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Monday, February 24, 2014

Spring Tease

The Polar Versprilles
at Jake's game
In a lot of ways, this weekend was a teaser for spring. It got up to almost 50 on Saturday (But super, cutting, chilly wind ~ just ask me. We sat for 1 1/2 hours on a lacrosse field watching our cousin, Jake [Springfield College], play lacrosse against Naz)! On Saturday morning, Mark and I gave the cars a good cleaning, inside and out before running one of the cars over to Cam to use for a couple of weeks while we visit Mom and Sue in Virginia, followed by a week in Denver for Mark. What a mess they were, but it was great to be able to do that so early in the season. The sun was shining brightly all weekend, which sure went a long way toward lifting my (and I'm guessing other people's) spirits.

Annalisse is feeling better, but says she's still tired. Hopefully, she can get a little more active as the weather continues to get nicer. I think half the battle is to build her stamina back up after she's been sick for a month. She was excited to learn that she's been accepted to SUNY Plattsburgh and Buffalo State's nutrition programs, and she had an interview with Syracuse University this week (and should hear from them within the month). The last one she would need to hear from is RIT, but we've pretty much ruled that one out for a myriad of reasons. It will really come down to Buff State and SU (if she's accepted) since those are her top choices (great programs, close proximity). Plattsburgh, she feels, is way to far away. Those were some great bright spots for her, especially when she's attending her six hour chemistry class every Sunday. I keep telling her (since she likes to complain...), "Keep your eyes on the prize," but the complaining continues!

So, I might as well get crackin' on this short work week (Yay!!) so we can get on with things and look forward to our trip VA on Wednesday.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Oh no! Mono!

On Monday Annalisse was diagnosed with mono, after a rough month of two bouts of strep throat and feeling generally yucky.

Having mono is common of a "rite of passage" for high school and college students, and very common among these groups, especially college students who live in such close quarters. And we all know, colleges and high schools are a bit of a germ factory. I'm glad to report her sore throat is feeling better, but she is still pretty worn out. Of course, while worried about her general health I am also worried about her school work. There is not a lot of wiggle room there. So, we're holding our breath hoping she'll be on the upswing in the weeks to come so she can get back to her perky self and do her best academically.

She will be home on spring break in a little over two weeks, and I'm sure she's looking forward to laying around and no pressure. Poor little lamb!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Oh, to be twenty-one again!

Happy 21st to my BIG KID today! He can finally have an alcoholic beverage with dinner! His FIRST. ;)

Cam has class until 8pm tonight so we are going to pick him up, come back to Fairport to go to Donnelly's (his choice), then bring him back over to Brick City to do God-knows-what. Apparently there is a big party in the works for the weekend. What I don't know won't hurt me, I suppose, as long as he stays safe.

As I say every year, I can't believe how old he's getting. He has really made us proud and he's a great kid!!  So, cheers to my first born! 21 years young!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Double Date Dreams

Alex and Ani
We're just back from taking Annalisse back to school after her weekend home to spend Valentine's Day with her cute little boyfriend, Alex (who is from Webster but goes to SUNY Oswego). They had a wonderful couple of days together, and were sad to say their goodbyes at 1:30am this morning. The night before she was at his house until 2am, so I guess it was an "earlier" night.  This, despite the fact that she's in the midst of her second round of strep throat in a month and didn't feel super great [and downright terrible] all weekend. She's going back to the Health Center tomorrow morning to let them know things are not getting a lot better.

But I digress...

So, anyway, we got another pleasant surprise in the middle of last week when all of a sudden Cameron's Facebook status changed to "In a Relationship" with Shaina, a friend from camp that he's been hanging out with (as part of a larger group) for the last three years or so. That's the key to Cam and girls: they have to start out as friends so he can reveal his true self, which is whitty, talkative and warm. To say we were shocked (and thrilled) is an understatement.

It was really cute the way it all unfolded; it turns out Cam texted Annalisse's boyfriend (who he's good friends with) to ask if he should ask Shaina out. In other words: Alex knew about the relationship before Annalisse. Shocker. Cam was his usual elusive self, but when we went out to dinner with the kids (and Alex) last night he was super talkative and seemed really excited.
I love the part when
Annalisse says
"You should be [happy]! We
finally have significant others."

The way my kids lives intersect is a little crazy, and truthfully, we really like the fact that they've gotten to be such good friends. Both have a big set of friends from their camp job: Alex was Cam's bunkmate and friend before he took notice of Cam's little sis, and Shaina is all wrapped up in that group of friends as well. AND, both Alex and Shaina live in Oswego (Alex as a student, and it's Shaina's hometown). I'm not looking forward to Cam asking to take the car on weekends so he can tear down Rte. 104 for a weekend visit, but I suppose we'll cross that bridge when (if!) we come to it.

So, for now anyway, everybody's happy. If you are a parent you understand how your kids happiness (or unhappiness) impacts your own, and this has been a great development (and great experience) for both kids. Of course, they are young and heartbreak is sure to be ahead, but it's fun for now!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Girl's Weekend 2014 ~ and getting through the rest of winter

Last night I booked The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort (on Mirror Lake) in Lake Placid for our girl's weekend in late September. HURRAY! What better way to get through the drudgery of this very cold, snowy, long winter than to be able to look forward to a weekend of merriment and shenanigans with your best girls? It's been a really, really long time since I've been in Lake Placid so I'm looking forward to getting back. Such a great place.

Right about now I really need to start lining things up to push me through the rest of the winter. Things like:

  • A trip to Virginia to visit Mom Shiao and Sue/Ken the last week in February
  • A week long trip  in April to San Diego for the NAGAP board meeting (probably my last - sad face) and annual conference.
  • A visit by Sue, Ken and San in late May
  • The aforementioned girls weekend in late September
  • Helping Nic look for a wedding dress (and any other wedding related things we can help with)
  • Not much else

Of course, there are all the usual fun stuff lined up like Canal Days and napping on the porch, but it looks like I need to round out the upcoming year with more stuff to do. I'll have to get working on that.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beatles!

Today is the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Amazing!

I've never understood people who say that a) they don't like The Beatles - some even say "The Beatles suck"- and/or b) they don't think The Beatles are that big a deal. Unfathomable to me.

For the relatively short time they produced music as a band (1960-1970) their library, depth, and breadth of music is astounding. It always amazes me to listen to their catchy early stuff (seemly simplistic, but pretty cutting edge for the time), contrasted with the complex and rich sound that came later. Admittedly I like both ends of their musical spectrum...such variety and texture! The era of the Beatles music was truly a snapshot in time, and each member's solo music, while good in some cases (and really bad in others), never added up to the sum of the band's whole parts. Obviously, this is all my opinion, but it would be hard to argue that their influence on music, and pop culture in general, was not significant.

I seriously could listen to Beatles music all day long, and have been fortunate to see LOVE, the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil featuring Beatles music (twice!). Seeing the show even made a huge fan out of a 15-year-old Annalisse. An amazing show.

(I sure am using the word "amazing" a lot in this post. I guess it just captures the essence of what I am trying to convey.)

I would love to be able to list my favorit Beatles tunes here, but that would be impossible. With a few exceptions, I would be listing upwards of 20-30, or more, songs. I wouldn't consider myself a mega fan; I think I'm just like many others who love and appreciate the music of The Beatles, and can recognize the genius, and the impact, of it. It doesn't hurt that my entire life people have been singing "Hey Jude..." when they meet me for the first (or second, or third) time. There could be worse things.

Funny story: The summer between my junior and senior year in high school I had a moody musician/artistic boyfriend who used to sing "All My Loving" to me ("Close your eyes and I'll kiss you, tomorrow I'll miss you. Remember I'll always be true..."). He went off to college that fall and a couple of months into his first term he broke up with me. To this day every time I hear "All My Loving" song I silently scream "LIAR!" :)

Thank you John, Paul, George and Ringo for changing our lives 50 years ago.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Lazy for Lazy's Sake

I don't have anything to do this weekend. It's Saturday, and the days ahead stretch out before me with not a lot planned, except to take Cam out to dinner tonight when we pick up the car (he's had it all week while Mark has been in Denver), and maybe watch a movie or two. I'm halfway through my book on my iPad, so there's that.

Admittedly, I feel a little guilty for not doing much today. You know me, I like to be busy; but then when I'm too busy, I'd rather be napping. The next couple of weeks are going to be pretty busy with a quick trip to Mercyhurst next weekend to pick up A next (she wants to spend Valentine's Day with her boyfriend, Alex (a first! ~seeing this is her first "real" boyfriend) who goes to SUNY Oswego, then we'll be busy with different activities all weekend, then back to Mercyhurst on Sunday. Also, in a couple of weeks we'll venture down to Virginia to bring Mom Shiao a TV cabinet and visit Sue, Ken and cousin San for a couple of days in Roanoke. SO, there are certainly busy times coming up.

So why do I feel so guilty sitting around today?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Born in '57. Is 57.

OOOps watch out for
those bangs!
Never misses a good party.
Happy Birthday to my sister, Mary, today!

Fun fact: Mary was born in 1957, just a little over nine months after my parents wedding (good going, Louie and Aline - good Catholics!), and she is 57 today. Weird, huh? I suppose that means I can say the same thing when I turn 63. Oh wait, not so fun a fact.

I hope Mary has a fab day today with yet another so called snowstorm blowing across the Northeast!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Six More Weeks!

Hurray! The day is here! Of course that pesky groundhog saw his shadow and scurried back from whence he came for "six more weeks." Now that the day is here I feel like I have what it takes to make it through the rest of winter. Even if the weather is yucky through March we know it won't last forever!!

Have a wonderful day, all, and enjoy the longer days and the promise of spring!