Last nights dinner was nice... except for the fact that I only at about 3 bites of food, due the the fact that I felt nauseous, due the the horrid migrane I was developing. By the time dinner was done, I had to battle not to throw up... as soon as we left I was laying down in the car, coat covering my eyes, doing some deep breathing. When we got home, it was right to bed.
At least today I am feeling very rested.
And have leftovers to look forward to.
PF Chang's is still a great restaurant.
And Raymond makes me happy about our decision to go with the Holiday Inn.
When I was 12 or so, my sister (who was about 3) ran into a table that had her dinner on it (apparently she was so excited about eating whatever it was that she had to RACE towards it) and she started screaming. When I looked up, she had a fork in her forehead.
I totally remember the Adult Calm Voice; it's hilarious when the words uttered are "Oh! Susie has a fork in her forehead! I think we should probably go to the hospital. Would you please call Daddy?"
Okay, did that not make you laugh?! Don't tell me it didn't because you would be a liar!
Now, if you haven't already, feel free to see the other random post below, then the real post for the day below that.
For your viewing pleasure:
(Ethan is in the center, in the tux)
For more pictures, go to my photo page and click on the "Ethan doing Drama" folder.
Pro shots from Ro & Pat's wedding:
(this is my favorite shot... and their "official" wedding picture.)
For more pictures, go to Rochelle's blog and her picture page.
I hope you enjoyed them. Lol, heaven knows they took long enough to get here.
So this weekend Travis and I officially started our search for the photographer, officiant, and DJ for our wedding. I'm already going insane. Oh well... only 10 months, 2 weeks, and a day to go! Okay, I have so much work to get done today! Ciao!!
This Thanksgiving, I give thanks to God for all that he has provided:
1. My engagement to Travis... actually Travis (period). He is so much to me, and I am thankful everyday that we found each other, and that we will get to spend our lives together.
2. My incredible family, and the strength we pull from each other. My parents... Brother... Grandmum and Pop... wonderful Uncles (and Aunts!)... etc.
3. Better friends then I feel I could have ever hoped for... friends that are always there when I need them... including my best friend for 19 years now - Heather.
4. A house to call my own.
5. That we finally found a reception site!!!
I hope that you have your own list of things to be thankful for, and I hope at this time of year you take the time to think of them... and really be happy for them. There are a lot of people out there that don't have the things to be thankful for that we do... but you can bet that they are counting what blessings they do have.
Happy Thanksgiving all.
So, as you can probably tell, I still don't have pictures to show you. I'm so lazy about doing it. But, it will give you something to look forward to... as I probably won't be blogging for the next few days.
Oh yes. It was that kind of weekend.
TFGIFF...F!!! (if you can't figure it out, all i did was add my favorite four letter word a few times)
First, everyone must head over to Poop and Boogies, to learn Bill and Lauren's secret, and congratulate them accordingly. Very exciting news.
Oh, and do me a favor and figure it out yourself... don't cheat and just read the comments.
Secondly, if you all have been searching for that perfect Christmas present for me, and just can't figure it out (wedding stuff always accepted)... dooce dot com is once again here to save the day. This, my friends, is all i want for Christmas.
Thirdly, just for shits and giggles... head to the Chattababy site to check out their rocking new masthead. Fun for the whole family. Everyone needs a cause to unite for.
Today is great. Not only is it friday, but it is the friday of Lehigh/Lafayette. For those of you who did not attend either Lehigh or Lafayette... this is a BIG week. Saturday is the biggest game of the year for us, not because of standing or playoffs or any of that, but because this is our biggest rivalry... and the most played rivalry in college football. We are nationally known for our rivalry. It is actually an entry requirement at both schools that you hate the other (okay, i exaggerate... but close enough). Because of all this, it has become a week long celebration of drunken debauchery. Due to my graduation, it has been, for me (and most alumni), reduced to a weekend long celebration of semi-drunken not so much debauchery... but it is still big (HUGE), and it is still great. So many alumni come back to visit (i'm talking alumni from the 50s, that are still coming back almost yearly), its almost like a reunion weekend. I'm very excited... and I'm sure I'll have some great pictures to show upon my return.
Here are two from about two years ago, to get you in the mood:
Johnson and I finding a new and inspired way to play beirut. The disadvantages far outweighed the advantages. And laughing about it afterwards.
On that note, its time to get this day going, so that I can get on with the weekend!
If not, refresh... and refresh again!!
It's exciting. And new. And a good change.
Everyone needs one of those somethimes. :-)
Tamara is a goddess... visit her at www.cybervassals.com and tell her how great she is! Yayayay!
Days like this are wonderful. Sure it is a Thursday, but I got to come in late. Like 11:45 late. Sure I didn't leave work until 8:30 yesterday, and because my train was an hour late I didn't get home until 10. But that doesn't matter because today I slept in!! And watched Nash Bridges!! (I should not brag about that should i?) And I got to come in late!! And be surprised by my page redesign being done!! I love this...
Today I will not think about depressing things because it is a good day.
Why? Why not?!
Honestly, I found two old pictures, one of myself and one of Trav, which I would have no reason to show other then that we are half naked (no, you don't get to see anything naughty, except for two of my five kickin tattoos). We do however, happen to be horribly sunburned.
You think that is bad... look at his.
Honestly, we both wore sunscreen... but it was just a lot longer of a day at the beach then we had anticipated (and he is Irish, with Irish - aka pasty - skin).
Okay, your turn!
Monday Kelly was buried... this is what my dad wrote me about it:
it was as good a day as we could have wished for under the circumstances. digging in our soil is very hard work and ethan & i did it side by side. we talked throughout the work & during the couple breaks we took. we cried some & laughed some....all in all a very good way to take those 1st little steps forward. just wish you & mom could have been there with us through the day.
mom came home from work a little early so we could bury kelly before dark. i uncovered kelly's face so mom could say a last goodbye....she looked as beautiful as ever & just like she was asleep. i had done this for ethan earlier...when we were finished digging & before i laid her down. i covered kelly back up & as we stood around her grave we each tossed in one of the mums i had cut. then i read aloud (as best i could while crying) that poem i included in the e-mail the other day... afterwards dropping it in with her. mom shared a few thoughts & recollections that came to her during the day and then as we were about to start covering her up ethan asked us to wait and ran off to the house. he came back a minute later with one last snausage treat & with a smile dropped it in for our sweet pup. then we all worked together to cover her. again we all wished you could have been here in body... but we all (including kelly) knew you were here in spirit. at least you & travis had some good time with her almost to the end... that was a blessing!
it really was a good time....a good start to closure....but just a start. we're all still going to have good times and sad times....but as time passes....slowly but surely the good memories and feelings will outnumber the sad ones.
Okay, I won't bore/depress anyone with more details of Kelly. I don't really want to talk about it anymore anyway. When I do feel like crying about it (which I do everytime I read the above), I have wonderful Travis - who listens and hugs me. He is great.
So today is a pretty normal day... besides the weather, and I have to stay late. There is a study group in the library (of our office), held by one of our scholars this evening. I have to stay to make sure everything runs smoothly, and to lock up the office when all is said and done... which probably won't be until around 8ish. Long day, but atleast I'll pretty much be able to do what I want to kill time after 5. I'll probably sit in on the meeting from its start at 4 until about 5ish, then after Miyano leaves, sit at her desk in the front and wait for the dinner to arrive. I'll eat, and then just kill time until it is over. At least there is a good dinner... ceasar salad, salmon, the best garlic bread EVER, and mini deserts. Yum.
Tomorrow Trav & I meet with a reception place for the second time, and will hopefully sign all the paperwork to officially book it. That will be a relief, we are behind on this stuff. Then Friday it is up to Lehigh for Lehigh/Lafayette weekend!!! Very exciting. It will be awesome to see everyone. This is one of the biggest weekends of the year for Lehigh, so alumni poor in en masse. Plus, it will be exciting to see all the newly engaged people and newlyweds too.
Also, hopefully by this weekend you will have a surprise when you come to visit me... I won't say more, but I'm excited for the change.
Also great was that Heather, my best friend for almost 20years (next year is our 20th "anniversary"), surprised my family and I by showing up to support my bro! It was a great surprise and we were all thrilled.
After the play was over, we dropped Ethan off at the cast party, then headed home. That's when the weekend went downhill fast.
About five weeks ago our family dog, Kelly, was diagnosed with cancer... the doctor gave her less then six weeks. They put her on steroids, which worked wonders! She had her appetite back, and was almost her old self again. She was having no pain, and could enjoy her last few weeks. Well Saturday night that changed very abruptly. Her body had reached its end point and she became very weak and unsteady. She had trouble walking, and she could hardly support herself. Sunday morning rolled around, and we knew that the end was near. My dad started calling around to see if he could find a doctor to put her to sleep. That had been the decision all along... we did not want her to suffer. As long as the meds were keeping her pain-free, then we wanted her to enjoy life as long as she could. But once we knew it wasn't working anymore, we wanted to let her go as painlessly as possible. Clearly, she was ready to go. When Travis and I left around lunch, my dad still hadn't found anyone. But eventually he did, and the doctor agreed to come to Kelly, instead of making Kelly leave her home. She apparently was a wonderful lady that truly cares about animals, and knows the pain involved in letting one go. But we are so happy that Kelly could go surrounded by family. I'm so sad that I couldn't be there, but at least I got to say goodbye... and at least she had family all around her.
To the very end she was a wonderful dog. Loving, and a real fighter (she didn't want to let go). She was so loyal, and caring...
I miss you Kelly, I love you. I will never ever forget you.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die...
empty my overwhelmed email Inbox
empty my overwhelmed physical Inbox
make it so that tomorrow I'm not going crazy trying to get things done for the week, when I need to be at an event for a majority of the day (right smack dab in the middle of it too...)
Didn't get the best start considering I spent about 20 minutes picking stray hairs off my sweater... a job which started because I thought there was no way that it could take me more then 30 seconds to 1 minute, but left me patting my head in a discontented fashion, convinced that I was in fact going bald AT THIS VERY SECOND (don't worry i'm not).
I believe I have previously mentioned my love of run on sentances?
But this will work out because I am feeling energetic, and 200x more composed then yesterday. Today it will actually be physically possible for me to get things done.
So that is what I'm going to do!!
Tonight should be a quiet night. We were supposed to have dinner guests, but something came up so they had to postpone.
So twice now we have found water in our basement. We were worried it was from a broken pipe and that it was from when we showered. Experimented last night, but turns out to not be so. Hopefully it was a fluke or a neighbors problem and will not reoccur.
Looking forward to 3 days off for Thanksgiving... 2 days the office is closed, and I took off another so we could get down to DC a bit earlier. Excited both to see my Uncle, and for the vacation time. 2 more weeks.
Okay, eats time. Wish me luck to make it thru today!
I've also gone back and added photos to a few posts... as found here, here, here, here, here, and here (you might have to scroll down a little in each one, but they are there). Enjoy. :-) And as always, these and other fine pictures can be found at my picture page, which got some overhaul last night, link on the right.
So I've definitely been falling behind on some key things lately. The first is photos. My camera is full of them right now, and hopefully tonight I will remember to hook it up to the computer and download them all since I want all the photos I can get for this weekend. We are going to my parent's house on Saturday, and seeing my brother in his high school play debut! Go Ethan!! So hopefully as soon as tomorrow I will have tons more pictures to post.
I am also behind on sleep right now. Last night my insomnia came out in force, and I lay there from bed time at 10p.m. until maybe 2:30ish, too exhausted to get up and do anything, but without sleep anywhere in sight. Finally something clicked around 2:30, and I was finally asleep by 3a.m. - about 5 hours after laying down. I'm a little tired now to say the least. Of all the crappy things I inherited from my family (fibrocystic breasts... for which I've already had two surgeries & my large behind from my mom, depression/self esteem issues from my dad to name a few), I think insommia (from my dad) is the one I hate the worst. It's frustrating beyond words, and I feel like there isn't much I can do for it. Besides just being tired, it messes with my body in so many other ways. Today I have the weirdest pain in the side of my head, behind my ear. There won't be anything then I will have a shooting pain there that catches me so off guard that I flinch.
Anyway, to change the subject... I'm already looking forward to Trav & my first Christmas together in our own place. I ordered us stockings, Eagles for me and Steelers for him. They are very cute. When Ro saw them she just had to order a pair for her and Pat, so I hooked her up with those, and you can see them here. We don't have ours hanging yet (still a little early for me), but I'm sure once December hits the Christmas stuff will start coming out.
Maybe I should have hung at least my stocking though, considering how the Eagles did last night. I had such high hopes that they would pull it off. McNabb was looking pretty good there, like he was finally remembering how to run when he needed too, and evading all those sacks! You couldn't even tell the guy was playing injured, but I guess it just wasn't enough. I still love my team, I'm a lifer... but I'm definitely disappointed in them lately.
Well, anyway... we had a great weekend. Friday Ro & Pat were over... we ate so much food and drank so much wine/beer (Ro & I had about a bottle and a half, per person), and watched a bunch of Star Wars. Lol. Let me tell you just how much more fun everything is with wine. ;-) We all went to bed at different times, but we up pretty early the next morning. Ro & Pat headed home after some breakfast, to hit the gym and take care of some business. We rejoined them around 3, and headed up to the Kutztown area to go to Premise Maid, for some of the best homemade ice cream around. Even know we were only about 15-20 minutes from my parents house, I hadn't been there in years (I honestly can't remember the last time). But Trav and I might grab some ice cream from there this coming weekend to surprise my bro.
This week I have been leaving work an hour early, and still waiting in line at the train station for 40minutes or more. I would get home about normal time. If I didn't leave that early, it meant a wait of an hour or more... monday I didn't get home until 7.
Today, I walked the 1.15miles to the 30th street train station (instead of my normal Suburban Station)... I heard the line was shorter there. It was. The walk took me about 20 or so minutes because I didn't push myself. The wait was about 15-20 minutes. I left only 15 minutes early and got my regular train to get home at my regular time. Will have to do this again. Much better plan.
Sorry I was in a bad mood yesterday. I think we are on the right track now, and just so you all know... you don't have to worry because I have the best fiance in the world. Make that the best significant other, because he is not just good at being a fiance, but he is good at being there for me no matter the title. He is so wonderful.
Ro, if you read this we got the following for tomorrow night: broccoli, carrots, cuccumber, celery, popcorn, pepperoni (trav's making his pepperoni dip), cheese, crackers, chips and salsa, salad (with we'll make with grilled chicken and you can do your own dressing), a Brita (we wanted one anyway... :-) lol), lunch meats, hmm... what else, well i'm sure there is more, but i wanted to let you know in case there was anything else you wanted. I'm mucho excited (especially for the wine, oh i love wine)!!
Oh, and "the stuff" has arrived!! They look good too.
Trav and I watched "Sideways" last night. Good movie! Highly amusing, and I love the end... how it's just like his novel. I'm not a Merlot fan either... okay I won't lie, don't really like many red wines... oh well. Enjoyed the part where Stephanie beats the crap out of Jack. Very rewarding since I wanted to do that the whole movie. Anyone else enjoy this one?
Okay, time for work.