Month: November 2007

Day 25

This is a picture of my Grandpa and Grandma. Grandpa Steve (yes, Steve, Mary, John was his middle name) and Grandma Susan. Obviously, this is where the first half of my first name comes from her. Mary scanned in a few pictures from Mom and I stole this from her MySpace page.

I remember Grandma and Grandpa but, I don’t know if Mary does or not. Katie definitely doesn’t, and they were both gone by the time Richie was born. Grandma was lilacs and a voice filled with love, housedresses and M&Ms. Grandpa was quieter, and loving, a constantly going foot that most of us inherited.

When I was very small we spent a lot of time at their house. In fact every night we were there until Grandma passed away. And, it wasn’t only us but Aunts and Uncles and lots and lots of cousins. We were an extremely close bunch who grew up as if we were all brothers and sisters and not cousins. Sadly enough, I haven’t actually seen any of my cousins since our wedding. Hopefully, that will be remedied next summer as we’re supposed to be having a family reunion in New York.

Tomorrow, I have a picture of our Niagara Falls house to show y’all, and maybe my brain will flow better. Have a great day.

Day 24 Meme

1.What do you want for Christmas this year? New digital camera, or a camcorder.

2.What are you buying for others? No idea yet, I haven’t done a bit of shopping.

3.When do you open gifts? Tony and I open after Midnight mass, the kids open everything in the morning.

4. Do you put up a tree? Yes. I love Christmas Trees.

5. Do you put up outdoor lights? Yes.

[i]a. multi or white or other single color?[/i] I prefer multi colored or all blue. Others disagree so we go back and forth over the years. I have no idea what is on the house this year as I haven’t been outside to see them, even though they’ve been up since Thanksgiving night.

6. Do you listen to Christmas music? Yes.

7. Favorite Christmas Carol: Carol of the Bells. Yes, I know I’m the only person on the planet who has that as their favorite.

8. When do you start listening to Christmas music? It is allowed the day after Thanksgiving but, normally not until partway into December.

9. Eggnog? No. Spiced cider.

10. Favorite Christmas Cookie. Anything with chocolate.

11. What is Christmas Dinner? It depends on the year but, often times it is Italian food. This year I think it’ll be lasagna.

12. Favorite family tradition: We all go to the lodge Christmas eve for the gathering there, then we come back to my parents’ home and eat pizza and buffalo wings. (we’re from western NY, don’t question it.)

Day 23


Cute baby picture to divert your attention from the fact that I really don’t feel like writing today. I’m cold (after 80 yesterday), I have a headache, and the boys are obnoxiously loud.

So, stare at the cute baby, while I harass her Grandma into sending me more pictures.

Happy Friday.

Day 22 Thanksgiving

Tidbits:
-Long day, I am just exhausted, as are most people I’m sure. I really don’t have much to say tonight, at all, not even any whining, my brain is ruminating on stuff but nothing worth writing about.

-Oh, other than the fact that it was 80 degrees today, which is just beyond wrong. And, it rained but, not for long.

-The picture up there is just pure silliness as I have a pirate fetish. And, not a Johnny Depp one but, a fictional pirate one, nonetheless.

-Ack, Food Network is running some weird commercial where the network’s stars are done in some odd claymation way and it is frightening.

-I have one cousin who just had surgery due to cancer, he’s 17 and has testicular cancer. Needless to say we’re all worried about him.

-His sister just separated from her husband.

-Her baby might have a problem with his soft spot closing too soon.
Their poor family, they have so much on their plate right now.

-I’m ready to go to sleep.

-Happy Day.

Ack Day 21


I needed a smile, and Stacy had sent me this picture so I’m tossing it up here for y’all.

Today just started out badly. I was going to the bathroom, in my chair, got to the bathroom door, stood up, on my walker, and one good foot (my chair doesn’t fit in the bathroom) and went to hop in. Now, there has been some remodeling going on here so the floors are level, the hallway and bathroom floor are higher than where the threshold should be. And, you can see this coming, my good foot didn’t clear the higher floor.

My second toe, and the top of my foot just smashed into it. I screamed, almost feel but, caught myself. Everywhere I hit is red and purple and just intensely painful. I really think that I have at least a broken toe, if not a broken foot. There is nothing I can do about it for now, though, as I have to have one workable foot.

From there my day just went downhill, one thing after another, over and over again, just stupid things. Of course, since I was in pain anyway, that just made it worse. So, I ended up just laying down and eating some good sugarfree chocolate and whining for awhile. Now, I’m getting ready to go to bed, underneath an open window, with a fan in it, as it is still warm as hell. It was almost 80 here today, and we’re looking at the same for tomorrow.

Virginia weather, what can you say?

Have a great Thanksgiving or Thursday.