Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Hey Everyone! Sorry its been so long but as most of you I was busy with the preparations and traveling to New Jersey to see my family and on top of all of that madness struggling with catching Joe's cold. My incredible Aunt Joanne and Uncle Ted have been hosting this Thanksgiving weekend for my entire Dad's side of the family of almost 25 years! WOW!! There is always an ENORMOUS turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, chestnut stuffing, broccoli casserole, corn, peas, delicious wine and so much more!!! This year there were 18 of us, but some years there are as many as 25!! That is a ton of people to serve that much food too!  The table which I wasn't able to get a picture of is always exquisite. Joe and I freaking forgot our camera AGAIN, as usual so we were at the mercy of a disposable one bought at the old Walgreens. Every year, we play Charades and have a backgammon tournament. I usually don't play in the backgammon tournament but this year I did and I kept winning until I got to 2nd  place and then I lost to my cousin Billy. He crushed me like an ant! So you will know what he is writing on the wall (the tournament pyramid) and showing off his winnings! Here are the cute pictures of my family, including one of the newest baby Will!! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed plenty of yummy in the tummy!












Saturday, November 20, 2010

Being Sick SUCKS!!!

Warning: This post is pretty gross and quite disturbing. If you have a queasy stomach or are easily grossed out then you may want to skip this post, it will be considered "TMI" by others.

I was planning on doing a post on Friday and every Friday from now on, but on Thursday I was struck by some sort of intestinal flu from HELL!! It was awful people!! I had planned on getting a flu shot and dragging my husband with me, but I obviously waited too long. Thursday morning Joe decided to stay home from work and I felt tired but I had no idea how sick I was so off to work I went.
After eating lunch, I started to have stomach pain, but stomach pains are nothing new to me. I suffer from acid reflux and I am pretty sure I also have IBS. So I didn't think it was something serious, just a bad case of indigestion and good old fashion gas. I kept belching over and over which is another common occurrence for me, but the pain didn't subside. It kept coming in waves and it was pretty intense. I emailed Joe and told him that my stomach hurt pretty bad and that I was thinking about going to the Gastro doctor. I made several trips to the bathroom but nothing significant happened and I didn't feel any better no matter what I tried. My co-workers noticed that I wasn't feeling well and suggested I leave early. I finally gave in and decided to leave an hour early. I wasn't sure driving home would be a good idea. Little did I know the intense and merciless pains that awaited me. As I was driving home, hte pain became quite gripping and stabbing. I felt it necessary to scream out several times during the ride. If someone looked over at me during this drive, I am sure they were really scared and weirded out. I was clearly writhing in pain and screaming. I can only imagine how crazy I looked. When I got inside I began telling my sick husband in a hurried speech that I was in serious trouble and was either going to the hospital or something very bad was going to happen. I went upstairs and had a short freak out/panic attack complete with tears and hyper-ventilating because I was scared that I was going to have to go to the hospital. I was worried that something really scary was wrong with me like an ulcer or worse. Then I started feeling nauseous And next came the violent puking!! Then I would get back into bed and the pain would attack my stomach and intestines causing more screaming and moaning until I had to return to the bathroom for more cookie tossing. It was disgusting, messy and very painful. VERY PAINFUL! This went on for about 4-5 hours, until I was able to take a couple of ibuprofen and the pain subsided so I could finally sleep. I am still not 100% but I am on the mend and thank God because that was so scary and disturbing. Meanwhile, my husband has a totally different kind of cold/flu complete with runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aches and pains. He also didn't sleep for 2 nights in a row. Last night he was finally able to sleep through the night but he was snoring pretty loudly, poor thing he can't breathe very easily. This whole experience has made me a huge advocate for the flu shot! Please everyone go out and get one. Its worth it! SAVE YOURSELVES!!
I was reminded of several horror movies that reminded me of my ordeal. Have you ever seen the scene in Constantine where the demon is moving around inside Rachel Weisz's stomach trying to escape? Yeah that is kind of what it felt like! Or maybe the famous scene from Alien where the alien bursts out of the man's stomach? Yeah kind of felt like that might happen too. Another movie that makes me think of this house these last few days is "Outbreak" cause with the amount of germs in this place, we should both be wearing Hazmat suits!! I also kind of felt like one of the zombies from 28 days later, except I didn't have enough energy to leap up and start running after someone to eat them!
I pray and hope that Joe and I are healthy enough to go to my family's Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday. I have been eating very light and things that are very easy to digest. I love food and I especially love Thanksgiving food so I really hope we are feeling much better very soon! Germs you are not welcome here!! I really hate you!! You really put a big damper on my holiday shopping and preparation schedule. Germs you are truly evil!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Birthday Blowout!!

I had a GREAT, SUPERB, FABULOUS and FANTASTIC four day birthday weekend. It started off Thursday, I ran errands and went to the Salon. I loved my hair and took pictures. I was proud of my dye job that I did myself, my hair stylist asked if it was my natural color. We enjoyed a bottle of wine that my awesome co-worker got for me. It was this amazing bottle of red wine, Cagnina, and it was sweet. Joe and I usually don't drink red wine because we don't like dry wine but this stuff was delicious!! Thursday night Joe comes home banging on the door and I get up all annoyed like what??! He was standing in the doorway with a huge bouquet of flowers and a carrot cupcake with a candle in it lit for me. Isn't he the greatest? Yeah, I know. He let me open my presents that night. I was too excited. He gave me the cutest card I think I have ever seen, an Itunes card, and a necklace that I really, really wanted. Thank you Joe for being so thoughtful and generous and for making every birthday so awesome! Then on Friday, Joe and I went to the Norman Rockwell exhibit in DC and had a lot of fun (see previous post). Saturday was the big party day at Nottinghams, a bar in Colum-bubble. Thank you to all my friends who came out: Paul, Sally, Bethany, Felicia, Rob and Maria. You guys made the evening so fun and special for me. A band called "The Lloyd Dobbler Effect" was playing and they did thier own songs plus 80s covers as well. My favorite part was dancing to Aha's "Take on Me" on my my most favorite 80s songs! Even though I stuck to my "no shots" rule I was plenty drunk and plenty hung over on Sunday. But that is ok cause my wonderful husband took care of me as always. Its so fun to feel like you are the center of all of that attention and love. Thank you to all of my friends on facebook who posted a Happy Birthday messages. And to everyone who called and sang Happy Birthday over the phone, or sent cards, thank you for sending your love too!! It felt pretty good to turn 33!
















Sunday, November 14, 2010

An American Treasure : Norman Rockwell

As part of my four day birthday weekend, I took my husband to the Norman Rockwell Exhibit in DC. Steven Speilberg and George Lucas donated their personal collections to the Smithsonian. I grew up in a family of artists and my parents loved him as most of America does. I have a couple of books of his work and I have the painting, Springtime hanging up in the house. I love the way he shows the character's tenderness, their heart and innocence. His work spanned several decades and he is truly an American treasure, a true Master, a legend and an icon. I especially love his painting called The Mermaid, which portrays a fisherman is carrying a cage with a mermaid in it. Its so sweet and endearing just as all his paintings are. Joe had a really good time too. I am glad we can enjoy simple things like this together and its free! So a huge Thank You to you Norman Rockwell. Your art makes my heart smile, it inspires me and simply makes me happy. Thank you for all of your countless works of art that contributed so much to our country.  You sir are amazing!!!

                                                   The Mermaid
Santa with his elves
                                                    Springtime
                                                  Puppy Love
The Flirt
Going and Coming
High Dive

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I love fall and all its glory!

Today is a post about the beauty and wonder of this magical season of fall! But first I discovered today that I have 17 followers!! YIPEEE!!  A very special thanks to my newest readers Average Girl and LaughingMyAbsoff. You rock!

Fall is probably my favorite season. I love Halloween, the leavings changing, the brisk air (brisk, NOT cold!), Thanksgiving, and of course my birthday!! I will be the Double 3. But I embrace it, like a badge of honor that I have made it this far! Like I said earlier today on facebook, in all my wittiness, I will enjoy being 25 again and permanently!

Here are some pictures of my gorgeous surroundings at home in the Colum-bubble. There are pictures at Lake Elkhorn. Its getting too cold out now to go and walk around it, but I am SO lucky to live right around the corner from all this bliss. Enjoy!
















Friday, November 5, 2010

Close Call on First Valentine's Day

I am excited to be done with the 30 Days of Me and back to funny stories about the blunders, bumbles and general dysfunctions of my daily life. I have a little story to share with you about a magical Valentines date some years ago that suddenly turned into potential disaster!
Joe and I had only been together since January of 07 and we were so in love!! We were at that place where you think about that person all day and you are so excited to see them. The happiness meter was waaay off the charts. So we got together on this Valentine's day and it was had snowed and there was plenty on the ground. I think it was a week day and we were both off from work. Double the fun. We exchanged our many gifts to eachother. He got me so many nice things, I was overwhelmed. There was love coming out of every pore, it was a love fest!! So later on that night we decided to go get food from a bar at that mall. They had this crab bread that we loved (they have since taken this off the menu and we don't go there anymore!)
I was very frightened for Joe to drive in all the snow. We got in the car together to go get it. It was a pretty treacherous drive. There was a block of ice trapped underneath Joe's car and it was making a terrible noise as it dragged along the road. Through of the this we made it there and back with the food. We come back inside and in all my love drunkness I make a really stupid moron move. I don't know why I did this. I usually do not make stupid moron moves. But I put the crab bread in the oven IN THE CONTAINER!! I guess I thought that since I put the oven at such a low tempature it would be ok. Well when I went to open it up there was THE F*CKING FIRE!! I screamed JOE!! JOE HELP!! Joe goes to grab something to get it out so he can put it out. I (again stupidly) throw water on it and the flames get higher and stronger and come within centimeters of my hair!!! It could have been a Michael Jackson- Pepsi commercial incident! Joe used the broom handle to get it out and threw something over it putting out the flames. THANK GOD he saved the day. In all my panic and madness I start to beg Joe not to leave me and promise repeatedly that I have never done something so idiotic in all my life. Then the m-fing fire alarm starts going off!!!! I scream oh no!! I am so sorry!! I didn't mean for any of this to happen! I have RUINED Valentine's Day!!
Joe reassured me that he was not leaving me. The fire department didn't come out, Thank goodness! That particular apartment had also been victim to a fire before I had moved in. Maybe it was haunted and the ghost MADE me do something that asinine as to put a container in the oven that would catch on fire!!
I am so thankful that neither of us was hurt! I am so glad that I wasn't the cause of the entire building burning down! I am so glad my quick thinking now-Husband is so amazing and saved us!! And I am very glad to report that the only thing still burning is our love! haha Oh and we still have the same broom with the burnt handle to remind us of the fateful day! I love you Joe, you are the best Valentine of a lifetime I could ever ask for!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

30 Days of me - DAY THIRTY!!!

Day 30 - Your favorite Song
I can't believe this 30 Day blog challenge is coming to an end today. Even though I didn't want to keep up with it everyday and some times didn't want to do the assigned question, I have enjoyed posting so frequently and it has given me added drive and motivation. So I will keep posting often but certaintly not everyday.

Its hard to pick just one favorite song. So I will cover many of my favorites from past and present.
Some of them are:
"Stir it Up" - Bob Marley
"Yellow" - Coldplay
"Bad" - U2
"By Your Side" - Sade
"Lazy Eye" - Silversun Pickups
"Love to be Loved" - Peter Gabriel
"Here We Go" - Matt Kearney
"Ain't No Sunshine" - Bill Withers
"Unchained Melody" - this was my favorite growing up, most people know it as the song from the famous pottery making/making out scene from "Ghost"
"Tell Me Something Good" - Chaka Khan and Rufus
"Hallelujah" - Jeff Buckley
"Everybody Here Wants You" - Jeff Buckley

Probably my all time favorite song is "Lover you Should Have Come Over" by Jeff Buckley. I have talked about my love of Jeff Buckley before. He had the most beautiful angelic voice, he died tragically at age 30 in 1997 and I was beyond devastated. I loved him as a fan and I will keep telling people about this incredible artist and playing his songs over and over because they are so ethereal and just lovely.
I will include the beautiful lyrics to "Lover You Should Have Come Over" here, if you have never listened to him I highly recommend you should give him a try!!

Looking out the door
I see the rain fall upon the funeral mourners
Parading in a wake of sad relations
As their shoes fill up with water
Maybe I'm too young
To keep good love from going wrong
But tonight, you're on my mind so
You never knowBroken down and hungry for your love
With no way to feed it
Where are you tonight?
Child, you know how much I need it.
Too young to hold on
And too old to just break free and run
Sometimes a man gets carried away,
When he feels like he should be having his fun
Much too blind to see the damage he's done
Sometimes a man must awake to find that, really,
He has no-one...
So I'll wait for you... And I'll burn
Will I ever see your sweet return?
Oh, will I ever learn?
Oh, Lover, you should've come over
Cause it's not too late.
Lonely is the room the bed is made
The open window lets the rain in
Burning in the corner is the only one
Who dreams he had you with him
My body turns and yearns for a sleep
That won't ever come
It's never over,
My kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder
It's never over,
all my riches for her smiles when I slept so soft against her...
It's never over,
All my blood for the sweetness of her laughter...
It's never over,
She's a tear that hangs inside my soul forever...
But maybe I'm just too young to keep good love
From going wrong
Oh... lover you should've come over...
Yes, and I feel too young to hold on
I'm much too old to break free and run
Too deaf, dumb, and blind
To see the damage I've done
Sweet lover, you should've come over
Oh, love, well I'll wait for you
Lover, you should've come over
'Cause it's not too late.


Another favorite song of mine is "Wild Horses" by the Rolling Stones but sung by the Sundays.
I have always wondered what this song was about and yesterday I found an explaination on the Internet that really got to me. This song is so heart-breaking so full of love and sadness and I can see why!


According to Mick and Keith, they both went to see marianne faithfull at the hospital. She had been admited due to an overdose of drugs and alcohol, and almost died. They were standing beside here when she woke up and one of them said, Marianne we thought we had lost you. Marianne replied, "wild horse couldn't drag me away".......
I also have a new favorite song called "The Fall" by Jasmine Ash. My bff used it as the background music to a video she made and I cried the first time I heart it. So pretty and I love the lyrics so very much!! I will put a link to the video below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaimSpi96LM
 
"Music is said to be the speech of angels" - Thomas Carlye
 

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” - Anonymous


Thanks everyone for reading the 30 Days of Me! It has been a very cathartic and revealing process for me.
LOVE, TO YOU!!
JD