Out with the old... in with the new

Almost everyone I talk to is so happy to see 2007 end. It is only really another day but also an opportunity. I see the opportunity and I am also eager to try to make it a good one. I am looking forward to this next year and all the possibilities that it holds. I am ready for a new year! I am trying not to make any resolution but promises. I think that if I promise myself and everyone around me I will be more apt to keep em. I am a woman of my word and I hope to keep it that way.
So... what are those promises??? Believe me I am thinking and thinking hard. This past year one thing has really made itself clear to me... ask for it and you shall get it... just be really careful what you ask for. It is like a double edged sword.
So my promises and "asks" will be kept a secret for now... but as soon as I get something I will tell you al about it!
(The rosemary doesn't really have anything to do with the post... just a pic I love)


Merry Christmas to all and to all a GOOD NIGHT!!!

It's over. The muss the fuss and this holiday is over. I've been a real scrooge this past holiday so I'm glad to say that it is over. But (the almighty but) I enjoyed it... through my scrooginess there were some really wonderful moments. My husband sensing my mood made every effort to make it jolly for me and what a wonderful job he did. He is not really one to be happy (check out that picture) and merry but for me he put on a happy face trying to make me smile. And he did. Babe- I love you with all my heart and thank you for this holiday, past holidays and all the great ones to come.
(the picture is our tree from the perspective of the mistletoe)
Other awesome moments...visiting my cousin's newest addition to the clan (SH- he is truly beautiful, you guys are a gorgeous family), playing some pool with my oldest nephew (he is growing so FAST), picking out our yearly ornament with my hubby, much needed mani/ pedi, going visiting with my mom, spending time with my sister and her amazing family, watching my niece battle the family on the new Wii, of course the best time of all watching World's Strongest Man competition with my hubby (we are huge fans!). I hope you all had wonderful holidays and was able to spend some good times with your families as well.


It's a Christmas Miracle...

Except for the random gift cards that I have to pick up on my way back from certain places... and the random stuff that I have forgotten... I'M DONE SHOPPING. That doesn't include the food that I need to get over the next couple of days or the wrapping paper that I might run out of... but I'M DONE. Feels great.
As I was leaving work on my way to the MALL (yes I know... of all places... how dare I) I was given a small pep talk from a work friend, "Stay calm, be patient, park as far away as you possibly can and all will be good." He was right. I found a spot fairly quickly, when I was ready to buy I found a nice mall employee that had no line and had a smile on her face, I went to another store and bought some To:ME From:ME, and that line was pretty short too. I had a "pay it forward" moment when the guy in front of me needed a quarter... I gave it to him. I even went to a book store after that; abandoning the idea of getting a male family member a sweater in favor of a book. The line was crazy long but I kept my cool and it moved right along. I was home within an hour!!! Proud is the first word that comes to mind. May all your lines be sort and your mall employees have smiles.


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We got walloped with a doozy of a storm on Thursday. It was one of those days where you wake up and everything is really calm and it was quite cold. Went to work while hubby stayed home (SNOW DAY... such an annoying concept for me!) got there and watched the snow begin at about 10:30am. I came home at about 4:30 and was so glad to not be on the road any longer. We got another storm today (supposed to be worse than Thursday) but I don't care because I'm home. The pictures are from super early Friday morning... today is really crappy out too. The snow is already getting annoying. I went out to help hubby shovel... darn it was FREEZING and the snow was heavy.

I'm gonna try really hard to get into the spirit... hubby and I went out to dinner last night and bought our tree... we will trim it today with hot cocoa and lots of carols. I am going to attempt making cookies... and for anyone who knows me knows that a baker I AM NOT... but the crappy weather and the holiday season makes me want to be a better baker. There is something about having the oven on and sweet smells wafting through the house.



Shopping List...

It's that time of year. Lots and lots of shopping and not the fun kind. Fun kind being the one where almost everything you bring home is yours and wearable and nice. Don't get me wrong... I love to give presents. But the pressure is just too much.
I wish that I could make stuff and give that but a large part of my list are children and I don't think they would want pesto or pepper jelly. So there is a lot of "what ages is that good for" and "what sizes is 7 yrs old" and "what the heck are backyardigans and will xxx like them?". I hate to ask the parents what the kids might really like because I always get "PLEASE NO TOYS, ONLY CLOTHES!" and I hate to be that aunt... the not fun aunt that always brings clothes. The good news is that I think I'm done. I was a POWER shopper Monday with my girl Leah and we really worked those stores. Done. I think.....



I'm sick.

I think I caught it from reading all the bloggers that have been sick these past weeks. Now I've got it and I'm on the verge of being miserable. I was snapping at hubby and not wanting to work. It adds on to the horrible weekend that I had. To top it all off I wore one of my favorite sweaters today and I poked a hole in it... right on my booby. ARGH...



December in all it's glory

Hi. I've been bad about posting lately... sorry.
December is here and here to stay. I'm not it's biggest fan as of yet because this weekend has been yucko! Friday was a realy hard day at work. One of those days that is just one bad/hard thing after another, on top of which it was LONG. I went in for 9am and headed home at 11pm. I had an event, opening night and my nephew to stay with me for the weekend. I had to run errands during the day and it was chilly.
Saturday started out innocently enough and then tumbled into the abyss of another bad day. The power went out at my house, I was late for yet another event at the theatre, looked a fright because there was no electricity to do my hair, LOST A VERY SPECIAL NECKLACE THAT MY FRIEND MADE ME, still had no electricity so my house was freezing, therefore having to miss a holiday party. Today topped this crazee weekend off with a birthday party at my sister's house. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBBIE. I'm home now, the heat is on and I should be glad that the weekend is over... but of course we are expecting some nasty weather tonight/tomorrow and I was going to go x-mas shopping tomorrow. ARGH. I'm never gonna get it done at this rate!
BAH HUMBUG! I guess I'll stay home and clean since that needs to get done too!


Sunny days and Chilly nights

It is the BEST thing about this time of year. Gorgeous sunny days that look really enticing but are cold and crisp. Really chilly nights that you need a blanket and some cocoa or tea to keep warm with. Love em!
The Festival of Lights has started at Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford. Scrooge and Tiny Tim helped Santa flip the switch to light the lights. It is a fun time and nice outing. If you've never seen it... do it. But bundle up because the wind downtown can be fierce. What other things are there to do in the winter? I've been trying to come up with some good ones (that don't involve shopping, or the mall) to do with the hubby. We try to do Fantasia in Goodwin Park too.
And now the season in here. Plenty of shopping and gathering and and and...
Love to all...
PS. I get to hang with Santa this weekend at Hartford Stage.


Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!!
Time to give thanks for the little things that we generally take for granted.
Here is my list
I give thanks for my hubby... you are always there for me when I'm whining and when it's time to celebrate. I love you, thank you!
I give thanks for my girlfriends... Leah, Ali, Heather, Debie, Tina. I can't list you all but I love you all for being there to listen and give advice and go shopping... all at once. You ladies are one in a million, and that makes me SUPER lucky. Thank you.
I give thanks for my amazing family. For all the support, unconditional love, and good times. I always turn to you and you are ALWAYS there. Without you (literally) I wouldn't be who I am. Thank you.
To you and yours,
Happy Thanksgiving all!




The 11th month, alot like the 11th hour. Does anyone else start to reflect on the year past? Start to think, where and who was I a year ago? What is different in my life? Where do I go from here? Today has been that kinda day for me. Things are good and I am happy. That said things are different one year later. And some things are the same and it is hard to reflect and be happy with both those statements. I guess I need to remember that I am healthy and happy and that tomorrow is another day.
I was talking to my chiropractor the other day and she suggested that I start meditating and visualizing my life the way I want it to be. Does it matter that I'm not really sure what I want it to be? I think about putting time aside each day to stop and think and I am overwhelmed with that idea. I want to be able to do it and be all centered and be my breath and stuff... but... not really sure about it.

Alright... wow.
Not really sure where that all came from but glad to let it out.
On another note, I saw Wicked this past week. My lovely lady HH tok me. We had fabulous seats and it was a great musical. Good music, good story and very well done. My favorite part was when the flying monkey came out and HH leaned into me and said, "I think I want a flying money!" I laughed and a few minutes later when the monkey and Elphaba had a lovely moment, HH said,"Now I really want a flying monkey." And I almost lost my sh*t from laughter. HH you are one in a million and I'm lucky to have you as my friend.
As the week progresses let us all remember to take time to be thankkful. It is what the holiday is really about and somehow I think we all lose sight of it between the shopping and the traveling and the family drama.
I am putting together my list of thanks and will post as the day draws near, I would love to hear yours!



What a wonderful day. Went to the gym, had a yummy breakfast. My hunny fixed the kitchen sink last night. Got to hang with my girl HH and yak the hours (literally) away. Came home to lots of laundry and other household chores that I ignored... and probably shouldn't have.
Oh well... getting ready to read a little, watch and movie and SLEEP.
Tomorrow is another day!



Random pictures from Miami...
Self portrait. We were at a restaurant on Ocean Drive... people watching.
Palm Trees
View from the room
Really tasty gelato on Lincoln Road
My hunny and me.

Working for the weekend

Hi all,
Things are really crazy these days... as always. Miami was fun. While I was at the conference brushing up on my marketing skills G was hanging in the room RELAXING... ugh. Saturday when the conference was done I hightailed it back to the hotel and sat by the pool with a mojito and it was all worth it. I feel smarter :)
The flight was good... the descent always does a number on my ears. I have developed a bit of a vertigo problem over the past couple of years and the flying does NOT mix well with the vertigo. I've been suffering all week and am actually home today because of it. They are painting my office and he fumes coupled with the vertigo... I am home popping the meclizine.
The countdown to Thanksgiving is ON!!! I'm looking forward to the Macy's Day Parade, the turkey and hanging with the families...
More soon...


Bien venido a Miami!

This pictures was not taken in Miami.
The countdown is on... we are headed out in 12 hours and 30 minutes.
I'm really excited. I left work a little early today to pack and stuff and I ended up at the Mall. I just really felt like I needed something new for the conference... 3 hours and 19 minutes later... My wardrobe is one suit, one pair of jeans, 2 jackets and a sweet shirt richer and I'm poorer... Although I do have to admit that the clothes were ALL on sale as you know I can work a sale rack and I bought a Tahari suit that was originally $360 for (drum roll please!!!!!) $63.99. Yup you read me right... I'm the goddes... G has no idea who Tahari is so he does not understand the magnitude of this purchase.
Well alrighty peeps... off to bed I go while visions of beaches and conference rooms dance in my head.


Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween Peeps,
It is the one time of year that you can be someone else and no one can call you on it. I went to a super fun costume party this weekend... Superman was there and so was Batman. There were gladiators, firemen, Jack and Jill, some baseball players... the list goes on forever!!! A great time was had by all.
Tomorrow I look forward to handing out candy at the house and seeing all the ghouls and goblins come by the office.
Treats to all,


Happy Anniversary!

To my love:
Happy Anniversary Sweetheart.
Thank you for five years of adventures and surprises around every corner.
I thought it was so interesting that we both chose cards that expresses the tough times and getting through them instead of the happy cheery times. I know that our love is strong and will endure lots more tough times. I'm looking forward to the next 5, 10, 15... forever.
Ti Amo,

Also... he's here!!! A big huge CONGRATULATIONS goes out to my cousin who had a baby boy on my anniversary! Yeah! Congrats sweets, can't wait to meet him.

Lots of love to you all,



Hallo, Ciao, Wilkommen, Wie geht's, What up, Wasssup, Buon Giorno, how's it hanging? I don't have much to say. I really feel like I'm working on so many secretive projects right now. Nothing due in 9 months, peeps.... Puh leeze! :)
Just stuff that if I say it out loud I feel like it won't happen. But I can honestly say today that I AM HAPPY!!! And I will say that out loud knowing that it won't not happen. How can I not be... my hubby and I are having a blast and really enjoying life these days. I have great friends that keep me sane and loving and living on the daily, my mom and sister and even sister wife (heehee) are the best women that a woman could ask for as a support. The sun is shining the breeze is blowing... what more could a girl ask for? Yes I know a million dollars... but for reals peeps.
Lovin you!


Happy Birthday to you!!!

Hi SH,
Here's to you today. I wish you the best birthday!

Hi to all, and Happy Birthday to you too... if I missed it. Shout out toAli and her birthday coming up... ain't no thang girl... love it! own it!

It has gotten a little gray and dreary out, but that is ok too... we needed the rain and I'm glad it's here.
Enjoy it or... blame it on the rain... in either case
have a good one.


It's a HOT One...

It is right back to August today. And not the nice August days, it's sticky and sweaty and wants to rain but probably won't. I've been loving the weather... til today.
The week was good... kinda long. I went back to Pilates... ooh boy was that a doozy. I guess the class got ahead of me, they were doing stuff that could have been classified as downright torture in some countries. I LOVE IT!!! But I have to go back to intro. Oh well... no love lost. It is a great class and a GREAT studio. Justine has really taught me to learn to use my body. She remembers how I feel and gives me modifications (and other students) in class so that we don't go beyond our personal limits and hurt ourselves. It is MUCH better than a DVD people. Join me... you'll love it to. I'm going to join the Monday Pilates class and see what I can do.
I also visited my sister on Sunday morning and had a big ol breakfast with the kids... it was FUN. Had some friends over for dinner and went apple picking on Monday with Ali and kids and Leah. It has become a tradition... loved it. What a cute Orchard too... very small and lots of trees, and of course yummy cider apple donuts.
Check out the pics and have a great weekend.



Living for the weekend

What a BEAUTIFUL one. Tons of plans and I'm so excited about all of them. Tonight we are headed to D&D for dinner with lots of friends and that makes me so HAPPY. Tomorrow morning I'm headed to my sisters for breakfast with the kids, and then some friends M&R are coming over for the game (which one... beats me) and some grub. I went shopping this morning and was mortified at the prices at the store... for reals people... CRAZY. Last night we had some delicious Japanese food with my in-laws, and got to check out the progress on the addition to their bedroom and bathroom... looks
great. I'm taking a vacation day Monday to spend some much needed time with my ladies L and Ali.
So I can't, shouldn't, won't complain (which we ALL know I'm really good at).

Here is a list:
Here's to...
- no lines at the grocery store (or anywhere for that matter)
- snuggles with the hubby after a trying week
- old friends, new friends and bloggie friends
- beautiful sunshiny days
- babies everywhere (congratulations to G&K and good luck to S&G)

Love to you all,


Nice Matters and White Noise

I've been nomiated for the "nice matters" bloggie award. My loveliest mama Ali nominated me in the sweetest nicest way. No wonder she was nominated and sent it my way.

Right now I don't feel like being nice. My MAC is being mean and has the weirdest white noise in the background. Some times I think it the speakers, but the sound is not there all the time. I've talked to tech support and we did a p-ram something and that seemed to work... until I hung up. OF COURSE. I have to say that I'm lucky and talked to some great peeps so I'm not complaining... yet.

So in case my computer gets taken away for a bit here are some pics.

It was Kyle's b-day yesterday... 7 people! We celebrated with cake.

I know... super freaking cute. What can I say... my sister's got good genes!

Joe's birthday next week... 13. I'm old and he's a TEENAGER! argh.

So funny... they decided to blow out the candles before we even sang. We had to light them again. This is take two.

This little patriot tuckered himself way out.

Note to self... do not sing songs with lyrics in them that you don't want kids repeating and repeating and asking what that means. They hear everything and will remember EVERYTHING. All I can say is... "Blinded by the light, wrapped up like a deuce..." hahaha.

Love to you all and send me good computer vibes.


Hey there peeps!

From one extreme to another!

What up? What's shakin'?
I think I'm finally starting to feel like myself again. I'm almost afraid to say it in case I jinx myself. I'm still takin' it slow because that seems to be the key. Having said that I have a really busy weekend. It is open house at the theatre this weekend, Saturday 11am-4pm. Sunday we have a family dinner to celebrate my aunts' birthday.

Fall is here and it is GORGEOUS out! I'm wanting to go out and walk, picnic, pick apples, have a bonfire, grill peppers, visit with friends over coffee and cider donuts. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year.
My anniversary is coming next month and the hubby and I are trying to make some fun Fall plans... leave a comment with some ideas if you have any.
Okay my peeps, here's wishing you lots of warm days and crisp nights for good sleeping under a warm blanket.


Friendly Neighborhood Computer Goddess - part 2

So here comes the installation saga...
I leave the cable company office with my DVR and modem to hook up at home... alone.
I stop at the neighborhood electronics store to pick up the router that I need to fulfill my wireless needs. As I'm in the store, of course there is no one to be found to ask any questions to... and my phone rings so I start talking to Leah and check out of the store with said router in hand. Head home. G is home so we decide to hook up the DVR first so that he could at least watch TV while I struggle with the modem. Ok, fine. Directions are fairly simple but where we will put it. I think we spent more time rearranging electronic devices than hooking up the damn thing. We finally get all the right cables in the right spots and call the cable company to send the signal so we can have CABLE. It was super confusing on the phone because of course they can't find my account and the guy can't freaking spell STEFANIA. After about 20 some odd minutes on the phone DVR is connected.
I head directly to the computer becuase I just want to get it all over with but we are also STARVED as it is dinner time. So I try for about 20 minutes to do both at once. Put the modem disc into the computer and that seemed to work just fine. Put the router disc into the computer and it is asking me to hook the router to the computer. My first thought is that, hmmm this can't be right. I assumed that the router and the modem could essentially be hooked up to each other in a completely different location than the computer because a) I work mainly on a laptop and b)there is no cable hookup (or phone line for that matter) that is even remotely near the computer. So I think... hmmm maybe I can hook up this up through the laptop (that is MAC, by the way) and of course none of the installation discs work on.
At this point I'm super annoyed that this isn't working and much harder than the cable company claimed it to be.
I call tech support. I get a rep and the first thing I tell him is that he is probably gonna hate that he got me as a caller!
First things first he can't find my account (this sounds vaguely familiar). Then I try to tell him what my deal is and he says (literally word for word), "oh boy, you are not gonna like what I have to say. this tech support does not support routers or networks you are gonna have to pay for that kinda of support, can I transfer you to sales?"
I calmly ask him to at least try to steer me in the right direction and at least tell me if I'm barking up the right tree. He very nicely agrees and we realize that I bought the wrong router. OF COURSE!!! I hang up, pack my bags and head back to the store. Get there and realize that they close in about 13 minutes so I better make it SNAPPY! I get behind the LONGEST TRANSACTION IN THE HISTORY OF THE STORE. I SWEAR THE GUY ASKED FOR THEIR BLOOD TYPE. I start to walk around the store to locate the correct router and a very nice guy comes and asks me if I need help and I ask him all the questions that tech support DIDN'T SUPPORT, FREE!
As I suspected I was on the right track with the wrong equipment and I grabbed the right one. I pay, leave, head home determined to get this done.
Head to the computer and insert the correct router disc into the computer and it asks for... ready for this one... an internet connection. OMG... AT THIS POINT I THINK THAT THE UNIVERSE IS PLAYING TRICKS ON ME. No wonder G leaves this all to me because he lasted oh about as long as it took the guy to not be able to find my account when we were hooking up the DVR.
I head upstairs (where we want to hook the modem and router up), start ripping open packages, splitting cable wires, hooking lines in where they fit... being a total crazy woman. I press power, all the lights light up and it looks like we are in business. I turn around to the laptop hit internet and BAM it hooks up.
I start running around the house so proud and that is when my husband names me computer goddess of the house.
I decide to install the cable internet cd get about half way through it when it asks for a username and password that I got when I bought the service... YEAH RIGHT!
It's been 3 or 4 days and I haven't gone back.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

PS. I have a really great picture to go along with this post but blogger has a bugger. I'll show it to you next time.


Friendly Neighborhood Computer Goddess

That's me!!! I can't even tell you how frustrating life was yesterday... well at least I'm gonna try.
It all started a couple of months ago when we kept getting mail about the new AT&T cable/internet deal. They have a new digital cable that is supposed to be awesome. We wanted to upgrade our cable and internet so it seemed great. Then one day my husband changed his mind and said all at once, DON'T DO IT! Let's just call our regular cable provider and upgrade to their high speed internet and digital cable. So I called...
This is where everything starts to go downhill, and anyone who has ever called would know this. I called and spoke to a great sales person got all the details that I wanted and decided that yes we would do this.
She (salesperson) was really nice and helpful and we went through everything and in the end told me that I needed to pick up the DVR, and the modem and install it all myself or pay a hefty charge. This was not acceptable but ok. Then she said, BUT... if you get digital telephone then someone will come out and install that and the modem for free and the DVR for 1/2 charge. I was very happy with that checked with the husband and decided that YES indeed that was a great deal and I would take it. We even then were allowed an even better deal and got some premium channels for the digital cable.
So the appt was made for a week later (yesterday) between 8:30am and 10:30 am.
Happily I spent the week waiting for the extra channels, the all hallowed DVR that everyone who has one says they can't live without and the high speed internet.
So 8:30 comes around and I wait... and wait... and wait... and then 9:30 comes and I think, boy they never confirmed with me yesterday, hmmm... I should call and make sure that someone is even coming. So I call... and talk to another customer service rep to make sure that there is indeed an appointment, and she confirms that YES someone is on their way to install the digital phone. Well what about the DVR and modem??? They are scheduled for a self pickup and install. ARGH! I was so pissed and made sure she knew it too!!! The last woman I spoke to said that everything was going to be handled together at once and .... ARGH... fine, fine, FINE! I can do this. Hang up the phone and continue to WAIT. 10:29 comes and I am about to walk out the door and who shows up... the phone dude. Way to wait til the last possible minute huh!
It took about an hour and the dude was at least nice.
All day I'm pissed and finally after work (what was left of it) I head out to the cable company to pickup my DVR and modem to install MYSELF. I get there and tell them how pissed I already am and ask, "The modem is wireless, right?"
The lovely gentleman says no. ARGH!!! I need a wireless system and would have NEVER okayed anything else. At this point there is actual steam coming out of my ears. The woman at the desk hands me 5 free on demand movies for my "TROUBLES" and tells me that I am probably better off just buying a wireless router because their wireless system is "pricey"!!! ARGH... what did I just sign up for?

Come back to read "Friendly Neighborhood Computer Goddess 2" coming soon, where you can read all about the installation process!



This is Bridget at her 2nd birthday party last weekend. ADORABLE!!! Needless to say she is not the pain... read on.

I'm finally feeling better. I went to the chiropractor yesterday because I had gotten to the edge of insanity. The pain was shooting down my legs and because I was working and walking and basically not doing much different all the rest of the muscles in my back were trying to keep me doing all those things and they had gotten to the point of spasming and seizing up. Why do you ask did I wait so long??? HMMM... that is a good questions. Because I'm a pain in the @ss and don't know when to say enough is enough.
Well... enough is enough and now I'm starting to feel better... thank goodness. I went to the gym this morning and got in the pool and moved and stretched and tried not to over do it...
I'm gonna try to take it easy the next couple of days.
Otherwise... hmmm not much else going on. Fall is coming on strong. I noticed some leaves are starting to change and there is a slight chill in the windy bits.
It almost feels like now should be when we make resolutions... not in January when everything is so bleak and cold and raw... now seems like there is so much more opportunity to keep a resolution... Really the only problem is there are so many that I want to make.
(On a side note I'm listening to India.Arie and every time I pose a question she is answering them through her songs... very creepy and wonderful at the same time. I feel like a friend is sitting here with me.)
Have a happy and labor free labor day.



Hi. Lately peeps have been kinda in the dumps. All I can say is that there are brighter days ahead everyone. We need to experience the lows to really appreciate and love the highs. Keep your chin up and take it slow.

Other fronts...
Things are ok with me. My back is still a little sore and that makes me sore. I hate this problem and really beat myself up when it happens. It means that I'm not taking care of myself and no one likes when I don't take care of myself... EXPECIALLY ME!!!
I will vow to do better and hope that I do.

G is back to school and normalcy falls upon us and I love it. It means that FALL is right around the corner... apple picking, sweatshirts and sneakers, hot apple cider, apple fritters, back to school shopping (it's in my blood), back to school stories (from G and the kiddies J started 7th grade and K started 1st grade) leaves changing colors, brisk mornings that need jackets, this list could go on FOREVER, but the best for last... my anniversary. G and I are celebrating 5 years. I'm so excited. I love to celebrate.

What's on your list?
Love you