Thursday, April 30, 2009

"'Cause It's A Lovely Day...."

The first person who knows what musical theatre song that lyric comes from wins a prize!!!
I don't know what the prize will be, but I know there will be a couple of faithful readers who would know the answer without even thinking!! IS in fact a lovely day outside, so I'm not just quoting musical theatre for no reason at all.

Not that that's a bad thing...but I digress.

Quick American Idol chat - Matt went home (not surprised) last night and apparently Adam was in the bottom two. Do you think that's my fault? Because I didn't love him the other night, he's now doomed to fail? I highly doubt it.
I will say this however, I don't believe for one second that he was actually in the bottom two.
Methinks that it's all a big scam. I think it's all being manipulated to cover up the fact that he's been set-up to be the winner for a long time now.
Enough of this AI talk.

Tonight it my final softball practice before opening day. The final dress rehearsal, if you will.

As I've mentioned before, it's really not a true test for me until we start playing actual games. As a catcher, practice generally consists of me helping out whoever is hitting the ball during the fielding drills and catching the balls thrown in by the guys in the infield. I don't get any 'real' practice making plays at home, throwing people out at first, etc...etc...until we're in a game situation. Hopefully, all the catching and throwing I've been doing the past few weeks will be enough to get me back into the swing of things (pun intended).

You can be sure that there will be plenty of softball updates on here, but I'll do my best to not make it all about softball. Remember that, I'll do my best. No promises. ;-)

Have a nice day, and I'll be sure and write some more tomorrow!!!!

My faithful reader (and crazy Tek fan - get in line!!) Joanne, sent me some delightful pictures this morning.
Since this is a fairly sports related post - I'm posting them today.
ENJOY! We certainly did.....

And our personal favorite....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Three More Days!!!!

Happy Wednesday!

I am THREE short days away from Opening Day for the softball season!!!! Yikes.
We’ve been practicing for a few weeks now, but there’s really nothing like playing in an actual game.
Every year at the start of the first game I’m suddenly like “Oh my God….this is actually a game….I have to start paying attention now!!!”
Whatever…I’m sure I’ll be fine.
We’re in a new division this year, so I’m not exactly sure how that will turn out. Ultimately, I think it’s going to be a great season and should be very competitive….but still a lot of fun.
AND – we’ll be playing against RG’s team….which is always a good time.

Jim and I watched American Idol last night….I think it was a very good night, but it’s time for Matt to go home.
From best to worst I thought it was Danny, Kris, Allison, Adam, and Matt.
Adam really doesn’t do a thing for me. I don’t like the sound of his voice, and I just don’t enjoy watching him perform. It really astounds me that the judges adore every single thing he does. I’m sure he’ll be around for a while and I wouldn’t be surprised if he won the whole thing….but I’m just not on the bandwagon.
We shall see!

I’m going to do some work now….and have breakfast.
There’s a rumbly in my tumbly.
Speaking of...Winnie the Pooh’s voice has always annoyed me to no end…so maybe I’m the one that has issues.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Has Anybody Seen Spring???

I'm NOT complaining, but I think Mother Nature needs to adjust her meds.
When we're going directly from Winter to Summer - there's something amiss.
Anywhoo...I'm so happy that it's finally warm out and I no longer have to worry about freezing my 'parts' off when waiting for the train in the morning -YAY!!!

Jim and I had a GREAT weekend, and as soon as I get motivated, I'll post some pictures from the trip. We ended up knowing a bunch of people at the party and had SO much fun with them. Although, I have to remember that even though I'm hanging out with my college friends, I'm no longer in college and my body doesn't quite 'bounce back' the way it used to.
"Take 3 - Anacin 3!!" :-)

Thank you to everyone for all your kind words about Bo. My poor father is still very sad, but I know that he'll be fine soon enough.
As if the loss of Marilyn Cooper and Bo weren't enough, we heard about Bea Arthur's passing while we were away as well. How SAD!!!!
A number of years ago, my friend Neil got us tickets for my birthday to see her one woman show on Broadway. He was living in NYC at the time, so I went down there for the weekend. I went down on Saturday and he had a surprise for me!!
In addition to seeing the show, as luck would have it, Bea was having a CD signing that afternoon at Barnes and Noble. So, we trucked on down and got in line. While in line, Neil presented me with an 8 x 10 photo of Bea, from an episode of Maude.
Thankfully, they weren't being strict at the signing, and we were allowed to have other 'stuff' signed (within reason). As we approached her, she signed our CDs and then I asked her if she'd sign the 8 x 10. She took one look at it and said (as only she could):

"Oh God, would you look at this. Wow....this had to have been 76. (classic, Bea Arthur pause) The year, not my age."

She then proudly showed it off to Billy (her musical director) and thanked us for coming....she was so friendly, and is yet another brilliant performer that will be sorely missed.

Well peeps....I have a boatload of work to do, and then I have some serious SHOPPING to do.
Someone (J-I-M) is celebrating his birthday this Sunday and I have to get busy!!!

Have a great day and I hope the sun is shining wherever you are!!!!


Friday, April 24, 2009

R.I.P. Bo (1994-2009)

My dad just called me to let me know that he had to have his (almost) 15 year old cairn terrier put to sleep this morning.

He was crying like I've never heard him cry before and I know it's going to be a huge adjustment not having Bo around anymore.

I'm sure he'll be fine - but it's a sad day for all who knew and loved him. :-(

'F' is for Friday!

Happy Friday Y'all!!!

Busy, busy weekend coming up!
Jim and I are taking off EARLY tomorrow morning and heading to Canastota, New York.
I know, I've never heard of it either. According to the map, it looks like it's fairly close to Syracuse, which means that we're in for a 5 hour ride. Good times.
Jim and I have no problem being together in the car that long, as long as we agree beforehand on the music that we're going to be listening to. I'll make sure that we have a 'music plan' in place before we leave.
I'm sure no one would be surprised to hear that I could listen to nothing but musical theatre for the entire ride - but Jim would probably throw himself under a passing semi if that were the case. However, Jim would be in heaven listening to nothing but Tina Turner the entire time, which would send me into fits of hysteria. Thankfully, after almost 13 years together, we're good at compromise. Chances are we'll end up either listening to a 'we play it all' type of radio station, with a few Broadway show Cd's that we can both enjoy. :-)

The reason we're going to this random corner of New York is that one of the guys I went to college with is turning 40, and his lovely wife is throwing him a surprise birthday party. I'm fairly certain that he has no idea this blog even exists, which is why I feel safe talking about it on here....however....JP - if I'm wrong, and you're reading this PLEASE pretend that you're surprised, and I'm wicked sorry I ruined your party.

Anyway....I'm very much looking forward to getting away for the night - and seeing some friends I haven't seen in a long time. Of course, I really have no idea who will be there. It's one of those things where Jim and I were invited, but I haven't asked anyone else about it. The last thing I wanted to do is ask someone if they're going to the party and be met with a blank look followed by them saying:
"Party??? I didn't know anything about a surprise party...."
Awkward silence......
Hopefully I'll have nothing to worry about and there will be SCADS of people I know there. If not, I'll be forced to be social and make some new friends. I'm kind of good at that, so either way I'm sure I'll be fine.
Scooter is going to be having a sleepover (that's what we crazy dog people call it) with his friends at Classie Canines, where he goes to doggie day care. He loves staying there over night.
He plays all day long, collapses for the night and then wakes up to more play time. HEAVEN.
That also guarantees that he'll be exhausted for the next couple of days at home, which is always a good thing.

OK - I'm going to get busy now. I'm talking about work, people....kindly remove your minds from the gutter. Of course, I'm the one who thought it first....

One last thing...I'm currently reading the book "Under The Banner Of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith" written by Jon Krakauer and I'm LOVING it. It's a true story about a mother and daughter who were murdered back in 1984. Their murderers (two brothers) apparently believed they were ordered by God to commit the murders. It's all about Fundamentalist Mormons and I'm finding it completely fascinating. So, so good.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!
To all the Boston-area readers, get outside and enjoy the warm weather that's due to FINALLY arrive this weekend!


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thursday Thoughts

I haven’t had the time to ‘research’ Adam Lambert’s performances, so I have no updates on that front.
I am however, not at all surprised that the eliminations went the way they did last night. Even though Anoop and Lil’ are being sent home, they certainly have nothing to be ashamed of….getting as far as they did is definitely a great accomplishment. Just think of the BAZZILLION people who never got remotely close to being on TV!!!!
There, they can thank me for being encouraging.

Some sad news…..I heard this morning that the Tony Award winning actress Marilyn Cooper passed away last night.
All you show tune fans will surely remember her Tony Award winning performance as Jan Donovan (‘The Grass is Always Greener’) in ‘Woman of the Year’ with Lauren Bacall, or as Rosalia in the ORIGINAL Broadway Cast of ‘West Side Story’ (“Puerto Rico, you lovely island….island of tropical breezes….”) in addition to the 16 other Broadway shows on her resume. CRAZY! Non-musical theatre fans may remember her as Lillith’s mother on Cheers, Grandma Nettie on The Nanny, or singing a duet with Linda Lavin back in 1982 on an episode of Alice.
I had the pleasure of working with her back in 1994/1995 when I was working at the North Shore Music Theatre. I was one of the people that used to cart all the actors around and I was unofficially ‘assigned’ to Marilyn whenever she was working there during those years. She always reminded me of my Nana (even though she was considerably younger than my Nana) and was one of the funniest and kindest people I had the pleasure of working with.
She had so many great stories to share and would often stay and chat with me in the van before I dropped her off for the night.
One night, she didn’t feel like going home, so she asked if I would mind driving her and one of the other actors to a local restaurant after the show, insisting that I join them for a post-show meal.
Did I mind?!?!? Seriously? For me (at that time, a 22 year old musical theatre freak) it was a dream come true.
I remember sitting there in amazement listening to stories about her in rehearsal for the original ‘West Side Story’ – her crush on Stephen Sondheim – her experience working with Lauren Bacall (who once sent her limo to drive Marilyn to the theatre because Marilyn wasn’t feeling well and was going to ‘call in’) – and too many more stories to mention.
She wasn’t a big fan of opening night parties, so instead of attending them – we had a ‘plan’. At her request, I’d grab her “a few light beers” and have the company van ready to go at the stage door. Once the opening night performance was over, I’d be waiting for her in the van, she’d come shuffling out the stage door, and we’d hightail it to her hotel. That way, I could get back in time to work the opening night party and she’d spend opening night back in her room, having her own private party.

I hadn’t heard from her in a while, and I had a feeling she wasn’t doing well, but I wasn’t aware that she was ill.
Anyway….in spite of all that, I’m grateful to have all these memories to reflect on and help me remember the short time we spent with one another.

I think I’ll come home from softball practice tonight, put on the OBCR of ‘West Side Story’ and have a light beer in honor of Marilyn.

Raquel Welch with Marilyn Cooper in 'Woman of the Year'

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Idol Thoughts

K and B were kind enough to host yet another 'American Idol Night' at their lovely home last night.
In spite of some 'rocky' performances, 'Disco Night' was quite entertaining.
I haven't watched every episode, so I'm FAR from being an AI authority - but I'm not quite on the Adam Lambert bandwagon.....YET! He's clearly got a great voice, and he's certainly comfortable performing in front of a bazillion people, but in the performances I've seen - he just doesn't 'do it' for me. I've promised all my friends who are Lambert fans (especially Julie!!) that I'll go on YouTube, watch all his past performances and give him a chance. I'm hoping to come across something a little lower (he sounds like a woman every time I've seen him) and a little more upbeat (all the performances I've seen so far have been SOOOO slow and dramatic).
I'll be sure to report back and let you know. :-)

Here are some photos that I swiped from B - ENJOY!!!!

Some of the AI Fans getting ready to watch:


Not quite 'candid'


"I'm going to kiss you...."



Ben - in search of Jim.....


Scooter was not at all happy about this....

Let us out!!!


Now go celebrate Earth Day and plant a tree!!!! :-)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Side Of Me you Rarely See (hooray for rhyming!!)

Hypothetical situation….

A school pays to get the rights to do a musical.
This musical will be performed by students in grades 5-8.
The director of the musical makes changes to the script/score.
A ‘disgruntled former employee’ of the school has a grievance against said director.
Disgruntled former employee blows the whistle on the director and informs the rights holder that changes were made to the script/score.
The rights holder begins an investigation into the allegations (which will take 2-3 weeks).
Due to the timing of everything, the school has no choice but to cancel the spring musical.

Whaddaya think????

Yes, it’s totally illegal to change the script/score that you’re renting….but theatres do it ALL THE TIME…..I know, I know it doesn’t make it right.
However, I think the ‘disgruntled former employee’ is a total douche for doing that.

Grow up and fight your own battles, without getting a bunch of 10 – 14 year olds involved.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Marathon Monday!

It's Marathon Monday here in Boston. The sun is shining and the weather is supposed to be decent for all those marathoners (and spectators) out there today.
And there are a LOT of them.
For me, the day of the marathon is a day to get into work early (as I usually do) and then stay at my desk for the entire day. Since I work about 2 minutes from the finish line and it is a MADHOUSE out there all day long - it's best that I stay far away.

This week is also school vacation week, so between that and the fact that today is the marathon, my morning commute was very quiet this morning. My ride home however, will be anything but quiet. From past experience, I can safely say that I'll be crammed onto the train with a million spectators and an equal amount of runners - still wrapped in their foil cocoons.
In spite of the fact that it's a crazy, crowded mess - I admit that I always get a little teary watching the news coverage of the finish line. Completing a marathon is such a HUGE accomplishment anyway, and then there's always some inspirational story the newscasters cover which reduces me to tears and makes me want to run a marathon myself.
That feeling goes away quickly once I remember that my body practically goes into shock when I have to run around the bases, never mind running 26.2 miles. I don't even like to drive that far. Enough of this marathon talk! Good luck to all the runners and all their fans.
May you have an easy run - and may I not get stuck sitting next to you on the train.

In other news, I had a GREAT long weekend.
On Friday, Jim and I were both home from work so we got up early, did some stuff around the house/yard, and then had a 'support your local businesses' day!
We went to lunch in my hometown at a little lunch place we LOVE. It's called Cucina Mia and it's owned by two sisters who grew up right up the street from me and it has amazing food. Seriously, it's de-li-cious....and you should go. (Cucina Mia - Quincy, MA)

After lunch, we went to Albertin'a for ice cream. That's the place that sponsors my softball team and the ice cream is SOOOO good. (Albertina's Ice Cream - Rockland, MA)
Get it? We're sponsored by an ice cream shoppe (you have to add the extra letters in order to make it special and fancy) and we're the Scoops. Albertina's Scoops. SCOOP IT UP!!
Fun, fun, fun....yummy, yummy, yummy.

After ice cream, we went home, picked up Scooter and went to a local state park for a mini-hike. The weather was beautiful, (finally we got some warm weather!!!) Scooter was thrilled to be outside, and Jim and I got to work off that ice cream.
After the visit to the park, we came home and later in the evening met Jim's mom at Ye Olde Standish Grille for dinner. As my faithful readers know, I love the Grille. It was an extra special visit since it was the first Friday we're been there since probably December!
After dinner, Jim's mom came back to our house for a couple games of cards. We played Skip-Bo and Scat. Yes....there's a card game called Scat and I played it with my mother-in-law - all the while giggling every time we said the word....because I'm a really a 12 year old.

In my research, I've learned that Scat is also known as Thirty-One, Big Tonka, Blitz, or in South Louisiana - Cadillac. Who knew??

Either way - we had fun playing....and I won both games. After Jim's mom left, we continued our catch-up on the Harry Potter films by watching 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'. I definitely enjoyed the movie, but since it was one of my favorite books in the series, I was a little disappointed with it. Granted, I understand they can't cover everything that was in the book, but there were a lot of specific things and details that were kind of glossed over. Of course, I'm sure I'd be even more disappointed if I had to sit through a 5 hour movie.

Sorry - I just realized this is turning into an EPIC post....I'll keep it brief from here on out....

Saturday - got up, did stuff around the house/yard and went to NH in the late afternoon for a 'cocktail party' at a former co-workers house. The house was built in 1837 and the amount of work they had put into renovating it was AMAZING.

Sunday - got up early, showered and Jim and I went grocery shopping. After shopping, I headed into Boston for softball practice. Practice was great, but I'm feeling a little sore this morning. I need to get myself to a batting cage, pronto! I'm doing well, but I really need to do more hitting...especially since our first game is on May 2nd!!!
After practice I headed home watched the Red Sox win, (YAHOO!!) took the dog for a walk, had dinner and then Jim and I took Scooter out visiting. :-)
We stopped by his sister house as well as Jim's parent's house. We were there not only to visit, but to sell raffle tickets for my softball team's fundraiser which is coming up on May 9th. Thankfully they all bought tickets, so I've made some progress in selling them. Noe I have to go after my family. :-)

One final note....I just noticed this morning that my 'counter' has surpassed the 5,000 'hits' mark and that is CRAZY!!!!
Thank you're awesome.

Now shut off your computers and get running!!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Coffee Catastrophe

Instead of waking up this morning to a freshly brewed pot of coffee, I woke up to a mini-disaster.
Apparently when I was getting the coffee ready last night, I screwed something up.
We have a Cuisinart grind and brew (which we LOVE); so every night all I have to do is fill up the reservoir with water, add coffee beans to the grinder in the top of the machine and hit the ‘program’ button. At 5:10am, the beans are ground and the coffee is made - perfect.
However, I must have done something wrong because when I walked into the kitchen this morning there was coffee and coffee grounds all over our baker’s rack as well as the coffee machine itself.
The little door was open which houses the filter basket so I’m guessing that I didn’t close it properly. I watch a lot of crime shows, so I know how to look for evidence! ;-)
So, not only did I not have my coffee ready and waiting for me, but I had a huge mess on my hands. Excellent.
It was a pain to clean up, but thankfully I was driving in today and didn't have to rush to catch the train.

As I just mentioned, I took the train (subway) to work this morning, as opposed to the commuter rail (train), because I have my first softball practice (rehearsal) tonight!!
My team has had a few practices, but this is the first one that I’ve been able to attend because of the show.
You’ll notice that often times I’ll refer to my softball practices as rehearsal. I mostly do it to be silly, but often times I’ll say it without even thinking of it, much to the amusement of my teammates. When we were at our last tournament (in Montreal last September) I said to my friend (and second baseman) Kevin: “Oh no….this is the last time we’ll be wearing our softball outfits until next season!” I didn’t think anything of it until Kevin looked at me with a horrified expression on his face and then burst into hysterical laughter.
Outfits, uniforms, costumes….whatever. It’s all the same….much like rehearsal and practice.

Either way, chances are that I’m going to be in agony after tonight. I haven’t touched a softball since September and as much as I like to think the show kept me active and in ain’t the same. Not to mention the fact that it is going to be COLD out there!!! Good thing I dressed warmly....damn New England.

Well my peeps….I’m getting back to work!

Blog at you later.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Belated Anniversary!!!

Since I wasn't working from my 'home base' yesterday, I wasn't able to post an entry. As a result, I missed out on the opportunity to celebrate our 2 year anniversary of pet ownership!!

Yes, that's right....two years ago we brought home a little, 8 week old puppy and named him Scooter.
Since then, he's graduated from both Puppy Kindergarten 1 and 2, been featured on several websites/blogs, the local nespaper, and was featured on FOX news.
We're extremely lucky to have him in our lives.

Yes, I do realize that this makes me seem like an insane, dog loving, freak - but I CLEARLY don't care. :-)

In honor of him - here's a little walk down memory lane.

Happy Hump Day!!

P.S. - I've added the 'Follower' gadget to my side bar (off to the left) so feel free to 'Follow' me, if you're so inclined.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Hindsight is 20/20

WHY did I not take today off? Seriously....I should be at home right now either asleep, or planted on the couch. I haven't taken ONE single vacation/personal day this entire year and I have no scheduled vacation as of right now. Did I not think that I'd be exhausted today?
Clearly I didn't plan ahead and now I'm paying for it. I'm a dummy.

The show is OVER!!! We had a great final weekend and although I'm going to miss my fellow cast members...I'm very happy to have some free time back. Of course, softball is getting up and running, but it's not nearly as time consuming as performing. Or is it??? ;-)

We had a great day yesterday with Jim's family. We spent the day at Jim's sister's house, eating, drinking, playing games, hunting for eggs, watching TV etc...etc...etc... We got home around 7:30 and COLLAPSED on the couch. Jim was in bed by 9 - and I stayed up for a little while longer, but was in bed shortly after 10.
Unfortunately, Scooter was not tired at all, and was a super-hyper, crazy dog from the time we walked in the door until I made him go to bed. All he wanted to do was run around and play; and all I wanted to do was to go to bed. That makes for a horrible combination.
Finally, I couldn't keep my eyes open and brought him upstairs to bed. He was running around the bedroom like a loon, but finally jumped into bed with us and eventually fell asleep....but it took him a while.
As a result, I'm pretty sleeping as I type this. Yuck.
The good thing is, that we have no plans tonight, so I can go to bed early.

Jim starts his job tomorrow!!! I can't even believe that he's been unemployed for almost 4 weeks already! CRAZY.

Well, I'm going to grab some coffee in and attempt to keep myself awake....

Have a great Monday!!!

PS - It's still FREEZING up here in New England. It was 32 degrees this morning when I started my car - and I was wearing a hat and gloves while waiting for my train. Awesome.

Here are a couple of Easter pictures.....

Scooter wants his Easter basket!!!!

Dining with the Sullivan clan:

The beer wench:

Sunday, April 12, 2009


I hope you all have a great Easter!!!

xoxo - John

This is me and my Nana....Easter 1973

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Faux Friday

Since I have tomorrow off, I'm referring to today as 'Faux Friday'.

It is E-M-P-T-Y in my office today. I'm literally one of 7 people that are in here right now. Granted, it's only 9am - but it's usually a lot more crowded in here at this time of day.
I think that several folks are working from home and those who aren't, are working out of the other offices. (similar to what I did on Tuesday)
Either is VERY quiet here.

So - quick'll recall that I was completely ignored last week when a 'certain someone' came to see the show?? Well, that 'certain someone' came back and saw the show last night and was one of the first people to 'chat me up' after last night's performance. He was full of compliments and lots of very nice things to say.
All is forgiven. :-)
He did mention that he saw the show last week and didn't get to talk to me afterwards - so apparently he didn't see me after all.
Either that.....or he's reading my blog and knew better than to ignore me again.

I'm very excited about having tomorrow off. The weather isn't supposed to be all that great, so I think I may start my picture scanning 'project'. I have a TON of pictures that I want to scan and share with the world. I have some great pictures from growing up, and I really want to scan them so that I can send them off to my sisters and other family members. We don't have a ton of pictures of my mom, and those I do have are in photo albums - so scanning them would allow me to share them all. Not to mention the fact that I have next to NO albums on facebook and I know people are DYING to see pictures of me as an awkward teen.
Believe me....there are some GEMS that you don't want to miss.
Hopefully, I can get things underway and start scanning!!!

Have a great weekend (if I don't write again before Monday) and enjoy your day off tomorrow....assuming you have tomorrow off. If not, have a happy 'real' Friday!! :-)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Where Have I Been???

Let me just say that this is my second attempt at writing this entry. The first one was just about finished when I accidentally did something and it disappeared entirely.
Excellent way to start the day.

Sooooo - as I was saying......

I can't believe I haven't written since Friday!!!
I had no idea it had been that long, but clearly that's the case.

Monday was a super busy day at work, and yesterday I spent the day working at a different building, so my 'free time' was limited.
But, here I am today, at my very own desk - making up for lost time.

We survived 6 shows in 5 days and had a great time doing it. The audiences seemed very happy with the shows and I have to say - we were giving them something to be happy about!!
The entire cast and crew have really been giving it their all for this entire run.

My sister saw the show on Friday night, Jim's entire family came to see it on Sunday and a whole gang of my softball teammates came to the Saturday afternoon show. We were kind of nervous about it, but everyone seemed to have a good time and it was great seeing everyone.

Monday night, Jim and I had his parents, sister and 2 nieces over for dinner (delicious and fun) and then last night, a gang of us went over to K, B, and baby {b}'s place for food/snacks/ice cream and American Idol. (more deliciousness and fun - but this time with music!)

Oh - before I forget - a big, fat CONGRATULATIONS goes out to our friends (and faithful blog readers) G, M, and M on the arrival of their 4th family member. It's a boy!!! Of course, I'm not 100% sure of his name, so I'm not going to throw random guesses around. What I do know is that he's happy, healthy, and in spite of arriving a bit ahead of schedule, he's weighing in at a good 6+ pounds!!!! Mom (M) is doing well and everyone is very excited to meet him. I'll keep my eye out for pictures and report back with more specifics once I have that information. (post those pictures G!!!!)

Since I'm back at my own desk (There's no place like home...) I've got some stuff that needs doin' so I'm taking off.
Have a GREAT Wednesday, and Happy Passover (do you wish people Happy Passover??) to all those who are celebrating.

Note to self: read up on Passover and find out if it's a happy holiday or not.

Here are some pictures (THANKS B!!!) from 'Idol Night' :

The Gang

Baby {b} asking me to try on E's necklace

Ollie and John (she's adorable!!!)

Lucy, John, and Ollie

Spooning with Lucy (don't tell Scooter!!!)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Foggy Friday.....

Boy oh is sooo foggy out today!

At least it wasn't freezing when I got up this morning, which was a very nice change.
Thank you all for your excellent cold advice. I'm actually feeling a bit better this morning.
Of course, I'm sure all the pills I'm taking (and the lozenges) have something to do with it. ;-)

We had a very fun show last was a little bit better than Wednesday night's show, which had a few crazy moments in it. Nothing that the audience would have noticed, but the there were a few 'hiccups' along the way. Last night was great though.

Although - I have to admit one little thing.

I find it quite amusing when people you know come to see the show, and afterwards when everyone is chatting in the lobby (a common occurrence) they COMPLETELY ignore you.
What makes it even better is that they're flitting around the theatre acting like they're STARS. When they ain't.
Now, maybe this person didn't see me (doubtful/impossible) and I certainly didn't lose any sleep over it, but I do find it funny. They seemed so concerned with making sure that everyone knew about all the fantastic things they're doing, that they couldn't take a moment to say hello.
That's all I'm saying. I don't need to hear what they thought of the show...I don't need my ego stroked...I just don't enjoy being ignored. ;-)

Like I said - maybe they honestly didn't see me and if that's the case - I'm clearly a paranoid, insecure, loon.
No worries - they're coming back next week and if I'm ignored again...well, we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

OK....I'm signing off right now. I've got oatmeal to make, blogs to read, and a little bit o' work to do.

Have a GREAT weekend....

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Starve a Cold, Feed a Fever???

Isn't that what they say? According to some online articles I read this morning on the subject, you shouldn't ever 'starve' yourself when you're not feeling well.
Not that I ever intended on doing such a ridiculous thing.

I like food WAY too much for that. ;-)

I think I'm coming down with a cold - but I'm DETERMINED to fight it off. Right now, I'm just experiencing an awful sore and raw feeling at the very tip-top of my throat. I took some heavy-duty cold medicine this morning and I plan on taking it every 4 hours (as directed).
I'm going to head out later this morning and grab some sort of lozenges (excellent word!) as well, in addition to drinking as much water as I possibly can.

Normally, I wouldn't go after a cold with such a vengeance, but I have F-I-V-E more shows to get through this weekend!!!! I certainly can't disappoint my public. :-)

In other news, I can't believe that tonight is the last episode of ER.

No...not THAT ER!!!!

Actually, that was E/R (clearly the slash makes all the difference) and I LOVED that show!!!

"Back of white line!!!"


ER wasn't one of those shows that I watched every week for it's entire TV life - although there certainly were stretches of time when I wouldn't miss it - but I always enjoyed the show.

No show made me cry more than that show did. And any show that employs both John Stamos and Kellie Martin can't be all that bad!!!

Thankfully, it will live on forever in syndication where I can watch it and cry my face off, without worrying about staying up too late.

Well...tomorrow is Friday and I'm happy, happy, happy about that.

Have a good day my wonderful readers....