Archive for November, 2010

30 for 30 day 22

30-for-30 items:  Lavender cashmere tee, boot-cut Levis, and leopard-print flats

Accessories:  Brown rhinestone watch, lavendar long rings necklace, LOTS of patience*

*Refer to my post about the Christmas Sneak-Peek photo, for an explanation of why I had a little extra patience today.  I also spent the day de-cluttering, and lots of that clutter had been on this fireplace bench area where I’m now sitting.  You can see there’s still a pile of magazines for me to sift through (and ultimately recycle), but I’m pretty pleased with what I accomplished today, as if staying patient for the Christmas pictures wasn’t accomplishment enough.  I have no serious complaints though.  The photographer is worth the wait, takes great pictures, and the girls were very well behaved.  It also doesn’t hurt that they threw in a free collage for the delay.  I have to admit, I do love free stuff.  🙂


Christmas Pictures – Sneak Peek

I had to wait 45 minutes after my appointment time for the INSANE group of 12 ahead of me (who were in the room for 1 hour, 15 minutes before the photographer kindly kicked them out so she could take our pictures).  So while I was waiting, I took the girls into the 2nd room and snapped this picture, because they’re just too cute to wait until Christmas to share.

Of course, once the professional pics are in my online account, I’ll share the link to those too.  🙂

First ever haircut! :-)

First ever haircut! 🙂

Kids loved the Nutcracker!

Kids loved the Nutcracker!

30-for-30 Day 21


30-for-30 items:  Black cashmere turtleneck, tan dress pants, & red high-heel mary janes.

Accessories:  Red Mickey Mouse watch, red & gold beaded necklace (hand-made by Auntie Joyce).

Notes:  Andrea & I met up today to take ALL the kids to the Nutcracker in Duxbury today.  Sabrina saw the Dr. this morning, and indeed has both ears infected, and the right eardrum had ruptured, but the Dr. who saw her prescribed Zithromax, and she was able to take her first dose before we had to leave for the show.  So that was a relief.  All 4 kids really liked the show, and sat so quietly to watch.  It was very sweet.

My kids also got a kick out of riding to & from the show in Andrea’s minivan, since she has a TV in the back for them to watch, so they were even all good in the car.  Plus they all had chocolate lollipops for the ride home.  Sweet!

30 for 30 day 20

3o for 30 items:  B/W “bubble” top, dark-wash straight-leg jeans, black shoe-boots

Accessories:  Double-strand giant pearls, silver circles watch (which I wasn’t wearing here, but I did most of the day).

Notes:  We had kind of a wacky day today.  We went to Brockton @ Noon for Roni to walk & dance with Studio One, where she takes her usual weekly dance lessons.  It was sunny and not too cold, except when the wind picked up, then it was FREEZING.  Sabrina & I were all bundled up, but while we were there, she said her ear hurt.  We were only outside for about 2 hours, and earlier this morning, she was spinning to make herself dizzy, so I was hoping it was nothing.  Jim looked at her throat & thought it looked swollen though, so we called the Dr. @ 2:00 and of course the office was closed (sometimes they’re open on Saturday).  So, we talked to the Dr. on call, and he said we could take her home to rest and stay hydrated until Monday, or we could take her to the ER.  She was cranky and threw up on the way home, so we brought her home to at least take her nap first and see how she felt after that.

While she was still sleeping, I went out to run some errands, and I was set to go out with some girlfriends, but it was not meant to be.  Shortly before I finished my errands, Jim called to tell me that when Brie woke up, her ear was goopy, and she was crying that it hurt.  She had a low fever too, so he wiped her ear and gave her some Tylenol, but he asked me to come home to help take care of her, which of course I did.  She had an eardrum rupture twice last year, so we think that’s what happened again, but we have to wait to know for sure.

Even by the time I got home, she was in much better spirits, so I snuggled her for a little while before letting her go to bed a little later than usual.  I also made several phone calls trying to find out if I could get her into a CVS Minute-Clinic for some immediate antibiotics.  I found out they ARE covered by our insurance, but none are open after 5:30 on a Saturday.  I also called the 24/7 nurse for our insurance company, and she suggested the ER for antibiotics too.  So, since circumstances had changed, I also called the on-call Dr. back to see if he could call some in to spare us the hours-long wait that the ER would near-certainly involve.  He said he doesn’t call in antibiotics, but told us it’s OK & safe for us to let her sleep tonight, and then call again in the morning, and he’d see her in his office.

So that’s what we’re going to do.  She just went to bed (9:15, so less than an hour later than usual), and hopefully she’ll sleep well all night, and the on-call Dr. can see her early tomorrow…


You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.

Image by slworking2 via Flickr

I don’t even know where to start.  So I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.  I gained 2 lb. this week.  Two.  WTF?!?  Yes, I ate pie on Thanksgiving, but less than half what I’d normally eat.  In Thanksgivings past, I easily indulged in 3-4 slices.  This year, I had one slice of low-fat ice-cream meringue pie, and about half a slice of Nutella pie.  And this is the “reward” I get for exercising restraint & moderation?

Do you know what I think about that?  I think it SUCKS!!!  And with holiday party season upon us, I feel like I’m going to have to STARVE to see any kind of results on the scale between now and January.  It would be easier if I could just move to the Grinch’s cave, and live on melted snow and bitterness.  Bah Humbug! (and yes, I know, I’m mixing my metaphors here, and just don’t care).

So, back to 14.5 lb. gone, and 39.5 to go.  😦