Sunday, August 31, 2008
I have a lot of good memories of spending holidays with these cousins when I was little. We'd all meet at Grandma's on Bentlalou Rd in downtown Baltimore - a skinny rowhouse that we all crammed into. Or we'd have summer crab feasts down at her place on Solomon's Island. I can recall so clearly helping her pick tomatoes and cucumbers from her garden, and having to talk REALLY LOUDLY because she was hard of hearing. Only four of the seven children on that side had children themselves, and I have 14 or 15 cousins. So it's quite a crew. Magdeline had 3 boys, Paul six kids (three girls & three boys), Walter five or six (somehow, I can't exactly remember, which is sad) and Mom & Dad five (four surviving). I think that maybe 12 of us will be there today, many of our kids will be there, too, and some of my cousins' kids are now moms and dads themselves.
I'll surely have my camera at hand for the entire afternoon, and am so happy that I'll be able to do some scrapbook pages featuring this extended family. We never all get together on mom's side anymore, either. There are only two surviving siblings on that side, and they don't speak to each other. Though every one of mom's six siblings had kids, so it's a larger group. Plus mom has an uncle younger than she is, so most of her mother's nieces & nephews are part of family functions that do occur on that side. It's a Major MOB when we all do get together.
Anyway, here's to beautiful August days (the last one of 2008) and fun with family....
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I spent a lot of time this weekend getting my scrapbook room organized and found out just how much scrap paper I have shoved into nooks & crannies in there. Now it's all organized, so I can use many of those scraps to make cards with my new Cricut machine (yes, I broke down and bought one...). So between the three QuiKutz machines I own and the Cricut, I'm really well set to do die cutting of letters & shapes. It's a lot of fun to play around with all of it, and now I actually have space in there to create.
Time to do a little bit of R&R to prep for a new work week....more later!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
She's really enjoying her newfound freedom. Even if she can just run up to 7-11 to get a needed grocery item or get herself to Travis' house so he doesn't have to come 10 miles east and then head 15 miles back west into Frederick, she's feeling so much more mobile. Which is nice for both of us.
We gave Lucy a bath yesterday, which was an adventure. She hates the water! But she's now fluffy and clean and presentable. I didn't realize how dirty she had become until I saw the bath water - yuk.
More to come when there's something exciting to write about...or not.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Oh how I dislike Mondays (unless they're Holidays and extend my weekend...) Back to the grind. I really need to get moving, but am simply not motivated. The weather is nice & cool, the day is stretching out before me, and I hate the idea of having to be at Citizens all day. Though I do love my job as a rule, I don't love the idea of HAVING to be there when I'd rather be elsewhere.
Lucy has learned to climb the steps up to our 2nd floor, which is presenting a whole new set of problems for us. Anyone have a baby gate they're not using?? It would be OK except she makes a beeline for underneath my bed, where God knows what is lurking. Something good to a puppy must be under there or she wouldn't be so fascinated. Mostly, I worry about her having an accident on the carpet - at least on this level it's all laminate or ceramic. Eay to clean up if she piddles.
I guess my life is pretty good right now. Busy, but why wouldn't I want it to be? Nothing much to write about....see ya' later!
Friday, August 15, 2008
I am watching out the front window for the car to approach the road at the driveway's end.....I hear the motor approaching....there it is.....there she goes. I saw the turn signal, so she's learned her lessons well. That's all I can hope for. She's the first of her core group of friends from elementary & middle school to get her license. It's nice that I'm not having to stop everything to run her up and then get up and look decent to go pick her up in the morning. But I've asked her to call me when she gets there safely, in about 3 minutes. She thinks this is silly, but....
OH MAN - a siren is blaring outside - emergency vehicle about to race by....an ambulance, heading in the same direction she just headed. I hope she doesn't panic and has room on the 2-lane road to pull over to let it by. Wow. Another lesson to be learned, I guess. Am now waiting for the phone to ring, as I will many, many more times in my life, to let me know she's arrived safely at her destination.
The waiting is a killer. I told her this evening, when she was getting ready to go, that I am feeling things I knew I likely would but I really didn't expect. Sadness at this next step away from me, from our family life, from Unionville. She said "You have another two years, mom!", which seems like a lifetime to her, but feels like two days to me. Yes, I replied, but this license - it's a BIG deal, a big break. She'll now be going her own separate way much more often than she'll be by my side. And that's harder than I thought it would be to realize. Harder. Unbelieveable. I haven't cried yet, but I know it's coming.
It's been three minutes, and no phone call yet....four minutes.....five.....ring, phone, ring!,,,fifteen minutes later, I have to dial her cell.....six rings after that, she answers. "I forgot," she says. She's lucky I couldn't reach through the phone and throttle her! Short discussion about importance of calling me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or ELSE!!!!! Sheesh. So this is how it's going to be.
I will be lucky to get out of this alive.........
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Watch for pics etc... when we return. I'm tempted to take my laptop up, but don't feel like lugging it around most of the day on Tuesday before check-in.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Edward is NOT dead!!
So a lot of the book really, really annoyed me. The characters are somewhat cloying, self-absorbed, and waaayayyy too.....too......self-sacrificing, which I know contradicts self-absorbed, but it's true - they're both at once, which is one of the issues I have with it. Bella needs to get a life (no pun intended) and I am sort of sorry she doesn't get her comuppance (or however you spell that). She is just so sickenely good and really quite boring, even with her special powers (oops, let that spoiler slip out...)
Anyway, I am glad that's over with. I had to read the whole thing and see for myself. Truly, I wish I'd stopped with Twilight. THAT was a good book.
Parts of BD were interesting - the part written from Jacob's point of view was better. And I guess I wanted to know the outcome or I would've stopped half-way through. But it just isn't a very well written book. Lots of repetition, character names are stupid (Renesmee - WHAT?), and the concepts are so far-fetched it's almost beyond beyond.
Plus, I read on the author's webpage that, when she "ruled" over some recent book "concerts" - yes, seriously, that's what they called them! - she set up some pretty irksome rules, like:
- If you didn't have one of the books, you couldn't be in line for autographs - no signed t-shirts, body parts (uck), papers, posters - nothing but books, and you could only have her sign ONE book.
- You could not take pictures of her signing (now that's a scrapbooker's nightmare!)
- there were other things that annoyed me that I can't remember, but they were pretty draconian (now there's irony for ya').
Anyway, if you're a fan, you probably loved it. If not, and you want to see what all the fuss is about, read Twilight and STOP THERE! It's a good book. The others are just too much Bella. She is a pain in the butt, really.
So, that's my assessment. Now, off to work....
Saturday, August 9, 2008
As for Breaking Dawn...sheesh. Very annoying, really. Bella is seriously getting on my nerves - no one is that much of a martyr and that perfect, OK? I wish that both Edward & Jacob would see the light and dump the biatch. Of course, I'll keep reading and finish the darn book. Because now I have to see if theKevinCole is right about Edward....(sigh)....
Lucy is so tired she's not even responding to me being here in the living room with her in the crate next to me. She went to work with me on Friday and wore herself out. You have to see her in action there to understand - everyone just loves her! The residents, visitors & staff all take her from me to go all around the facility and visit. She plays tug-0-war, runs around the courtyard, and generally gets so much love that she's exhausted when she gets home. Pretty nice for a puppy's life, I'd say!
Well, I'm going to try to get another 90 minutes of sleep before I have to get up to get in at a decent hour so I can get out early-ish. 'til later.....
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Too bad there's not much new to talk about. Mattress is FINISHED and the cast party was a blast. Working this weekend, so that will suck. But then 3+ days off, two of them in NYC, so I have that to look forward to.
Tori and Travis are at the Lbtytwn Carnival. We went Monday night and took Maggie and saw a bunch of folks that we haven't seen since school let out, which is always fun. It's always interesting to walk around up at the annual Carnival and just observe people. I also love playing bingo and tip jars...I actually won some decent dough this year "-)
I'm trying to get Mattress costumes laundered and ready to take to the studio tomorrow evening to wrap things up on that front. Tori cleaned her room, so there are piles upon piles of dirty laundry downstairs that she has to take care of by tomorrow or lose her laptop & ipod for 4 days...let's see how that works out, shall we?
Always something to threaten her with. Why do I always have to be the mean mom?!?!??