went and visited with her during lunch and she was looking forward to getting out over the weekend and on the road to recovery. Not even 30 minutes after she returned to work, the doctor called and informed my mom that she was experiencing congestive heart failure. She was put on a ventilator and they were trying their best. She has a living will and explained that she doesn't want to be on a respirator if anything of this nature was to happen. My mom, aunt and uncles has to tell the doctor last night to pull the plug on the respirator and let it be.

She's only on morphine and being giving oxygen. She will most likely pass soon, but it could take days before this happens. It depends on how long it takes for her body to give up. It is tearing my family apart. I feel so badly for my mom and the rest of the family. They are physically and mentally exhausted.

I am finally at peace with her going. My sister and I visited with my grandmother last night and said our goodbyes. I am happy because she had a wonderful life, loved her family and was an incredible grandmother. It's nice and peaceful to think of her with my grandfather again.

Although it's agonizing and exhausting, I am thankful for my family and friends.

I appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I'm just confused.... bothered.... frustrated... let down... sad. I'm not sure which adjective describes it best. This is the only time in my life besides getting married I've ever had to wait on someone else to make a decision. It's really hard when you disagree. The even harder thing is when you have no other option but to wait. So we're at it again. He's still not ready. The okay news is that I really honestly think I can get over that. I do. It will take time, but I do. But seriously, honestly, truthfully from the bottom of my heart think that he will never, ever, ever be ready.

He doesn't know what he wants. He doesn't want to sit at a desk all day, but doesn't want to be out and about. He doesn't want to work weekends, but wants to be in the golf business. He truly does not know. The funny thing is that that is what I love about him. I love that he doesn't make decisions and doesn't plan. And you wonder why I'm frustrated?

So, I realize that this is not the right time I guess.... but I still refuse to go back on the pill. I don't feel like screwing with my body again. He can take care of it if that's what he actually does know that he wants.

But what do I want? If I can't have what I want.... then I want time.... to be alone... and deal.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pray for Grammie!!!

So.... I got the phone call tonight that Grammie's oxygen levels were dropping. My mom was very worried that the doctor said she might not make it through the night so my sister and I headed over to the hospital and met everyone there. When we went in, I expected to see my grandmother lifeless and out of it. I was wrong. She was wearing an oxygen mask, but she sure was with it! Although her levels were low, after a while on the oxygen, she started to stabilize. I was glad to see her that way. Although she looked good, the doctor was still a bit nervous until she gets to dialysis tomorrow. They made sure to check her living will, which was depressing, but necessary.

All in all, things are shaky, but I'm glad I went to the hospital even though I was there yesterday. I will be sure to update tomorrow when I have more news.... in the meantime, please say a prayer....

Thursday, October 16, 2008

No Shots?

So I went to the Doctor last night for the Gardasil Cervical Cancer vaccine. When I arrived, I sat nervously in the waiting room wondering if it was okay to get this knowing that I hadn't had my period yet. So, when I went in, they asked when the date of my last period was, and I explained.... so, then the Doctor came in and told me that she didn't feel comfortable giving me the shot, so I had to go home and come back if I get my period.... fine, I completely understand..... but now I'm psychotic!!! I just wish it would be one way or the other already!!! I'd really like to either get on with my life, or contain my excitement and get on with pregnancy. I poas again last night and nothing, but then again that's why the Doctor wouldn't give me a test.... because it's too early. Some spotting yesterday, but it was really light and now it was gone.... keep your fingers crossed!

My aunt and uncle are coming this weekend for my grandmother. It should be nice to see everyone.

Wear your PHILLIES spirit today!!! WORLD SERIES!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Picture Day!

So today is picture day..... blagh!!! I hate waiting around all day to get my picture taken. It gives you the same feeling that you had in a elementary school where you get all nervous that something is out of place, yadda, yadda, yadda. Anyway, I took my niece and nephew out to dinner with my parents and me last night. It was fun.

My grandmother is doing a bit better. She still has some tests to go through, but the dialysis is helping her clean out her body.

Class and the Dr. tonight.... Dentist tomorrow.... man I'm busy!

Monday, October 13, 2008


My grandmother started dialysis for her failing kidneys today. The implanted the shunt in her neck and she will likely be on dialysis for 3 days/week for the rest of her life. Because of the time and involvement this causes (4 hours at a time!) she cannot go home. Although this may sound like bad news, it's not. She's not really that great at taking care of herself anymore and nor should she. She will be at Brandywine Assisted Living which is basically like a fabulous resort so that she'll enjoy her life and my mom can rest easy at night. We're hoping everything works just as planned.

My sister and I did yoga and meditation tonight. It was very different than I'm used to. I liked parts and couldn't focus like I was supposed to during other parts. The yoga was definitely hard.

Anyway, that's it for now.... I'll keep you updated about everything when something happens.... but for now we wait.... and meditate!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Life.... and Grammie

My grandmother's in the hospital. We've known for a little while now that something was just not right, but she's refused to go to the doctor. My uncle finally convinced her to go on Tuesday and the doctor informed us that she's in the beginning phases of Alzheimer's. She often is forgetful, and has the same conversation over and over, so we weren't that surprised. On Friday, she was sent for bloodwork. My mom took her in the morning and dropped her off at home (she still lives by herself!) and did not even make it home before the doctor called and said that my grandmother was experiencing kidney failure. He asked my mom to take her to the hospital as soon as possible. She's been in there since Friday afternoon and will need dialysis for her failing kidneys. I'm not completely sure what's going on, but they're still running tests. I feel really bad for my mom because I know how much stress and sadness this is causing her. She's basically watching her mom deteriorate. My grandfather died suddenly, but not painfully, and never had to suffer. I sometimes feel like although my grandmother may not know what's happening, she's still suffering. So, she's still in the hospital, and the family is working on a potential plan for her discharge. I'm hoping that she won't be sent home alone. That's too much for everyone to deal with. But if she's going somewhere, immediate arrangements must be made.... it's just very crazy.

Work was okay today. It's beautiful out, so we were somewhat busy. It's nice to get a paycheck, and I know I have to suck it up, because in the winter, I won't have any extra money. I'm excited that I'm starting tutoring on Tuesday, so I'll be generating some extra cash. It's nice to have around!

We're heading to New Jersey tonight to see Eric's parents. It should be nice. His parents love it when we come, and we never come home with an empty trunk! (I have enough water, towels and toilet paper for the next six years!)

Have a good night- I'll update you on Grammie tomorrow! Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

Friday, October 10, 2008


HELLO FRIDAY- I have been waiting for you for a VERY long time! I'm really looking forward to the 4:00 hour though, not this 8:00 crap that it is now....

So, tonight, laying low I suppose. Tomorrow will be super busy! I have to go to the Y, go to a Tastefully simple party, in part to see my friend that I haven't seen in FOREVER, then a pig roast and then since Eric's going to the Flyers game with my brother in law, I'm stuck hanging out with my sister all night... how terrible... haha I'm just saying that because I know she'll read this. I'm looking forward to a "down" weekend. Then, I have to work on Sunday, but we might go visit Eric's parents after work.

So, my team is trying to decide what to do for Halloween. We can't think of a good idea.... there's 10 of us.... two men, eight women.... any ideas? Yeah, I didn't think so. My friend Liz is going to be a kangaroo and her daughter is going to be her Joey.... um yeam, probably the mostcustestadorable idea EVER. And, her mom is making the costume. Doesn't sound like anything like that would ever happen in my family. I can sew buttons and that's about it.... my mom's genes didn't include the sewing trait.... but, that's okay by me.

Well, off to start my day.... I've got my Phillies shirt on.... and I even ironed Eric's Phillies golf shirt- aren't we the best Phans ever?

Have a WONDERFUL day :)

Thursday, October 9, 2008


So my observation was perfect.... I mean- there are always things that I know I can improve on, but I think it went really well. My kids were very well behaved, asked interesting questions and it seemed like I scripted them with the answers I wanted (even though I didn't!) I was very pleased. So, I meet with my principal tomorrow, but she gave me a heads up that it would take long because I am so awesome, just kidding, but seriously, because she was pleased. Yay- that much closer to tenure!

Anyway, I'm going to try to get a run in outside since it's BEAUTIFUL out! I can't wait to get out of this classroom!

Perhaps I'll be in a bit of a posting mood tonight- GO PHILS!

My Friends

If John McCain uses the term "My friends" in another interview or town hall meeting, I might just stop watching TV altogether....

Anyway, my friends, things are going well. I've been able to focus more on my job and being a good teacher. I asked to be observed today, so I'll be teaching all afternoon, as opposed to my student teacher, who will be thankful of the relief. So, I've taken to becoming an obsessive cleaner. Last night I was on my hands and knees in the closet trying to sort through things.... I'm pretty sure my husband things I'm psychotic. Some times I'm actually convinced that he's right.

Well, my whole wheat bagel is finished in the toaster oven.... I assume no one else is going to put the peanut butter on it for me! Better get to work!

Have a wonderful day :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

No More Violations!!!

Yay, my blog is FINALLY free again! No more blocks! Apparently a spam robot tagged my blog as spam, so it was locked. I had to write to Blogger to have them review it and lift the block.... glad to be back in the blogging world again :)

No new news..... just a cleaning freak tonight!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Another Day...

Yesterday, we had a garage sale in our neighborhood. I think that it's safe to say we made out pretty well. I sold a little under $100 and my sister mom and I made over $360 combined. I was just happy to clean out the basement! I was shocked at how many people came. There was one very cute visitor! Elizabeth and her baby Reiley came looking for some stuff and it was so nice to see them.

Last night, I went to a party after Brew Fest, which I was happy I didn't attend (I don't think I have the liver for that anymore!)

Back at work today at my second job. I'm trying to stash away some money. Not sure what I'm saving for, but I guess it's still worth saving.... I'll think of something soon!

Eric' s leaving tonight for a tournament down the shore.... I hate sleeping alone :(

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A New Blog...

I've decided to open a new blog since it's finally time that I change my email on Gmail.

Make sure you bookmark it!!!

Vacation From Life

Have you ever felt like you needed a vacation from life? I feel like I just want to run away sometimes. It feels like everything always comes crashing down at once. I don't know why I feel so overwhelmed and confused. On top of all that, it's not helping me be a good friend to others, which really bothers me.

Just gotta keep my chin up.... this too will pass.