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Monday, October 26, 2015

If I had a $1,000,000

You know how people say, "If I had a $1,000,000, I would..." (adjusted for inflation and 2015 prices, $1m actually doesn't seem like really, really a lot of money, but I digress)? I'm sure you've speculated about what you would do/how you would live if you were wealthy.

This weekend I added a new "something" to my list of things I would do if I were wealthy. In addition to fresh flowers around me at all times, a personal chef (who cooks super healthy meals), a trainer and the obvious things like homes in several desirable locations and opening my coffee shop, JuJu Bean's (which someone else would manage and I would just enjoy), I would have weekly foot massages. 

OMG. My awesome sister-in-law Lena gave me a one-hour foot massage for my birthday, and she and I had a nice little girls morning on Saturday at Happy Feet. It felt like Heaven!!! Soooooo wonderful and relaxing - I didn't want it to ever end. I will be going back...they have a package deal where you can get five sessions for the price of four...definitely considering that.

What a wonderful gift from someone who knows me very well and knows how much I love to have my feet rubbed, ticked, scratched...THANK YOU, dear Lena, for a most perfect gift!!!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Birthday Palooza!

Saturday, Mark's birthday, marked the conclusion of the Libra Birthday Mega Palooza Celebration(s)! Looks like we're done for another year, and in a couple of days the many, many birthday cards will be taken off the buffet.

Since my last post: Starting with Annalisse's birthday - I think she had a good day (for a Monday!). We sent her a little bouquet of flowers, which she loved (she just loves getting flowers and having fresh flowers around). In the evening, her friends took her out to dinner, so she had a very pleasant and fun day.

My birthday, Thursday the 8th, was as fun as any workday birthday could be, I suppose. I worked...BUT, I got a really sweet fall bouquet from Mark. In the evening, we picked up Cam after his class and went out to dinner at Orbs, a cute little restaurant downtown which specializes in meatballs (and other stuff). It was a fun little place. So, in general, nothing too crazy for my big day, but it was very pleasant!

For Mark's birthday on Saturday the 17th, we went out for a nice lunch (courtesy of our awesome neighbors, Morey & Ann), then out to dinner with friends Scott and Kay. Mark had a very nice day. Next year will be extra special since he will be "double nickels"! Old man!

Another fun thing that happened last week: Annalisse was selected to participate in the SU 3-week program in Florence to study the Mediterranean diet. There were only 16 slots so she was super excited that "got in." She's extra happy that some of her good friends got selected too, so it should be a fun time. They will leave the 3rd week in May and finish the program on June 7. We are seriously thinking of joining her at the end of the program for a week of fun in Italy. An alternate plan we are exploring is flying to Ireland at the end of her program, and have her meet us there for a week. Flights to Ireland are a little cheaper, and she could see her friends from the Irish exchange in high school. Also, Eve's parents could help us with accommodation ideas. On the other hand, we have a friend who spends a lot of time in Florence for work (and has an apartment there) that we can ask for advice from if we go there.

All of this, of course, will depend on expense, and whether or not we can get reasonable flights and accommodations. Of course, Cam wants to come, too. (Who wouldn't?) In the next couple of weeks we will most likely stop by AAA to explore options. I really, really would like to do something - either Italy or Ireland. Why do the kids get to have all the fun?  ;)

This week I travel to Scranton, PA for a fair (and Dunder-Miflin?), so that should be interesting since I've never been to Scranton. The weekend will find us going to a friend's Halloween party, and probably a trip to Syracuse on Sunday for a grocery run.

Have a great week! Make it count!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Happy Birthday to Nic!

Happy Happy Birthday to Nic, today ~ celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of her 29th Birthday! 

Looking forward to celebrating with a nice dinner at Havana Cabana tonight!!
From jazz hands, to...
...blushing bride!

Some weeks are just like that...

Remember last week's report from the porch? Great news from the kid front, wonderful late summer weather?

This week we are living in Opposite Land. It was just a dreadful week. Rainy and cold. Both kids sick and also the running around associated with both kids having broken phones (which doesn't seem like a super big deal except without their phones it's very difficult to communicate with them). Add to that a choppy week of travel for me, and me just being in a general cranky mood - a mood that has carried into the weekend, which is not a good sign for starting the week off fresh with a nice, clean, blank slate.

One of the low points of the week was the truly nightmarish trip I had back from Ithaca after a grad fair on Tuesday night. The day was pouring rain and dark to begin with, but I didn't get back on the road from the fair until after 8pm, and a (mostly backroads) trip that usually takes 1 hour 45 minutes stretched out to 2 1/2+ hours of torrential rain, fog, and pitch black darkness. I went about 40 mph all the way home and did not care if anyone was behind me. I seriously could not see anything (oh, and I forgot to mention I can't really see in the dark. Plus the blowing defoggers were drying my contacts out). A perfect storm of tension and frustration. It just really set the tone for the week.

BUT, that's all behind me as we get ready to celebrate a birthday week starting today with Nic who turns 31, Annalisse, who tomorrow turns 20 (!!!), and me who turns ?? on Thursday. This week will find me traveling to Troy on Tuesday for an overnight attending, a couple of transfer fairs and having a nice dinner with my good friend Cammie, who lives in Saratoga. Then, on Friday the plan is to pick up Annalisse in Syracuse to come home for the weekend for a trip to the Outlet Mall on Saturday for a bunch of us, including Mary and Carol who are coming to town for further birthday celebrations.

Because I try to stay positive, this past week has been a challenge and struggle for me in many ways, some of which have to do with situations at work. Please send good vibes that I can start the week in a more positive frame of mind, and banish negativity to the outer reaches!