Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

Hello Readers!

As we say goodbye to 2011, I want to take a moment to thank you all for sticking with me through what was a CRAZY yet, incredibly exciting year.
Not only were we matched with a baby, but the fact that we were able to get through the entire legal process and make everything 'official' within the same year, is beyond the comprehension of not only Jim and I, but everyone who we have dealt with since day one. We have been one lucky family.

While my work situation has remained a thorn in my side (grrrrr), I have to be thankful for the fact that I have a job.  No, I'm not thrilled with what I'm currently doing, but I am grateful that Jim and I aren't dealing with unemployment, like so many people are at this time.

So - what will 2012 bring?!?!?  Who the hell knows?  Maybe a better job?  Maybe more blogging?
One can only hope.

I wish you all a happy and healthy 2012!!!
See you next year. ;-)







Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

To all my blogreaders: I would like to take a moment to wish you all a very merry Christmas - or whatever holiday/event you may be celebrating at this time of year. 
As 2011 winds down, Jim and I certainly have a lot to be grateful for, and even though my blogging has suffered because of all the crazy changes going on in my life, I certainly wouldn't have it any other way!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!
xoxo

PS - Here are those pictures I promised.....better late than never?  :-)














 





Friday, December 9, 2011

If you write it, they will read.

I realize it's only been a couple of weeks since I last posted, but with all that's been going on, I feel like it's been MONTHS.

Not keeping up with my blog (remember when I used to write every day?!?) has really made me sad. 
Not only because I really enjoy writing (and reading) posts, but my lack of blogging makes me that much more aware of the fact that there's so much other 'crap' going on which is keeping me from blogging.
Does that make sense? 

Since I last wrote, Jim and I went with friends on our yearly excursion to the Yankee Candle flagship store out in South Deerfield MA and (as always) we all had an amazing time.  We go with friends of mine from UNH, who I also consider great friends of Jim's as well.  This year, we 'allowed' one couple's daughter (and her boyfriend) to join us.  There's always been a strict 'no kids' rule, which allows us to shop at our leisure, without having to deal with meltdowns, naps, etc....but now that she is a senior in high school we figured that it was safe to let her join us.  ;-)
Anyway, it was a LOT of fun, filled with tons of stories, and trips down memory lane.  Oh, and candles....lots and lots of candles - as well as plenty of Christmas-y stuff to decorate our houses with!

Speaking of, Jim and I have completed the decorating for this year.  We've put up the Christmas Village, the tree (which is BEAUTIFUL), brought out all the decorations, and yes, once again, Jim did a bang-up job with the outside lights.
I will post some pictures of the aforementioned decor so you don't have to just read about it here.
I PROMISE. I'm writing myself a note right now, so I don't forget to do it.....


Other than that, I've really just been busy with work, and trying my damnedest to enjoy the holiday season and our first Christmas with Zachary, as best as I can. 
I'm not gonna lie, it's been challenging.  Work is really getting me down (as you're all aware) and the couple of 'lights at the end of the tunnel' regarding other options have recently faded, so more than ever I feel like I'm trapped here with no way out.  (cheery, ain't it?)
Add to that the fact that this time of year is pretty difficult anyway, because the anniversary of my mom's death is quickly approaching (it'll be 26 years on 12/22).  I can't help but think about the fact that she never got to meet Zachary (or Jim, for that matter) and that she never got the chance to see me be a dad.
Yes, I know...she's "watching over me from above" and all that, but it's not the same as her being here for real.  :-)

BUT - as Patti LuPone says (or at least I'm pretty sure that's what she was saying - yeesh, that DICTION!) 
'Life Goes On' - right?!?!?!? 

Have a great Friday....and keep your eye out for those pictures....they'll be posted soon.
Promise.
xoxo

Friday, November 25, 2011

In the news.....

Here it is folks! 

I'm glad that it's available for viewing on line, especially since my dad and step-mother are in Florida and missed seeing it 'live'.  In addition to my them missing it, my older sister and her family were in Florida visiting my dad, so they missed it as well.  Not to mention all the people I know who are scattered across the country who will now be able to see it....all youse guys included. 

I hope you all had a great day yesterday!! 
I'm at work today and I'm literally the ONLY person here. 
My entire floor is empty.  :-)

Here's the story!!!
xoxo

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's official!!!

As of 11:30am (or so) on Friday, November 18th, Zachary became OFFICIALLY ours.  :-)

We were lucky enough to be part of National Adoption Day, which was above and beyond what we could have ever imagined. 
From the moment we arrived at the courthouse, we were pretty much attacked by the press wanting to get our picture, interview us, film us, etc...etc..  Apparently two good looking guys and a very cute baby make good press....if I may say so.  ;-)
Seriously though, we were totally taken off guard by the amount of attention we got, but all in all, it was an amazing day.

For those of you in the Boston area - Jim, Zachary, and I are going to be 'featured' (what this means exactly, I don't know) the 6pm news tomorrow night (Channel 7 - WHDH, Thursday 11/24).  Local reporter (and a favorite of Jim and I) Nicole Oliverio is going to be at Jim's mother's house tomorrow afternoon to get some footage of our family, and to interview the three of us. As I mentioned before, I really have no idea what the segment will turn out to be like, but we're pretty excited either way.
The news crew (Nicole and her camera men) were at the courthouse on Friday, and came into the courtroom with us for the actual ceremony - so I imagine that will be part of the feature as well.
It's all very exciting, and we're looking forward to it - so be sure to watch if you can!
Of course, if it ends up being on line (which I imagine it will be) I'll be sure to post it here.

I hope you all have a GREAT Thanksgiving - and I'll be back here to report what happens tomorrow!!!
xoxo

Here's a picture of Zachary on the 'big day'

Friday, November 11, 2011

Remember me?

Is anybody there???...Is anybody there????...Is anybody there????
(Echo??? Echo??? Echo???)

I know - it's been a L*O*N*G time since I've blogged, and I apologize, but I did say that things were going to be different with my new location, responsibilities, etc.....so, I hope all is forgiven.

BELIEVE ME - I don't like it one bit....but, that's the way it goes.  :-)

Let's see....there have been quite a few exciting things happening since I last wrote.

I took part in a reading of a new musical called 'Glory' - which was written and directed by some local Boston folks.  It was a lot of fun to be a part of, and I think the reading went quite well.
Such a fun group and super talented folks were involved.  Cool, cool, cool.

Then Jim, Zachary and I went on a mini-vacation to New Hampshire (North Conway) for a few days. 
We stayed in a really nice house and had a great time.  We had to cut the trip a day short though, because we were expecting a snow storm, and we were in no position at all to be stranded up in the mountains of New Hampshire.  It turned out for the best though.  Since we left early, we were able to get home and get settled before having to jump back into 'real life'.  Not to mention the fact that and a lot of people all over New England were VERY much affected by the unseasonable snow storm.  Dodged that bullet!!

Jim opened in his production of the play 'Doubt' which was EXCELLENT.  He really is a great actor.  I know, I know, I'm married to him and everything, but I can be objective.  He did an excellent job.
He has only 2 more performances of the show and then he's done, so his life will be back to normal pretty soon as well.

Earlier this week, I took part in a fundraiser for SpeakEasy Stage Company which was a ton of fun to be in.  It's their yearly show in which local performers perform musical numbers from shows/roles in which they'd never be cast.  I was lucky enough to play one of the Von Trapp children in a rousing performance of 'Do-Re-Mi'.  As you can expect, it was quite fun and all for a good cause.
The ridiculously talented and hysterically funny Varla Jean Merman is in Boston right now performing in SpeakEasy's production of 'The Divine Sister'.  If you're in the area and are at all interested in seeing it, buy your tickets now!  I saw it last week and loved it.
I have to say that Varla (Jeffery Roberson) was such a nice person to be around.  He was super-friendly and was more than happy to have the group of us (who were in the benefit) take over his dressing room for two nights while we were performing.  He's SUCH a great guy....and good lord....watching the work that goes into 'becoming' Varla?!?!?  Amazing.

Anyway - that's all for now....I still plan on filming another a video blog, so don't give up on me yet!!!   

xoxo

Here are a few pictures:

Jim and Zachary, shopping in NH


Zachary enjoying lunch in the diviest of the dives in some crazy-ass small town in NH



Scooter and Zachary ready for Halloween!!!



First time in the carriage!!



Monday, October 24, 2011

Hey gang!!!!

I just thought I'd drop in and say hello! 
I've been super-busy with training and trying to figure out where the hell I'm going from day to day, but I anticipate that things will be getting easier to deal with as this week goes on.

Tonight is the reading of that musical I'm doing....so that's good. I've been rehearsing just about every day since last Tuesday, so it has been slightly time consuming. (understatement) I've been having fun though, and as always, it will be exciting to see what the audience thinks of it.  It's certainly a talented group of folks (if I may say so myself) so at the very least, they'll be entertained!

Jim, Zachary, and I are heading to NH for a little vacation at the end of this week, so that'll be fun.  Scooter will spend that time with Jim's parents - who will spoil him more than we do (if that's possible) so he gets a little vacation as well.

I've got to get back to work, but I'm hoping to throw together another video blog for next week, since the last (and first) one was so popular.  :-)

Hope all of you are well!!!!
xoxo

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

He's baaaaaaaack!!!

Hello my friends!!

Things have been nutso at work, mostly due to the fact that I don't have as much 'me time' for blogging and reading as I used to, but I'm going to make an effort to get to it as much as I can, either in the rare moments of privacy that I get at work....or at home.

Either way, I just wanted to let you know that Jim (you know, my husband) has redesigned, re-created, and re-thought his AMAZING blog 'Jim's Whims'.  It's full of all sorts of exciting and fun stuff so please take a look at it, and send your friends there too.

You'll not only get to see Jim, but you'll see me, Zachary, and the 'I Got Somethin' To Say' all-time favorite....SCOOTER!!

So, click on the link and visit.  :-)   

 http://www.jimsullivanmedia.com/

Hope you're well!!!!
xoxo

Friday, September 30, 2011

Success!

OK - this is going to be quick.

I moved in, unpacked, and all is well with the new desk and seating arrangement.
I also got a brand spankin' new PC, so as expected, I'm unable to do anything that I need to do.
Awesome.

Gotta' go track down the help desk guys to see if they can fix all the PC issues I'm having....which I'm sure they won't be able to figure out.  God help me.

Have a great weekend...hopefully, I'll be 'back to normal' (have I ever been?) soon.  :-)

xoxo

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moving day!!!

Today is the last day I'll spend in my current building!!!  I'm looking forward to the change of scenery, the new commute and a while new flock of people to 'watch'.....but I'm not quite sure what my new seating arrangement will bring. 
However, you can rest assured that as soon as I get the chance to blog about it, I will!!

Time to get packing.....xoxo

Hope you're all doing well!!!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Weekly blogger? Or weakly blogger?

Hey everyone!

Yup, it's been over a week since I've blogged last and I'm not at all proud of that fact.  Truth be told, I just haven't been in the mood.  I'm not a fan of writing whiny, negative, or overly complaining blog entries - so that's why I haven't been writing.  The past few weeks have been pretty rough, and I haven't felt much like trying to come up with something positive to write about.

For those of you who know me, or who have been reading this blog for a while, you know that this is TOTALLY not 'me'....so I'm hoping this negative, blah, yuck-o feeling passes soon.

I did see an amazing play last weekend at SpeakEasy Stage Company - which was a nice night out.
The play is called 'Next Fall' and I REALLY enjoyed it. 

This is how they describe the show on the SpeakEasy website:

A 2010 Tony nominee for Best Play, Next Fall takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. Luke, a devout Christian, and Adam, a non-believer, have been together for four years; yet spiritual differences continue to spark trouble in their relationship. A sudden twist of fate, however, changes everything in this compelling new play that looks at what it means to 'believe' and what it might cost us not to.


I think it's a very good description....just enough to get you interested, but not enough to spoil the show.  I went in knowing very little about it, and really had a great time.
By the way, I do have a couple of friends in the show, but that has nothing to do with my loving it.  I certainly have seen friends in not-so-great shows before...and if that were the case with this one, I wouldn't have mentioned it at all.  Anyway.... the show is amazing, and if you're in the Boston area, I HIGHLY suggest seeing it.  You can get more information about it (dates, tickets, etc.) by clicking on the link above.

Other than that, nothing too exciting is going on.....just getting through each day, one day at a time, and continuing the search for a new job.

Have a great weekend!!!!
xoxo

Here are some pictures from the show....
Photos by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo

Will McGarrahan (L) & Dan Roach (R)


Deb Martin (L) & Amelia Broom (R)


Dan Roach & Robert Walsh


Will McGarrahan & Kevin Kaine


Dan Roach & Will McGarrahan

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

O*M*G

TWELVE DAYS without a blog post?!?!?
Seriously?!?!? 

Allow me to explain.....
For starters, today is the first time that I'm sitting at my own desk since September 6th. 
Since I last wrote - we had a great Labor Day weekend, I've been working out of the Boston office or from home....OK - mostly the Boston office (I've worked from home once), we did a walk for pancreatic cancer, I went to my step-mom's 75th birthday bash, went to my softball banquet, and had a photo shoot with all of Jim's family. 

Things are busy as ever here at work.  I'm still working on my two October projects as well as trying to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can about the new application that I'm going to be in charge of - very soon.
Every day is full of new challenges, none of which I enjoy...all of which depress me to no end.
Needless to say, I'm a bundle of joy these days.  Maybe it's a good thing I haven't been blogging.

I had a busy day last Saturday, which was fun. 
In the morning, Jim, Zachary and I did a walk for pancreatic cancer with a group of Jim's high school friends, then I took Zachary to my step-mom's 75th birthday party which was a good time as well.  None of my step family (other than my step mother) had met Zachary up to this point (don't ask) so they were excited to see him.  I also got to introduce him to a lot of my dad's friends - which was nice.  He was thrilled to 'show him off' - and of course, Zachary was on his best behavior.

After the party, I took Zachary to my softball banquet for a little while.  Surprisingly, he wasn't the only baby there!  Two babies in a gay bar....SCANDALOUS!!!!  ;-)
Another couple in the league were there with their little one, who was only 2 months old....so Zachary wasn't even the youngest one there!!!  It was fun to chat with them and hear their story....which, let's just say, was VERY different than ours. 
I was only at the banquet for a short time, but I was there long enough to receive an award.  :-)  I'm the very proud recipient of the Division 2 'Sportsmanship Award' - which is essentially the award they give to people like me who may not be the best players, but remember the fact that being in the league is supposed to be fun and try to maintain that attitude on the field.  It's my third time receiving the award in my 10 year history with the league, which makes me happy - especially since the members of my division are the ones who vote on the award, and it's not just a select group of people voting.
Of course, the award itself had my name spelled wrong on it, and the incorrect division, but it's the thought that counts.

Sunday was our 'return' to church (we hadn't been in a while) - followed by grocery shopping, and then we had a photo shoot with Jim's entire family that evening.  Barrie did an amazing job with the pictures and as soon as I get them loaded onto my PC here at work, I'll share some with you.....until then, here are a few pictures from my 'time away'.

I hope you're all well....and I have some SERIOUS blog reading to catch up on!!!!
xoxo

Here's Z taking his very first boat ride.....he loved it.




Jim and Leah going tubing....so much fun!


Zachary getting ready to run some errands with Jim

Friday, September 2, 2011

Holiday Weekend!!


Well, I survived my jaunt into the Boston office yesterday!  I ended up parking at one of our other offices which is right next to a subway stop, so I was able to park for free and only had to pay for subway fare - as opposed to taking the commuter rail, which is considerably more expensive than the subway.
It all worked out fine.

I haven't taken the subway since I stopped working in Boston, in June of 2009 - and I was amazed at the number of people I saw on the train who I used to see way back when I was a 'regular' commuter.  They were sitting in the same places, doing the same things they always did (listening to their iPods, reading the paper, etc.).  It was as if I'd stepped back in time....it was pretty odd. 



My meeting went well, I got a LOT of information thrown at me, but best of all, I got to spend time and visit with my old co-workers!! I was surprised to see how many people from the 'old' company were still working in that building.  For some reason, I expected to be surrounded by a building full of strangers, but that wasn't the case.  It made me a little sad thinking about how things used to be, and how much things have changed with my job in the past 3 years.  Don't worry I'm not going to turn this into yet another rant about how I feel about my job.  Enough of that for this week!!

It's Labor Day Weekend, which means that my building is pretty much deserted.  Fridays are usually quiet around here as it is, but when it's a holiday weekend - forget about it.  It's like a post-Apocalyptical village around here....and I'm the sole survivor.
Jim and I are getting together with a couple of my college friends over the weekend, although which day is still up in the air.  Neither Saturday or Sunday look all that great as far as the weather is concerned, so we're trying to figure out which day would the best of the two...we shall see!

I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend!
I'm off to write some critical test cases and continue my work on a FABULOUS test strategy that I'm writing.
Jealous?!?!?!?  You should be.  ;-)
xoxo


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Breezin' along with the breeze...


Well my friends....I'm officially at the point where I'm just cruising along here at work and doin' what I'm told. 
I got called into a meeting with my boss yesterday, who informed me that I'm going to be 'transitioning' over to a new application (new to me, not the team) which I'll eventually be in charge of/responsibile for. 

That means that I'm going to be learning something completely new, all the while I'm still struggling with the application that I've been working on for the past year or so...which I STILL don't fully understand. 
Awesome.

Add to the mix, the fact that I'll be getting my training from someone who is being laid off in November and is probably THRILLED about the fact that he's got to train the person taking over his job.  However, I do know him, so I'm not too worried about him taking out his anger (if there is any) on me. 
I'm sure that part will be OK.
The cherry on top of this shit-pile is that everyone working on this application is in Boston, so unless I want to try and do everything online or over the phone (training, meetings, etc....) I'm going to be making several trips into the city to meet with everyone face to face....which is going to cost me $$ that I'd rather not spend commuting. 

Sure....maybe I'll end up LOVING the new application and it won't be a bad switch.  And maybe getting away from the current application is just what I need....but there's no denying that this 'transition period' is going to be a nightmare of epic proportions.  They always are.....

Well, that's my negative rant for the day.
And we still have no Internet, cable, or telephone.....but we do have electricity, so I'm grateful for that.  :-)

I hope you all have a wonderful day!!!!
xoxo

PS - we had a big birthday gathering at my sister's house last night which was VERY fun.  I can't believe how grown up my nieces and nephews are!!!  I.  Am.  Old.






Monday, August 29, 2011

I made it through the rain...


Or should I say - "I made it through the tropical storm..." 

Thankfully, we survived the storm with very little trauma.  Unlike most of our town - we never lost power (HUGE Yahoo!!!) and only have to deal with cleaning up one large branch and a million little branches strewn about the yard. 
It certainly could have been worse, so we're very lucky, and we certainly appreciate the fact that we made it through Tropical Storm Irene (which is what she was when she arrived in MA) unscathed.

Jim's relatives, who live in the same town as us, all lost power at various times during the day so they all (well, most of them) ended up at our house for a while, as darkness approached.  It's certainly no fun having to deal with losing your electricity (which we had to deal with over the winter), so I was more than happy to have them over.  Although we didn't lose our electricity, we did lose our cable, Internet, and phone - so my 'work from home day' is now a regular work day in the office....which is where I am right now.
Blech.

We have our monthly check-in with DCF today, so I'm unfortunately going to have to miss it, as I'm not at home.  Typically, I take a lil' break in my work day for the meeting - but that's not going to happen today.  Hopefully, they don't need me there, but if they do....we'll have to improvise!!

Here are a few picture of the crap we're dealing with in your yard.  As I said - it certainly could have been worse, so we're not complaining.  Well, we're complaining a little bit....it's still a total pain in the ass to deal with the clean up....but we're happy it wasn't as bad as it could have been. 

I hope you're all happy and safe, wherever you may be!!!!
xoxo

The back yard, littered with branches and all sorts of leafy debris...



Thankfully, this branch wasn't big enough to damage the fence....we had to deal with that two years ago, and it wasn't fun.




Jim is so annoyed about this....he takes great pride in the fact that our pool is SPOTLESS....but knowing him, it will be back to normal by the time I get home from work.  :-)


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Goodnight Irene...



Well, the local news is abuzz with talks of hurricane Irene, who's apparently heading our way this weekend.
Of course, they aren't 100% sure which path she'll take, but it does look like she's heading our way....
Yikes. 
I'm not going to panic, but I am going to 'pick up a few things' after work tonight (mostly because I need to go to the store anyway) to have just in case we lose power or whatever.

I've been crazy busy at work, which is why I haven't blogged, and why this entry will be brief.

Things have been great with us....I saw another production of 'Hairspray' last Saturday, which was SOOOOO good, spent a couple of great "family days" with Jim and Zachary on Sunday and Monday, went to the local fair/carnival with a bunch of great folks on Tuesday night and had a fairly quiet Wednesday - which brings me to today. 

A large group of people at work are moving to another building on Friday (tomorrow) and lucky, lucky, me gets to be the 'move coordinator' of sorts for the floor, so I have a bunch of crap to do for that. 
That's what I get for being responsible!!!  ;-)

Have a great day and I'll try to write more soon....but I'm not promising anything. 

OH - Jim and I decided it was OK to post some Zachary pictures on facebook over the weekend, which was very exciting.  I'm not going to post a lot of them here....because it's considerably more 'public' than facebook, but I'll post a couple for those of you who have been chomping at the bit to see what he looks like.  For those of you who haven't been wondering what he looks like, piss off.  ;-)
Kidding!!!!

xoxo








Friday, August 19, 2011

Look who I met!!!!!!



Jealous?!?!?!?

For those of you who have no idea who the hell I'm with, it's none other than Cleveland's finest - Blobby, (FYI, not his real name) the brains behind Blobby's Blog!!!

He and his husband were in the area on vacation so we made plans to meet up.  He's actually only the second blogger that I've ever met, so he's in a VERY exclusive club. 
I had dinner plans for a friend's birthday (you know, my AMAZINGLY TALENTED photographer friend Barrie? - it was her birthday  yesterday...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!....) so after dinner, I hightailed it into the city, we met up, and had a couple of drinks at one of my favorite local watering holes.
It was great to meet him and we had a great time chatting and talking about ALL OF YOU! 
Just kidding (or am I?).
Clearly, I need to meet more of you, so if you're ever in the Boston area....give a little whistle!!!

OK, my friends....I have a TON of work to do, and not enough time to do it.
Have a great weekend, and I'm not even going to apologize for the amount of capital letters I used in this post.  Deal with it. 

Oh - and I'm re-posting this picture as a personal treat for Blobby....it's one of his favorites.


 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dampened Spirits....



Happy Tuesday everyone!!!

We have been inundated with rain the past couple of days.  Yesterday it rained pretty much all day, and this past weekend we had showers on and off.  The next few days are supposed to be quite humid, but I'm not sure if we're supposed to get any actual rain out of it. 
All I know is that it's very damp out. 
I know lots of people that can't stand that word, but it's the best way to describe how I'm feeling these days.....d-a-m-p.  You know those days where you get out of the shower and you feel like you'll never be dry again?  That's how it's been lately.
I guess it's great for our gardens and the lawn, but it does a number on my mood. 

Anyway...Jim and I had a great weekend!!
Friday night, I got home from work and we headed to 'The Grille' for dinner.  It was very early, so we felt like we were senior citizens.  We went there so early because there was a whole gang of people there from town (Jim's parent's closest friends) that were meeting up with an out-of-town couple, who were up visiting from Florida.  It was a good chance to see everyone and let them ooh and ahh over Zachary, since most of them haven't seen him in a while.  Dinner was fun, and then after that I headed out to meet a group of friends from high school. 
That was VERY fun.  I hadn't seen many of them in a long time, seeing them on Facebook doesn't count, so it was fun to chat and catch up.

On Saturday, the entire family (Jim, Zachary, Scooter and I) all packed up and headed to the Cape for the night.  It was the first time that we brought Zachary (and Scooter, for that matter) to sleep over night at the cottage...and probably the last.  :-)  It was a lot of fun, but we really don't like staying there over night.  It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that we had a baby and a dog with us, and it had nothing to do with the rest of the people (family) that were staying over, it's just that when we sleep over, neither of us EVER get a good night's sleep.  And that's nothing new.  As long as I've known Jim, any time we've slept over night down there, we hardly sleep at all.  We keep trying, but it never works out, so I think we're finally done with trying.    
That being said, we still had a lot of fun Saturday and Sunday.  My parents came down on Sunday afternoon and we all went to lunch with Jim's parents.  Jim's sister and brother and their kids were all down on Sunday afternoon, so they watched Zachary while Jim and I went to lunch with our parents...it was fun. 
After dinner, we stayed around for a little while and then headed home.

Yesterday, I worked from home and we had the piano delivered!!!  It's awesome and I think it looks great in the house.  I can't thank my sister enough for GIVING it to us!!!!  Of course, they were dying to get rid of it, and were more than happy to have it out of their house...so we lucked out.
The two guys that moved it (in the pouring rain) had no issues at all and moved it into our house like it was nothing....I was quite impressed.
So, now we have a piano.  :-)  Time for me to start practicing!!  It's been a long time since I've had to practice piano, but I'm looking forward to playing again.  AND it'll be a great way to get some use out of the 'front living room' - which is one of those rooms that we hadn't used too often before....but now we will!!!

OK my friends....I hope you had a great weekend and returning to work hasn't been too traumatic.
For those people who are spending the week in P-Town this week for 'Carnival' - I hope the weather improves for you, although I'm sure you're still managing to have some fun!!  ;-)
xoxo

The piano in it's new home



Scooter, collapsed - after an exhausting weekend.



Friday, August 12, 2011

Happy Birthday, Blog!!!!

Tomorrow is my blog's 3rd birthday!!! 
YAY!
Let's have some cake!!!






And for those of you with food allergies, I have a couple of options:





Who would ever have guessed that three years ago, when I started this crazy blog, that it would still exist today?!?!?
I certainly wouldn't have, but I'm so happy that it is!

Looking back through some old posts, it's crazy to think of all the stuff that's happened since I've started, but I'm thrilled that I've stuck to it and even MORE thrilled about all the fantastic people I've 'met' since I started blogging.

I have to say that I owe it all to that crazy cat from Louisiana......Brettcajun.
He probably doesn't even know it, but his blog was the very first blog that I followed with any sort of regularity, AND he totally inspired me to keep on writing.
He also happened to be the very first person (not counting my husband) to ever comment on my blog....which made me realize that more than 2 people were reading this thing.

So - thanks to all my readers; past, present, and future.
Without you, I'd just be another loon ranting and raving to no one.  :-)

Have a GREAT weekend!!!
xoxo


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lucky, Lucky, You!!!

My 8:30 meeting this morning was cancelled, which means that you get a blog entry!!!!  YAY!!!!

OK, maybe it's not that exciting, but I was overjoyed at the cancellation of my meeting, so that explains my enthusiasm.

Let's see....since I last wrote, not a heck of a lot has been going on. 
Jim and I had a fairly quiet weekend. 

We saw a bunch of our friends in a great production of the musical 'Hairspray' on Saturday night and then I pretty much didn't leave the house (or the pool area) for all of Sunday and Monday.
The weather on Sunday was totally 'stay in and watch TV' weather, and while Monday was a much nicer day, we didn't do much more than hang around and relax....very nice.  :-)

This week has been pretty quiet so far, although work has been pretty busy....which is making the days fly by.  We're having a pretty blah week as far as weather is concerned, so that's helping me stay busy at work.  It's much easier to get my work done when I'm not being tormented by a sunny day outside my window.

I'm looking forward to this weekend.  I'm getting together with a bunch of my high school friends on Friday night for a lil' reunion of sorts and then Jim and I are heading to the Cape. 
My parents are coming down for the day on Sunday to hang out with Jim's parents - which should be VERY interesting.  They get along great (thankfully) so I'm sure it'll be fun.

I should probably get back to work before I get into trouble (as if)  :-)

Have a great day!!!
xoxo

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Lazy day lounging.....