Sunday, July 30, 2006

patty cake

Alas, the projects that have been keeping me busy for the past several days. We had Tommy's mom's 50th birthday party yesterday.....and I was in charge of the cake....seen below. (Please pay no attention to the terrible mess in the background...I seem to create a mess far bigger than the project when I cook.) I enjoyed making it. The party was fun...and it ended with a bang when Tommy's only brother gave his mom her birthday present ~~~ a positive pregnancy test!! Congratulations to Chris and Brigit, the new parents-to-be!

Friday, July 28, 2006


I am safely home from our annual summer trip to Manhattan. It is quite possibly the best city in the world. Mom and I totally enjoyed ourselves...eating, talking, people-watching, and shopping!

I got a kick out of this sign. Living fashionably in a $7 million loft....with a couture concierge to boot! What must life be like? I find myself wishing that Peter Som was my good friend.

One of my favorite stores on Broadway...they sell bath soap by the slice. The smell of this little place and the block it sits on is divine.

Blue sky and no taxis...both a rare sight on this particular trip. We had more than a few rain showers...but that didn't stop us!

Who Moi? Pizza? We love NYC many choices!

Here we have the two barstools where Tommy and I sat several years ago on our first trip to the city together. We occupied the seats for several hours...just staring at each other...VanMorrison's Crazy Love playing in the background. I remember very vividly falling deeper and deeper in love with him during that weekend.
Mom and I had dinner here on our last night and I just had to snap a picture of the 2 vacant barstools. This little spot called O'Riley's Grill holds some very special memories for me.
Mom and I opted for a table ...and we had some great food! We ended up staying for 2 hours...just talking about everything and nothing. We are good at that.
Unfortunately, when we got the bill we learned that there are no free refills on unsweetened tea in New York.

Someone has a bright future in marketing, don'tcha think? After I snapped this picture the man behind the table informed that that it would be five damn dollas for a picture.

In case you ever wondered what your chicken encounters on the average trip to your favorite eatery....look no further!
The bottom ripped out of this box and chickens scattered all over the filthy sidewalk. These two just grabbed a garbage bag and made a quick transfer. I'm guessing they were operating under the 10-second policy. Chicken is the one meat that I still love....and now this!
I snapped this picture through the window of Broadway pizza (where I sat having a very non-chicken lunch.)

Very into beads right now. I got lots of super cool, very long beaded necklaces this trip. I think it's the OCD in me. I always pick something to perseverate on and buy lots of. Last year it was sunglasses...this year...beads!

We took lots of subway trips back and forth...uptown and downtown many times. We had delicious gelato...cocnut for mom and lemon for me. I got some new clothes to wear to work. Mom got a fall purse and a winter purse. I got Tommy a watch and some cuff links. No presents for the pups...just lots of sloppy kisses.

I have been working in my room this week....trying to get ready for a brand new school year. I have also been baking a few different things for Tommy's mom's 50th birhday party on Saturday. I am attempting a tall cake that requires some strategic stacking.
It is rainy here today. I am puttering around the kitchen....and just enjoying the day at home.

Thanks for a great trip, mom! I will always, always, always hold our adventures close to my heart. Thank you for you friendship.

Sunday, July 16, 2006


Currently reading a great book (thanks, dad!) called Marley and Me. It is a must read for anyone who loves dogs. Even if you don't (Andy) I think it is still a must read!

Finished this book last week. A tale of a boy with autism who sets out to solve a local mystery. Enlightening as far as the behavior and insights of the little boy--but a VERY slow read. Not at all one of my faves.

And the weekend comes to a close....but man, was it fun! Justin and Libby got here Friday evening and we immediately braved a huge thunderstorm to head up to Rafferty's for Happy Hour. We had fun eating a variety of appetizers and catching up. They are doing great.
Saturday morning we headed out to the race track for a beautiful day! Very hot, but still beautiful! No such luck with the bets we placed...very few of them paid off! We stayed for all the races and then headed home to freshen up. We decided on dinner on the river...a great little Italian place. It was perfect! We even stopped for Blizzards on the way home. This morning...waffles and church....and plain old resting! I hated to see them leave! We really loved having them here.
Tomorrow starts my last week of tutoring! YAY! Hard to believe that school will be starting again soon. I am already starting to think about bulletin boards....classroom decor....lesson plans...etc. I just love to see all the brand new school supplies piled up in the stores. Not to rush it though.....summer is wonderful!
Time for dinner and a few more chapters of my book.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


A day at the track...summer 2006

You are a great champion. When you ran the ground shook. The sky opened and mere mortals parted. Parted the way to victory. Where you will meet me in the winner's circle. Where I will lay a blanket of flowers on your back. ~Cale Crane, Dreamer

As you may have noticed....I have been quite fond of movie quotes lately. It may be a theme for me...I don't know yet... Do you have any favorite movie quotes? Share them!

Headed out to the races with Justin and Libby this is the last weekend of the meet. I hope the weather will be beautiful!

Dad and Janae are coming for a visit tomorrow evening. Again, if the weather is nice we plan to eat on the river. Fingers crossed!

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

noisy house...

We had Tommy's cousins for a sleep over this weekend...I use the term 'sleep' very lightly! At 3 AM they were still wide awake. I could not hold my eyes open! I was trying so hard to stay awake because as a child myself...when the people I was staying the night with fell asleep and I was wide awake it was a given that I would be calling the old parents to come and get me. As long as everyone was up I was fine...but if I didn't fall asleep before was bad.

Finally, when it felt as if concrete blocks were pulling down on my eyelids I told them that if anyone got scared to come and wake us up and we would stay up with them. They gave me the "Puhleeeze, we are way too cool for that" look...and off to bed I went. Tommy and I were exhausted. It confirmed our thoughts that we are not yet ready for fun as they are!

Below is a cake recipe that I have been wanting to try. It was a very rough draft with not much detail--but I thought it was cute. The middle part is a jell-o swimming pool. The kids liked it.

The dogs did amzingly well with all they chaos. It helps that all 4 of these kids love animals. I love seeing them (Pepper & Abby) play with kids. It is so cute.
Along with loving animals...they love to wrestle. I frequently found them in a tangled pile...slapping, pinching, poking, etc. No one ever got mad or hurt though....which I found amazing! I am such a wuss....pinch me and I am in tears!
See what I mean....some are playing play station...others are pinning each other on the carpet. BTW, I did hear Tommy say, "I can put you in the Full Nelson and have you crying in 3 seconds!" Yep, he reverted back to his boyhood this weekend.
Teylor didn't get into the wrestling matches (smart girl!) but she did enjoy the internet! Earlier in the afternoon, she and I went to get pedicures. That was fun.
These 2 are lucky to have each other to grow up with.
Silly, silly boys! This is just the kind of photo that their first real girlfriend will find endearing.
It was so fun to have them all here. They all have such unique and sweet personalities. It is fun for me to be around kids and not have to teach them anything. We did lots of laughing, lots of game playing(UNO, Taboo, and Truth or Dare Jenga (which turned out to be not-so-kid-friendly afterall!)) , and lots of eating.

Mom was also here this past week and we had so much fun. She helped me accomplish some things I had been needing to do.....and we had several great lunches and dinners overlooking the river. It was wonderful to spend some time together.

Can't believe that Monday is nearly here again. Weekends are the best.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

loved this quote...

"Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. we have roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two." - Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

2 thumbs up

We watched 4 movies over the long weekend...we haven't watched that many movies in a long time! Anywho....each movie was GREAT! We truly loved them all. Glory Road is inspirational. Failure to Launch is funny and light. Matchpoint is twisted and scary. Eight Below is simply beautiful!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

july fourth.

Is this cool or what? Fattening, yes....but cool, nonetheless! Tommy's aunt got us this neat butter contraption that does all sorts of crazy things with butter. Below, Tommy and I got a little carried away with the butter on his breakfast...we just couldn't help ourselves! (No, he didn't eat all of that butter!)And....the finished product on the patio...we love it so much! It is very pretty!
Blogger refuses to post pictures in order....thus, a close up of the butter shoelaces on top of the waffles!
And here...Pepper awaits his birthday celebratory treat! He is only 7 years old but I cannot tell you what he means to me. It is so reasonable to me that Pepper represents all that is secure and safe. I constantly pet him...even unknowingly. He knows me so well ....and I know him. If he could drive...he would drive a Mercedes. If he would be strictly Armani. If he ate would be from Morton's. He is a class act! (Although I know for a fact that he would stay up late and eat $2 Pizza Rolls with his mom!)
They say dogs laugh with their tails. If that is true...I have 2 very happy dogs! Hence the blur!
Abby takes a peek...even though it is so not her birthday!
Pepper's choice birthday treat... a Collie Cannoli. (Could be spelled wrong???)
And for his sister...he picked a Boston Terrier Cream Pie! She was happy with the choice.
The birthday boy takes a look!
It was a fun celebration...even though I think they both had belly aches afterward! Long naps followed.
Happy 5th Anniversary to Dad and Janae! We went to Steve and Heidi's house to watch fireworks! I hope there are lots of fireworks in Jamaica! I can't wait to hear all about your trip!

I am thankful for freedom tonight...which is a blessing I frequently take for granted...I must admit.