Holiday Recap

The holidays are over. Boo. I feel like you spend so much time preparing for the holidays, and then they are done and over with way too quickly. Overall, the holidays were wonderful, and I was so thankful to have the time with my friends and family. Let’s review:

Christmas Eve Paul had to work until 7pm, but I was graciously invited downstairs to his Aunt’s for dinner, even though Paul was still at work. That was so kind of them and it made me feel like I was really part of their family (more on that later). Paul’s dad and sister don’t get along, well, really, no one gets along with his dad, so there was some bickering and tension, but by now I’m used to it. I was a good little guest and helped with the dishes, which is more than I can say for his sister, but what are you going to do, right?

Paul’s aunt and grandma got me a beautiful Food Network waffle iron for Christmas, and I’ve already made waffles 3 times since. After dinner Paul and I went upstairs and relaxed, and waited for Santa to come.

I didn’t sleep well that night, probably because I was secretly hoping that I was getting proposed to the next morning. Unfortunately, I don’t have any magically exciting news: no proposal. But that’s ok. When it happens, it happens.

But Santa was very generous, let me give you the run down of what was under the tree. Paul got a dartboard, darts, a new beard trimmer, Yahtzee, underwear, and a manicure kit. I got Your Shape for the Kinect, a Dan Marino throwback jersey, and a Open Heart Necklace from Kay Jewelers:

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On Christmas, we were kind of busy. First we stopped by his parent’s for breakfast. This was very nice, because while eating my bagel in the kitchen with his mom, she said to me, “I’m really glad that you’re part of our family”. Isn’t that sweet? It made me feel really good that his family accepts me and our relationship and that when Paul does propose, I will be part of the whole family.

And just for the sake of keeping track, his parent’s got me a pick electric screwdriver and pink tool set. So cute! I used them to hang up Paul’s dartboard!

We then headed down the shore to Grams, which was annoying. We were only there for about 15 minutes, but in that 15 minutes, about 15 people were in her tiny living room, and I felt overwhelmed. Gram gave me some cash, which I used to buy a Shark steam mop I’ve been wanting.

Then we left the chaos and headed to my parent’s house. Kay and G and Rufus were there, and it was so nice to spend time with them. We haven’t seen them since they came up to visit in July. We ate some snacks and caught up, and then it was present time. Paul and G loved their Nerf guns. Kay’s scrubs fit perfectly. Mom loved the scanner and everything that I bought for my dad to give her. Dad did his classic “very good” response to every gift he got. I did well, too. $50 to Ikea from Kay and G (we already bought the end table we needed to finish up the living room!), and a new knife set, pillow, and homemade crocheted blanket from my mom (Dad doesn’t really buy gifts).  After gifts we ate our delicious dinner, and then played darts. It was a really lovely and calm Christmas and I couldn’t be happier with how I spent the day.

As you saw in my last post, the next day we had about three feet of snow, so I spent the next couple of days in the house doing nothing. But that’s exactly what I wanted to do during my break.

I have stories about my necklace and why you should avoid Kay Jewelers, and about where we stand with the proposal, and about the rest of my break, but I’ll save them until tomorrow.

Right now I”m going to finish locking up at work and then head out for the day. Thankfully, since there are no students here, I get to leave at 5pm instead of 7pm or 8pm.

Until tomorrow, Peace!

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But It’s Sooooo Good!

As I sit here scarfing down a bowl of Broccoli Cheddar Soup (It’s soup! It has broccoli! It must be healthy!), I decided that it would be fun to share with you all the things that I LOVE to eat, and cannot give up, but none the less are TERRIBLE for me. So here you go:

  1. Broccoli Cheddar Soup- This isn’t a ranking, and I have this every couple of months, and it is probably the LEAST healthy soup there is, but it’s the only one I’ll eat. Chicken Noodle, Schmippen Smoodle.
  2. French Fries-  If I am ranking, this is number one. I cannot resist a plate of salty, ketchuppy (ketchup-y?) fries. Mmm, mouth is watering as we speak!
  3. Popcorn- Could this be healthy? Yes. Do I eat it that way? No. I have a slight addiction to the Wise popcorn that you can get in a bag at the grocery store. Which, ok, I try to buy the reduced fat one, but they don’t always have it! Popcorn irritates my Colitis so I don’t know why I even bother anyway.
  4. Pizza- Specifically Pizza Hut. Specifically their cheesy bread sticks. Oh my, why am I writing this post and doing this to myself…
  5. Cheese- On that note, really anything cheesy: cheese doodles, cheese fries, quesadillas, nachos, pretzels dipped in cheese at the movies, white cheddar popcorn, grilled cheese… the list goes on and on. It’s really bad for me, specifically, with my family history of high cholesterol, but I CAN’T give it up.
  6. Brownies and Cookies- While I enjoy the occasional cupcake, cake itself isn’t high on my list, but cookies and brownies? Let me just say “C is for cookie which is good enough for me!”
  7. Crab Rangoons- Oh my. Have you ever had this delicious little dumplings? They can commonly be found on the appetizer menu at a Chinese take out place, but Stop and Shop also sells them to make at home. They are little dumplings filled with a (cheesy) crab mixture. Dipped in a little duck sauce these are deadly.
  8. Wendy’s- My clutch meal is a #7 plain sandwich with cheese (common theme, anyone?).

So as you can see, I’m slightly a cheese addict.

Mmm… gonna go find some cheese doodles now…

My Wet and Wild Weekend

I’m pretty sure that if I told Achoo we were going to move to Mountain Creek he’d be all for it.That boy loves him some water park.

We had a GREAT weekend with Kay and G. They drove up early on Friday morning and we headed up to Mountain Creek. It only took us about 45 minutes to get there, and really only had to wait on 1 long line (more on that later).

We started off by renting a locker, and the age-old debate roared in my head: do I wear shorts or do I just rock the tankini? Well, in a “I am woman hear me roar” moment, I rocked the tankini all day. Let me reiterate: I walked around all day in public just wearing a bathing suit. Yikes. But I did it. And you know what? I felt good. Not in a “oh I look hot” kind of way, but in a “yeah, this is my body. We’re friends.” kind of way.

Anyway, things were going great. We went on a bunch of rides, and I was masking my huffing and puffing as I climbed a mountain like 30 times. Around 1pm, we decided to go on the Colorado River ride. You know the type: large raft with 4 people in it? Well, there was a long line. One of those windy ones where you feel like human cattle, all smushed up together? About half way through my body realized it was 95 degrees out, I had only had 100 calories so far that day, and was feeling a little claustrophobic. Needless to say, I was about 20 seconds away from being the fat girl who passed out on line. I sat down (in the middle of the cattle herd line, mind you), and did my best to keep breathing. I knew that if I could just get through that line, and that ride, we’d go get food. So, to make the story completely anticlimactic, I didn’t pass out. I did make it through and eventually housed a hot dog and fries.

We went on more rides later in the afternoon, and ended up spending 5 and a half hours there. Crazy!

Then for dinner we went and got some yummy sushi. Yummy. And after dinner, like the dorky 20-somethings that we are, we played Apples to Apples. Have you ever played? Excellent party game. I won’t go into the details about the rules, but I will say if you haven’t already, definitely look into it.

The next day we all drove down the shore to our parent’s house. We had a lovely afternoon by the pool and then my mom and dad went out to dinner, and the four of us bbq’d up some steaks and hot dogs. After dinner we got a great game of darts going, and Mom and Dad came home around 8pm. They hopped in the game and we played darted and listed to music for about two hours.

Now, here’s the special part. Ever since Kay and I were little, there were always the few and far between nights were Dad didn’t watch TV; he’d put on music. Eric Clapton: Unplugged, The Traveling Wilbury’s, Dire Straits, the Talking Heads and Fine Young Cannibals were the sound track of my childhood. About 3 years ago, I compiled all these songs that stood out so predominantly in my mind and gave each member of my family a copy, entitled “A Jersey Family Christmas” (Christmas Eve was always a ‘no TV’ night).

So on Saturday night, A Jersey Family Christmas was brought out. And we danced. Poor Achoo and G, I thought they’d both run screaming. But they didn’t. They danced, too. And that’s especially shocking coming from Achoo, considering he has the rhythm of a dying fish.

After the dance party had died down, Achoo and I went out back and stuck our feet in the pool. On this crystal clear night, so quiet and peaceful, I made myself a promise. My children will dance. My family doesn’t have many traditions, and if you saw us on a normal night, you’d never think that dancing is one of them, but it is. So my kids will dance. They will dance their way through “A Jersey Family Christmas,” and they will learn my fathers patented: You-Don’t-Have-to-Move-Your-Feet-to-Dance dance. (See appendix 1)

Achoo and I headed home around 11:30pm, and passed out like lights when we got home. He had to work yesterday and I spent the day napping and doing laundry.

Finally, on a less fun note, my ulcerative colitis has been acting way up lately. I am trying really hard to take my medicine twice a day like I’m supposed to, but I’m still getting a lot of stomach aches (grated, I noticed I get them every time I think of work). I have an appointment for the first Friday in August to go to my doctor and review my status. I know he’s going to want me to have a colonoscopy again, but lord only knows when I’m going to be able to schedule that. Having UC is shitty people, pun intended.

So that all there is to say about that. My boss is out again today, which I’m actually glad for, because it means I can work in peace. Happy Monday!

And baby when you call me, you can call me Al.

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The Don't-Have-To-Move-Your-Feet-To-Dance Dance

My Office Still Stinks, But That’s Neither Here Nor There…

Both my boss and my secretary are off today, so it’s very quiet here. Which is good. I need some quiet at work.

But today isn’t about work, my friends. Today is about discussing some random and fun things in my life.

Kay is coming up this weekend. We are going to Mountain Creek Water Park, which Achoo and I went to last summer and was the source of the Great Bruise Incident and then probably doing some sort of food challenge that night. The boys love their Man vs. Food fantasies. Our options in the North Jersey Area are:

  1. The Clinton Station Diner or
  2. The Homestead Rest (check out the Homestead Legend)

I don’t know if we’re actually going to do this or not, but who knows.

Then on Saturday, we’re going to head “Down the Shorah” to my parent’s house for some BBQ and pool action. I love it. I miss Kay so much since she lived in Maryland, and it will be nice to see her!

In other news, the apartment is coming along nicely. We still don’t have additional seating besides the couch in the living room. I need to wait for Ikea to have a super sale so that I can get the matching love seat on sale. Here’s a list of what we still need in the apartment (ideally):

  • Additional seating in the living room
  • Actual window treatments for the living room- right now we just have a big tapestry over the front window
  • Some kind of table/butcher block for the kitchen: I’d really like a breakfast bar, you know the little counter top with 2 stools? I think they are cute
  • Window treatments for the 2nd bedroom (although my mom just texted me that she might have curtains for me!
  • A bedroom set, with most importantly, 2 dressers- one for each of us.
  • Paint the entire apartment. Right now it’s all industrial white.

We plan to live in this apartment for a while- Aunt M has already told us she won’t raise the rest on us, so why, providing we both still work in this area, would we move? So I don’t see any reason not to invest in nice things for our place.

And that’s pretty much it. Today has gone by in a whirl, I’ve actually been writing this post on and off for about 4 hours. 2 more hours of work and then I’m going to go home and relax. Achoo works late tonight, so I have a lovely 4 hours after work to do what I please with!

Later, gators!

Big Day Today

Today is a big day. Achoo has a job interview. I don’t want to go into many details, though, because I don’t want to jinx him. But we did spend about an hour reviewing potential questions last night and practicing. And then we “practiced” some other stuff so that he’d be nice and relaxed for today. Tee. Hee.

So that’s from 3:30-5:30 and all I can do at this point is keep my fingers crossed.

On another fun note, we’re having a girl’s night this Friday at my house! Yay! It’s the first time most of them have been over, and I’m so excited! The guest list includes Queens, LaLa, LiLi, and, oh jeez, I’ve probably given her a name before but I don’t talk about her enough to remember it, Skinny. (Skinny is LaLa’s best friend from college, and we’ve become friendly. She was in both weddings like I was.)

So, the main point of the evening is to eat and drink and have girl talk. As it stands right now, the girls are each bringing some kind of app or desert, and maybe some liquor. Here’s my menu:

Apps: HG’s De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket, and Pepper Skins (like potato skins but with bell peppers instead of potatoes!)

Dinner: Lemon Chicken and Asparagus Foil Packs over rice

Desert: HG’s Holy Moly Cannoli Cones

MMM sounds yummy just thinking about it! In addition, I’m also offering a “signature drink” for the night, mostly because I can’t afford to stock a bar right now. So the ladies are in the process of voting, and whatever gets the most votes will be the free-flowing drink of the evening!

The choices are:

1. Blue Midnight (Smirnoff Ice- Parrot Bay- and Blue Curacao)
2. Appletini (An Apple flavored martini)
3. Ocean Breeze (Coconut Rum, Stoli Raspberry Vodka, Pinapple and Cranberry Juices)

What would you pick?

So, in conclusion, fingers crossed for Achoo and I can’t wait for girl’s night. Hopefully I have something to celebrate!

Oh Vacation, Thou Art My Temptress

So sorry I’ve been MIA. I have very limited access to the internet (save from my Blackberry sending me my emails), and it makes it hard to post. I think I’ll investigate the blackberry app that wordpress is advertising…

I had a wonderful holiday with Achoo and my family, and Achoo and I are going to LaLa’s and Freckle’s for a party tomorrow night. In addition, LaLa and I found an apartment that we may be interested in that’s about a mile from LaLa’s and Freckle’s and two houses down from Achoo’s aunt. We’re still in the investigation phase, but this may pan out.

Finally, G-ma’s driving me a little nutsy. She has great intentions, but if she asks me what I want for dinner at 11am one more time, I might scream. I love her dearly, but I’m ready to move out.

So be patient with me! I go back to work on Monday, and then I’ll have regular access to the internet again for posting.

I hope you all had wonderful holidays (whichever ones you chose to celebrate, if any) and have wonderful New Years! Welcome 2010!