Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Out with the old...Ring in the new.....

The end of this year happened so quickly. It seemed as if Thanksgiving arrived, and immediately afterwards was Christmas. I'm not sure why this year the holidays seemed so rushed; maybe it's because even the "higher being" in the sky wants to see this year come to an end and so he/she (whatever you want to think) has sped things up a little in an effort to make that happen.

As always, tonight at the stroke of midnight - I will raise my glass and say a toast to the year that's leaving us, and warmly welcome the new one. 2008 was a difficult year for many; I'm fortunate to be able to say that I was able to stay relatively unscathed by much of the turmoil that has touched so many. At the same time, it is always best to look back on even the most difficult of times and know that they happened for a reason; even if we can't always see it at that very moment.

So my toast for the farewell of this year and the start of the new is simple, and yet appropo:
"Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last. "

You never know what cards you will be dealt, and nothing lasts forever. So enjoy every moment of it. No matter what happens, or what you may be going through - take a moment to relish in what you do have. Because so long as you are alive, breathing and with those you love -- you can over come anything, no matter how difficult -- and that is what matters the most.

Happy New Year....

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Have a cupcake, Cupcake!

Today, my son had two playdates -- one this a.m. at a friend's house -- and one this afternoon at our house.

So where does that leave little Princess Petunia?

Well, first she came with me for my hair cut - and was very, very well behaved.
I was impressed.

Then we came home, played Bella Dancerella Pop Star - and made cupcakes with her new Cupcake Maker, courtesy of Auntie Nikki.

Truthfully, making home made cupcakes with grown up stuff tastes far better -- but this makes her feel super grown up and special. She got an Easy Bake Oven from Santa but hasn't had the chance to use it yet. Santa didn't tell Mommy that it requires a BRIGHT light bulb as opposed to the soft white that we've all grown accustomed to buying. Maybe tomorrow we'll tackle that one.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Note to self...

I've been trying to give some thought as to what my resolutions for this upcoming year are going to be. I generally do a pretty decent job of sticking to them once they've been made, so I'm looking for what I really need and/or want to do this year that's realistic, as well as striving towards change.

In doing so, I remembered a note that I've had up in my work for a few years now but with always having it up - it has become wallpaper in the background of my life. So when I noticed it this morning, I thought today was as good a day as any to share it publicly again as it falls right in line with the thought of resolutions.

So listen up all you girls out there, because if you're anything like I am - then these are geared towards you!

1. Try to be more of an imperfectionist. (Boy, could I really take heed to that one!)

2. Acceptance is the key to thinner peace. (Embrace who you are. It's true. Sort of like being single and wanting to meet someone. Until you accept and love yourself and your situation -- how can anyone else love you?)

3. Your brain is always your best outfit. (Amen to that sistah! Can't stress that one enough!)

4. Must dress better in personal fantasies. (Um, not many clothes are involved in mine, outside of a #33 Red Sox Jersey on a particular someone who needs to be re-signed....but maybe those aren't the personal fantasies being referred to here???)

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Holiday Afterglow....

So the long awaited Turducken.....was well worth the wait.
This was one of the nicest dinners, and overall Christmas days in general.

Everything came out perfect. Nothing was rushed, the company was wonderful....

And Santa was good to all.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

There'll be much mistletoeing, and hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near; it's the most wonderful time of the year....!

I finished all of my wrapping last night.
Well almost all of it.
I have only a few more gifts left to buy today - but those will be easy enough to get done.

The snow over the weekend sort of threw my whole schedule off; I should've been in work yesterday and off today....but having it reversed has sort of got me feeling behind the 8 ball, so to speak.

I'm don't think I'm really behind schedule....I'm just feeling like I am.
(This is when I really miss yoga. It just keeps me so stressfree and centered.)

Today, after I leave work I'll be finishing the above mentioned shopping, and then the cooking will begin! My Turducken is thawing (and smells delish, might I add....), my pasta is already done. I made my candied sweet potatoes yesterday (though I may make a second batch tonight!) The ham is marinating (the trick to not ever having a dry ham!). Today I'll make my stuffed peppers, roasted potatoes w/ eggplant, and stuffed scallops. I'll put the leaf in the table, bring down the extra chairs, takeout the dishes and tablecloth -- get everything ready for setup on Christmas Eve.

I think come tomorrow afternoon, I'll be able to breathe a little easier.

As anxious as I feel -- I'm quite excited. I love Christmas -- I love having dinner -- and though I'm a neurotic crazy girl about wanting it all perfect, it doesn't matter in the end. I just love having everyone together, eating and having fun.

That is what it's all about anyway....the perfection of it all doesn't lie in the menu, or the table arrangement. It's not about the gifts. It is entirely about the enjoyment of being together and most of all -- the laughter and excitement in the eyes of the children.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Interesting change of times....

As I was out this a.m. attempting to reshovel my walkway (again....), I couldn't complete it because it was windy and bitter, biting cold. Far colder than it's been the whole weekend.
That's when the deja vu kicked in.

The stinging in my nose instantly reminded me of being little and walking to school.
I walked to school, every day of my whole educational career. We had no buses...and parents didn't drive kids. We just walked.

And we didn't live close by either.

My junior high was entirely on the other side of town, approximately 3.5 miles from my house. And in zero (often sub zero back then, we had lots of cold weather - much more so than we do now!) degree weather, we didn't bat an eye at getting bundled up and venturing out.

Yet I wouldn't dream of having my kids walk in this weather! And with a hint of a cold? Absolutely not!

It's a funny comparison because my generation of parents didn't love us any less -- or worry any less than we do today; but we definitely had to "tough it out" a little more than today's generation does.

So as I drive my son to school for his delayed opening, and have my daughter home with me because she's got a cold and I wouldn't dream of having her really sick on Christmas or out at recess in this weather - the brisk air and windchill really encapsulates the dichotomy of generations for me today.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Tagged by the letter..."G".

So, my good friend from "Along the Broken Road" (Dawn) had a post where you have to pick a letter (or have one assigned to you!) and write 10 words that you love, which begin with the letter.

Since I'm far too irritated with Boras & Co., to post my thoughts on the Texas Massacre of last night - I figured I'd do my Saturday survey a day early. Since she hasn't gotten back to me on assigning a letter, I picked a random one.

Besides, it's a snowy night here in Boston, I'm sitting by the fire w/ the family, sipping on a good glass of Riesling -- my creative juices might be flowing a bit at the moment. Let's hope so anyway... G is a really difficult letter!

1. Graciousness. It's a quality that I hope I have - and one that I'm hoping to pass onto my children. There are few things more annoying than someone who isn't gracious.

2. Gentle. I love everything about the word gentle. It's soft, it rolls of the tongue nicely. A gentle person is a kind person -- and again, that is a trait I'm hoping to instill in my children.

3. Goblets. Everyone should own a beautiful pair of wine goblets.

4. Glorious. The word glorious just makes me feel happy. Spectacular even! It's brilliant and sunshine, and.... beauty.

5. Gumbo. Goat cheese. Grapes. Garlic. Grilled cheese sandwiches! (You know I'm all about the food!)

6. Gemini. My son is a Gemini -- my best friend is one, and I have yet to meet a nicer astrological sign, truth be told.

7. Grammar. I'm a fiend about grammar. I deplore the use of poor grammar and really have to hold myself back from correcting others!

8. Gorgeous. One of my favorite adjectives. I think I like it best when it's not used towards people, but more so to describe the environment.

9. Gemelli. I love, love, love gemelli pasta. One of my all time favorites to use and toss with shrimp and veggies with olive oil. It's just the perfect choice.

10. "G". My husband. Technically, his name would really be an "E" but he'd kill me for putting that in writing -- so G it is! He'd probably be upset if I put my other nickname for him in print as well, so...let's just keep at he's my most favorite G word!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thoughts for Thursday.....

1. Last night I took my daughter to see the Nutcracker. It was my first time seeing it as well -- at least performed by the Boston Ballet. It was wonderful! The Opera House is beautiful, and intimate; we were in great seats in the 8th row so she was able to see everything clearly -- and I was so proud of her. She made it to the intermission, when she told me "I'm tired, I don't want to miss the end but I'm sleepy". She's only 4, and it was a 7:30 show - so she did wonderfully. When I get home, I'll modify this post to show pictures of us before we left and at the Opera House. This is definitely a new "Mommy and Me" tradition - though next year, it will be a matinee -- and a dinner in Chinatown afterwards!

2. I did not get a surgery date today; dissapointing to say the least. My MRI looks good, despite the fact that my knee is locked somewhere between 10 - 15 degrees from normal. Of course, the MRI was taken two months ago; a flap could be out of place now, whereas it wasn't so much then. He gave me a cortisone shot to see if that takes the discomfort away (not sure how it couldn't?!?) but to conclusively rule that it's a knee issue and nothing else, such as a pinched nerve. I've had a pinched nerve before, this is most not definitely that - but I suppose with my MRI looking okay, he needs to be sure before scoping. I get that. The shot itself didn't hurt, the after effect is bizarre --and the weirdest thing is that I got an instant headache and kind of groggy feeling. I'm still fuzzy, actually. I don't know why, must be a coincidence. Or -- maybe it's because I never take anything, ever -- my body is just reacting that way. Anyone ever have a cortisone shot and want to lend insight? Feel free!

3. Facebook is unbelievably addictive! Tonight, after the kids are asleep - my mission is to get cracking on the wrapping! Seems like lately I've been ensconsed in sending holiday cheers, virtual drinks and gifts online. I love it, it's a fun place -- and I'm in touch with alot of people I haven't been in touch with in years and who I want to be in touch with. Some people are friend "collectors" -- everyone they've ever said "hi" to is on their list. For me, I prefer to keep it to those I genuinely like and want to be in touch with.

4. News on the Varitek front is exceptionally quiet. I'm reposting but modifying my thoughts from earlier this week on the subject:

What is up with Tex & Tek? Both guys are free agents. Both share the same birthday date. Both went to Georgia Tech - where both were All American. Both are Boras boys. Both have similar nicknames. But the million dollar question is: will both end up in a Red Sox uniform this year?

The rumors started this week that Boston offered 8 yrs/$200M to Texeira; those have been firming up in substance as more agencies are reporting similar items, and John Henry publicly stated this morning that 10 years for Texeira is out of the question.

Rumors about Varitek have been swirling since before the season even ended -- but it's been rather quiet in the last few days as to what the future is for the Captain. It's looking like it's going to be once again be a holiday game time decision, and hopefully one that will make this girl very happy. (Santa, I've been really very good....!)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Santa baby....

Santa visited this girl early. Last night, actually.
I got a new digital camera!!

Like it? I love, love, LOVE it. Can not wait to take pictures with it this holiday! It's fun to use, with both a touch screen and a stylus pen; I can draw on them - do in camera editing -- the possibilities are endless!!

The best part is that the shutter is so fast, that I will no longer have bad photos of my daughter who is literally like trying to catch a moving target!

Also, no more "deer in the headlights" photos, as with the very disappointing shot of moi with Jason, from the Beckett Bowl. (If you'd like a laugh, search my archives around the Sept. time frame of '07 for that little photograph; it was really was such a horrible shot of this girl. Not for him though, he looked great! But of course the thought through my mind was "Oh God, will the flash ever go off?!?) The next time I have an opportunity to have a photo taken with him, there will be no excuse for it not to be spectacular. Though it won't matter because he'll be too busy looking lovingly into my eyes... (Okay, maybe not. Sigh. Sometimes my silliness gets the best of me...!)

My last camera I've had for over 5 years now - so this was definitely a good investment, and I can't say "thank you" enough.

"Santa cutie, hurry down the chimney tonight..."

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"A merry Christmas, Bob!" said Scrooge, with an earnestness that could not be mistaken, as he clapped him on the back.

1. It’s rather surprising to me when I see the date to realize Christmas is about 10 days away. I know that the economy is struggling, but it's interesting because the malls and shopping plazas don't seem any less full. Despite the material aspect of Christmas, aren't there other more basic things to be happy about? I suppose that for many, those very basic things are being compromised - and maybe that is why there seems to be less of a holiday spirit everywhere. It's completely justifiable, and rather disheartening. This is the one time of year that I love because no matter what - everything seems happy and shiny and bright.

2. The Turducken has been ordered and is on it's way! If I've said it once, I've said it a million times -- I love to cook. I'm so excited to make this, and I've been researching different kinds of gravy to make with it. I think it's going to be delicious. Anyone ever have one? What did you think...feel free to share your culinary experiences w/ le dinde bourrée du canard bourré du poulet, otherwise known as the Turducken.

3. What is up with Tex & Tek? Both guys are free agents. Both share the same birthday date. Both went to Georgia Tech - where both were All American. Both are Boras boys. Both have similar nicknames. But the million dollar question is: will both end up in a Red Sox uniform this year?

The rumors started yesterday afternoon here that Boston offered 8 yrs/$200M to Texeira; those have been firming up in substance as more agencies are reporting similar but a little more vague reports this morning. Rumors about Varitek have been swirling since before the season even ended -- but it's been rather quiet in the last few days as to what the future is for the Captain. It's looking like it's going to be once again be a holiday game time decision, and hopefully one that will make this girl very happy. (Santa, I've been really very good....!)

4. Is DLowe back in the mix again....? Though I'm still a firm believer that the Red Sox aren't overly interested in bringing him back -- I would love to see that happen, personally. I've always been a supporter of Derek Lowe, and was not really happy to have seen him traded. It seems as if New York isn't overly interested in him at the moment either, so if that's the case and the price is right - maybe the Sox would rethink about the advantages of his presence. I have to say, if we end up signing Jason, Texeira, and Derek Lowe -- this girl will be very, very, very happy with the offseason.

(Sorry Dawn, I know you're all about Mike Lowell....)

Monday, December 15, 2008

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Partridge in a Pear Tree....

I have to say I'm feeling pretty good about this year's gift giving.

While we all are downscaling the amount of gifts we're giving this year -- as well as the amount of people we're giving to -- I have to say, I’m happy with the kinds of gifts I'm purchasing.
For example, G is incredibly difficult to buy for. What do you get the person who has everything? And yet.....I think I've done okay. I don't feel I picked things just to get something - which is often how I end up feeling
(Especially last year after we agreed not to buy for one another and yet....there I was, rushing to make up for having stuck to my end of the bargain better than he had!)
I think the gifts I thought of are fun, and things he'll enjoy and get good use out of.

Same with the kids; this year, I think the gifts they're getting are ones that they really wanted and will use. It's funny, they write to Santa to express their wishes but somehow those ideas get lost in the sensory overload of walking into a toy store that can get to even the best of parents.
(Raising hand, guiltily.)

So this week, is when I need to get wrapping. I haven't started yet, which isn't a good thing - but I think I'm going to do a lot of gift bag wrapping for things that aren't for the kids in an effort to make life easier. Seriously, I'm beginning to think they're the best invention ever.

I need to get focused on my holiday meal as well. I've decided to take out one of the courses this year -- the soup. I just can't think of a soup that excites me enough to make it - that would go well with my meal, other than a Sweet Potato bisque. It's just not exciting me at the moment....but who knows, that could change.

So the holiday menu at the "I'm just a girl" house this year will be as follows:

Shrimp Cocktail
Stuffed Scallops
Stuffed Italian Peppers
Caesar Salad
Spiral Ham
Roasted Asparagus
Roasted Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes w/ Pecans and Marshmellow

I do believe that's the menu. Sides are subject to change, but the bulk of it is set in stone....

What will be on your holiday table?

Friday, December 12, 2008

Game Over....

According to reports last night, Casey Anthony needed to be sedated after learning that a bag of bones containing a small child was located near her home.

I bet she did.

Interesting to compare how she had little to no reaction when a bag containing bones was found three weeks ago; of course, that is because she knew that wasn't her daughter. She knew where she had left that little girl - and that river, wasn't the location.

I am holding out hope that the state will bring the death penalty back on the table. It seems that reports from law enforcement are suggesting that a piece of duct tape was placed around the mouth of the child that was found.

Tape around a mouth means "Shut up. Be quiet." Tape around the mouth means that she could've potentially drugged her with chloroform to sedate her, then taped her to keep her quiet should she wake up. An accident by an irresponsible, foolish mother. But then, the question would be posed...why not remove the tape to try to resuscitate the child if she's unresponsive? Accidental death? I think not...

No, this evidence of tape clearly shows malice and forethought. Combined with Google searches she made that corroborate all the evidence found thus far, the case is clearly a Murder in the First Degree that would warrant the death penalty.

When I heard the news, I had such a mix of emotions; immediate sadness because even though I knew she was gone, it's difficult not to hold out a shred of hope. Though this was the news I had been longing for so that she could be at rest - my heart was very heavy. Excitement came next because I just could not believe the fact that this baby was found so close to home, and curiosity had me wondering why she wasn't found sooner - though it was abundantly evident that it had to do with the water levels. Finally anger and hostility settled in, this little girl being so "close to home" all this time... with duct tape around her mouth. Casey Anthony had a shred of truth in all of her lies, didn't she....

Again, my heart goes out to the Anthony family as a whole because this is a devastating situation that no family should ever have to go through; I just hope now they can see the situation for what it is, and unfortuantely embrace the fact that their daughter not only killed her beautiful, innocent daughter -- but destroyed their entire family.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

It can't even be called sensationalism...just plain ol' fluff...!

I am utterly disgusted and disappointed at the pitter patter soft shoe interview Larry King hosted last night with George & Cindy Anthony.

I wanted challenging questions; I wanted nothing left hanging with a sense of question. I wanted answers.

There were no hard questions about the odor in the car, which - according to some sources - still smells today, some 6 months later.
No questions about the hair that was found.

(I'm sorry, but the forensic evidence substantiated that there was a dead Anthony that was in that trunk. And if it's none of them......well, you can do the math.)

There was no concern or questions about the God awful Google searches that almost unequivocally lines up with every bit of evidence that has been found.

No questions about the lies. The endless amounts of lies that were told, and have been proven to be lies by their daughter over and over again.

As George Anthony teared up on many occasions during the show last night, my heart broke for him - because he knows the truth. He knows it in his heart and that poor man is being forced into choosing his daughter over his grand-daughter.

No questions about the changing of their own stories.

It was a disgrace of an interview, and I'm almost sorry I watched it.

The only reason why I'm not sorry, is because I got to see Cindy stumble and search for words to try to justify what must sound as incredibly unbelievable and vague excuses for why this is happening - even to her own ears.
She knows the truth.

(By the way, the truth about Caylee's father is that the Marine out in CA is the one who is the father. Now that more photos are released of Caylee as an's almost impossible not to see the resemblence.)

And while as a Mother, I can't imagine what she's going through right now -- as a human being, I can't accept the path she's chosen to take.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wonders for Wednesday....

1. So last night's physical therapy session on my knee was très douloureux; I did have some help in trying to forget the discomfort in the immediate return home, where a Redbones chicken & ribs combo was waiting for me in the oven! G stopped on the way home and picked up some of the best comfort Southern food in MA - and this girl hasn't had any in years! It die for. Seriously, good stuff if you have the chance to go anytime; I have yet to taste better. So if you know of any - hit me up and let me know about it. I swear, I better have this knee surgery soon because not being able to work off all these extra calories is driving me insane!! The 18th can't come soon enough.....

2. The offseason for baseball Is truly one of my favorite times of year. I'm really disappointed that CC Sabathia went to the Yankees; I had hoped to have landed him last year, but now the Evil Empire has tied him up for 6 years. Well, in some instances - going to NY can be a curse. So many "great" ball players have landed there the last few years, just to dud out. Sorry CC -- but I’m sort of hoping it happens to you too.

I don't know what's going to happen with Jonathan Papelbon's outlook on the future now that KRod has landed a mega contract; Jonathan was running off at the mouth last year about it before it should've ever been on the radar -- so, this girl thinks it's not going to be easy to keep him when the time comes. I mean listen, he's "the bomb" but seriously - I digress back to my many posts about sometimes it shouldn't just be all about the money. Isn't there something to be said about work environment, gratification and respect? Why split hairs over a few dollars...?

And finally, the thought I've been pondering for the last few weeks does Youk feel about playing third?

3. I've got my company luncheon today. This is our "holiday party". Seriously? So, I get to leave in a few minutes to go eat a not so great meal (albeit free) with people I don't really know that well. Doesn't that sound fun! Truth of the matter is, I'll be happy and outgoing and chit chat with everyone, but seriously -- I'd rather have a bonus and no lunch. Or....a dinner holiday party! It's been years since I've worked for a company that does a holiday party. Again, it is still awkward because you don't know half the people from the company since we're all dispersed - so I probably wouldn't even go -- but the thought sure would be nice!

Tomorrow is the office holiday party, which will be a little bit more fun. At least I've gotten to know these people a little bit! And, it's in a conference room across the street so I don't have to travel far either.

4. Speaking of tomorrow -- it's the Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll! If you're in town, or are planning to be in town -- it's a really fun event for the whole family. The neighborhood businesses serve refreshments and spread cheer as the tree lighting takes place, Santa visits - carolers stroll Charles Street, and I do believe there will be horse drawn carriage rides. (At least there used to be!). Check it out if you can!

5. I've decided to give freelance writing a try....I'll let you know how it works out. I've gotten a few bites, and there's one wine site I'm going to be contributing to - so once I have a few reviews out there, I'll be sure to share.

Off to lunch!
Au Revoir....

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


So, this girl is definitely digging the recent merge of Sirius Radio & XM.

But what I'm not happy about, is that Sirius has done nothing in the way of contacting us users to let us know what the changes are. One would think a new channel guide - at a minimum - is something that we could've had sent to us.

But no. I've not received a thing. So, I've been figuring it out myself; well - at least channels 1 through 31. I don't often go further than that unless I get a song alert for Country. They put Country way down in the 60's and it's a pain surfing down there. So, I have certain artists and songs on alert and when I get one - I click over.

Here's what I'm really liking thus far.... I love that the early numbered channels (4-9) are now the originally XM based channels. There's a 40's music channel, which is one of my favorites. I love, love, love music of the 40s. I'm also finding that the other generationally based channels are playing a better selection than they used to, which is why I'm really enjoying them now. I used to truthfully, just blow by them because they sort of played the same things over and over. It's definitely much more eclectic now.

The heavy metal/indie rock channels are better now too! There's more of them and a better variety, which I'm really liking.

The most important thing of all is that they kept "The Coffee House", channel 30 -- all acoustic station. I think I'd have to rethink my subscription options if they changed that one. I haven't had the chance to check out if there are any new New Age/Celtic or Classical channels, but I will.

What this girl really wants to know though....will I get MLB now too?? I have the NFL channels, but seriously -- I want my MLB!!!

(Enter Sting, softly singing in the background...."I want my MLB....")

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Getting ready for the holidays....

Today we had a holiday party with some of our cousins, and it was a really nice time. The best part was that I got to hand out some holiday cards as opposed to mailing them! I finally finished addressing them all so, they are ready to go out the door.

I love sending holiday cards -- and I love receiving them as well. I sort of regret that I didn't take the kids to a studio to get them done, but I'll do Easter shots of them instead I suppose. But getting everyone's Christmas cards is so fun because each year I cut them and put them on magnetic frames on my fridge, so each year they're updated and I can see how all the kids have grown.

I still exchange cards with kids from high school who I talk to relatively frequently, but we've been sending cards for years. I think I love getting those the most.

Have you gotten your cards ready to go yet?

Friday, December 05, 2008

Strings of streetlights, even stop lights, blink a bright red and green....

Tonight is this year's debut of the annual tradition of viewing the Christmas lights with the "I'm just a girl" kids!

Once a week, during the month of December - I take the kids out and about after dinner and we visit different neighborhoods and towns viewing the light displays.

They get dressed in their cozy clothes (a.k.a pajamas), and we make a stop at Dunkins for hot cocoa & munchkins - and they get to sit back, relax, listen to Christmas music and "ooh" and "ah" at the lights.

I love it too, because it's a great way to wind down the week -- and who doesn't love Christmas lights?!?!

No "bah-humbugs" allowed in this girl's world. There's enough crankiness all year long to go around; for just a few weeks I want to be able to enjoy the happiness, excitement and pretty decorations that make us forget, even if for only a moment -- all the ugly things that exist in this world.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

So this whole knee injury is irritating me a bit.....

Both literally - and figuratively.

Physical therapy has been working, I definitely have better mobility and my knee straightens better but still locks and won't completely straighten. And it's still so sore to the touch in some places.

The therapist toggles back and forth between it being a torn meniscus, a strained meniscus, a bone bruise, and luxation of my patella - which he said he can feel a rub in my knee which goes with the meniscus, but also - the luxation when I use the bike.

All I know is -- I want it fixed. PT is doing good things as far as mobility but the discomfort -- so not close to going away. It keeps me up at night often because I can't sleep on my sides - the knees pressing together is uncomfortable. I can't lay on my back for long because my leg doesn't lay completely flat -- and if I lay on my stomach, the pressure on my knee face down is bothersome as well.

My follow up with the ortho is on the 18th, and I'm pretty sure that the therapist is going to recommend at minimum a scoping to see what's going on in there if this doesn't let up.

At this point, I'm good with that. Because it's entirely interfering in my life.

I miss yoga....sigh.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Things that you go "hmmmm?"

Note to the folks at the Advertising for Dunkin Donuts: if your audience has to really analyze and think about the "gimmick" -- it's not a good one.

When I got my cup of "high maintenance but keeping it real" coffee this morning, all I could see was that "holidays" was misspelled as "HOLIDDAYS". (Please see the photo. And if you can't see the photo - then clearly something isn't working right and I'll have to upload it again when I get home. Or, go buy a cup yourself and see!) Yes, I get that the one "D" was colored pink - but seriously, the whole play on acronyms fell blind on my eyes. Truly, all that occured to me was "A typo?? Who the hell did the QC and proofing for this cup?"

Note to the absolute horror of a human being who set an 8 week old kitten on fire in Springfield: I hope you die a horrible, painful death. And a long one too. No, nothing quick and easy for you. I'd say here what I'd like to see done to you, but I wouldn't want anyone to be shocked at the sadistic thoughts that can go through a girl's head when something so heinous is done to an innocent creature.

Note to parents of small children: The movie Bolt is by far the best movie for kids I've seen in years. You must take your own to see it in 3-D which is just fabulous, the best animation I've ever seen - and the story was really, really good! The casting was perfect (outside of Miley Cyrus whom I don't love...) and it was really very funny. Not in that fresh "adult" way that alot of movies are done in now - but just very funny for everyone. My kids laughed -- they cried, and at the end, my 7 year old said he wants to buy the DVD when it comes out. It is definitely a "must see".

Note to rude coworkers: When a "friend" comes in after having a bad hair tragedy (not me, a friend of mine) -- you don't laugh at her!! That is rude, ignorant -- and truthfully, given the stories I've heard about you -- you are in no position to laugh at anyone, about anything.

A note to Theo, Larry, & Mr. Henry: All I want for Christmas is Jason Varitek signed...Paul Byrd at middle relief (or a few good people for that role)...and yes, a really great bat in the cleanup spot.

While I've waffled on Mark Teixeira these last few weeks (because truthfully - I don't know that I love Youk at third. Mike Lowell, great player and great guy - but I'm not emotionally attached to him; it's the Youk factor I've got issues with) the truth of the matter is - we need a big bat, and a young one at that. He sort of fits the bill. So, I might be okay with that decision if it's made -- I'm just still struggling with Youk at third.

And finally, a note to Santa: (Well, probably my first of many this year!) On that whole Jason Varitek thing... him under my tree as well might not be so bad either. But if leaves Boston, you are going to owe me. Bigtime...!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Me + Food = Happiness.

I love Whole Foods.

I am right now, eating the most delicious French onion soup I have ever had.
But before I settled on le le potage français d'oignon, of course I had to see, smell and (loud sound of air sucking in here) taste things!

First thing I tried: Polenta Pistachio Bread with Jalapeno.
Oh. My. God.
If you like jalapeno (I do! I do!) then you'll love this because the burn is just on the end of the bite. And true to it's style of spice - it lingers just a bit. I'm not a big butter person, however with a touch of sweet butter to counteract the spice this is just delicious. I don't even like bread really and I'd have bought it.

Next up: Salmon Something or Other. (Code for "I can't remember the name of it!")
It was cooking on the stovetop and smelled fabulous.
It was almost like a bouillabaisse or cioppino; tomato based, with a little salt & pepper, garlic, basil and cilantro. Very light -- and really quite good. I wouldn't think to put salmon in a tomato base and surprisingly -- it worked. I almost got that instead of the French Onion, but eh - a little too heavy for lunch time I think.

Off to the cheese counter -- my favorite place in the whole store.
And they were sampling, my very favorite cheese in the whole entire world: Pavano Robusto.
It has a consistency similar to Gouda - but it is nutty and yummy like a nicely aged Parmigiano Reggiano, which is another favorite of mine. "Cheese, glorious lucious and scrumptious". (Remember that commercial, all you thirty-somethings + out there?)

And then finally, to the fresh fruits, where I picked up a lovely container of icy cold, fresh pineapple (which I have now moved onto, as I write this...).

I don't know why food makes me feel so good, even when I'm just walking through a supermarket and looking without buying anything; other than it really is true that it just is the littlest things in life that can make me happy.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Because you had a bad day, you're taking one down, you sing a sad song just to turn it around...

Yup. It's a Monday.....

So, I stop to get gas this a.m. on my commute. The full serve was $2.39 (seriously?!?) but the self serve across the street was $1.73. Clearly, the choice of self serve was an obvious one, rain or otherwise. A woman pulled in ahead of me, and instead of pulling up to the pump to let me behind her -- she stopped. (If you ask me, that's pretty ignorant; especially since she knew I was behind her, I let her in ahead of me.) The other pumps were full, so I went around her to back up to the pump. Where I promptly misjudged and scraped right against the cement pole. Lovely addition to my already battered and bruised back end.

As this happened, a car on the other side has left - so I pull around into that spot. When I get out, a man in a van in front of me saw me examine the damage and since I noticed him watching I felt obligated to say "ugh. just add it to the rest of the damage..." and then when he chuckled, I said, "I think it's rather ignorant that she didn't pull up to the front pump" to which he replied, "it is ignorant, I hate when people do that" - but alas, it's not entirely her fault that it happened, and I felt bad so I said "well, even still that doesn't make up for my lack of driving skill...".

Hey, if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at, right?

Off I go to work, when one of my friends texts me to ask how traffic on 128 is. So, as she and I are going back and forth, a State Trooper whom I didn't notice two lanes over from me - suddenly puts on his lights and sirens. As I turn to look, he's looking at me and coming into my lane. So I think "oh sh!t. Bagged for texting and driving....I deserve it." So I pull into the breakdown lane, where he goes behind me. Suddenly, his siren changes to that annoying "hey dumbass get out of my way" squawking sound. I look in my rearview and he's waving me out of the lane -- and flies up the breakdown lane with sirens blaring to who knows where. Here I was being honest and guilty, and he wasn't even looking for me!

And then finally as I turn onto the road that leads to work, someone slams their brakes in front of me - my purse goes flying and all the contents fall out everywhere.

If it's true that things come in threes - then my Monday should be done for now.
But if not....then I don't even want to think about my commute home!