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>I have been quite lazy about my blog the last couple of weeks so here I am with an attempt to catch up. First I’ll get some business out of the way – the prizes from the last contest went out in the mail yesterday, I will post pictures as soon as I know the girls have received their prize! I am trying to think of new contests and new prizes so please, please, please let me know if you have any ideas!

Now on to the stuff that has kept me so busy these days. First off John & Diana came for a visit. It was a fun filled weekend for sure. We hit a couple of parks, did a lot of eating and shopping and just some much needed catching up. I can’t believe how long it had been since they came to visit or how long it had been since we’d seen them period and hopefully that doesn’t happen again!

Though we had a great time with John & Diana there was a bit of a shadow hanging over their visit, Mike’s mom was in the hospital she had to have emergency surgery to remove her gallbladder. She is thankfully home and doing much much better though as many of you know my mother-in-law has many health issues she must deal with so she will never be 100% healthy but she’s a tough little thing for sure.

Some big news – Mike and I are going on our first cruise! We had been planning to go back to St. Augustine because we loved it so much last year but last week I got a sudden instant message from Mike asking if I was still interested in going on a Disney Cruise, and after a little discussion we were booked!! We set sail February 19th on a 3 night Bahamian cruise and I just can’t wait. I’ve never been on a cruise so I’m nervous I certainly don’t want to get sea sick but we will go prepared! But my excitement overshadows my nervousness, I can’t wait to get on the boat and enjoy the activities and being out to sea and just being away from it all!! I’m super excited about visiting Castaway Cay and I’m willing to bet that I’m going to take thousands of pictures!

Taking pictures leads me into more fun times my birthday! Mike gave me my birthday gift early as usual and he got me a FANTASTIC new camera! I’m so excited! It’s a Canon PowerShot SD890 IS and it takes amazing pictures I’ve been having such a good time with it. Also for my birthday Mike took me to Citrico’s at the Grand Floridian, oh my goodness what an amazing meal we had. We ate so much but it was so delicious that we ate every bite, our wait staff was fabulous and the meal was well paced. Mike had told the restaurant in advance that it was my birthday so I received a special menu and my dessert was decorated it was just a really really nice night out. Monday was my actual birthday and I wasn’t feeling well, I actually haven’t been feeling well all week but I got a ton of phone calls and messages with birthday wishes and that definitely brightened my day so thank you everyone for making me feel special on my birthday.

So that’s what’s going on here, I’ve sadly not gotten into the craft room very often lately but I need to remedy that and I haven’t made any new recipes lately but I have to get on that too. My sister got me a new cookbook so I really really need to get going on making things from there. On the diet and exercise front I’ve been doing great on exercise and managed not to gain weight when John & Diana were in town but the eating hasn’t been so great lately hopefully I can shed a few pounds before heading on the cruise!! We’ll see!! More soon I promise!


>Yep that’s right contest winners! I decided since this contest generated the most comments I would surprise you guys with two winners and here they are:

Anonymous said…

My goal is to lose 25 lbs, read at least 10 books, and have a positive attitude, especially about work!

Nicole L


Anonymous Joy said…

My goals are:
to help you adopt a baby!
to lose weight and get healthy

Ok so Joy if you could email me your address I will get a prize out soon. Nicole I will include yours in with Mom’s birthday present and I certainly hope you will both keep me updated on the progress you are making with your goals!!

So today was the first weigh in since Mike and I started another diet and I’m happy to report I lost 5 pounds! It’s a great start though I still have a long way to go I am trying to get healthy and not put so much pressure on myself. I have also set up goals. Mike and I have decided that when we both lose 20 pounds I will let Mike make an eggplant/chicken parmigiana combo that he is dying to make and as a mini goal I have vowed not to spend one of the gift cards I received for Christmas until I lose 10 pounds so I’m halfway there! I discovered Exercise TV ON Demand and I’ve been trying some of the workouts and some have been great! I am getting into a routine, starting each day with yoga trying to gain some calm and balance – I feel better physically but emotionally I’m still a mess. Then after I take Mike to work I come home and do some sort of cardio and in the evenings I either drag Mike on a 30 -40 minute walk or to the gym for 30 or 40 minutes and I guess it’s working especially considering one night last week we ordered pizza and cheese sticks and ate out on Saturday eating fries and fried cheese and I still lost weight so wish us luck!

So as promised last night I tried a new recipe. I got this recipe out of the new Rachael Ray cookbook – The Big Orange Book but you can also find it here. This recipe is called Austin Mac ‘n’ Cheese Suizas! It was so delicious! It didn’t take long but I’ll warn you it uses up a lot of pots and pans so I’m glad I opted to try this on a Sunday instead of during the week. It’s not to spicy and not to heavy and though it says it serves six we easily have 6 servings still left over so I definitely think it’s good for a crowd. We’ll be eating leftovers for dinner tonight so it’s nice to know dinner is taken care of.

On Thursday John & Diana arrive for a long weekend so I really have to get my house in order it’s coming along but I’m procrastinating this morning.

Over the weekend we took in a couple of movies since I absolutely love the award season I wanted to see a couple more movies before the Golden Globes. We saw Disney’s Bolt which was super duper cute and we saw Doubt, which was fantastic though it would be hard for Meryl Streep to churn out anything not fantastic!! It was just a great movie and got you thinking. Now I have a list of movies I have to see before the Oscars!

Well I better get moving! Have a happy Monday everyone and Congrats again to my contest winners!!!


Here are a few photos of our little family at the tail end of last year and early this year!

Well here we are a week into 2009 and so far so good I guess. I did carry over some of my crap mood from 2008 but I’m making a much more conscious effort to push past it. Mike and I have been trying to eat healthy and get some exercise in each day. I’ve been trying to start each morning with yoga in the hopes it will center and calm me – we’ll see how that goes. The exercise thing hasn’t been bad I really like to exercise but the eating thing has been tough it’s only been a few days and already I feel like I want pizza in a big bad way but I’m pushing forward. Wish me luck!

Now that the holidays are over and the new year has started I want to get back to trying a new recipe a week. I’m sure the first several at least will be semi-healthy meals but I’m sure it won’t be long before I try a sweet treat or two. I am considering pulling out one of the new cookbooks I got for Christmas out and finding a recipe for tonight. I will absolutely keep you posted.

I have yet to get into my craft room this year and I am hoping to get in there before this week is out. I have so many pictures I want to scrap, stories I want to tell and projects I want to try. I want to post a lot more fun things in the weeks and months to come so I guess I should really get working.

Next week John & Diana will be coming for a visit. It has been over a year since I’ve seen them and longer then that since Mike has seen them so I’m sure it will be a great visit. Mike has already spilled the beans on my birthday dinner plans and I’m super excited about that too!! And we are hoping to take a trip in February sometime so this will be a full year and hopefully a good one. I hope everyone else’s 2009 is off to a fabulous start!

OK and now for the first contest of 2009 – What are your goals for this year? Post your answer in the comments and I will pick a winner on Monday!! As you know I send out little prizes so hopefully that is motivation enough!

Happy New Year Everyone! Let’s make 2009 GREAT!

More Soon…

>Before I get into my 2008 wrap up blog I wanted to first say that until last night I had never seen Office Space before. I know shame on me which is totally why Andrew so wisely gave this movie to us for Christmas. He gave us four movies he feels were lacking from our movie watching rotation and we watched two out of the four and he was right on both of those!! 🙂

2008 is coming to a close and though my dad always says not to wish time away I’ve got to say I’m not really sad to see this year end. It had a lot of ups and downs for sure and for me just an overall feeling of sadness, anger and an inexplicable case of the blahs. Not to sound like a broken record but most of all of those feelings were due to rocky road of trying to have a baby and being continuously disappointed. I took the year off from working so that adds to a certain feeling of uselessness in addition to the whole “not being able to give my husband a baby” that I dump on myself on a daily basis. I also underwent surgery for the whole baby thing and our doctor continued to blow smoke up our asses by telling us that he saw no reason after the surgery why I should get pregnant. Fast forward six months and still not pregnant. So naturally me being anti-Doctors, needles and now surgery I feel that much more angry having gone through all of this for what appears to be nothing. Hopefully in the new year I can put these feelings of anger in the past and be a little more calmer and patient and just move forward with our life and if that means without a child well then so be it.

In 2008 I’ve made new friends, reconnected with old friends, been surprised by people in both a good and bad way and have totally been disappointed and heart broken by people. I have thankful for all of these experiences because it helps to move forward knowing who you can count on and who will ditch you at the first sign of a disagreement and that happens and like the baby thing there is really nothing you can do about it just move forward and be happy with all the good in your life and say to hell with the bad.

In 2008 I read 14 books which is 2 more then I read last year but probably not as many as I read back in the days of commuting back and forth to the city but especially now with now job I find myself goofing around online and reading magazines more then I find myself sitting down and reading a book though today was a major exception as I sat and read the last 100 pages of Kevin Smith’s My Boring-Ass Life which I absolutely loved and consider one of my favorite books of this year. Other favorites include: Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner, Needful Things by Stephen King, The Godfather by Mario Puzo, and Playing for Pizza by John Grisham. These are just the top of my list though I didn’t hate any book this year I just liked these better then others.

In 2008 we saw a bunch of movies including the much hyped Cloverfield which made me so nauseous I couldn’t really enjoy it. We saw Ms. Pettigrew Lives for a Day which I absolutely loved Frances McDormand and Amy Adams were so terrific! 21 which was just a fun movie but since I have spent a lot of time in Vegas I love any good Vegas movie. Forgetting Sarah Marshall which I thought was hysterical and we bought the day it came out on DVD! Iron Man and The Dark Knight which were different in that one was way the hell lighter then the other but I loved them both and Heath Ledger in my humble and non-professional opinion deserves the Golden Globe he has already been nominated for and the Oscare which I sure hope he’s nominated for and not because he’s unfortunately passed away but because he deserves it. And I’m thrilled that Robert Downey Jr. has hit it big because I have loved him for a long long time! The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian was disappointing, Sex and the City which I really enjoyed more then I thought I would it’s just a beautiful friend movie which I can’t help but love. The Incredible Hulk which I loved and was happy I could replace my memory of that other Hulk movie with this one!!! Brilliant cast and I loved the throw backs to the show which I absolutely loved as a kid. Wall-E was brilliant, Wanted was pretty but the plot was lacking, Hancock loads of fun, Hellboy II way fun and just a pretty film. Zach and Miri Make a Porno what can I say about this film I’m a Kevin Smith Fan I’ve loved every movie he’s made INCLUDING Jersey Girl and this ranked up there among the faves. What other movie can make you laugh hysterically, turning a movie about people making a porno into a beautiful and touching love story? More Kevin Smith brilliance in my opinion! Ok so those are the highlights some movies we missed, some movies I probably forgot and some movies I left out on purpose what can you do they all can’t be faves right?

This year I got fat! Or should I say fatter, I’m at the highest weight I’ve ever been and well what can you do. When you are a sad, crazy Italian you turn to food for comfort and that’s what I did so we’ll see how I do in 2009 but hopefully I’ll shed some of the poundage. Pounds aside I want to get healthy exercising and eating less crap though I say that as Mike is in the kitchen plating up a load of fried snacks we picked up in the freezer section of the grocery store and I’m drinking a glass of wine and there are chips and Cold Stone Creamery ice cream for later. Hell I’m already fat I might as well give 2008 a proper send off right?

In 2008 my mom had hernia surgery which she made it through with absolute flying colors and my grandmother had emergency surgery which I don’t even like to think about because it reminds me how dangerously close to losing her we came and that’s not something I like to think about. But happy to report that she is ending this year much healthier then she started it and I’m way thankful that she made it and I’m reminded that she’s a tough and damn if I shouldn’t be more like her.

In 2008 as with every year since we got together I’m reminded that my husband is the most awesome and patient man on the planet. How he’s put up with me for yet another year is way beyond me but boy howdy am I glad he has been able to put up with me!

Well kids that’s my 2008 wrap up! Hope the year has been good to all of you and now it’s time for junk food, wine and the commentary of Clerks II since I’m way jonesing for all things Kevin Smith at the moment!!!



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