Monthly Archives: January 2014

The noise in my head the morning after the SOTU Address…….

The noise in my head the morning after the SOTU Address…….

Wow, not really sure what The State of the Union triggered in my head but the NOISE is overwhelming………..

While falling asleep last night I tried to remember all the Presidents I could going backwards in my head. I am ashamed to say I did not get very far so I started listing the Weight Watchers points of all my favorite foods. I got so many more than the Presidents. What does that say about me and do I care?

Just a gentle reminder!

Just a gentle reminder!

The Thinker may be 21 but sometimes he needs a gentle reminder. Mario, SHUT THE DOOR!

3 Altoids are 0 points.

When I was little and use to play “House” somebody should have warned me about the laundry. I don’t want to play anymore.

The President referenced “Mad Men”. I think that ups his cool factor.

The President said women should be earning what men earn. He is dead wrong. Women should be earning TWICE what men are earning because we work TWO jobs!

Congressman Grimm, way to stay classy.

I miss my Dad. Sometimes it just washes over me like a wave of sadness. Four things happened yesterday that made me want to call him. J Man had knee surgery ( I would have called Dad to check on Jason’s progress), There was snow and ice in Georgia ( I would have called Dad to make fun of him!), The State of the Union Address (I would have called Dad and shared my views with him. I know how much he valued me opinion!), I was interviewed by three of my favorite 4th graders for the school newspaper yesterday. It was one of the highlights of my life. (I would have called Dad and told him some of their questions. He loved to hear my “Student Stories”). Yesterday was a hard day. I miss my Dad.

This is one President I can fully support. I love Kid President.

My pictures will not load. I am not sure why and The Thinker is still sleeping. I will promise to put the picture that goes with this post in when I get home. I have to go now and check on Justin. I am such a good nurse.

The Noise In My Head……….and it is still REALLY LOUD!

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The noise in my head during The State of The Union Address

The noise in my head during The State of The Union Address

1. Do you know how much 1 Tbsp of Peanut Butter is? I will tell you, not enough.

2. What it costs me to insure four cars a year in Revere roughly equals what my parents paid for their first house.

3. The Pope is on the cover of Rolling Stones. Do you think he is humming “On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone” right now?.

4. POTUS just said that High Quality Early Education is important for our children. Do you think he has ever taught 30 kindergarteners by himself in a 110 year old school?

5. I am cold.

6. I like his tie.

7. Louie worked 65 hours last week. I went to the Eye Doctor today. Our insurance did not cover the cost of my glasses.

8. A Third Grade Student finished the entire Harry Potter Series last week. He read them all! We celebrated his accomplishment and talked about what he was going to read next. He thought he might read the Percy Jackson Series. I told him to go check the books out in the Hallbrary. Our Library is in the hallway because our real library had to be turned into a computer lab. He came back and said he was going to read something else. When I asked him why he said because I was missing one book in the series and he did not want me to spend anymore of my money on new books.

9. Do you know what a serving of pasta looks like? I will tell you, not enough.

10. Do you think POTUS gets nervous before he speaks in public? Do you think he practices his speech with Mrs. POTUS?

The Noise in my head this week………

The Noise in my head this week………

Nothing earth shattering happened this week, Thank Goodness! But it felt weird, warped like maybe I was standing on the deck of a boat trying to find my balance. I think it was because we had Monday off and then a snow day Wednesday and I kept thinking it was the weekend. I am very easily confused. These are the thoughts that have randomly been popping into me head all week and the things that have brought noise.

When your work week starts on a Tuesday you realize that a Monday does not have to fall on a Monday to be a Monday. Follow? Tuesday was Monday in disguise.

Triple P broke a few things this week, actually all in one day. She knocked the towel rack off the wall in the bathroom and dropped and broke the measuring cup into a million pieces on the kitchen floor. She was very apologetic as we were cleaning it up and offered to replace it. She asked me where I had purchased it. I told her it was no big deal I could pick up one anywhere but I thought that one had been part of a wedding shower gift. She looked me right in the eye and replied “And now it is shattered, just like your dreams!” and then started laughing. Really?

I survived a kindergarten student telling me that when she grew up she wanted to be “The Princess of Heaven” so she could see her Grandma. I wanted to burst into tears and ask If I could join her so I could see all the people I love and be the boss of them while wearing a tiara but I remained the grown up and told her I thought it would be a lovely job to have someday but she could see her Grandma whenever she wanted in her heart and in her mind. She then said “Ok, then I will be a Principal like Mrs. Martel”. I love my job.

I have been watching the movie Captain Phillips. I love it. I was really nervous the first time I watched it. It is very suspenseful. Kathleen reminded me that Tom Hanks survived to make Saving Mr. Banks so it was easier to watch the scary parts. I have pretty much been watching Captain Phillips for 3 days straight.

Just watching Captain Phillips and practicing my Baton twirling.

Just watching Captain Phillips and practicing my Baton twirling.

I survived the Post Office, where everyone in there was not doing anything remotely to do with the Mail. They were purchasing money orders and getting Passports. I am confused as to why people that are not from the US are here in the US and getting American Passports. I was going to ask but thought it better to Google the question when I got home. I was just as confused by the Google answer.

I survived Market Basket. I foolishly thought bringing The Saint along would make the process more bearable. Mistake. Reason # 8,046 I drink. Prosecco is only 4 points. It was the first thing I checked.

I would not attend the Olympics in Sochi or send my family. That might be being a bit naive but I would be fearful and I am going to be fearful until everyone is home safe.

Natalie introduced a new routine in Zumba this morning. It is a kinda of sort of Bollywood number. I am just going to call it the “Pee Pee Dance” because that is what happens when when I do it.

My sink is right next to my dishwasher. Every night when I go to bed the sink is clean and the dishwasher is empty.

Could it be any easier?

Could it be any easier?

                  Yet, this is what I wake up to every morning. I just don’t get it.

Why? Why? Why?

Why? Why? Why?

 The Thinker told his sister, who told me, that he wants to move out in June. When I stop laughing I will make a comment.

brussel sprouts                            I am eating Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Just Sayin’

 

The Noise In My Head……And I keep telling myself “I am the Captain now”.

 

 

 

Celebrate Good Times, Come On! (I loved this weekend!)

Celebrate Good Times, Come On! (I loved this weekend!)

This weekend was all about celebrations big and small and I loved it! What is better than celebrating life’s occasions with your friends and family? Let me answer that for you, NOTHING! I need to recap to keep the events in my heart. The memories are there but putting them on paper make them forever.

Thursday we celebrated Lauren’s leaving the McKinley with a small gathering at my house.  I don’t mean to say that we were celebrating Lauren leaving because we were not. We were celebrating her new adventures! Thank you to those that came!

Lauren's cake was so pretty. Unfortunately it was eaten before she saw it but we saved her a piece!

Lauren’s cake was so pretty. Unfortunately it was eaten before she saw it but we saved her a piece!

Friday we celebrated Jimi’s Birthday. It was so good to be with my sisters (we missed you Andi) and celebrating something happy. We ate, we drank (Prosecco is only 4 points!) and laughed a lot. Melanie, Lauren, Linda and Gary (friends that became family) added to the fun. I love Birthday’s even when they are not my own.

Birthday Monkey Bread!

Birthday Monkey Bread!

Saturday was the official “Stalk Derek Hough” day. SO MUCH FUN! He certainly is no Donny Osmond but he is a handsome little nugget. The best was the look on Lauren’s and Olivia’s faces when the finally saw him in person. Priceless. It made the combined 4 hours waiting in line totally worth it.

Basking in the glow of meeting her pretend husband.

Basking in the glow of meeting her pretend husband.

Sunday I was honored to be included in John and Sara’s Baby Shower. A room full of people celebrating the impending birth of a baby girl. It does not get any better than that.

Love

Love

So, four different celebrations all spent with people I love. Amazing. I just had to write it down. Kind of like so let it be written, so let it be remembered. Always.

Handsome little nugget

Handsome little nugget

 

Noise! Noise! Noise!

Noise! Noise! Noise!

Remember when I said I missed the mall? Well I went Saturday but Triple P came along for the ride. I should have said I miss going to the mall by myself. How is it possible that she is mine?

I do not like challenges that put one person against the other. My friends would kick my ass. I do like challenging me against me. I can take me.

Someone my Dad loved very much is expecting a baby. Sigh. This would have made him so happy.

Harry Connick Jr is pretty dreamy. And he is funny. Pretend Husband material?

Dreamy, funny and in a bar! What better pretend husband is there? I bet he did not propose to Jill Goodacre in Sears parking lot.

Dreamy, funny and in a bar! What better pretend husband is there? I bet he did not propose to Jill Goodacre in Sears parking lot.

Someone I know is headed out on an adventure. She has named her adventure “The Never Ending Love Story”. I love that. I also love the thought that love never ends. I am also thinking she is a Dirty Stay Out. She knows what I mean!

When shopping with Triple P on Saturday I was buying her the very few things she actually liked. At one store she was upset because the shirt she liked was not on sale and she hates to pay full price (at least I did something right) but she really liked it and I wanted her to have it. (See, I am a good Mom!) As I was paying she said “Mom, I can pay for this”, words that have never come out of the Thinkers mouth, but I said “No Riss, I want to do this for you”. She replied “I make more money than you.”I did not know whether to laugh or be proud of her. I still paid for the top but I am going to remind her she said this next month when Sallie Mae comes calling.

I  went to Market Basket…..On a Sunday……Extra 4% off (who knew?)…….Still the prettiest one there.

Why is it that one of the kids always needs to use my car right after I have filled the gas tank?

I like to fall asleep with the TV on. I set the timer on the TV to turn itself of and I usually fall asleep to Friends on Nick at Night. When I am getting dressed in the morning and turn the TV back on it is usually time for a show called Bubble Guppies. I am not going to lie, I like it. Deema is my favorite.

Amy posted this on her Facebook page and I loved it! How sweet is this? A real life Fairytale come true. It totally beats a proposal in Sears parking lot. Truth. The Saint went in for a lawnmower and came out with an engagement ring. His reasoning? And I quote, “It was on sale”. So the moral of my Fairytale is thank goodness the diamonds were on sale and not lawn mowers. Happily Ever After. The video will not post so please see the link to this super sweet story here.

Apparently losing the 30 pounds you gained stress eating is not as easy as gaining it. I caved and joined Weight Watchers. I have not done Weight Watchers in about 20 years. Yes, I have done it before and I will most likely have to do it again. Whatever. I have eating issues. Anyhow, they have this really cool APP that tracks your points. I am OBSESSED with it. It can read a bar code and tell you how many points that food is. I am scanning EVERYTHING! It was worth joining just for the APP. So far so good but do not ask me how I am doing because I will bite your head off. You may ask about the App. I will be happy to show you and to scan with you. By the way, A Presidente Margarita from Chili’s is approx 21 points. Cheers!

I went to the Post Office yesterday to mail a few surprises. Jen and Missy look for a little something something. I was shocked to see everything but Postal business going on in there. Three people in front of me needed passports and the next two were purchasing Money Orders. Where am I?

The Noise In My Head….and it is hearing this.

The noise in my head today………..

The noise in my head today………..

I survived my first full work week of 2014. It was a busy one and my head is full of noise. You know what that means…….

Not going to fib, it was nice to come back to school and not have to worry about Drama Club!

I had my annual physical on Tuesday. It was not pretty. My blood numbers are still good but I gained SO much weight. Let’s just say I should be delivering a baby about now. Ugh, I really believe that when you are eating your feelings the food should be calorie free.

My Doctor and I figured out that it took about 6 months to gain the weight. That makes sense, right around the time the Sh*t hit the fan. She told me that what took 6 months to put on should take about a year to take off in a healthy manner. Great just great.

I ate this! I did not even drown it in fake cheese or ranch dressing before I ate it!

I ate this! I did not even drown it in fake cheese or ranch dressing before I ate it!

I went out to dinner to celebrate Lauren’s Birthday Wednesday night. I ordered steamed broccoli instead of fries. I know, its shocking but true. I still had a burger. Baby steps.

I slipped and fell on the ice Wednesday morning. It was not pretty.

I am a big believer in the rule that if you shovel out a parking space it is yours, as long as there is snow on the ground, however my neighbors are pushing it. Seriously, lose the cones.

I love Junie B.

I love Junie B.

I am reading Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed to the 2nd grade. I love Junie B. She is total sassafras. I told the students that there is no such thing as monsters that live under your bed.  It occurred to me while I was reading it that I am a fraud because to this day I check under my bed for monsters. Then I became really sad because my Dad was always the one to chase the monsters out from under my bed. What am I going to do now?

I have not been in a Mall since the week before Christmas. I am having serious withdrawals.

I miss Andi.

This guy could be my soul mate.

This guy could be my soul mate.

I keep hearing the songs Let It Be, Shine Your Light, Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? in my head. Honestly they are on a continuous loop! It never stops.

I think it is so cool that Gabrielle Gifford went skydiving to mark the 3rd Anniversary of her shooting. I am wondering what the noise was in her head. I am thinking it was Roar.

Is it wrong that all I can think about is a big bowl of Pasta?

The Noise In My Head……………..

 

 

 

 

 

Sisters, I call Dibs! Dibs! Dibs!

Sisters, I call Dibs! Dibs! Dibs!
I call dibs on the adorable, spunky Anna! Dibs! Dibs! Dibs!

I call dibs on the adorable, spunky Anna! Dibs! Dibs! Dibs!

Andi is laid up recovering from back surgery. Needless to say she needs to be entertained so I convinced her to watch Downton Abbey. I am obsessed with the series and am eagerly anticipating the premiere of Season Four tonight. Andi just started watching today and excitedly called to tell me she was almost finished watching Season One and that she loved it. Before I could reply she yelled “I call dibs on Lady Mary! I get to be Lady Mary you have to be Lady Edith!”. Insert bad word here! Why didn’t I call Lady Mary when I told her to watch it??  I know better, she always called Ginger and Marcia and I had to be Mary Ann and Jan. In my enthusiasm of telling her about the show I did not think of the “calling dibs” on the favorite female character. Frankly I thought we were too old for those shenanigans (I love that word) but having just come back from seeing the amazing Frozen (Missy, you were right! I loved it!) I call dibs on Anna. You heard me Andria Maria Veronica DeLucia Lewis, I CALL DIBS ON ANNA, you have to be Elsa. Dibs! Dibs! Dibs! And while we are on the subject I never wanted to be Ginger or Marcia, I just let you think that I did!

Andi gets to be the sexy Ginger and I am the wholesome Mary Ann. Whatever.

Andi gets to be the sexy Ginger and I am the wholesome Mary Ann. Whatever.

 

Again, Andi is the sassy Marcia and I am the needy Jan. She always said because my name was Janet I had to be Jan. Not fair.

Again, Andi is the sassy Marcia and I am the needy Jan. She always said because my name was Janet I had to be Jan. Not fair.

 

I guess I should be happy she did not say I have to be Lady Sybil.

I guess I should be happy she did not say I have to be Lady Sybil.

 

 Bonus: I love this song.

 

 

Dad #17

Dad #17

20131213-074750.jpgDear Dad,

I missed my New Years Day phone call. I tried to stay in bed a little bit later so that the phone not ringing would not be so obvious. I celebrated New Years Eve with Tony and Donna and had a nice night. Donna was too kind when the ball dropped and I instantly started crying. I wanted to say good-bye to 2013 so badly but again felt like I was saying good- bye to you. It sucked. Then I got a text from Andi and it simply said ” I want Dad back”. You know Andi is a million, billion times stronger than me so that simple sentence spoke volumes to me and how much she is hurting. I also thought it was comforting that she felt the exact same way as I did as the ball dropped.

I missed my phone call. I wanted to tell you what I had done the night before and tell you all the resolutions I was not going to make. I wanted to tell you what the kids did and that Mario had celebrated in the North End. I wanted to tell you that I think Mario is becoming more and more like Ugo everyday and I know that would make you smile. I wanted to tell you that Rosa made panzerotti and I only ate one. (Shocking). I wanted to tell you that 2013 was the hardest year in so many ways but one of the highlights was Louie’s 50th Birthday party because you were here. I wanted to tell you that I can still see you sitting at my kitchen table drinking your DD and reading the paper. I wanted to tell you that I sit in the same seat, close my eyes and listen to the sound of your voice in my head. I wanted to tell you that I love you.

So, as I lay in bed not wanting to get up and listen to the silence of the phone call that would not come I thought of you. I thought about how though physically I did not see you that often you were still such a huge part of my life. I thought that somehow that would make your passing (I hate that phrase but hate saying dying even more) a little bit more bearable. We would go huge lengths of time without seeing each other in person yet since you have passed I have realized just how much a part of my everyday life you were. I am in awe that you so effortlessly were a part of our lives though so far away. I miss those quick 5 minute phone calls in between appointments just to check in and see what we were doing. I am blown away that even though I did not see you as often as we would have liked your presence is so missed. I miss knowing that you are out there and just a phone call away.

The Priest at St. Timothy’s (who has three funerals? You!) said something that really resonated with all of us. He said that most people carry their cross on the outside. That what is weighing heavy on them can often be seen. He said that what he knew of you is that you carried your cross on the inside. That what you showed on the outside was all good. That we should not make you a Saint (I know you would disagree with that) that we all have crosses to bear but with your love and patience you bore yours where nobody could see them. Well, I am wearing my cross on the outside for all the world to see and my cross is missing you.

I love you Dad. Here’s to 2014.